The Life & Work of Marcel Proust

Born in 1871, Marcel Proust was intent on becoming a writer from an early age. For much of his youth, Proust led the life of a man-about-town, frequenting fashionable Paris...

The Essential Remembrance of Things Past

Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past is one of the world’s most celebrated books. And yet many people are daunted by its formidable size: it is more than 3,000 pages...

The Witch in the Wood & The Ill-Made Knight

King Arthur is on the throne, and trying to establish the rules of chivalry and noble questing that will come to mark his reign. Meanwhile, in one of the great love stories in...

The Fugitive

Albertine has finally made her escape from Marcel’s Paris apartment, where his obsessive jealousy had turned her into a virtual prisoner. Not only is Marcel quite unprepared for...

The Captive – Part I

Volume IX of the Naxos AudioBooks recording of Remembrance of Things Past. In The Captive, Part I, Marcel’s obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his...

Sodom and Gomorrah – Part I

Volume VII of the Naxos AudioBooks recording of Remembrance of Things Past. Sodom and Gomorrah, Part I: Accidentally witnessing an encounter between the Baron de Charlus and the...

Far From the Madding Crowd

In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of feminine independence and...

Within a Budding Grove – Part 1

Within a Budding Grove, Part One, continues Marcel Proust’s monumental cycle Remembrance of Things Past which has been described as ‘one of the greatest works of imagination...

Discourse on the Origin and the Foundations of Inequality Among Men

Rousseau’s Discourse sets out to explore the origin of inequality among people, a journey that sees him trace the evolution of humans from the savage man to the foundations of...

The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto is regarded as the first Gothic novel. The son of Manfred, Prince of Otranto, is mysteriously killed on his wedding day by a huge helmet. The event leads to...

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