Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 056


Fifteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Topics include the impact of World War I on human society and endeavor: In 1916, Woodrow Wilson declares that "real glory" comes from wartime "self-sacrifice," and Wilson's call is taken up by an American officer on the front ranks who writes that he could "not have wished a better way to die than for a righteous cause and one's country." Meanwhile, German industrialists experiment with textile fibers made from wood pulp and nettles, as cotton supplies are cut off, and an American sculptress, Anna Chapman Ladd works with the Red Cross to create portrait masks for soldiers, whose faces have been maimed in battle. Other topics include science: teaching children about static electricity by rubbing a cat's fur, a 1945 tsunami that destroyed the Scotch Cap lighthouse in Alaska and killed the five coast guardsmen stationed there, and photographer Wilson Bentley explaining how he captures images of snowflakes on film. Eastern and Western philosophy are represented with excerpts from Lau Tzu, Soren Kierkegaard, and Thomas Browne. Finally, there is a humorous essay from Robert Benchley: "Coffee, Meggs, and Ilk." -summary by Sue Anderson

The Experiment with the Cat was translated by Florence Constable Bicknell.
Preliminary Expectoration was translated by Lee M. Hollander.
The Sayings of Lao Tzu was translated by Lionel Giles.

Genre(s): *Non-fiction

Language: English

Group: Short Nonfiction Collections

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 Coffee, Meggs, and Ilk Robert C. Benchley Etext VfkaBT
00:09:52 en
Play 02 Experiments with Nettles as a Substitute for Cotton in WWI Anonymous Etext Sue Anderson
00:09:01 en
Play 03 Letter by An American Officer, 1918 Anonymous Etext Helen Z. Ferrara
00:01:56 en
Play 04 Matthew, Chapter 25, The World English Bible World English Bible Etext VfkaBT
00:06:58 en
Play 05 New Faces for Old: Anna Coleman Ladd and the Studio for Portrait Masks Anonymous Etext Helen Z. Ferrara
00:07:49 en
Play 06 A Non-denominational Prayer for Armistice Day Anonymous Etext Helen Z. Ferrara
00:02:05 en
Play 07 Photographing Snowflakes Wilson Alwyn Bentley Etext Availle
00:10:06 en
Play 08 Preliminary Expectoration, from Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling, Part 1 Soren Kierkegaard Etext Craig Campbell
00:23:54 en
Play 09 Preliminary Expectoration, Part 2 Soren Kierkegaard Etext Craig Campbell
00:25:56 en
Play 10 Recipes for Eatmor Fresh Cranberries Anonymous Etext Roger Melin
00:06:46 en
Play 11 Scotch Cap Lighthouse Station United States Coast Guard Etext Phil Schempf
00:07:18 en
Play 12 Self Sacrifice Thomas Woodrow Wilson Etext Helen Z. Ferrara
00:01:29 en
Play 13 Static Electricity: The Experiment with the Cat Jean-Henri Fabre Etext VfkaBT
00:04:16 en
Play 14 Tao in its Transcendental Aspect and in its Physical Manifestation Lao Tzu Etext Nemo
00:09:00 en
Play 15 Un-man Not Thyself Thomas Browne Etext Craig Campbell
00:06:40 en