September 16, 2011

An Immortal Beloved and the naughty Wife of Bath – looks like it’s a week for love letters and bits of Chaucer…wait a minute…is that Mark Twain I hear?

Love Note from Mark Twain to His Wife

Read by Grover Gardner; produced by Tanya @dog eared copy

Tanya writes…

Love Note from Mark Twain to His Wife

Hartford, Nov, 27/88.
Livy Darling, I am grateful — grate-
fuler than ever before — that you were
born, & that your love is mine & our two
lives woven & welded together!
S L C.

Wife of Bath’s Tale, by Geoffrey Chaucer
Read by Diane Havens & Robert Jadah

Diane writes…

From the literary podcast series for education “Acting It Out” a clip from Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Tale (Canterbury Tales) — this humorous treatment (a LitBit) begins with the ugly crone nagging the young handsome knight, who, when he gives in to her demands, sees and hears her transform into a youthful beauty. Featuring Diane Havens and Robert Jadah.

Immortal Beloved, from Ludwig von Beethoven
Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

Such a terribly passionate man, Beethoven…not only in composing, but also in loving. This is the third in a series of three letters penned by Beethoven to his “Immortal Beloved,” the identity of whom is contested to this day. Many thanks to Lettters of Note for posting images of the actual letters, as well as the English translations.

And I would be lying if I said that Gary Oldman wasn’t ghosting through my mind.


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