The Classic Tales Podcast
Designed to make classic literature less intimidating, The Classic Tales Podcast has been showcasing the greatest literary authors for years. Narrating with gusto, BJ Harrison performs each word of the classic texts, elevating them with character voices, sharp accents and bridled emotion. Adventure, Mystery, Horror, Humor and more - The Classic Tales Podcast has something for everybody. It really is The Cure for the Common Commute. Winner - Outstanding Podcast Host: Arts and Entertainment , Society of Voice Arts and Sciences- 2022 Winner of w3 Silver Award by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts-2022 Winner of w3 Gold Award by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts-2021 Winner of Independent Audiobook Award for "Scaramouche", by Raphael Sabatini - 2021

How can Jeeves help wrangle Bicky’s uncle – the hard-boiled egg? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Vintage Episode for the week is “Ligeia”, by Edgar Allan Poe. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 

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Today’s story is another in the series of P.G. Wodehouse short stories found in the volume My Man Jeeves. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m recording anew all the stories in this volume. Some we’ve heard before, and some we haven’t. So while today’s story showed up as a vintage episode a few weeks back, I hope you won’t mind it again, recorded 15 years later.  

And now, Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg, by P.G. Wodehouse 

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Hill makes a mistake in his critical biology exam. Should he fess up and take the consequences, or keep his secret forever? H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Welcome to this Vintage Episode of The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 

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And now, A Slip Under the Microscope, by H.G. Wells

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A seaside excursion is just the thing to mend a broken heart. Unless the lady in question is vacationing there, too. How can Freddie’s friends lend a hand? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 

The Vintage Episode for the week is “A Slip Under the Microscope”, by H.G. Wells. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 

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And now, Helping Freddie, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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The life of a scrivener is an existence resigned to the handwritten copying of law documents. One day something clicks in Bartleby, and his simple reply to everything is: “I prefer not to.” Herman Melville, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story was published anonymously in 1853. Melville was in a bit of financial straits at the time, since his last two novels, Moby Dick and Pierre, didn’t sell well at all. 

Melville's major source of inspiration for the story was an advertisement for a new book, The Lawyer's Story, by James A. Maitland. This advertisement included the complete first chapter, which started: "In the summer of 1843, having an extraordinary quantity of deeds to copy, I engaged, temporarily, an extra copying clerk, who interested me considerably, in consequence of his modest, quiet, gentlemanly demeanor, and his intense application to his duties." Melville biographer Hershel Parker said nothing else in the chapter besides this "remarkably evocative sentence" was notable.

It's never directly addressed why Bartleby acts the way he does, and the author has left it open to interpretation. Many critics posit that his behavior is due to depression. 

And now, Bartleby, the Scrivener, by Herman Melville

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Rocky’s formidable aunt wants to experience New York through her nephew. But Rocky hates New York. Maybe Jeeves can help. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 

The Vintage Episode for the week is “Bartleby, the Scrivener”, by Herman Melville. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 

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And now, The Aunt and the Sluggard, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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These Americans. No respect for permanent bloodstains, rattling chains nor ancient legends. It’s like they don’t even believe in ghosts! Oscar Wilde, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Today’s story is the first of Wilde’s stories to be published, in The Court and Society Review in 1887. It’s been adapted many times for stage and screen. I hope you like it. 

And now, The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde  

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It is a fact universally known that the contract of “I’ll do absolutely anything for you” becomes null and void once the one professing undying devotion is shamelessly jilted. Or at least, one would suppose... P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Vintage Episode for the week is “The Canterville Ghost”, by Oscar Wilde. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 

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Today’s story is another in the series of P.G. Wodehouse short stories found in the volume My Man Jeeves. Reggie is at it again. I hope you like it.  

And now, Doing Clarence a Bit of Good, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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To what lengths will Bernice go to fit in with her cousin’s friends? F. Scott Fitzgerald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

Welcome to this Vintage Episode of The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. 

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Today’s story first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in May 1920, and was the first short story to bring national acclaim to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Julie Harris starred in a CBS TV adaptation in 1951, and Shelly Duvall headlined a PBS adaptation in 1976. 

And now, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  

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Monte Carlo is the worst/best place to go on a bender. Until you wake up in a park and make the news the next day…. P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Vintage Episode for the week is “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 

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Today’s story is the another in a series of P.G. Wodehouse short stories found in the volume My Man Jeeves. Reggie is very similar to Bertie, but Reggie’s valet is very different, as you’ll discover. I hope you like it.  

And now, Rallying Round Old George, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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