Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 054

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Sixteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Topics include Science and Exploration--a tribute to Egyptologist Amelia Edwards, and discourses on gravitation and relativity by Georges-Louis Le Sage and Ralph Sampson; Sociology and Society--Julio Guerrero on the Mexican character, reflections on life from Kierkegaard's Diapsalmata, Immanuel Kant on religious education, the fate of romance in the King of Siam's harem, nickelodeons, and the tragic results of an 1851 fire on small businesses in New York's Bowery; Nature--how weeds spread, animal coloration, and mountaineering in the Rockies; as well as a biography of Buster Keaton, and a treatise on British hat making in the age of Top Hats with styles named the Bang-Up and the Vis-a-Vis. (summary by Sue Anderson) (5 hr 19 min)


Alpine Climbing in America 26:22 Read by Phil Schempf
Buster Keaton--Hard Knocks Make a Man 6:26 Read by Andrea Kotzer
Conflagration in the Bowery 9:02 Read by Colleen McMahon
Diapsalmata from Either/Or (1843) 7:08 Read by Craig Campbell
How Weeds Spread 15:34 Read by Sue Anderson
Kierkegaard, Søren Aabye (1813-1855) 2:43 Read by Craig Campbell
Mexican Atmosphere 5:11 Read by VfkaBT
The Newtonian Lucretius (aka The Le Sage Theory of Gravitation) 49:16 Read by Rapunzelina
On Gravitation and Relativity; being the Halley lecture, delivered on June 12, … 49:21 Read by Availle
The Philosophy of Animal Colours 17:31 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Popular Nickelodeon 13:05 Read by Andrea Kotzer
The Process of Hat-Making Explained 18:46 Read by Phil Schempf
The Queen of Egyptology: Amelia B. Edwards 33:10 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Religious Education 1803 9:54 Read by Craig Campbell
Tuptim and Balat, from The Romance of the Harem, Part 1 21:20 Read by VfkaBT
Tuptim and Balat, from The Romance of the Harem, Part 2 34:24 Read by VfkaBT