COMPLETE [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

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COMPLETE [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Cori » Fri 30. Mar 2018, 14:07

The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield 1890 - † 1943

This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: https://legamus.eu/blog/?p=968
Notice, and am gratified by, large clump of crocuses near the front gate. Should like to make whimsical and charming reference to these and try to fancy myself as 'Elizabeth of the German Garden', but am interrupted by Cook, saying that the Fish is here, but he's only bought cod and haddock, and the haddock doesn't smell any too fresh, so what about cod? Have often noticed that Life is like that.

First published in 1930, this charming, funny book is a warm portrait of a middle-class English family and their village life. Our heroine recounts the mundane delights and disasters of her household: dealing with constant money worries, the challenges of finding & keeping a really good parlourmaid, and how best to retain grace towards her fellow humans in the face of their astonishing range of foibles. It's also a wonderfully genuine description of a marriage, with all the little ups and downs of rubbing along with the same person for so many years.
(Summary by Cori Samuel)

Text source: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks08/0800661h.html

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Intro, Outro and Disclaimer for CC0:
At the beginning of each file please say:
[Section number] of The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield. This Legamus recording may be distributed and adapted freely for any purpose.
(if you wish: Read by Cori Samuel**)
[Chapter title]

At the end of each section please say:
End of [Section number]
At the end of the project please say additionally:
"End of The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield. For more information or to volunteer, please visit Legamus.eu"

**Please add your name at the beginning or the end, not in both places.

About recording:
Set your recording software to:
Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

Save files as:
128 kbps MP3
diaryofaprovinciallady_##_delafield.mp3
(all lower-case) where ## is your section number.
(shorten the first part of the filename if too long!)

Add the following tags to your .mp3 file (how you do this depends on which software you use - if you are unsure about ID3 tags, please ask). Please mind upper and lower case!

Title: ## - [Section title]
Artist: E. M. Delafield
Album: The Diary of a Provincial Lady
Genre: Speech
Track Number: Section Number (if sections are numbered from 1, section +1, if sections are numbered from 0)

How to upload your file:
Use http://upload.legamus.eu/ (MC/BC will provide login-info for you).
When your file is uploaded, you will get a link. Please post the link here.


------------for your MC -----------------------------------
Wiki author: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._M._Delafield
Wiki translator:
Wiki book:
published: 1930 / [language: English]
category: fiction, diary / Tags: England, Devon, 1920s, family, home, housekeeping, village life
username: Cori Samuel / http://piratelibrary.com
Section: 12 / preface: [**PREFACE**] / License: CC0
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Post by Cori » Fri 30. Mar 2018, 14:30

Yes, I would love a proof-listener for this project. It's such a fun book! Here's a lovely review of it by Jilly Cooper, if you need some enticing: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/ ... anreview31

It's in a diary format, of course, so I've tried to create sections of about half an hour each, so the whole thing will be about 6 hours long. It's all recorded, so you won't have long waits for each file, wondering what happens next. :D The first chapter is already uploaded, too.

I am going to MC it myself, and hopefully not mess anything up while doing so. :geek:
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Re: solo [ENG] ~ The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Newgatenovelist » Sun 1. Apr 2018, 19:21

Hi Cori,

If you'd like me to DPL, I'd be quite willing. As we've not worked together before, I'll let you know what you're in for!

A specific thing - I'll be away from my desk in late April and early May, which I mention just in case you'd like the project to be catalogued quickly.

General stuff: if I have a text to work from I read along as I PL. I'm absolutely fine doing standard PL, word perfect PL or what I do for most of the readers I PL for, which is to note things that change the meaning. If you would like to make any changes that would be up to you (and most of these wouldn't be noted in standard PL), but it tends to be things such as a proper name, a noticeable mispronunciation, the addition or omission of 'no' or 'not' and things along those lines. I can dial the pedantry up or down as you wish, and of course every new collaboration is a learning process!

