Whiff of Wilde, a Pinch of Poe, and a Frisson of Frost
various authors

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Narrated By: Elliot Engel, Stefan Rudnicki, various narrators, Gabrielle de Cuir, Roscoe Lee Browne, Cassandra Campbell, Christopher Cazenove, Stephen Fry, Joel Grey, Elliott Gould, Gregory Hines, Arte Johnson, Melissa Manchester, Kevin McCarthy, Bronson Pinchot, Roger Rees, Jean Smart, Michael Tucker, Simon Vance, David Warner, Alfre Woodard, Michael York, Efrem Zimbalist

Duration: 6 hours and 46 minutes

What to expect

They are icons of the literary world whose soaring works have been discussed and analyzed in countless classrooms, homes, and pubs. Yet for most readers, the living, breathing human beings behind the classics have remained unknown—until now. In this utterly captivating book, Dr. Elliot Engel, a leading authority on the lives of great authors, illuminates the fascinating and flawed members of literature’s elite. In lieu of stuffy biographical sketches, Engel provides fascinating anecdotes.

You’ll never look at these literary giants the same way again.


Biography: historical, political and military, Biography: writers, History, Literature: history and criticism

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Cedric Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens' great-grandson

“Professor Elliot Engel is quite possibly the most insightful, personable, and entertaining academic lecturer to come out of academia in the last fifty years.”