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Liberty: Ayn Rand vs. Truman Capote - Episode 15

Two runaways, two worlds, and the pursuit of freedom.  This week's episode covers Anthem and Breakfast at Tiffany's, two American classics with surprising similarities.

Sources / Further Reading:
Biography of Ayn Rand (Gale)
Biography of Ayn Rand (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Biography of Truman Capote (Encyclopedia Britannica)
"The Legendary Friendship of Harper Lee and Truman Capote"
About Truman Capote (PBS)

Embers - A Hungarian Classic - Episode 14

Our journey leads us to a castle in Hungary and Sándor Márai's short but stirring novel, Embers. History takes center stage in the life of the old General, who wakes up one day to take revenge on the man that haunted him for forty-one years.

Sources / Further Reading:
Biography of Sándor Márai (San Diego House of Hungary)
Biography of Sándor Márai (Random House)
Biography of Sándor Márai (Wikipedia)

Classic Literature at the Movies - Episode 13

Great books can make great movies (and, in some cases, better ones).  This week's topic features some of my favorite costume dramas inspired by classics.

Editor's note: In my excitement and haste, it seems I mispronounced Wodehouse's name and called videos VCRs... whoops!  (Oh, and The Young Victoria was 2009, not 2012.  Time does fly.)

The Questions:
  1. First literary drama miniseries you ever watched?
  2. Last literary drama you watched?
  3. What media forms do you prefer to use when watching period dramas (i.e. purchased DVDs, rented/borrowed DVDs, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu)?
  4. Favorite literary drama soundtrack(s)?
  5. Favorite literary musical?
  6. Literary drama you'd recommend to anyone?
  7. If you could have a new adaptation of your favorite classic book, what would it be and who would star?
  8. A favorite pair of literary drama friends?
  9. A favorite pair of literary drama enemies?
  10. Movies or miniseries with the best costumes?
Where I found the questions:
Old-Fashioned Charm (1, 2, 3)
The Madd Rose (questions also from Old-Fashioned Charm's Period Drama Challenge)
Formidable Courage

Six Classics That Deserve More Love - Episode 12

Looking for your next great read?  This episode features six little-known classics and why I feel they should be famous.