Caedmon Audio

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Caedmon Audio
FounderBarbara Holdridge, Marianne Roney
Distributor(s)HarperAudio
GenreSpoken Word
Country of originUnited States
Official websiteCaedmon Audio
 
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Caedmon Audio
FounderBarbara Holdridge, Marianne Roney
Distributor(s)HarperAudio
GenreSpoken Word
Country of originUnited States
Official websiteCaedmon Audio

HarperCollins Audio is a record label that specializes in audio books and other literary content. Formerly Caedmon Records, the name was changed when the label switched to CD-only production. Its marketing tag-line was Caedmon: a Third Dimension for the Printed Page.

History[edit]

Caedmon was formed in 1952 by college graduates Barbara Holdridge and Marianne Roney. Its first release was a collection of poems by Dylan Thomas as read by the author himself. The company went on to record other notable writers reading their own works, such as W. H. Auden, Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and many more. The label expanded further to encompass other types of spoken word recordings, including children's stories, speeches, plus English- and foreign-language classics. Theater performances were also staged for the label, starring either the Shakespeare Recording Society or the Theatre Recording Society, depending on the playwright. These performances included many famous actors and actresses, including Anthony Quayle, Claire Bloom, Richard Burton, Albert Finney, John Gielgud, Siobhán McKenna, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Felix Aylmer, Paul Scofield, Alec McCowen, Donald Pleasence, Ralph Richardson, Max Adrian and Maggie Smith among others. Other notable readers for the label included Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, and Louis Jourdan.

Raytheon, who also owned D. C. Heath and Company, bought Caedmon in 1971. Harper & Row (now HarperCollins) purchased the label in 1987.[1]

Selected discography[edit]

This partial discography (first 100 recordings) provides an idea of the range of literary and acting talent that Caedmon was able to record and distribute.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitgang, Herbert. “Recorded Books Help Make the Ear Faster than the Eye” (August 27, 1987). Retrieved from The New York Times.com on June 14, 2009.