10.29.08

The British Library

Posted in Computers & Technology, Events, Writers at 7:26 am by Marion

A friend sent along a note about the British Library‘s release of new recordings of British and American writers. Feeling quite uninformed (as I often do with this well-read fellow), I made a visit to the site to see what all the noise was about.

What a surprise! This site contains sound recordings, as well as books you can browse. The sound archive is a vast collection, including sounds from around the world, historic sounds and even pop music.

Visiting the site is free, but a new disc for sale merits mention. The Spoken Word: British Writers and American Writers. It’s a three-CD set and has rare early recordings by F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as the only surviving recording of Virginia Woolfe, and P.G. Wodehouse talking about Jeeves and Wooster.

There’s Gertrude Stein, John Steinbeck and even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle speaking about Sherlock Holmes.

Back at the site, be sure to visit the manuscript collection. There are music manuscripts, sacred and Indian art, and even the Magna Carta.

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