Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 048

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(4.1 stars; 4 reviews)

Fifteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Topics include philosophy and thought--Phtah-Hotep, Petrarch, Diderot, Bertrand Russell, and the Weymouth New Testament; adventure and travel--a survival story by Mark Twain and a woman's sojourn in Saltillo, Mexico; immigration and war--Benjamin Franklin on the assimilation of German speakers, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the League of Nations, and an essay on potatoes and war; geology--on the origins of chalk; a critique of one-act plays, a biography of H.H. Munro (Saki), and Emerson's advice to Thoreau to clear his brain by writing poetry.

Aphorisms by Diderot was translated by Margaret Jourdain
Petrarch's Secret was translated by William H. Draper
The Instruction of Ptah-Hotep was translated by Battiscombe G. Gunn (5 hr 32 min)


Aphorisms 15-22 (1746) 16:00 Read by Craig Campbell
Emerson and Thoreau, November 10, 1838 4:24 Read by Sue Anderson
Forty-Three Days in an Open Boat 54:45 Read by KHand
A Free Man's Worship 24:48 Read by Gerwin Kramer
Gettysburg Address 2:07 Read by Esther Kamas
The Instruction of Ptah-Hotep 31:48 Read by Arthur Krolman
Little Nations (An Essay on the League of Nations) 13:32 Read by Availle
A Memoir of H. H. Munro 22:07 Read by Phil Schempf
On a Piece of Chalk, a Lecture to Working Men 49:04 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Petrarch's Secret (excerpt) 19:39 Read by Craig Campbell
Potatoes and War 3:06 Read by VfkaBT
An 1880's Sojourn in Saltillo, Mexico 48:13 Read by Sue Anderson
Tabloid Drama (review of Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays 5:29 Read by VfkaBT
Welfare and Immigration: Letter to Peter Collinson, May 9, 1753 17:34 Read by Michele Fry
Weymouth New Testament--James 20:21 Read by VfkaBT