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Re: solo [ENG] ~ The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Cori » Mon 2. Apr 2018, 12:46

That would be fantastic, Erin, thank you! Noting meaning-changes would be perfect ... and definitely any mispronounciations (there are a few words that I invariably struggle with, even when I theoretically KNOW how to pronounce them -- happily this book has no 'infinitesimal anemones'!)

I hope you enjoy the book. :D
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Re: solo [ENG] ~ The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Newgatenovelist » Mon 2. Apr 2018, 21:37

Good evening!

Section 1 is fab. I've marked it PL OK, although I'll note one small thing - the intro omits 'Legamus'. I think there is slightly greater flexibility with the disclaimers here than at Librivox, though I'm willing to be corrected on that point!

What a fun chapter. I am sorry that I'll never get to read (or record!) Symphony in Three Sexes!

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Re: solo [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Newgatenovelist » Tue 3. Apr 2018, 23:10

Hi Cori,

Section 2 is very good, and I'm so glad that you've introduced me to Delafield.

I have a couple of PL notes. This is an opportunity to work on what level of PLing you'd like. If these are too stringent, do say so. I don't want you to wince whenever I post in the thread.

At 6.25-6.29, double check the pronunciation of circuitously:
...and approach subject of burnt porridge circuitously and with utmost care.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/defin ... rcuitously

At 19.00, 'December 19th' was omitted


I completely understand that knowing how to pronounce a word and having that come out of your mouth when the mic is recording are two different things. There are a couple of words I look up every single time I prep a section to record, even though I really don't need to by now. I know them, but the wrong thing is just lodged deep in some primitive part of my brain.

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Re: solo [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Newgatenovelist » Wed 4. Apr 2018, 17:17

The plot continues apace. I don't know what Robert will say to her when she gets back from London!

Sections 4 and 5 are PL OK. I have one note for section 3, and, as with everything else, I'll leave you to make the call.

The thing I noticed was at 23.05-23.07:
...(whose son plays the violin [heard 'piano'])...
The lad's violin is mentioned in the following paragraph.

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Re: solo [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Newgatenovelist » Thu 5. Apr 2018, 21:35

Section 7 is PL OK.

I've got a couple of notes for your consideration for section 6:
At 0.33-0.36: £1 9s. [I heard 7s.] 6d.

At 10.29-10.32, double check the pronunciation of circuitously:
I circuitously approach the topic of Barbara.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/defin ... rcuitously

The whole book has been delightful so far, but tonight I was laughing out loud. Thank you for recording this.

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Re: solo [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Newgatenovelist » Sun 8. Apr 2018, 20:49

This is a delight to listen to, and I'm sorry there are only two sections remaining.

Section 9 and 10 are brilliant. I have three very short notes for section 8 for you to weigh up:

2.37-2.40. Check pronunciation of triolet
This week's competition announces itself as a Triolet...
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/triolet

13.56-14.00. Check pronunciation of naphthaline
...and try if smell of open air will remove smell of naphthaline.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/defin ... aphthalene

21.46-21.47. Check pronunciation of tulle - the two main websites I use don't concur, but have a listen
...tulle scarves...
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/tulle
http://howjsay.com/index.php?word=tulle ... 29&flash=n

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Re: solo [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Newgatenovelist » Mon 9. Apr 2018, 20:09

This has been such a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for letting me PL!

Section 12 is PL OK, and beyond OK.

I have two notes for section 11:

4.55-5.02, pronunciation of Teignmouth (this one is me being really fussy!):
Just as we get to its being well known that Mr. W. once threw hand-painted plate with view of Teignmouth right across the bedroom...
http://howjsay.com/index.php?word=teign ... 29&flash=n

28.09-28.12, check pronunciation of circuitously:
...rather circuitously worded by dear Barbara...
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/defin ... rcuitously


The PL notes for the chapters I've marked are just things that I noticed because I was reading along. I don't think I would have commented on them if I'd being doing standard PL, so I'll leave it up to you to work out what, if anything, you'd like to alter.

