Sylvia Plath Reads Her Poetry: 23 Poems from the Last 6 Years of Her Life

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In March of last year, Toronto collector Greg Gatenby auctioned off “some 1,700 LPs, 45s, and 10-inch discs”-worth of recorded literary history, containing readings by such canonical figures as “Auden and Atwood, Camus and Capote, Eliot, Faulkner, Kipling, Shaw and Yeats,” and the recordings featured here from Sylvia Plath.

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Henri Matisse Illustrates Baudelaire’s Censored Poetry Collection, Les Fleurs du Mal

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We previously featured Henri Matisse’s illustrations for a 1935 edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses. If the Odyssey-themed etchings he did for that book surprised you, have a look at his illustrations for Charles Baudelaire’s poetry collection Les Fleurs du mal, first published in 1857. According to Henri-Matisse.

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Partisan Review Now Free Online: Read All 70 Years of the Preeminent Literary Journal (1934-2003)

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Founded by William Phillips and Philip Rahv in February of 1934, leftist arts and politics magazine Partisan Review came about initially as an alternative to the American Communist Party’s publication, New Masses. While Partisan Review (PR) published many a Marxist writer, its politics diverged sharply from communism with the rise of Stalin.

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In the Voice of Robin Williams, Impressionist Jim Meskimen Reads an Elegy for the Departed Comedian

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We’ve previously featured the impressionist work of Jim Meskimen on Open Culture, particularly his fab reading of a monologue from Shakespeare’s Richard III in 25 celebrity voices. It includes everyone from Woody Allen to Jack Nicholson to Droopy Dog. Today he returns on a more solemn occasion.

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Charles Bukowski Uncensored

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Charles Bukowski, the Poet Laureate of American Lowlife, would have celebrated his 94th birthday tomorrow, almost certainly with some beer and cigarettes. (The very stuff that makes it difficult to reach 94 — but I digress.

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Allen Ginsberg & The Clash Perform the Punk Poem “Capital Air,” Live Onstage in Times Square (1981)

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The Clash had been called sellouts ever since they signed with CBS and made their 1977 debut, so the charge was pretty stale when certain critics lobbed it at their turn to disco-flavored new wave and “arena rock” in 1982’s popular Combat Rock.

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James Earl Jones Reads Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”

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For all its many flaws the original Star Wars trilogy never strayed too far afield because of the deep well of gravitas in James Earl Jones’ voice. The ominous breathing, the echo effect, and that arresting baritone—no amount of dancing Ewoks could take away from his vocal performance.

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Dante’s Divine Comedy Illustrated in a Remarkable Illuminated Medieval Manuscript (c. 1450)

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Few writers have inspired so many artists, so deeply and for so long, as Dante Alighieri.

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