Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 061


Seventeen short nonfiction works in the public domain independently chosen by the readers. Volume 61 features articles and essays on both current and timeless topics, ranging from whether marijuana is addictive (U.S. Gov.) to what constitutes foolish behavior (Erasmus, Gelett Burgess). Sermons in Stone, an essay by Oscar Wilde on classic sculptures displayed at the British Museum, is complemented by an actual sermon (The Carnal Mind, Enmity Against God by Spurgeon), while Frederick William Shelton muses on the fleeting beauty of a ripe peach (Incidents in a Retired Life). Truth and lies, luck, and individuality are essay topics by Mark Twain and John Stuart Mill.

Festive food (a recipe for Snow Pudding and Chocolate Sauce) is juxtaposed to a graphic account of Poisoning by Canned Goods, while A.A. Milne writes on the joys of fresh celery as an Autumn treat. Vol. 61 includes two historical accounts of tragedies: the wreck of the steamship Princess Sophia off the coast of Alaska in 1918 and the murder of abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy in Alton, Illinois in 1837. Finally, a retelling of how British landscape artist John Constable sold his first painting rounds out this nonfiction collection. - Summary by Sue Anderson

Genre(s): *Non-fiction

Language: English

Group: Short Nonfiction Collections

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 The American Invasion Oscar Wilde Etext Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)
00:10:33 en
Play 02 The Carnal Mind, Enmity Against God, Sermon #20 Charles H. Spurgeon Etext Leighton Garner
00:46:15 en
Play 03 Classification of Fools Desiderius Erasmus Etext Dale Grothmann
00:04:25 en
Play 04 Elijah Lovejoy, Abolitionist Journalist, Killed at Alton, Illinois, 1837 Henry Tanner Etext Sue Anderson
00:37:48 en
Play 05 Incidents In A Retired Life William Henry Shelton Etext Dale Grothmann
00:11:23 en
Play 06 Individuality As One Of The Elements Of Well-Being John Stuart Mill Etext Dale Grothmann
00:05:18 en
Play 07 Is Marijuana Addictive? National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Etext Craig Campbell
00:04:43 en
Play 08 John Constable Sells His First Landscape Painting (1814) Charles Robert Leslie Etext Sue Anderson
00:04:04 en
Play 09 Luck Mark Twain Etext Dale Grothmann
00:12:13 en
Play 10 Marijuana's Lasting Effects on the Brain Nora Volkow Etext Craig Campbell
00:08:53 en
Play 11 My First Lie Mark Twain Etext Dale Grothmann
00:20:13 en
Play 12 Poisoning by Canned Goods John G. Johnson Etext Colleen McMahon
00:36:58 en
Play 13 Sermons in Stone at Bloomsbury the New Sculpture Room at the British Museum Oscar Wilde Etext Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)
00:06:37 en
Play 14 Snow Pudding and Chocolate Sauce Maria Parloa Etext Availle
00:02:46 en
Play 15 The Use of Fools Frank Gelett Burgess Etext Dale Grothmann
00:08:46 en
Play 16 A Word For Autumn A. A. Milne Etext Dale Grothmann
00:06:51 en
Play 17 Wreck of Princess Sophia Report Aulay MacAulay Morrison Etext Phil Schempf
00:17:30 en