Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 069


"It seemed as if a total dissolution of nature was taking place" is the way 15-year old Alexander Hamilton described living through a hurricane ("The West Indian Hurricane of 1772"). Other natural and man-made disasters chronicled in vol. 069 are "The Eruption of Mt. Asama of 1783," "The Great Chicago Fire," and "The Siege of Nicaea (1096-1097)." Society and social reform are treated from a variety of viewpoints: "Tatlings: Epigrams (1922)," "Wooed a 'Marjorie Daw' for 14 Years," Petty Management" (Florence Nightingale), "The Public Schools of Today," "What a Colored Man Should Do to Vote," "Patriotism and Government" (Tolstoy), the "Prison Journal of Stephen F. Austin," and Fichte's "My Will is Mine." Books and reading are given their due in "Women Writers of the 17th and 18th Centuries," "The Art of Reading," and Benchley's humorous "The Most Popular Book of the Month." The tenets of Calvinism are explained in a short essay. Oliver Goldsmith presents his novel theory about the origin of marine fossils found on dry land. Listeners are introduced to the exploits of San Francisco resident Joshua Norton, who proclaimed himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States." And, finally, an essay on "The Art of Packing" dating from the era of steamer trunks should bring a smile to today's backpack and roller bag travelers. Summary by Sue Anderson

Genre(s): Essays & Short Works

Language: English

Group: Short Nonfiction Collections

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 The Art of Packing (1906) Katherine Hamilton Hough Etext BettyB
00:08:18 en
Play 02 The Art of Reading Ainsworth Rand Spofford Etext David Wales
00:38:47 en
Play 03 Calvinists John Hayward Etext ChadH94
00:05:01 en
Play 04 The Eruption of Mt. Asama of 1783 Issac Titsingh Etext Availle
00:09:15 en
Play 05 The Great Chicago Fire, A Letter Thomas Dove Foster Etext Anita Sloma-Martinez
00:28:24 en
Play 06 The Most Popular Book Of The Month Robert C. Benchley Etext Dale Grothmann
00:09:26 en
Play 07 My Will Is Mine Johann Gottlieb Fichte Etext Craig Campbell
00:07:35 en
Play 08 Of Fossil Shells and Other Extraneous Fossils Oliver Goldsmith Etext Craig Campbell
00:16:15 en
Play 09 Norton I: Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico Robert Ernest Cowan Etext TriciaG
00:29:05 en
Play 10 Patriotism and Government Leo Tolstoy Etext Josh Mitteldorf
00:52:40 en
Play 11 Petty Management Florence Nightingale Etext ChadH94
00:12:03 en
Play 12 Prison Journal of Stephen Austin, 1833-1835, Part 1 Stephen Fuller Austin Etext Sue Anderson
00:36:06 en
Play 13 Prison Journal of Stephen Austin, 1833-1835, Part 2 Stephen Fuller Austin Etext Sue Anderson
00:45:26 en
Play 14 The Public Schools of Today (1906) Mary H. Northend Etext BettyB
00:07:04 en
Play 15 The Siege of Nicaea (1096-1097) George Proctor Etext Mike Overby
00:10:19 en
Play 16 Tatlings: Epigrams (1922) Sybil Cookson Etext David Wales
00:44:58 en
Play 17 West Indian Hurricane of 1772 Alexander Hamilton Etext KevinS
00:10:43 en
Play 18 What a Colored Man Should Do to Vote Anonymous Etext Mike Overby
00:08:55 en
Play 19 Women Writers in the 17th and 18th Centuries Donald Alexander Mackenzie Etext KevinS
00:15:36 en
Play 20 Wooed a "Marjorie Daw" for Fourteen Years Anonymous Etext Colleen McMahon
00:20:30 en