Elizabeth Gaskell, famed author of Cranford, is cherished for her incise social observations and portrayals of the changing nature of English life through the Industrial Revolution of the Victorian era. In Cousin Phillis, Paul Manning has only recently left home to work on the railway line for the dashing Mr Holdsworth.Lodging with an Independent Minister on the outskirts of London, he becomes acquainted with his distant cousins, where he is delighted to meet his genial relations, and not least his cousin Phyllis. But when Phyllis falls for the charms of his more sophisticated colleague, Manning's family ties render him powerless to prevent the inevitable heartbreak that ensues. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicola Bonn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crte/000117/bk_crte_000117_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cousin Phillis is considered one of the finest examples of "the short story". Focusing on the unexpected friendship between seventeen year old Paul Manning and his second cousin Phillis Holman the story is simple and uncomplicated. Its true beauty is in the gentle unfolding and narrative style that Gaskell employs so well. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tadhg Hynes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/002960/bk_edel_002960_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The tale of a rural habitation in the late 19th century and the effect of industrialisation on the local community. Seventeen-year-old Phillis lives on Hope Farm with her parents Minister Ebenezer Holman and his simple wife. Her second cousin Paul Manning, at first reluctantly, comes to visit. He is the son of a rising inventor from Birmingham and is employed as a clerk to Edward Holdsworth, the managing engineer of a railway company laying a line close to the farm. When Paul introduces his new employer and friend to Phillis he little realises the traumatic effect this will have on the young girl. Elizabeth Gaskell is never judgemental and sketches a subtle portrait of an unsophisticated mode of living that once touched by irresistible forces will never be the same again. About Assembled Stories: Over the years the national press have reviewed Assembled Stories titles as ‘excellent’, ‘remarkable’, ‘entrancing’, ‘superb’, ‘magic for sure’, ‘masterly’, ‘wonderful’, ‘a class act’ and ‘a splendid example of audio at its best’. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Joyce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/assm/000009/bk_assm_000009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cousin Phillis – a miniature masterpiece – is set in the 1840s, when the coming of the railway was changing the face of England, and quiet rural communities, coming into contact with the outside world, were changed forever. The story focuses on the effect these changes have on a naïve country girl, Phillis, as she encounters love, with all its pains and pleasures, for the first time. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Marsh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000614/bk_naxo_000614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Phillis Wheatley was just another child kidnapped into slavery from Senegal, until she began to show enormous intellectual promise, eventually shocking a room of Boston scholars by translating Ovid at the age of 14. Wheatley would go on to become a major voice in the American literary scene and would pave the way for African American writers to come. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allyson Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000351/bk_adbl_000351_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The author of the prize-wining and best-selling historical novel A Song of Africa, Ronald Wheatley turns his attention to the tumultuous days on the eve of the American Revolution in a courtroom drama that brings to life Boston slave poet Phillis Wheatley on trial before eighteen of the most eminent men of the Town. Her "crime", the God-given gift enabling her to compose poetry capable of touching the soul - words so brilliantly crafted that her work would be compared to England's Poet Laureate, Alexander Pope. Surely no mere slave could have written the finest poetry produced in the colonies. The outcome will determine not only Phillis' fate, but also a course of a young nation. On the eve of the American Revolution in the fall of 1772, 18-year-old Phillis Wheatley, the household slave of John and Susanna Wheatley, was invited to appear before 18 of Boston's most prominent men in the Governor's Council Chamber in Boston to defend the premise that she was the author of a collection of poems. The so-called "jury" was comprised of the most prominent men in Boston. This was not a jury of her peers but rather one comprised of all white, all male, and largely middle-aged men. There is no transcript of that proceeding. The Trial of Phillis Wheatley is a courtroom docudrama "depicting" what occurred in that room that day. The final verdict would change the course of American history. The Trial of Phillis Wheatley has been named Best Book published (indie list) in 2015. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rosemary Benson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030718/bk_acx0_030718_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Margaretta Matilda Odell's 1834 Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley is the only substantive early source on Wheatley's life. Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753-1784) is considered the first African American poet to write for a transatlantic audience, and her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773) kindled debates about race. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melissa Summers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/yurt/000496/bk_yurt_000496_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.