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

Papa Chibou loves his job as night watchman at the wax museum. But how will he cope when the museum has to close? Richard Connell, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Vintage Episode for the week is “The Minister’s Black Veil”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 

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We are going to have a short story summer. Through the summer, we’ll be showcasing the best short stories from 1919 to 1923. Today’s story was written by Richard Connell. You may recognize him from his famous story, The Most Dangerous Game.

Connell was one of the most popular short story writers of his time. He went on to have similar luck as a screenwriter, being nominated for an Academy Award in 1942 for his script, Meet John Doe, based on his short story, “A Reputation”.

And now, “A Friend of Napoleon”, by Richard Connell.

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After sampling a taste of the divine, will Ryabovich ever experience it again?  Anton Chekhov, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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In today’s story, a kiss is used as a microscope to examine the frailty of hope. Chekhov creates an entire world around the kiss, blurring many lines of social and societal privilege and power. I hope you like it. 

And now, The Kiss, by Anton Chekhov.

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Can Selina Jo ever figure out a way to get out of her backwoods life? Edgar Valentine Smith, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Today’s story won the O. Henry Memorial Award in 1923, but it was written by a relatively unknown writer. Edgar Valentine Smith sold two stories to Harper’s Magazine in his brief career as a writer – Prelude and ‘Lijah. Not much more is readily available about him. 

There are many things notable about today’s story. The craft of the story is very elegant. We are effortlessly drawn into the descriptions of the heroine’s early life. We sympathize with her so much, in her efforts to improve herself. Interesting how the “big break” is crafted. I hope you like it.  

Just a heads up – the “n” word is used a couple of times. 

And now, Prelude, by Edgar Valentine Smith.

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Can Sherlock Holmes discover a way to save the honor of the masked stranger in his chambers?  Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Sherlock Holmes is a confirmed bachelor, with some touches of misogyny that creep up every now and then. But when he locks horns with Irene Adler, his opinion of women goes through the roof with respect. 

There’s actually a fun book series for kids called Sherlock, Lupin and Me, written by an author that goes by the pseudonym of Irene Adler. It traces the adventures of three young detectives who haven’t hit the big time yet. It’s a lot of fun. 

And now, A Scandal in Bohemia, by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Can Jeeves scheme up a way for Corky’s uncle to approve of Corky’s fiancée? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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The Vintage Episode for the week is “A Scandal in Bohemia”, by Arthur Conan Doyle. Be sure to check it out on Tuesday. 

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Today’s story is the final story 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 has shown up before, I hope you won’t mind it again.  

And now, Leave It to Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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When an offended stranger seeks to corrupt the town, will the good citizens of Hadleyburg stand up to the test?  Mark Twain, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Some consider today’s story a replay of the Garden of Eden story. Twain was very interested in pointing out the vulnerability of folks who overtly professed piety and purity. Whether it’s Pudd’nhead Wilson, Huckleberry Finn, or The Prince and the Pauper, oftentimes reading Twain leads to introspection, and a reinvestigation of things we may have taken for granted. Of course, he leads you to this personal place with his razor wit and wisdom. I hope you like our journey to Hadleyburg.

And now, The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg, by Mark Twain

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Will Jeeves rally round when the goggle-eyed Wilmot is foisted on Berty? P.G. Wodehouse, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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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 has shown up before, I hope you won’t mind it again, recorded 15 years later.  

And now, Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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When the brilliant, raven-haired beauty Ligeia falls ill, will her genius be enough to help her recover?  Edgar Allan Poe, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. 

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Playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw said of today’s story, “The story of the Lady Ligeia is not merely one of the wonders of literature: it is unparalleled and unapproached”. I hope you like it. 

And now, Ligeia, by Edgar Allan Poe 

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