Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 087


"Certitude is not the test of certainty." This pithy phrase is from Jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr's essay on Natural Law, one of twenty nonfiction pieces chosen by their readers for inclusion in volume 087. Selections from Pascal, Josiah Royce, and C.S. Peirce also delve philosophical themes. Builders, warriors, artists, and activists, the many faces of mankind, are illuminated in selections on Ferdinand De Lesseps, Stanislaus Koniecpolski, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, Frederic Edwin Church, the 14th century citizens of Liège, who vanquished Sir Radus' castle, and Simon Pokagon's The Red Man's Rebuke. Major moments in U.S. history are visited in the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga and the Great Chicago Fire. An oft forgotten player in history, the mule, is not neglected, nor are the small turning points along the road of life, epitomized by a New England farm auction. For those in search of humor, there is The Senator's Offer and The Proper Way to Sit. Armchair travelers can visit The Old Town of Edinburgh. And, for the weary, there is a monograph On Being Tired. Summary by Sue Anderson

Genre(s): *Non-fiction

Language: English

Group: Short Nonfiction Collections

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 After Icebergs with the Painter Frederic Edwin Church (1861) Louis Legrand Noble Etext Sue Anderson
00:25:03 en
Play 02 Along New England Roads William Cowper Prime Etext Mahimaraj
00:33:36 en
Play 03 Between My Actions and the Actions of My Model Josiah Royce Etext Craig Campbell
00:11:40 en
Play 04 The Case of the Mule (1911) George Pattullo Etext Mary in Arkansas
00:24:57 en
Play 05 Chickamauga, Useless, Disastrous Battle Smith Dykins Atkins Etext Jeffery
00:40:18 en
Play 06 Ferdinand De Lesseps--Chief Promoter of the Suez Canal Anonymous Etext Availle
00:09:21 en
Play 07 Jan Karol Chodkiewicz (1560-1621) Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed. Etext Piotr Nater
00:04:27 en
Play 08 Letter from the Great Chicago Fire Written In 1871 Thomas Dove Foster Etext David Wales
00:37:24 en
Play 09 Mark Twain Willa Cather Etext Tom Merritt
00:06:56 en
Play 10 Natural Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Etext Sean Dalton
00:09:15 en
Play 11 A Neglected Argument For the Reality of God Charles Sanders Peirce Etext Sean Dalton
00:44:11 en
Play 12 The Old Town of Edinburgh Robert Louis Stevenson Etext BettyB
00:20:11 en
Play 13 On Being Tired Thomas Lauder Brunton Etext Rapunzelina
00:44:29 en
Play 14 The Proper Way to Sit Etext BettyB
00:03:14 en
Play 15 The Real Chaplin Samuel Goldwyn Etext Tom Merritt
00:05:38 en
Play 16 The Red Man's Rebuke Simon Pokagon Etext Larry Wilson
00:26:50 en
Play 17 The Senator's Offer (1923) Anonymous Etext Dale Grothmann
00:03:03 en
Play 18 Stanislaus (Stanisław) Koniecpolski (1591-1646) Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed. Etext Piotr Nater
00:03:26 en
Play 19 Studies on Pascal (excerpt) Alexandre Vinet Etext Craig Campbell
00:05:14 en
Play 20 Vanished Castles Frederick Robert Buckley Etext Dale Grothmann
00:03:13 en