Rediscover the World's Greatest Stories

Frank Lavallo hosts two readers and the three of them summarize the world’s greatest works of classic literature, giving their reactions along the way. If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!

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"Sir Gawain & The Green Knight" by Gawain Poet

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"A Picture Of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

Novel Conversations | S:8 E:8
'The Picture of Dorian Gray' is a story of a young, beautiful man named Dorian whose wish is granted his wish when his portrait ages on his behalf...
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"To The Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf

Novel Conversations | S:8 E:7
'To The Lighthouse' is an introspective, philosophical novel about the small joys and quiet tragedies of everyday life....
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"Billy Budd" by Herman Melville

Novel Conversations | S:8 E:5
Billy Budd is Herman Melville's final novel about a gregarious young sailor who is antagonized by a fellow crew member....
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"Death Comes For The Archbishop" by Willa Cather

Novel Conversations | S:8 E:4
S8 E4: Willa Cather's beautiful rendition of the story of Father Latour, the first Catholic Bishop to the U.S. territory of New Mexico....
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