Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 057


Fifteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Natural cataclysm is the subject of several readings: the 1899 Alaskan earthquake, which uplifted cliffs at Yakutat Bay 47 feet; a terrifying forest fire in Northern Wisconsin in 1899; the fiery sunsets which followed the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in 1883; a storm at sea which sank the English frigate Anson in 1807; and the explosion of a hydrogen-filled dirigible over Chicago in 1919. Natural beauty, also a topic, includes a guide to the Antrim coast of Ireland, observations on Black Walnut trees and the communal life of Yellow-Jacket wasps, and an essay on how to paint reflections. Two colloquies of Erasmus explore a young woman's choice to become a nun and the "preposterous judgments" of people who value the names of things more than the Things themselves. Progress--envisioned as the age of electricity; changes in burglary; and Nostradamus' prognostications for the future round out the volume. -summary by Sue Anderson

Elizabeth G. Peckham was the co-author of "Communal Life of Yellow-Jacket Wasps"
Fifty Quatrains of Nostradamus was translated by Theophilus de Garencières

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Essays & Short Works

Language: English

Group: Short Nonfiction Collections

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 The Black Walnut D. B. Wier Etext April6090
00:04:50 en
Play 02 Can Radio Ignite Balloons Nikola Tesla Etext Availle
00:17:47 en
Play 03 Communal Life of Yellow-Jacket Wasps George Williams Peckham Etext Sue Anderson
00:21:11 en
Play 04 Fifty Quatrains from Nostradamus Nostradamus Etext Craig Campbell
00:14:49 en
Play 05 A Forest Fire in Northern Wisconsin John L. Bracklin Etext Phil Schempf
00:16:22 en
Play 06 The Great Alaskan Earthquakes of 1899, Part 1 Charles Davison Etext J. M. Smallheer
00:28:38 en
Play 07 The Great Alaskan Earthquakes of 1899, Part 2 Charles Davison Etext J. M. Smallheer
00:10:42 en
Play 08 A Guide to the Giant's Causeway, Ireland Anonymous Etext Colleen McMahon
00:36:13 en
Play 09 The Krakatoa Sunsets Gerard Manley Hopkins Etext Sue Anderson
00:16:15 en
Play 10 The Loss of His Majesty's Frigate Anson Anonymous Etext Lynne T
00:21:38 en
Play 11 Modern Burglar's Strange Evolution Anonymous Etext Colleen McMahon
00:06:57 en
Play 12 Of Things and Words Desiderius Erasmus Etext Craig Campbell
00:17:07 en
Play 13 Painting Reflections Sir Alfred Edward East Etext Sue Anderson
00:16:20 en
Play 14 Progress Anonymous Etext April6090
00:04:31 en
Play 15 The Virgin Averse to Matrimony Desiderius Erasmus Etext Craig Campbell
00:30:11 en