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The Author's Studio (Vanity Fair)

Features a serialized version of William Makepeace Thackeray's "Vanity Fair".

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(total playtime 2 hours, 32 min)
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During the early part of the Roaring Twenties, Bamberger's Department Store in Newark, New Jersey, put in a line of those "newfangled" radio receivers for their rather upscale patrons (the Newark store was the largest department store in the country for a time). Like several other players in the early commercial radio market, Bamberger's saw the potential for radio but realized that no one would be interested in buying the equipment unless there was something worth listening to. The store dedicated part of its sixth-floor to house a studio and applied for a broadcast license from the US Department of Commerce. The new station was given the randomly assigned call letters WOR, and on February 22, 1922, a homemade cardboard cone was attached to a microphone taken from a telephone handset and placed in front of a phonograph playing Al Jolson's "April Showers".

Cathedral RadioThe station opened a second studio in Manhattan (retaining its Newark license) in December 1924 to take advantage of the Broadway showbiz community. WOR became the flagship station of the newly formed Columbia Broadcasting Service in September 1927 but in 1934 partnered with WGN Chicago and WLW Cincinnati to form the new Mutual Network. In 1957, WOR parted with Mutual to become an independent "full service" radio station.

"Full Service" meant that the station's format featured music, news and information, sports, and radio plays. WOR began emphasizing its spoken-word broadcasts, although it was a leading "MOR" (middle of the road) music station, blending popular and adult contemporary tunes. Although the networks had mostly abandoned radio plays by 1962, radio dramas remained a regular feature on WOR through at least the late-1970s. One of those shows was The Author's Studio.

The program's premise was to serialize works of great literature into quarter-hour blocks played over several days. The adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair (originally published in 20 installments of Punch, 1847) played over at least a dozen episodes in 1975 or 1976. Other adaptations of the story include one by Orson Welles' Campbell's Theatre for CBS on January 7, 1940, and by NBC's Favorite Story series hosted by Ronald Colman on December 6, 1947.

Although the novel is set during the Napoleonic Wars (1814 to 1832), it is more accurately a satire of English society during the early Victorian Era when Thackeray was writing. While it was being serialized in Punch the story carried the subtitle of "Pen and Pencil Sketches of English Society", and most early editions of the book were illustrated with Thackeray's line drawings. When it was published as a bound edition in 1848, the subtitle was changed to "A Novel Without a Hero".

Vanity Fair is told through the eyes of Becky Sharp, who clearly sees the class differences of English society and will use any means at her disposal to advance from her station as a governess, and her charge, Emmy Sedley, whose good-natured naïveté leads her from being the novel's heroine to its stooge.

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    13 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 32 min
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      13 shows - total playtime 2 hours 32 minutes
      1. Authors Studio 760202 131 Darling Dearest.mp3
      2. Authors Studio 760203 132 Dearest How Does It Sound So Far .mp3
      3. Authors Studio 760204 133 My Dear Matilda.mp3
      4. Authors Studio 760209 136 Another Sausage My Dear .mp3
      5. Authors Studio 760210 137 Miss Becky.mp3
      6. Authors Studio 760211 138 Shes Not Happy .mp3
      7. Authors Studio Becky And Gordon Bide In Little Cottage.mp3
      8. Authors Studio Becky Greets Miss Wicket.mp3
      9. Authors Studio Becky Is In Garret Where She Once Lived.mp3
      10. Authors Studio Beckys Leaving Is Delayed By Arrival Of Emily.mp3
      11. Authors Studio Captain George Osborn Tries His New Uniform.mp3
      12. Authors Studio Captain Gordon Sits Alone Without Becky.mp3
      13. Authors Studio Two Coaches Pass On Highway.mp3
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    13 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
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      13 shows - total playtime 2 hours 32 minutes
      1. Authors Studio 760202 131 Darling Dearest.mp3
      2. Authors Studio 760203 132 Dearest How Does It Sound So Far .mp3
      3. Authors Studio 760204 133 My Dear Matilda.mp3
      4. Authors Studio 760209 136 Another Sausage My Dear .mp3
      5. Authors Studio 760210 137 Miss Becky.mp3
      6. Authors Studio 760211 138 Shes Not Happy .mp3
      7. Authors Studio Becky And Gordon Bide In Little Cottage.mp3
      8. Authors Studio Becky Greets Miss Wicket.mp3
      9. Authors Studio Becky Is In Garret Where She Once Lived.mp3
      10. Authors Studio Beckys Leaving Is Delayed By Arrival Of Emily.mp3
      11. Authors Studio Captain George Osborn Tries His New Uniform.mp3
      12. Authors Studio Captain Gordon Sits Alone Without Becky.mp3
      13. Authors Studio Two Coaches Pass On Highway.mp3
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    13 recordings on 3 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 32 min

    Authors Studio Vanity Fair Disc A001

    1. Authors Studio Becky And Gordon Bide In Little Cottage
    2. Authors Studio Becky Greets Miss Wicket
    3. Authors Studio Becky Is In Garret Where She Once Lived
    4. Authors Studio Beckys Leaving Is Delayed By Arrival Of Emily
    5. Authors Studio Captain George Osborn Tries His New Uniform
    6. Authors Studio Captain Gordon Sits Alone Without Becky

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    Authors Studio Vanity Fair Disc A002

    1. Authors Studio Two Coaches Pass On Highway
    2. Authors Studio 760202 131 Darling Dearest
    3. Authors Studio 760203 132 Dearest How Does It Sound So Far
    4. Authors Studio 760204 133 My Dear Matilda
    5. Authors Studio 760209 136 Another Sausage My Dear

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    Authors Studio Vanity Fair Disc A003

    1. Authors Studio 760210 137 Miss Becky
    2. Authors Studio 760211 138 Shes Not Happy

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