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Librivox: Old Christmas by Irving, Washington show

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A tale of the quaint and old English traditions of celebrating Christmas. Irving travels to the English countryside and meets an old schoolmate, who invites him home to spend Christmas at the family estate. (Summary written by Gesine)

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Librivox: Cow, The by Stevenson, Robert Louis show

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Librivox volunteers bring you eight different readings of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Cow, a weekly poetry project. (Summary by Annie Coleman)

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Librivox: Raven, The by Poe, Edgar Allan show

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Perhaps Edgar Allen Poe's most famous poem, the "Raven" is a macabre exploration of a man, his memories of Lenore, and the black bird that interrupts his studies on a dark December night, with tap-tap-tapping at his chamber door. (Summary by Hugh)

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Librivox: Voice of the Ancient Bard, The by Blake, William show

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Librivox volunteers bring you six different readings of The Voice of the Ancient Bard , by William Blake. This is a weekly poetry project. (Summary by Annie Coleman)

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Librivox: In Flanders Fields by McCrae, John show

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Librivox volunteers bring you seven different readings of John McCrae’s In Flanders Field , a weekly poetry project. (Summary by Annie Coleman)

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Librivox: Constitution of the United States of America, 1787, The by United States, Founding Fathers of the show

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This 1787 document defines the rights and responsibilities of federal government of the United States of America.

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Librivox: Short Poetry Collection 001 by Various show

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Librivox’s Short Poetry Collection 001: a collection of 29 public-domain poems.

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Librivox: Gift of the Magi, The by Henry, O. show

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The Gift of the Magi is an O. Henry short story in which a young couple are very much in love with each other but can barely afford their one-room apartment. For Christmas, they each make a sacrifice to purchase a gift for the other, with ironic results. The moral of the story is that physical possessions, however valuable they may be, are of little value in the grand scheme of things. The true unselfish love that the characters, Jim and Della, share is greater than their possessions. O. Henry ends the story by clarifying the metaphor between the characters in the story, Della and James (or Jim), and the Biblical Magi. The Gift of the Magi features O. Henry's characteristic twist ending and use of flowery diction. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia.org)

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Librivox: Sonnet 023 by Shakespeare, William show

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Librivox volunteers bring you eight different readings of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 23, a weekly poetry project. (Summary by Annie Coleman)

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Librivox: Modest Proposal, A by Swift, Jonathan show

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Jonathan Swift almost defines satire in this biting and brutal pamphlet in which he suggests that poor (Catholic) Irish families should fatten up their children and sell them to the rich (Protestant) land owners, thus solving the twin problems of starving children and poverty in one blow. When the “Proposal” was published in 1729, Swift was quickly attacked, and even accused of barbarity – the exact state the “Proposal” was written to expose. (Summary by Hugh)

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