(first published 1928)
Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941)
A fictional biography following the adventures of Orlando: initially a gentleman, later a lady — always a poet — who romps through British history, living an unusually long and full life…. (summary by Cori)
(first published 1925)
Lucy Maud Montgomery 1874-1942
Teenage orphan Emily Starr of New Moon has always wanted to be a great writer. But her old-fashioned aunt, who has never liked Emily’s writing, refuses to let Emily go to high school unless she stops! Shrewsbury brings new friends, new adventures, and new enemies, and the town is scandalized by some of Emily’s exploits. Perhaps the hardest trial is having to board with her Aunt Ruth. Or is it her promise to Aunt Elizabeth? But Emily’s troubles are only the beginning of her climb to success … and perhaps romance.
(Summary by Rachel)
(first published 1927)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
And so, reader, farewell to Sherlock Holmes! These are positively the last stories. There is some disagreement as to their quality, and some claim that Conan Doyle was writing more experimentally, rather than to the conventional Sherlock Holmes formula. Not all the stories are narrated by the faithful Watson, and the stories are regarded as the darkest of the Holmes canon, with some unusual villains.
Part 2 of this audio book will available as soon as it is recorded.
Please note: Section 5, The Adventure of the Three Gables, includes language which, though normal for the time it was written, is now regarded as highly unacceptable racial slurs. Anyone who finds this too offensive may wish to omit this story. Indeed, any listener who would understandably prefer to avoid my poor attempt at American accents, may prefer not to listen to a number of these stories. Conan Doyle seemed to like American villains. … (summary by Ruth Golding)
(first published 1928)
by J.M. Barrie (1860-1937)
For the past week the hospitable Sam Smith has been entertaining a country house party, and we choose to raise the curtain on them towards the end of dinner.
Legamus presents: ‘Shall We Join the Ladies?’ a truly unique mystery play in one act, set around a mysterious dinner party.
(Summary by Charlotte Duckett)
(first published 1929)
Robert Bridges (1844 – 1930)
The Testament of Beauty is a long poem in four books, and was the last work of the English Poet Laureate, Robert Bridges. It was first published in 1929. Like The Prelude by William Wordsworth and The Divine Comedy, the poem is a voyage of self-discovery, in which the author seeks to resolve philosophical and spiritual issues raised in his earlier works, particularly in the sonnet sequence, The Growth of Love (1898). It is written in a style that Bridges described as “loose alexandrines”, which are constructed on the basis of syllables rather than accents, a metrical structure developed by the author himself. The work also features Bridges’ idiosyncratic approach to the spelling of English. (Summary by Algy Pug)
(first published 1930)
Beatrix Potter 1866-1943
“Poor Pig Robinson Crusoe!
Oh, how in the world could they do so?
They have set him afloat, in a horrible boat,
Oh, poor pig Robinson Crusoe!” – from the book
The charming story of Robinson, the pig from Edward Lear’s poem The Owl and the Pussycat. Robinson is sent to market by his aunts, both of whom are two fat to go themselves. (Summary by Rachel)
(first published 1924)
Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
translated by C. K. Scott-Moncrieff (1889-1930)
In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past (French: À la recherche du temps perdu) is a semi-autobiographical novel in seven volumes by Marcel Proust. His most prominent work, it is popularly known for its extended length and the notion of involuntary memory, the most famous example being the “episode of the madeleine.”
Begun in 1909, finished just before his death in 1922, and published in France between 1913 and 1927 “… [the] novel has had a pervasive influence on twentieth-century literature, whether because writers have sought to emulate it, or attempted to parody and discredit some of its traits. In it, Proust explores the themes of time, space, and memory, but the novel is above all a condensation of innumerable literary, structural, stylistic, and thematic possibilities.”
“Within a Budding Grove” (A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleur”, literally “In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower”), the second volume in the sequence, won the Prix Goncourt in 1919. In it, the narrator meets several characters who are to prove very important in his life and in the novel – the aristocrat Robert de Saint-Loup, an eccentric snob called the Baron de Charlus and a group of girls including a certain Albertine Simonet. (Summary by Wikipedia and Andrew Coleman)
(first published 1943)
H. P. Lovecraft 1890 – 1937
Considered by writers as diverse as Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King to be a masterpiece of the American horror/fantasy genre, “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath” is the centerpiece of the 25 stories that comprise Lovecraft’s Dream Cycle and the longest to feature his protagonist and literary alter-ego, Randolph Carter. Completed in 1927, it remained unpublished during the author’s lifetime. it is an epic tale that illustrates the scope and wonder of humankind’s ability to dream. … (summary by Martin Reyto)
by various authors
Eight short works, poetry and prose in English, German and Polish.
(first published 1925 – 1944)
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937)
The third part of a collection in which the readers narrate their short stories of choice …
… (Summary by Piotr Nater)