Anna Karenina

This week on From the Vault, we dive into one of the greatest love stories ever penned, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina – through a rediscovered 1974 recording of the reading of the novel in its entirety. Produced by Ruth Seymour at Pacifica’s station KPFK in Los Angeles on the occasion of the centennial of the novel’s original publication in 1874, Anna Karenina took over forty hours to record and was presented in serial form, with musical interludes selected by famed KPFK music director Mario Cassetta. After a present-day recording by Ruth Seymore of her original written 1974 folio introduction for the production, we’ll hear a sampling of the more than 100 actors and actresses who participated, starting with Henry Fonda on page one.

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