Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 059


Sixteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Volume 59 contains an eclectic mix of readings, ranging from a description of a Coney Island elephant colossus to meditations on mental telepathy and baseball. Philosophical essays by Leibniz, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Francis Bacon and William Blake touch on the topics of truth, prejudice, poetic genius, suicide, and preparation for a Christian life. An educator at a women's college in the early 1920's bemoans the decline in the way high school girls dress for school and recommends a "serge jumper dress, made with a washable under blouse." In the same span of years, a female reporter, going undercover to research conditions in the Detroit House of Corrections has herself arrested and is "stripped to the skin and searched for narcotics" and then made to don prison garb: "a faded gingham coverall, prison-made and drab." A medical doctor, writing in the 1870's, examines the connection between clean living and longevity, while a historian discusses how slave labor was employed in the salines of Southern Illinois. Native American Indian speech patterns are explored in an essay on the evolution of language, while a a chapter from a children's science book explains what happens "when the dew falls." Lastly, a spirited defense of the Bodleian as a research institution rather than a circulating library rounds out this volume of the nonfiction collection. Preparation for a Christian Life III was translated by Lee M. Hollander.

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

Language: English

Group: Short Nonfiction Collections

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 All Religions Are One William Blake Etext Gerwin Kramer
00:02:29 en
Play 02 Appropriate Clothes for the High School Girl Virginia M. Alexander Etext Colleen McMahon
00:25:50 en
Play 03 The Colossal Elephant of Coney Island Scientific American Etext J. M. Smallheer
00:08:55 en
Play 04 Fear and Trembling: Introduction and Preparation Soren Kierkegaard Etext Craig Campbell
00:15:39 en
Play 05 Further Remarks On The Policy Of Lending Bodleian Printed Books And Manuscripts Henry William Chandler Etext Donald Cummings
00:31:52 en
Play 06 How to Pitch to Babe Ruth Ring Lardner Etext Utek
00:04:52 en
Play 07 Human Longevity Joseph R. Buchanan Etext Lynne T
00:18:49 en
Play 08 I Have Been in Hell! Or, In Search of Prison Knowledge Jeanie MacPherson Etext Colleen McMahon
00:20:05 en
Play 09 Leibniz's Critique of Locke's Essay on Human Understanding Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Etext Craig Campbell
00:14:30 en
Play 10 Mental Telegraphy Again Mark Twain Etext Thomas Rose
00:16:20 en
Play 11 Of Truth Sir Francis Bacon Etext Gerwin Kramer
00:06:12 en
Play 12 On the Evolution of Language John Wesley Powell Etext Availle
00:47:18 en
Play 13 On Suicide Arthur Schopenhauer Etext Gerwin Kramer
00:13:39 en
Play 14 Preparation For a Christian Life III Soren Kierkegaard Etext Craig Campbell
00:05:58 en
Play 15 The Salines of Southern Illinois George W. Smith Etext Sue Anderson
00:57:53 en
Play 16 When the Dew Falls Jean May Thompson Etext Sue Anderson
00:15:28 en