Once again the debate around the Great American Novel has occupied the literati on both sides of the Atlantic and once again it is Jonathan Franzen that has prompted the discussion.
A reading of William Wordsworth's Composed Upon Westminster Bridge with critics discussing his vision of London and landscape.
Residents read Wordsworth's Composed Upon Westminster Bridge and critics discuss his vision of London and landscape.
Presented by young poet Owen Sheers, this series looks at six poems that have affected him and the way the British people view their landscape.
Jennifer welcomes book lovers to a special movable feast, as we follow some restless writers, On The Road. From Marco Polo's reports from the mysterious East, Mark Twain's adventures right here in Australia, through to Che Guevara's formative wanderings across South America, travel literature has a long, proud history. Books like Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love - and writers like Bill Bryson - regularly top the bestseller lists, yet there are those who consider the genre a shot duck.
On tonight's show, Jennifer talks to author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Born in Somalia and raised a devout Muslim, Ayaan Hirsi Ali broke tradition when she escaped an arranged marriage and fled to the Netherlands where she was given asylum and eventually citizenship. Hirsi Ali gained international recognition as the controversial member of the Dutch Parliament who wrote a short film attacking Islam, which led to the murder of its director, Theo Van Gogh, and a similar threat against Hirsi Ali.
Act I tells Shakespeare's familiar story of lovers and fairies while Act II presents a strictly classical dance wedding celebration. The ballet dispenses with Shakespeare's play-within-a-play finale. Music by Felix Mendelssohn, conductor Nir Kabaretti and choreographed by George Balanchine.
This month, First Tuesday Book Club host Jennifer Byrne, and regulars Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined on the panel by business leader, speaker and author Geoffrey Cousins, and Charlotte Wood, acclaimed author of The Submerged Cathedral, The Children and Animal People.
Revealing their declarations of love were exaggerated, Goneril and Regan express concern for their father's diminishing state of mind.
Having previously been pursued by the Duke of Burgundy and the King of France, one of Cordelia's suitors stands aside upon hearing her dowry no longer exists.
King Lear summons his three daughters and demands they declare their love for him so he can divide his kingdom accordingly. But the plan backfires when his most beloved daughter, Cordelia, refuses to simply flatter him like her two sisters.
The extraordinary story of how the 19-year-old Mary Shelley created Frankenstein, one of the world's most terrifying monsters. Daughter of Mary Woolstencraft, wife of Percy Byshe Shelley and close friend to Lord Byron, Mary Shelley's life was every bit as extraordinary as her most famous work. Dramatising the adventures, love affairs and tragedies of her young life, the film shows how her monstrous creation reflected her own extraordinary experiences.
Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. A panel of leading authors and expert celebrity guests join Jennifer for investigations into some of the most popular reading genres: they reveal the conventions, controversies, and titles that have helped shaped the literary landscape. In this episode, Jennifer talks to #1 New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, Christopher Hitchens - one of the most admired and controversial public intellectuals of our time.
Australian poet Judith Wright's childhood is briefly discussed, with a rare interview and a reading of "For New England".
Part two of IOU honours Queensland poet Judith Wright. Wright, who died in 2000, was one of Australia's most important and influential literary figures. We pay tribute to her life and poetry in IOU: Judith Wright through interviews with a number of Australian artists, poets and musicians who were influenced by her work.
He is one of the most recognised figures in American literary history: poet, patriot and faithful advocate of democracy. He has adherents around the globe. But in his time, critics denounced Walt Whitman as a "lunatic raving in pitiable delirium". They pronounced his signature book of poetry, Leaves Of Grass, "slimy", "vile", and "beastly". One reviewer wished to see him whipped in public; another suggested he commit suicide.
Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. A panel of leading authors and expert celebrity guests join Jennifer for investigations into some of the most popular reading genres. They reveal the conventions, controversies, and titles that have helped shaped the literary landscape. This month, Jennifer brings in the heavy artillery of the publishing world, those authors whose books always appear in the front of the shops. While critics tend to ignore their work, the books sell in their millions, and bring huge pleasure to many readers.
A personal exploration of American writer, Douglas Kennedy, the esteemed contemporary novelist, and author of outback novel, The Dead Heart.
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