In 1969, "The Spoken Arts Treasury of 100 Modern American Poets"--an unprecedented anthology consisting of 464 poems read by their authors--was released on vinyl lp by Spoken Arts, Inc. The Most important anthology of American poetry ever recorded, this essential document is now available in three volumes from Recorded Books, digitally remastered with introductions and brief poet biographies read by acclaimed narrator Katherine Kellgren.
Volume One in "The Spoken Arts Treasury" includes works from the following poets: Edgar Lee Masters, James Weldon Johnson, Gertrude Stein, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Wallace Stevens, Witter Bynner, Max Eastman, William Carlos Williams, Louis Untermeyer, Ezra Pound, William Rose Benét, John Hall Wheelock, Hilda Doolittle, Robinson Jeffers, Marianne Moore, John Crowe Ransom, T. S. Eliot, Conrad Aiken, Robert P. Tristram Coffin, Archibald MacLeish, Donald Davidson, Dorothy Parker, Mark Van Doren, e.e. cummings, Babette Deutsch, Louise Bogan, Lenore G. Marshall, Stephen Vincent Benét, Malcolm Cowley, Allen Tate, Léonie Adams, Yvor Winters, and Oscar Williams. Spoken Arts, Inc. was founded in 1956 by Luce and Arthur Klein, who met in the south of France at the end of World War II. Arthur was an intelligence officer and Luce was performing reconnaissance for the French underground and finding homes for Jewish children. Their mutual love of literature resulted in the formation of Spoken Arts, Inc. in 1956, and the commissioning of these recordings.