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James Baldwin reads from Another Country
James Baldwin reads from Giovanni’s Room
William Styron reads from Lie Down in Darkness
James Jones reads from From Here to Eternity
Philip Roth reads from Letting Go
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Nelson Algren reads from The Man With the Golden Arm
Bernard Malamud reads from The Magic Barrel
John Updike reads from Pigeon Feathers
James Jones reads from The Thin Red Line
CALLIOPE AUTHOR READINGS – A RARE AND EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR GREAT AMERICAN AUTHORS READING FROM THEIR WORKS!
Calliope began in the 1960’s as an innovative venture in the early days of literary recordings. With little more than a passion for books, optimism and sheer nerve, three young Boston entrepreneurs persuaded the most up-and-coming American authors to read from their works. The readings were first released as 7” inch LPs and sold in bookstores as “the companion to the paperback book.”
The authors became the classic voices of their generation, and the recordings are historical gems. To learn more about the authors and their readings click on the list to the right.
The Boston Globe: “These recordings are powerful….Aside from their historical importance they are glorious to listen to.”
AudioFile Magazine: “What a treasure it is to have some of modern literature’s best authors reading from their most renowned works.”
Noted critic John Ciardi: “THE READINGS ARE SUPERB.”
The readings, from 14 to 24 minutes long, are newly available as CDs and downloads.
Volume 1 and Volume 2 can be ordered separately or together from Amazon, Audio Editions, Downpour, Audible, Audiobooks.
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Hear the young voices of James Baldwin, James Jones and John Updike read excerpts from their works by clicking
Use this link for the New York Times article on 1.20.14 about Calliope Author Readings.
Check out Joan Wickersham article on Calliope in the Boston Globe on 2.21.14 at