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Old November 15th, 2012, 07:13 AM   #11

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I think Sir Walter Scott and The Waverley Novels are right up there in the historical fiction genre. You could argue that Scott's depiction of the noble Scot and the rugged landscape not only influenced the Royals, in particular Prince Albert, but also kickstarted the Scottish tourist industry. The re-introduction of the tartan, which had been outlawed since the 45 was also a direct consequence of Scott's writings and who can forget the grotesque portrait of George IV in full highland regalia :

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Old November 15th, 2012, 07:17 AM   #12

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Currently I am enjoying the works of Lord Byron and Edgar Allan Poe.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 02:18 PM   #13

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I enjoy reading Shakespeare's plays(except Romeo and Juliet)...they are really epic and extremely captivating.
I also like Wordsworth for his sensorial approach to life, Verga for his crude descriptions of 19th century life(especially the conditions of the lower classes), Petrarch's Decameron for its versatility(it contains philosophical precepts, funny and tragic tales, love lessons and historical stories), Lord Byron and James Joyce;I especially consider the latter to be the goat story teller(for non historical tales).
I also respect whoever wrote Beowulf
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Old November 18th, 2012, 04:39 AM   #14

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Have you ever listened to "Letter from America", a radio series by Alester Cooke? I 'discovered' iit several times in my life, only to lose it again as broadcast scheduals here in the States varied over the years. But every re-discovery delighted me.

The man was by training a journalist but by talent a story-teller. And his voice was soothing, grandfatherly and conversational. It felt as if he were speaking to me, only me. And his range of knowledge was phenominal -- Charlie Chaplin (a personal friend) to American politics.

I cried when he retired after a broadcast career of some six decades. I cried again when he died a month later.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 02:58 PM   #15

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Alexandra Dumas. Mainly on the strength of The Three Musketeers and Georges.
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