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McGONAGALL, William: Great Poets (The)

For over a hundred years, William McGonagall (1830–1902) has been almost universally recognised as the worst poet in English. Utterly convinced of his genius, he remained untroubled by any worrisome self-doubt, despite the mockery of his audiences.

This collection brings together some of his best-known works (The Tay Bridge Disaster, The Battle of Tel-el-Kebir), some lesser-known gems (Beecham’s Pills, The Faithful Dog Fido), and some autobiographical writings that tell of his ill-fated trip to Balmoral, of his much-fêted performance as Macbeth (in which he was so popular he decided not to die), and why publicans threw peas at him.


  Tay Bridge Disaster
1.   Tay Bridge Disaster 00:03:51
  The Famous Tay Whale
2.   The Famous Tay Whale 00:03:22
  The Burning of the People's Variety Theatre, Aberdeen
3.   The Burning of the People's Variety Theatre, Aberdeen 00:02:02
  An Excursion Steamer Sunk in the Tay
4.   An Excursion Steamer Sunk in the Tay 00:03:33
  The Wreck of the Steamer London while on her way to Australia
5.   The Wreck of the Steamer London while on her way to Australia 00:04:15
  Loch Ness
6.   Loch Ness 00:01:18
  A Descriptive Poem on the Silvery Tay
7.   A Descriptive Poem on the Silvery Tay 00:01:23
  The Battle of Tel-el-Kebir
8.   The Battle of Tel - el - Kebir 00:03:08
  A Tribute to Mr. J. Graham Henderson, The World's Fair Judge
9.   A Tribute to Mr. J. Graham Henderson, The World's Fair Judge 00:01:21
  The City of Perth
10.   The City of Perth 00:01:26
  The Royal Review: August 25, 1881
11.   The Royal Review: August 25, 1881 00:02:14
  An Ode to the Queen on Her Jubilee Year
12.   An Ode to the Queen on Her Jubilee Year 00:03:18
  Beecham's Pills
13.   Beecham's Pills 00:00:42
  The Faithful Dog Fido
14.   The Faithful Dog Fido 00:04:12
  The Albion Battleship Calamity
15.   The Albion Battleship Calamity 00:04:28
  Reminiscences
16.   Reminiscences 00:02:08
  A Brief Autobiography
17.   Brief Autobiography 1 00:05:07
18.   Brief Autobiography 2 00:03:03
19.   Brief Autobiography 3 00:05:03
  The Autobiography of Sir William Topaz McGonagall
20.   The Autobiography of Sir William Topaz McGonagall 00:01:59

Total Playing Time: 00:57:53






Author(s):
McGonagall, William

Reader(s):
Fisher, Gregor

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Poetry

Catalogue No: NA189312

Barcode: 9789626348932

Physical Release: 04/2009

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