Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 073


Twenty short nonfiction works chosen by the readers. "Salve! ye dumb hearts. Let us be still and wait by the roadside." With these words, Kate Chopin decries the "crushing feet, the clashing discords, the ruthless hands and stifling breath” that power the “mad pace" of everyday life. Broadway: the Backbone of New York presents a more up-beat view of city life. Reflections on difficult times are the substance of several volume 073 readings (The Influenza Epidemic of 1918; Plague in Ireland in the Tudor Period; Soren Kierkegaard in his Life and Literature; and Remarks to Madame Curie); while the clash of people and cultures is examined in Everyday Japan (1903), the Passing of Princess Kaiulani, Inca Land, Northern Europe and the Swiss Confederation, the Struggle between the Teutonic Order and Poland, and Pan-Turanism. Individual response to life's stresses and demands is the theme of Women Friendships, The Unadmiring, Spittler's Prometheus and Epimetheus, and Martha Maxwell, Taxidermist. Imagining the pleasures of home, Robert Louis Stevenson, in his The Ideal House, writes that "Bold rocks near hand are more inspiriting than distant Alps," and concludes "even greatness can be found on the small scale; for the mind and the eye measure differently." The mind-eye divide is what allows the illusionist to create amusing hand shadows (Dog and Rabbit); the novelist to create worlds from words (John Galsworthy, A Notable Englishman); and the mathematician Sir William Rowan Hamilton, to inscribe, with his pocket knife, in the stone of Brougham Bridge, the fundamental formula for quaternion multiplication, which had come to him in a flash of inspiration as he was out walking with his wife. Summary by Sue Anderson

Northern Europe and the Swiss Confederation and The Struggle Between the Teutonic Order and Poland were translated by John Henry Wright -

Genre(s): *Non-fiction

Language: English

Group: Short Nonfiction Collections

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 Broadway: New York's Backbone (1905) Emma Archer Osborne Etext BettyB
00:10:33 en
Play 02 Carl Spitteler’s Prometheus and Epimetheus Carl Gustav Jung Etext Craig Campbell
00:23:46 en
Play 03 Everyday Japan (1903) Mabel Loomis Todd Etext BettyB
00:09:52 en
Play 04 The Ideal House Robert Louis Stevenson Etext Paul Fleischman
00:13:54 en
Play 05 Inca Land: Discovery of Machu Picchu Hiram Bingham Etext hayduo
00:22:19 en
Play 06 John Galsworthy - a Notable Englishman Frank Harris Etext Availle
00:24:34 en
Play 07 Martha Maxwell, Taxidermist, at the Centennial Exposition (1876) Mary Emma Dartt Thompson Etext Sue Anderson
00:19:08 en
Play 08 Northern Europe and the Swiss Confederation in the Fourteenth Century Hans Prutz Etext Piotr Nater
00:35:53 en
Play 09 Novel Hand Shadows: Dog and Rabbit William Hilliar Etext Sue Anderson
00:08:49 en
Play 10 Pan-Turanism (1917) Theodore Lothrop Stoddard Etext KevinS
00:30:02 en
Play 11 The Passing of Princess Kaiulani Ella Wheeler Wilcox Etext Anita Sloma-Martinez
00:06:57 en
Play 12 Plague In Ireland In The Tudor Period Charles Creighton Etext ChadH94
00:05:00 en
Play 13 A Reflection Kate Chopin Etext April6090
00:02:10 en
Play 14 Reflections on the Influenza Epidemic that Afflicted Washington, D.C. (1918) Francis J. Grimké Etext TriciaG
00:28:27 en
Play 15 Remarks by President Harding to Madam Curie Warren G. Harding Etext Anita Sloma-Martinez
00:07:25 en
Play 16 Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865) Alexander Macfarlane Etext hayduo
00:36:20 en
Play 17 Soren Kierkegaard in his Life and Literature Adolph Hult Etext Craig Campbell
01:08:02 en
Play 18 The Struggle Between the Teutonic Order and Poland until 1466 Hans Prutz Etext Piotr Nater
00:35:20 en
Play 19 The Unadmiring Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie Etext Kelly S. Taylor
00:11:45 en
Play 20 Women Friendships Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie Etext Kelly S. Taylor
00:08:00 en