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Listen to 90 Famous Authors and Celebrities Read Great Stories and Poems

maya angelou“Of the many revolutionary qualities of the internet, one of them has been to restore to literature its voice, as literary readings (previously the preserve of a privileged few able to attend specialized events and conferences) become available to all. Whether through Youtube video and audio or mp3, lovers of literature around the world can access the voices and visages of authors like Maya Angelou (reading “Still I Rise,” with some ad libs), whose totally distinctive face and voice don’t simply supplement her work but seem to complete it. We can hear W.H. Auden himself read “As I Walked Out One Evening” ( from a 1937 recording) in his deep baritone.” Listen here.