Nicholas Pegg on Andrew Marvell

Actor, writer and director Nicholas Pegg talks to Textbook Stuff's Barnaby Edwards about Andrew Marvell, metaphysical dewdrops, quaint wordplay and stressed remoras.

Andrew Marvell - Selected Poems is now available to buy from Lulu and other retailers. The selection includes ‘To His Coy Mistress’, ‘The Garden’ and ‘An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland’, plus a complete and unabridged reading of Marvell’s longest poem, ‘Upon Appleton House’. See our web site for further details.

Please let us know your thoughts in our podcast forum. Thanks for listening!

Nicholas Pegg on Andrew Marvell


Andrew Marvell - Selected Poems trailer

TextbookStuff.com presents Andrew Marvell - Selected Poems.

Read by Nicholas Pegg.

Andrew Marvell (1621-78) was best known during his lifetime as a classical scholar and political satirist. Although a friend and colleague of John Milton and an unofficial laureate to Oliver Cromwell, he was virtually unknown as a lyric poet until after his death.

Reappraised by later generations and now famed for the elegant style, enigmatic wit and emotive power of works like ‘The Garden’, ‘The Definition of Love’ and ‘To His Coy Mistress’, Marvell has taken his place among the greatest of the metaphysical poets.


Andrew Marvell - Selected Poems trailer


July Podcast

Welcome to Textbook Stuff's second full-length podcast! This month we take a look behind the scenes of our June releases: Bram Stoker - Dracula's Guest and Other Dark Tales and Christina Rossetti - Selected Poems

Presented by Barnaby Edwards and featuring exclusive interviews with Peter Guinness and Miriam Margolyes, this podcast is chock-full of goodies - clips, music extracts, trailers, listeners' comments and reviews, potted biogs of Bram Stoker and Christina Rossetti, and yet another free poem.

As ever, let us know your thoughts in our podcast forum. Thanks for listening!

Textbook Stuff Podcast July 2010


Bram Stoker - Dracula's Guest & Other Dark Tales trailer

TextbookStuff.com presents Bram Stoker - Dracula's Guest and Other Dark Tales.

Read by Peter Guinness.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912) was an Irish novelist and theatre manager. Most famous for his perennial classic Dracula (1897), Stoker also wrote a number of supernatural short stories inspired by his love of all things weird, dark and Gothic.

The three tales collected here display Stoker’s characteristic sense of the dramatic, shot through with flashes of mordant wit and dripping with the purest evil. A young Englishman finds himself prey to vampires and werewolves in a snowbound graveyard, a student is terrorized by a giant rat, and young newlyweds are haunted by a gipsy’s prediction that one of them will kill the other.


Bram Stoker - Dracula's Guest & Other Dark Tales trailer


Christina Rossetti - Selected Poems trailer

TextbookStuff.com presents Christina Rossetti - Selected Poems

Read by Miriam Margolyes.

Christina Rossetti (1830-94) was an English poet. Sister to the great Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and niece of Byron’s physician John Polidori (author ofThe Vampyre), Christina wrote poetry from the age of seven. The publication of her most famous collection, Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862), made her a household name and secured her status alongside Elizabeth Barrett Browning as one of the most influential female voices in nineteenth-century poetry.

As her family connections might suggest, Christina Rossetti’s work displays not only a strong religious sentiment but also a profound love of fairytale and folklore, laced with a dash of the macabre.


Christina Rossetti - Selected Poems trailer