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Gunnar Cauthery brings us The Poetic Edda, the most important collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry. Covering the creation of the world and the coming of Ragnarok, The Doom of the Gods, the collection contains many of the motifs and characters that have made their way into our wider culture today. Laurel Lefkow narrates The Custom of the Country, Edith Wharton’s dazzling novel about a determined social climber, and Peter Wickham reads Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant’s hugely influential treatise on the nature of human reason.
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Norse myth figures largely in Western culture and this has been particularly apparent in recent decades. Tolkien drew extensively on this tradition in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as did his friend C.S. Lewis, albeit to …