Something new! I love listening to audiobooks but often find that my attention wanes after five or six hours. The Rae Reads Podcast is a (shorter) trio of a great quote, a poem, and a short story.

“Short” is, of course, relative. The Episode 1 podcast clocks in at just under an hour! Perfect for a bit of a drive or a walk with the pups. Enjoy!

Opening music: “Gypsy Swing Ting” from Little Dark One via SoundCloud [Creative Commons Commercial-Attribution License]

Other music: “Gypsy Honey Trio” by Fingerstyle_guitar via SoundCloud [Creative Commons Commercial-Attribution License]

“Her reputation for reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic.” Henry James in Portrait of a Lady

“Without Ceremony” by Thomas Hardy [text from Public Domain Poetry dot com]

Thomas Hardy was an English writer born in 1840 and died in 1928. Hardy was inspired by the landscape of his Southern England as well as the rich history of other geographical locations like Waterloo. He was a mentor to other writers including William Butler Yeats, Virginia Woolf, and Ezra Pound.

Hardy is perhaps most famous for his novels, including Tess of the D’Ubervilles and Jude the Obscure. Of poetry, Hardy’s lyric poems are perhaps the best known, especially those written after the death of his first wife, Emma Gifford, with whom he had a tumultuous and troubled relationship.

“Without Ceremony” is a poem Hardy wrote during the years immediately following Emma’s death, between 1912 and 1913, and it refers to his late wife.

More information on Thomas Hardy’s poems can be found at Poetry Foundation dot org.

Short Story:
“A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell [text from Project Gutenberg The Best Short Stories of 1917 edited by Edward J O’Brian published by the Boston Transcript Company]

Susan Glaspell was a Pulitzer Prize –winning American author born in 1876 and died in 1948. She wrote prolifically, composing novels, plays, short stories, and journalism articles. Glaspell was also an actress, writing and acting in some of the first avant-guard plays of the modern American theater.

Glaspell was actually an early feminist writer; one of her best-known works was a play called Trifles, published in 1916. This play is now one of the most anthologized plays in American theater history. In 1932 Glaspell was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for the play Allison’s House, written in 1931.

Glaspell’s work was polarizing in her own time, partially because of the feminist themes and strong female characters. After her death, her work fell into relative obscurity for a time. Today, Glaspell is recognized as a major American dramatist and fiction writer.

Today’s story, “A Jury of Her Peers” is the short story adaptation of her play Trifles.

A collection of critical essays on Glaspell’s plays and literary works titled “Susan Glaspell: Essays on Her Theater and Fiction” is available via The University of Michigan Press.

Episode 1: “A Jury of Her Peers”
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