Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 083


“Oh, mother, I would like to know everything.” “You can never know everything, my child, but you can learn many things from books.” According to children's book author James Baldwin (1841-1925), book reading was the key to success in life (Read and You Shall Know). Several vol. 083 selections tackle the thorny questions of how to foster open-mindedness, creativity, and compassion in the child and adult: (The Road to Success; Young People and Insurance; William Paley on Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy; Letter from Françoise d'Aubigné; Looking Ahead for Democracy (1919): How Five Notable Women Were Educated; Winter Talk; and the Fantastic Imagination). Even Rural Free Mail delivery, new in 1900, is seen as effecting a “social revolution.” Invention and science are celebrated in Eratosthenes; Who is Browning?; and Light House Illumination. Heroism in wartime is honored in The Death of the Lusitania and Murder at Sea; while the evils of warfare are made plain in Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt; Bull Run; and Comanche of Custer’s Command. Rounding off the collection are the Decline of Drama; and Brendan, the search for a mythical island. Summary by Sue Anderson

Genre(s): *Non-fiction

Language: English

Group: Short Nonfiction Collections

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 Brendan Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed. Etext Piotr Nater
00:03:31 en
Play 02 Bull Run Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed. Etext Tatiana Chichilla
00:10:23 en
Play 03 Comanche of Custer's Command Earl H. Emmons Etext Dale Grothmann
Play 04 The Death of the Lusitania Phoebe Sledge Amory Etext Availle
00:30:47 en
Play 05 Decline of Drama Stephen Leacock Etext Penny Witt
00:14:48 en
Play 06 Eratosthenes (c.176-c.194 B.C.) Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed. Etext Piotr Nater
00:03:58 en
Play 07 The Fantastic Imagination George MacDonald Etext Devorah Allen
00:17:35 en
Play 08 Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt: Early Names of Pittsburgh Streets Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Etext Tatiana Chichilla
01:03:49 en
Play 09 How Five Notable Women Were Educated Kate Sanborn Etext J. M. Smallheer
00:17:23 en
Play 10 Letter from Françoise d'Aubigné To Mme. de Fontaine April 20, 1713 Françoise d'Aubigné Etext Craig Campbell
00:03:56 en
Play 11 Light House Illumination - The Electric Light Michael Faraday Etext Michele Fry
00:24:57 en
Play 12 Looking Ahead For Democracy (1919) Arthur Sullivant Hoffman Etext Dale Grothmann
00:02:44 en
Play 13 Murder at Sea Archibald Hurd Etext KevinS
00:51:24 en
Play 14 The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy 1785, Excerpt William Paley Etext Craig Campbell
00:46:14 en
Play 15 Read, And You Will Know James Baldwin Etext Jacqueline Burrell Walton
00:02:39 en
Play 16 The Road to Success Silas X. Floyd Etext Jacqueline Burrell Walton
00:04:19 en
Play 17 Rural Free Delivery of Mail (1900) Percy Sanford Heath Etext Mary in Arkansas
00:23:56 en
Play 18 Who Is Browning? Anonymous Etext Dale Grothmann
Play 19 Winter Talk (1859) Henry Ward Beecher Etext Sue Anderson
00:05:54 en
Play 20 Young People and Life Insurance Silas X. Floyd Etext Jacqueline Burrell Walton
00:04:30 en