Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 085


"A regard for decency, even at the cost of success, is but the regard for one's own dignity" was novelist Joseph Conrad's take on fame, a quote from the preface to his autobiography A Personal Record (1912). Other lives chosen by readers to examine in vol. 085 include the Borgias; the Cynocephali; Hermann von Helmholtz; Edgar Allan Poe; John Burroughs; a pre-Revolutionary War magnate named Browne, who built a mansion on the ridge of a hill; women as a social class; and an 1821 rabies victim named Thomas, who exhibited hydrophobia. Political history receives scrutiny in Some Materials and a Possibility; The House Famine; Cracow; The Dutch East India Company; and Across Africa by Air and Rail. The art of Japanning illuminates an ancient craft. Literature, by Irvin Cobb, is welcome humor. And for hungry souls, there are recipes for ice cream and for Army chow! Summary by Sue Anderson.

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Essays & Short Works

Language: English

Group: Short Nonfiction Collections

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 Across Africa by Air and Rail (1923) Frank G. Carpenter Etext BettyB
00:12:38 en
Play 02 The Borgias Frederick Robert Buckley Etext Dale Grothmann
00:04:35 en
Play 03 John Burroughs' Memories of His Boyhood John Burroughs Etext Sue Anderson
01:13:16 en
Play 04 Browne's Folly Nathaniel Hawthorne Etext Veronica Maresh Mead
00:07:10 en
Play 05 Cracow (Pol. Kraków) Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed. Etext Piotr Nater
00:10:09 en
Play 06 The Cynocephali (From The Library of Photius) Photios I of Constantinople Etext Craig Campbell
00:06:01 en
Play 07 Dutch East India Company Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed. Etext Piotr Nater
00:09:47 en
Play 08 Edgar Allan Poe, Part 1, An Appreciation Unknown Etext George Emerson
00:20:15 en
Play 09 Edgar Allan Poe, Part 2, Life James Russell Lowell Etext George Emerson
00:25:25 en
Play 10 Edgar Allan Poe, Part 3, Death Nathaniel Parker Willis Etext George Emerson
00:23:38 en
Play 11 A Familiar Preface Joseph Conrad Etext Peter Thomlinson
00:22:25 en
Play 12 Hermann Von Helmholtz, an Autobiographical Sketch Hermann von Helmholtz Etext Michele Fry
00:39:37 en
Play 13 The House Famine Anonymous Etext Dale Grothmann
00:02:55 en
Play 14 Hydrophobia Anonymous Etext Mary in Arkansas
00:02:24 en
Play 15 Ice Cream and Ices Anonymous Etext BettyB
00:14:22 en
Play 16 Japanning Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed. Etext Availle
00:03:20 en
Play 17 Literature Irvin S. Cobb Etext Mary in Arkansas
00:24:02 en
Play 18 Of Women Owen Feltham Etext Craig Campbell
00:05:07 en
Play 19 Recipes Used in the Cooking Schools, U. S. Army United States Army Etext James R. Hedrick
00:49:47 en
Play 20 Some Materials and a Possibility Cecil Chesterton Etext Peter Thomlinson
00:20:38 en