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Free, weekly, 15-minute readings from world literature. Broadcast from 2015 to 2018.

The general structure was as follows:

The Theme to A Man of Letters was an excerpt from Alma en Pena by Carlos Molina (Victor 68426, 1933). Here it signified the beginning of an episode.

The Introduction consisted of these words: “I am A Man of Letters. I’ve been reading lately, and I have found some words I would like to share.” Often this was followed by a biographical sketch of the author to be recited.

The Body was text by the author to be recited. See Past Seasons for examples.

The Commercial advertised the new Chevrolet for 1936. It signified the end of the recitation, and was a memento mori.

The Closing consisted of these words: “Thank you for listening. For more information about the words I have read and the music to follow, please visit A Man of Letters. amoletters.com.  Until I return, I am… A Man of Letters.” As Epictetus said in The Enchiridion:

Never say of anything, ‘I have lost it;’ but, ‘I have returned it.’ Is your child dead? It is returned. Is your wife dead? She is returned. Is your estate taken away? Well, and is not that likewise returned? ‘But he who took it away is a bad man.’ What difference is it to you who the giver assigns to take it back? While he gives it to you to possess, take care of it. But don’t view it as your own, view it as travelers view a hotel.

The Music included songs I enjoy from the 1920s and 1930s.

The Episode was the number of the episode.

The Theme to A Man of Letters here signified the end of an episode.