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British Writers: The Spoken Word

Synopsis
This three-CD compilation forms part of the British Library’s series of documentary recordings by English-language authors and playwrights. 30 British writers are represented, talking about their lives and work. The recordings derive primarily from BBC broadcasts, the earliest of them dating from the 1930s, and include historic recordings of the first generation of writers whose voices survive, through to senior figures of the present day. The majority of the recordings have not been published before. Tracks include the sole remaining recordings of Virginia Woolf and Arthur Conan Doyle, P G Wodehouse talking about ‘Jeeves and Wooster’, Ian Fleming’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ appearance and Harold Pinter in conversation with Kenneth Tynan.

A full track listing is available at http://shop.bl.uk/mall/productpage.cfm/BritishLibrary/ISBN_9780712305419/87323
Series
Spoken Word, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2008
Availability
out of distribution
Subjects
English language and literature; Literature
Keywords
archive sound recordings; literature - English; radio broadcasting; writers - English; literature - 20th century

Online availability

URI
http://shop.bl.uk/mall/productpage.cfm/BritishLibrary/ISBN_9780712305440/87323
Price
sample tracks
Delivery
Streamed

Distribution Formats

Type
Audio
Format
CD
Price
£19.50
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
214 minutes
Year
2008

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Distributor

Name

British Library Bookshop

Email
bl-shop@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/shop External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7735
Fax
020 7412 7172
Address
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Name

British Library Online Shop

Email
bl-shop@bl.uk
Web
http://shop.bl.uk/mall/departmentpage.cfm/BritishLibrary/87294/1/1 External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7735
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
Notes
A range of audio publications related to the collections of the British Library’s Sound Archive. Historical topics, wildlife sounds, world music, art and literature are particularly strongly represented. There are also a few DVDs, videos and CD-ROMs based on holdings in the BL. Some of the titles are available for paid audio download.

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