The Tale of Betsy Butterfly (Version 2)

Arthur Scott Bailey (1877 – 1949) Betsy Butterfly has an exciting time in the meadow. Some dangers of course but lots of fun and productive work. Join her as she flutters from adventure to adventure. Genre(s): Animals & Nature Language: English — Support this podcast:

The Black Cat Vol. 02 No. 08 May 1897

The Black Cat (1895-1922) was a monthly literary magazine, publishing original short stories, often about uncanny or fantastical topics. Many writers were largely unknown, but some famous authors also wrote original material for this magazine. This is the eighth issue of volume 2 with the following five short stories: “The Passing of the Polly Ann”, … Read more

Harmer John; An Unworldly Story

Hugh Walpole (1884 – 1941) Hjalmar Johanson (novel, 1926) is a boyish unworldly Swedish body builder come to Walpole’s fictional cathedral town of Polchester. His name is “simplified” by the townsfolk to Harmer John. He is attracted to Polchester by the cathedral. He has a vision of transforming the town and its populace to a … Read more


Dorothy Parker (1893 – 1967) Dorothy Parker was an American poet, writer, critic, and satirist based in New York. She was best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. This poem is taken from her book “Enough Rope” (1926), freshly out of US copyright. Genre(s): Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry) — … Read more

The Wounded Soldier in the Convent

François Coppée (1842 – 1908) Translated by George Curzon (1859 – 1925) The poem was written in Paris during the Siege, November 1870 and celebrates caring nurses (specifically, nuns) who work with difficult patients. François Coppée was a French poet and novelist. He was famed as le poète des humbles (the poet of the humble). … Read more

The Night-Born

Jack London (1876 – 1916) Ten short stories on various themes and subjects, all more or less bizarre. The Night-Born is about a woman who draws inspiration to change her life from an article she chanced to read. In The Benefit of the Doubt, a crooked judge gets a lesson in justice. When The World … Read more

Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 089

“From vocalists you may learn much, but do not believe all that they say.” Robert Schumann’s Advice to Young Musicians is replete with good counsel. How, what, and from whom we learn is thematic to many of these 20 nonfiction selections, chosen by their readers. We learn from the lives of valorous persons (Simón Bolívar; … Read more

The Incredulity of Father Brown

G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936) Originality and humor characterize the plots of these clever detective stories. The mysteries are solved by the detective priest, Father Brown. His application of shrewd, common sense to the unraveling of a succession of strange crimes and happenings rob them of the supernatural element attributed to them by the … Read more