Today on The Literary Life, Cindy Rollins and Angelina Stanford are joined by a special guest, Angelina’s husband, Thomas Banks! This week’s selection for our summer series is Joseph Addison’s “The Adventures of a Shilling.” This episode is packed with book references, so scroll down for links to the titles mentioned!
The conversation today kicks off with an attempt at defining the “essay” form and giving a brief history on its development. Thomas shares a little background information on Joseph Addison and his writing, as well as several other essayists who came before and after Addison. Thomas also talks about why essays are a significant part of his reading life. The conversation also spins off into a discussion of the importance of how we spend our leisure time.
Finally, our hosts chat about this week’s essay, which gives highlights of England’s history from the perspective of a silver coin. Addison’s tale is full of humor and satire, as well as layers of social commentary and pathos.
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Listen to The Literary Life:
Ep 15: “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant
Ep 16: “Why I Write” by George Orwell
Ep 17: “The Celestial Omnibus” by E. M. Forster
Ep 18: “Vulture on War” by Samuel Johnson
When I Consider How My Light Is Spent
by John Milton
When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He returning chide;
“Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need
Either man’s work or His own gifts. Who best
Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at His bidding speed,
And post o’er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.”
Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson
The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell
Dove Descending by Thomas Howard
Four Quartets by T. S. Elliot
The Essays by Sir Frances Bacon
The Essays: A Selection by Michel de Montaigne
The Defendant by G. K. Chesterton
The Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas de Quincy
Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper
Cato: A Tragedy by Joseph Addison
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