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The Art of Fiction

Read by Julie VW


Henry James


A lecture on the art of fiction, given by the English critic Walter Besant on April 25, 1884, and an answer to the lecture by American write…

Magna Carta

Read by Jim Mowatt


Unknown


The original document is in Latin so this can only be a fairly rough approximation of the actual content. The text used is the first version…

The Essays of Francis Bacon

Read by Carl Vonnoh, III


Francis Bacon


Voltaire was an atheist. Diderot was Enlightened. But trite titles seldom encompass completely the beliefs of any individual. And this one f…

The Sunny Side

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A. A. Milne


The Sunny Side is a collection of short stories and essays by A. A. Milne. Though Milne is best known for his classic children's books, espe…

The Wound Dresser

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Walt Whitman


The Wound Dresser is a series of letters written from the hospitals in Washington by Walt Whitman during the War of the Rebellion to The New…

Mark Twain's Journal Writings, Volume 1

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Mark Twain


Volume 1 contains these 12 essays: 1.) "Americans on a Visit to the Emperor of Russia." 2.) "The Austrian Edison keeping scho…

Three Essays on Religion

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John Stuart Mill


The Three Essays on Religion were written at different times during Mill's life, and only published after his death. The first two, 'Nature'…

The Awful German Language

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Mark Twain


If you’ve ever studied German (and maybe even if you haven’t), you’re likely to find this short essay to be hilarious. Published as Appendix…

The Souls of Black Folk

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W. E. B. Du Bois


The Souls of Black Folk is a well-known work of African-American literature by activist W.E.B. Du Bois. The book, published in 1903, contain…

Little Wars

Read by Mark F. Smith


H. G. Wells


A Game for Boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books…

The Crimes of England

Read by Ray Clare


G. K. Chesterton


"Second, when telling such lies as may seem necessary to your international standing, do not tell the lies to the people who know the t…

African-American Collection

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Various


This collection recognizes Black History Month, February 2007. Two excellent resources for public domain African American writing are Africa…

Self and Self-management: Essays about Existing

Read by Ruth Golding


Arnold Bennett


Bennett's essays always provide food for thought and bring a wry smile to the lips. Human nature, it appears, changes little over the ages, …

Southern Horrors: Lynch Law In All Its Phases

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett


Thoroughly appalled and sickened by the rising numbers of white-on-black murders in the South since the beginning of Reconstruction, and by …

Memory: How to Develop, Train and Use It

Read by Roger Melin


William Walker Atkinson


An in-depth series of chapters devoted to the use of our memory system; as the title suggests, how to develop our memory system, how to trai…

Essays, First Series

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Ralph Waldo Emerson


“We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal b…

Eugenics and Other Evils

Read by Gilbert Keith Chesterton


G. K. Chesterton


I think G.K. Chesterton explains his book rather well in his introduction, but it might help to start with a sense of the time in question. …

Collected Works of Saint Patrick

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Saint Patrick


St. Patrick's Breastplate - This prayer is attributed to St. Patrick and his diciples. It is written with some celtic pagan elements, but i…

Orthodoxy

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G. K. Chesterton


"Orthodoxy," a series of essays by Gilbert Keith Chesterton. First published in 1908. "The only possible excuse for this boo…

Miscellaneous Essays of G. K. Chesterton

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G. K. Chesterton


These eleven files are miscellaneous short essays or stories from G.K. Chesterton. They were chosen for not only their brevity but also for …

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