Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 053


Twenty short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Topics include History--Jocelyn de Brakelond's 13th century chronicle of the Bury St. Edmund monastery, Lorenzo de Medici's Florence, the voyage of the Mayflower, and Mark Twain's essay Stirring Times in Austria; Philosophy--Kierkegaard and Leibniz; Speeches, Sermons, and Diary Entries from Abraham Lincoln, Robert Ingersoll, and Queen Victoria; Literature--a tribute to George Meredith and a critique of Mencken's The American Language; and Nature and the Natural World--George Mallory outlining the route to the summit of Mt. Everest, Newton's proof of the elliptical orbits of planets, native bees, pear tree blight, fruit soups, and a description of a grain of wheat.

Panegyric on Abraham was translated by Lee M. Hollander. (Summary by Sue Anderson)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction

Language: English

Group: Short Nonfiction Collections

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 Address in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. February 22, 1861 Abraham Lincoln Etext Melvin Lee
00:03:40 en
Play 02 A Critique of Mencken's The American Language Anonymous Etext VfkaBT
00:12:00 en
Play 03 Demonstration that Planets Move In Ellipses Sir Isaac Newton Etext Availle
00:23:40 en
Play 04 Descartes' Proof of God (1700-1701) Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Etext Craig Campbell
00:08:13 en
Play 05 Fruit Soups Riley Maria Fletcher Berry Etext Melanie T
00:03:01 en
Play 06 A Letter on Pear Tree Blight Jared Potter Kirtland Etext Melanie T
00:05:50 en
Play 07 Lorenzo de'Medici Rules in Florence Zenith of Florentine Glory (A.D. 1469) William Henry Oliphant Smeaton Etext VfkaBT
00:34:05 en
Play 08 Mount Everest, The Route to the Summit George Mallory Etext Phil Schempf
00:15:20 en
Play 09 Native Bees Beatriz Moisset Etext Sue Anderson
00:25:36 en
Play 10 Neither Dorking Nor the Abbey: A Tribute to George Meredith J. M. Barrie Etext Lynne T
00:07:09 en
Play 11 On the Theme of Substance: Description of a Grain of Wheat Ella Ervilla Kellogg Etext Melanie T
00:04:09 en
Play 12 Panegyric on Abraham Soren Kierkegaard Etext Craig Campbell
00:24:17 en
Play 13 Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving. October 3, 1863 Abraham Lincoln Etext Melvin Lee
00:04:15 en
Play 14 The Shrine of St. Edmund Jocelyn de Brakelond Etext Melanie T
00:21:30 en
Play 15 Stirring Times in Austria, Part 1 Mark Twain Etext William Allan Jones
00:47:02 en
Play 16 Stirring Times in Austria, Part 2 Mark Twain Etext William Allan Jones
00:38:34 en
Play 17 A Thanksgiving Sermon, Part 1 Robert G. Ingersoll Etext Michele Fry
00:37:42 en
Play 18 A Thanksgiving Sermon, Part 2 Robert G. Ingersoll Etext Michele Fry
00:33:05 en
Play 19 The Training of a Sovereign, Extract on the Theme of "Love" Queen Victoria Etext Melanie T
00:07:41 en
Play 20 The Voyage of the Mayflower William Bradford Etext Melvin Lee
00:07:46 en