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The World's Great Novels

Experience distance learning 1940s style with The World's Great Novel presented by the NBC University of the Air.

31 old time radio show recordings
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"Moby Dick Pt 1"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Wuthering Heights First EditionThe World's Great Novels, produce by the NBC University of the Air,  worked with the University of Louisville, the University of Tulsa and Washington State University to present serialized adaptions of classic novels over two to six episodes. Listeners could enroll in correspondence courses and earn college credit for listening to the books. For a quarter, students could purchase a companion study guide, The Handbook of the World's Great Novels.

The show was broadcast out of Chicago from 1944 to 1948 on WMAQ and other NBC stations with a group of actors from Chicago.  In 1948 the show changed names to NBC University Theater, moved to Hollywood and changed the format from 30-minute shows to one hour shows. This version of the show aired from 1948 to 1951.

Guest commentators appeared on some shows providing commentary about the book currently being read. College Students StudyingCommentators included novelists, magazine editors, and academics.The universities also provided messages during the broadcast to let listeners know that they can earn college credit for listening to and reading the classics.

The novels selected were not presented unabridged, they were adapted for the 30-minute radio format. For example, the first and second broadcasts presented "Tom Jones" by Henry Fielding. It seems that the purpose of the radio show was to introduce the listener to the book to grab their interest so that they will go on to read the book, hopefully for college credit. See also: University of the Air's American Novels and Indiana School of the Sky.

For more dramatized broadway plays, see also: Showtime. For other literature-based see also: American Novels, Authors Collection, The Author Meets the Critics, Author's Playhouse, Best Plays, Favorite Story, Great Plays, NBC University Theater, New Theater, Theater Guild on the Air, Tell It Again, Theater Royal, World's Greatest Novels, and Your Playhouse of Favorites.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
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    31 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 15 hours, 5 min
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      31 shows - total playtime 15 hours 5 minutes
      1. Worlds Great Novels 441014 Don Quixote First Episode.mp3
      2. Worlds Great Novels 470103 Moby Dick 1-4.mp3
      3. Worlds Great Novels 470110 Moby Dick 2-4.mp3
      4. Worlds Great Novels 470117 Moby Dick 3-4.mp3
      5. Worlds Great Novels 470124 Moby Dick 4-4.mp3
      6. Worlds Great Novels 471017 Diana-Crossways 2-4.mp3
      7. Worlds Great Novels 471024 Diana-Crossways 3-4.mp3
      8. Worlds Great Novels 471031 Diana-Crossways 4-4.mp3
      9. Worlds Great Novels 471107 Silas Marner 1-2.mp3
      10. Worlds Great Novels 471114 Silas Marner 2-2.mp3
      11. Worlds Great Novels 471121 A Tale-Two Cities 1-4.mp3
      12. Worlds Great Novels 471128 A Tale-Two Cities 2-4.mp3
      13. Worlds Great Novels 471205 A Tale-Two Cities 3-4.mp3
      14. Worlds Great Novels 471212 A Tale-Two Cities 4-4.mp3
      15. Worlds Great Novels 471219 A Child Is Born.mp3
      16. Worlds Great Novels 471226 Christmas Cptr-Pickwick Papers.mp3
      17. Worlds Great Novels 480102 Wuthering Heights 1-4.mp3
      18. Worlds Great Novels 480109 Wuthering Heights 2-4.mp3
      19. Worlds Great Novels 480116 Wuthering Heights 3-4.mp3
      20. Worlds Great Novels 480123 Wuthering Heights 4-4.mp3
      21. Worlds Great Novels 480227 Man Without A Country.mp3
      22. Worlds Great Novels 480402 Moonstone Part 1-4.mp3
      23. Worlds Great Novels 480409 Moonstone Part 2-4.mp3
      24. Worlds Great Novels 480416 Moonstone Part 3-4.mp3
      25. Worlds Great Novels 480423 Moonstone Part 4-4.mp3
      26. Worlds Great Novels 480430 Kidnapped 1-3.mp3
      27. Worlds Great Novels 480507 Kidnapped 2-3.mp3
      28. Worlds Great Novels 480514 Kidnapped 3-3.mp3
      29. Worlds Great Novels 480604 Conn Yankee-King Arthurs Ct 1-3.mp3
      30. Worlds Great Novels 480611 Conn Yankee-King Arthurs Ct 2-3.mp3
      31. Worlds Great Novels 480618 Conn Yankee-King Arthurs Ct 3-3.mp3
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    31 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 15 hours, 5 min
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      31 shows - total playtime 15 hours 5 minutes
      1. Worlds Great Novels 441014 Don Quixote First Episode.mp3
      2. Worlds Great Novels 470103 Moby Dick 1-4.mp3
      3. Worlds Great Novels 470110 Moby Dick 2-4.mp3
      4. Worlds Great Novels 470117 Moby Dick 3-4.mp3
      5. Worlds Great Novels 470124 Moby Dick 4-4.mp3
      6. Worlds Great Novels 471017 Diana-Crossways 2-4.mp3
      7. Worlds Great Novels 471024 Diana-Crossways 3-4.mp3
      8. Worlds Great Novels 471031 Diana-Crossways 4-4.mp3
      9. Worlds Great Novels 471107 Silas Marner 1-2.mp3
      10. Worlds Great Novels 471114 Silas Marner 2-2.mp3
      11. Worlds Great Novels 471121 A Tale-Two Cities 1-4.mp3
      12. Worlds Great Novels 471128 A Tale-Two Cities 2-4.mp3
      13. Worlds Great Novels 471205 A Tale-Two Cities 3-4.mp3
      14. Worlds Great Novels 471212 A Tale-Two Cities 4-4.mp3
      15. Worlds Great Novels 471219 A Child Is Born.mp3
      16. Worlds Great Novels 471226 Christmas Cptr-Pickwick Papers.mp3
      17. Worlds Great Novels 480102 Wuthering Heights 1-4.mp3
      18. Worlds Great Novels 480109 Wuthering Heights 2-4.mp3
      19. Worlds Great Novels 480116 Wuthering Heights 3-4.mp3
      20. Worlds Great Novels 480123 Wuthering Heights 4-4.mp3
      21. Worlds Great Novels 480227 Man Without A Country.mp3
      22. Worlds Great Novels 480402 Moonstone Part 1-4.mp3
      23. Worlds Great Novels 480409 Moonstone Part 2-4.mp3
      24. Worlds Great Novels 480416 Moonstone Part 3-4.mp3
      25. Worlds Great Novels 480423 Moonstone Part 4-4.mp3
      26. Worlds Great Novels 480430 Kidnapped 1-3.mp3
      27. Worlds Great Novels 480507 Kidnapped 2-3.mp3
      28. Worlds Great Novels 480514 Kidnapped 3-3.mp3
      29. Worlds Great Novels 480604 Conn Yankee-King Arthurs Ct 1-3.mp3
      30. Worlds Great Novels 480611 Conn Yankee-King Arthurs Ct 2-3.mp3
      31. Worlds Great Novels 480618 Conn Yankee-King Arthurs Ct 3-3.mp3
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    31 recordings on 16 Audio CDs
    total playtime 15 hours, 5 min

