The History of Literature #273 The Book for Book Lovers – The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book (with Stephanie Kent and Logan Smalley)

Authors Stephanie Kent and Logan Smalley join Jacke to talk about their new book for book lovers, The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book: An Interactive Guide to Life-Changing Books. If you love books, and talking about books, and people who love books, and people who love talking about books…well, you get the idea. Listen to this episode, and then go check out the book!

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History of Literature #85 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

In 1813, a young author named Jane Austen built on the success of her popular novel Sense and Sensibility with a new novel about the emotional life of an appealing protagonist named Elizabeth Bennet, who overcomes her mistaken first impressions and finds true love with the enigmatic and ultimately appealing Mr. Darcy. The novel was called Pride and Prejudice, and for more than 200 years it’s been celebrated as one of the great pinnacles in the history of novels – and indeed, in all of literature. What was Jane Austen’s background, and how did she come to write such a marvelous novel? What accounts for the book’s success? And what lessons can we take from it today? Host Jacke Wilson takes a look at one of the most beloved works in literary history – and tells a story of his own youthful efforts to avoid being part of someone else’s Austen-influenced plot.


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Music Credits:

Handel – Entrance to the Queen of Sheba” by Advent Chamber Orchestra (From the Free Music Archive / CC by SA).

“Danse Macabre – Xylophone Version” and “Samba Sting” by Kevin MacLeod (
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Well Now, This Changes Everything…

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man of Good Fortune must be in want to go.

–Google Voice, attempting to transcribe the first line of what it believes to be “Pride and Prejudice: Fight in Action” [known to human beings as “Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen”]

(And yes, this means I’m enjoying listening to the entries in our Greatest First Lines in Literature Contest and its sibling Calling All NaNoWriMoers! Tell Us Your First Line and Win a Free Book! Both contests are still open – follow those links and send me your entry today!)