Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 062


Fifteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Volume 62 features several introspective essays: by T. S. Eliot (Tradition and Individual Talent), Stephen Leacock (The Decline of the Drama), Carlyle (The Sacredness of Work), and Jonathan Swift (A Meditation Upon a Broomstick). Life questions are further explored by theologians Agrippa von Nettesheim (The Vanity of Arts and Sciences) and Spurgeon (Effectual Calling, Sermon # 73), while spiritualist Andrew Jackson Davis presents his understanding of death and dying (The Portal of the Unknown).

Public and political life are examined by Eltwood Pomeroy (The Follies of Legislators), Henry Ward Beecher (The American Flag), Franklin Hanford (Did Betsy Ross Design the Flag?), and Nicolas de Condorcet (On the Admission of Women to the Rights of Citizenship).

Vol. 62 includes biographical sketches of two men of genius, a scientist, Nikola Tesla (Hugo Gernsback) and a painter, John Singer Sargent (Henry James). Finally, a scientific look at the destructive power of sea waves is complemented by a meditation on nature's grandeur by poet Rupert Brooke, who visits Niagara Falls and is moved to " thoughts of destiny and the passage of empires." - 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 Flag Henry Ward Beecher Etext Dale Grothmann
00:05:11 en
Play 02 The Decline of the Drama Stephen Leacock Etext Peter Thomlinson
00:12:45 en
Play 03 Did Betsy Ross Design the Flag of the United States of America? Franklin Hanford Etext Wayne Cooke
00:21:07 en
Play 04 Effectual Calling, Sermon 73 (1856) Charles H. Spurgeon Etext Leighton Garner
00:36:07 en
Play 05 The Follies of Legislatures Eltweed Pomeroy Etext Colleen McMahon
00:15:32 en
Play 06 John Singer Sargent Henry James Etext Sue Anderson
00:36:45 en
Play 07 A Meditation upon a Broomstick Jonathan Swift Etext Dale Grothmann
00:03:49 en
Play 08 Niagara Falls Rupert Brooke Etext Peter Thomlinson
00:14:08 en
Play 09 Nikola Tesla the Man Hugo Gernsbeck Etext Kane Mercer
00:04:33 en
Play 10 On the Actual Height of Sea Waves Anonymous Etext Availle
00:03:06 en
Play 11 On the Admission of Women to the Rights of Citizenship Nicolas de Condorcet Etext Craig Campbell
00:19:54 en
Play 12 The Portal Of The Unknown Andrew Jackson Davis Etext Dale Grothmann
00:12:16 en
Play 13 The Sacredness Of Work Thomas Carlyle Etext Dale Grothmann
00:02:34 en
Play 14 Tradition and Individual Talent T. S. Eliot Etext Sumit Waghmare
00:26:18 en
Play 15 The Vanity of Arts and Sciences (excerpt) Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim Etext Craig Campbell
00:08:31 en