    Disc A001

    1. Worlds Great Novels 441014 Don Quixote First Episode
    2. Worlds Great Novels 470103 Moby Dick 1-4

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    Disc A002

    1. Worlds Great Novels 470110 Moby Dick 2-4
    2. Worlds Great Novels 470117 Moby Dick 3-4

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    Disc A003

    1. Worlds Great Novels 470124 Moby Dick 4-4
    2. Worlds Great Novels 471017 Diana-Crossways 2-4

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    Disc A004

    1. Worlds Great Novels 471024 Diana-Crossways 3-4
    2. Worlds Great Novels 471031 Diana-Crossways 4-4

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    Disc A005

    1. Worlds Great Novels 471107 Silas Marner 1-2
    2. Worlds Great Novels 471114 Silas Marner 2-2

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    Disc A006

    1. Worlds Great Novels 471121 A Tale-Two Cities 1-4
    2. Worlds Great Novels 471128 A Tale-Two Cities 2-4

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    Disc A007

    1. Worlds Great Novels 471205 A Tale-Two Cities 3-4
    2. Worlds Great Novels 471212 A Tale-Two Cities 4-4

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    Disc A008

    1. Worlds Great Novels 471219 A Child Is Born
    2. Worlds Great Novels 471226 Christmas Cptr-Pickwick Papers

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    Disc A009

    1. Worlds Great Novels 480102 Wuthering Heights 1-4
    2. Worlds Great Novels 480109 Wuthering Heights 2-4

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    Disc A010

    1. Worlds Great Novels 480116 Wuthering Heights 3-4
    2. Worlds Great Novels 480123 Wuthering Heights 4-4

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    Disc A011

    1. Worlds Great Novels 480227 Man Without A Country
    2. Worlds Great Novels 480402 Moonstone Part 1-4

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    Disc A012

    1. Worlds Great Novels 480409 Moonstone Part 2-4
    2. Worlds Great Novels 480416 Moonstone Part 3-4

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    Disc A013

    1. Worlds Great Novels 480423 Moonstone Part 4-4
    2. Worlds Great Novels 480430 Kidnapped 1-3

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    Disc A014

    1. Worlds Great Novels 480507 Kidnapped 2-3
    2. Worlds Great Novels 480514 Kidnapped 3-3

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    Disc A015

    1. Worlds Great Novels 480604 Conn Yankee-King Arthurs Ct 1-3
    2. Worlds Great Novels 480611 Conn Yankee-King Arthurs Ct 2-3

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    Disc A016

    1. Worlds Great Novels 480618 Conn Yankee-King Arthurs Ct 3-3

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