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Re: solo [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Cori » Sun 22. Apr 2018, 17:44

Thank you! I've fixed almost all of these ... first, the 'Legamus' on every recording (how DID I leave that out!?) And then specific notes:

CHAPTER 2
6.25-ish: approach subject of burnt porridge circuitously and with utmost care.
19.00-ish: 'December 19th' was omitted

CHAPTER 3
23.05-ish: whose son plays the violin

CHAPTER 6
Left - £1 7s. 6d. instead of £1 9s. 6d. Just because my rerecording didn't sound that great, and for the sake of 2 shillings I can't face a third go :D
10.29-ish: I circuitously approach the topic of Barbara.

CHAPTER 8
Left - triolet - I'm going to leave that one, as I wasn't sure either, and had looked it up at 'howjsay' :) It seems to be contested so ... French-ish it is.
13.56-ish: and try if smell of open air will remove smell of naphthaline.
21.46-ish: tulle scarves...

CHAPTER 11
4.55-ish: Mr. W. once threw hand-painted plate with view of Teignmouth right across the bedroom...
28.09-ish: rather circuitously worded by dear Barbara



So funny that 'circuitously' turns out to be another one of those words I've gone my whole life saying incorrectly. Or, hopefully, not saying if I wasn't quite sure.
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Re: solo [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Newgatenovelist » Sun 22. Apr 2018, 21:06

Bravo! All PL OK. Your changes are seamless, too.

This is a terrific book, and I'm very glad you chose it to record. I hope it finds many listeners all over the world, as it absolutely deserves it.

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Re: solo [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Viktor » Mon 30. Apr 2018, 00:25

Sorry for the delay, and congratulations to the finished reading!

The download page is ready:
https://listen.legamus.eu/delafield_dia ... nciallady/

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Post by Cori » Mon 30. Apr 2018, 21:30

No no, I'm the only person who's held this project up, Viktor! Everyone else has been in perfect time. :D Thank you ever so much, I'll finish the blog page shortly.
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Post by Cori » Tue 1. May 2018, 20:25

All done! Thank you again, NGN, for your careful listening and kind comments. :D So much appreciated! Let me know if the page needs any tweaks.

Blog post at: https://legamus.eu/blog/?p=968

So ... cover art, anyone?
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Re: COMPLETE [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Basquetteur » Sat 12. May 2018, 12:13

Cori asked me if I would volunteer to make the cover. Of course I accepted. I will be submitting it soon.

Cheers!

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Re: COMPLETE [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Basquetteur » Thu 24. May 2018, 07:47

Hi

I have now made the cover, checked with Cori and I have uploaded it here:

https://upload.legamus.eu/simple/files/ ... d_1805.jpg

The images used are from the book as published in Gutenberg Australia.

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Re: COMPLETE [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Basquetteur » Sun 17. Jun 2018, 08:32

Hi

I have corrected a typo in the cover. I have uploaded the new version
The link is here

https://upload.legamus.eu/simple/files/ ... d_1806.jpg

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Re: COMPLETE [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Basquetteur » Sun 16. Sep 2018, 17:49

Basquetteur wrote:
Sun 17. Jun 2018, 08:32
Hi

I have corrected a typo in the cover. I have uploaded the new version
The link is here

https://upload.legamus.eu/simple/files/ ... d_1806.jpg

Cheers,

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The cover for this project is ready since more than 3 months. It is uploaded. It seems no ones cares!!!

Kind regards

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Re: COMPLETE [ENG] The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield - cori

Post by Viktor » Sun 30. Sep 2018, 15:15

Hello Basquetteur,

thank you for the cover. It is uploaded now.

It's not that no one cares, it's that not everyone was reachable during summer, or very busy with real life. Now speaking only for my own lack of reactivity - while I wish it were otherwise, it's nothing I can apologize for.

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