- Audio CD
- Verlag: Caedmon; Auflage: Unabridged (3. Juni 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0061566411
- ISBN-13: 978-0061566417
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,5 x 0,7 x 12,8 cm
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Essential Walt Whitman CD (Caedmon Essentials) (Englisch) Audio-CD – Gekürzte Ausgabe, Audiobook
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Walt Whitman was born on Long Island, New York in 1819. He spent most of his early life in Brooklyn where he served as editor for a number of newspapers for brief periods. His first major work, Leaves of Grass, was published in 1855 and was subsequently published in nine enlarged editions throughout his lifetime. In 1862 in the midst of the Civil War, Whitman set out for the battlefield to find his wounded brother and continued to volunteer in hospitals throughout the length of the war. He died in 1892.
Ed Begley, Sr. was a prolific radio actor and from 1944-1948 he played the title role in the radio version of Charlie Chan. In 1947, Begley created the role of benighted war profiteer Joe Keller in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. He was a familiar figure in TV's "golden age" of the 1950s, and appeared 789 times as the William Jennings Bryan counterpart in the Broadway drama Inherit the Wind.
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It's difficult to recommend Ed Begley, Sr., as he occasionally spikes his reading with tremors, then drones a bit in a monotonous delivery, with no inflection for drama or excitement. Whether reciting the death of a President or an adventure with a mockingbird, he's too much in equilibrium. It's difficult for the listener to consistently distinguish pathos and levity by his voice. His is a mellifluous voice, but it stays level too much so that it rarely reaches the heights that the great poetry demands. Also irritating is the commercial ending of the CD, an unexpected and unwelcome advertisement for more HarperCollins Publishers recordings. We can read author names on the cover. The listener does not need to be reminded of them, and whatever power that Begley has delivered is diminished by the breezy announcement.
Given those caveats, this is a good introduction to Whitman's poetry. He shines regardless of the imperfections of the reciter and production. This writer ranges with exuberance and sensitivity over many subjects from war to the simplicity of a nature walk.
Whitman soars to fresh heights without a flaw, without hesitation, without an inferior confidence that would challenge a lesser poet to strain for imagery. He is the finest of American poets for profound and simple imagery, and that alone can recommend this collection.
15 July 2012