Modern Essays


Read by David Wales

Thirty three essays by more or less well-known authors of Britain, the United States, and Canada, each fronted by an introductory paragraph. Early twentieth or late nineteenth centuries. “I think I can offer you, in this parliament of philomaths [lover of learning], entertainment of the most genuine sort;…as brilliant and sincere work is being done to-day in the essay as in any period of our literature. Accordingly the pieces reprinted here are very diverse. There is the grand manner; there is foolery; there is straightforward literary criticism; there is pathos, politics, and the picturesque. But every selection is, in its own way, a work of art. And I would call the reader's attention to this: that the greater number of these essays were written not by retired æsthetes, but by practising journalists in the harness of the daily or weekly press.” The listener is alerted to the fact that some of the essays have been edited from the original, some lightly, others quite heavily. Published in 1921. ( Author's Preface and david wales) (9 hr 41 min)

Chapters

Preface 9:59 Read by David Wales
American Literature 30:43 Read by David Wales
Mary White 12:51 Read by David Wales
Niagara Falls 15:05 Read by David Wales
The Almost Perfect State 16:08 Read by David Wales
The Man O'War's 'er 'usband 17:30 Read by David Wales
The Market 11:03 Read by David Wales
Holy Ireland 21:11 Read by David Wales
A Familiar Preface 21:19 Read by David Wales
On Drawing 7:56 Read by David Wales
O. Henry 23:04 Read by David Wales
The Mowing Of A Field 25:27 Read by David Wales
The Student Life 29:22 Read by David Wales
The Decline Of The Drama 12:58 Read by David Wales
America And The English Tradition 9:58 Read by David Wales
The Russian Quarter 19:21 Read by David Wales
A Word For Autumn 6:51 Read by David Wales
A Clergyman 16:57 Read by David Wales
Samuel Butler 37:48 Read by David Wales
Bed-Books And Night-Lights 16:26 Read by David Wales
The Precept Of Peace 17:58 Read by David Wales
On Lying Awake At Night 11:10 Read by David Wales
A Woodland Valentine 8:51 Read by David Wales
The Elements Of Poetry 8:00 Read by David Wales
Nocturne 11:05 Read by David Wales
Beer And Cider 19:09 Read by David Wales
A Free Man's Worship 24:39 Read by David Wales
Some Historians 18:55 Read by David Wales
Winter Mist 9:57 Read by David Wales
Trivia 11:35 Read by David Wales
Beyond Life 20:26 Read by David Wales
The Fish Reporter 26:14 Read by David Wales
Some Nonsense About A Dog 10:53 Read by David Wales
The Fifty-First Dragon 20:35 Read by David Wales