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The History of Literature

The History of Literature

Literature enthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics. Find out more at historyofliterature.com and facebook.com/historyofliterature. Support the show by visiting patreon.com/literature or paypal.me/jackewilson.

Recent Episodes

466 Kurt Vonnegut, Planetary Citizen (with Christina Jarvis)

Dec. 8, 2022

When novelist Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007, the planet lost one of its most creative and compelling voices. In this episode, Jacke talks to Vonnegut scholar Christina Jarvis ( Lucky Mud & Other Foma: A Field Guide to Kurt Vonn…

465 Greek Lit and Game Theory (with Professor Josiah Ober)

Dec. 5, 2022

Game theory as a mathematical discipline has been around since the Cold War, but as Professor Josiah Ober ( The Greeks and the Rational: The Discovery of Practical Reason ) points out, its roots stretch back to Socrates, if …

464 Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Mature Years

Dec. 1, 2022

Following up on Episode 446 Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Early Years , Jacke takes a look at the final five years of Percy Bysshe Shelley's life, from 1817-1822, as the poet turned away from hands-on political action in favor …

463 Friedrich Nietzsche (with Ritchie Robertson)

Nov. 28, 2022

Sigmund Freud once said of the philosopher and cultural critic Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) that "he had a more penetrating knowledge of himself than any man who ever lived or was likely to live.” Well known for his icono…

462 My Last Book (with Laurie Frankel)

Nov. 23, 2022

The question stopped Jacke in his tracks. "Dear Jacke," said the emailer. "What do you want your "last book" to be? This will be the last book you will ever read..." And so, he set about determining what his "last book" shou…

461 The Peabody Sisters (with Megan Marshall)

Nov. 21, 2022

Pulitzer-Prize-winning literary biographer Megan Marshall joins Jacke to discuss the book that was twenty years in the making: The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited the American Renaissance . This "stunning work of bi…