The London Library of Recorded English is a collection of recorded poetry and prose that features the works of renowned figures in English language literature including John Keats, Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth, and others read by acclaimed artists, actors, writers, and broadcasters including Dylan Thomas, Jill Balcon, Robert Eddison, Cecil Day-Lewis, and Carleton Hobbs. The albums of the collection are arranged by form and by era and feature lyric poetry and Shakespearean drama. The series, originally released on Alpha Records in the late 1940s and on Britam Classic Recordings in the mid-1960s, was co-edited by V.C. Clinton Baddeley and Joseph Compton. All have long been out-of-print. The acquisition of The London Library of Recorded English expands on the already-significant poetry and prose recordings in the Smithsonian Folkways catalog.