Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 063

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Twenty short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Volume 63 features essays on a variety of topics: the emotion of the multitude in drama (Yeats), audience (Encyclopedia Britannica), corpulence and diet (Banting), charity (Ambrose Bierce), the forgotten man (Sumner), murder (DeQuincey), suicide (Bierce), free masonry (Albert Pike), the poetic principle (Poe), and the evils of slavery (Othello). Excerpts from Kierkegaard explore his philosophy. Biographical sketches include Calamity Jane, Joseph Glidden, Lucy Bakewell Audubon, and J. M. W. Turner, while Joseph Conrad speaks to his own life in A Familiar Preface. Rounding out the volume is a fascinating 1674 meet-up with a miraculous sea-monster (probably a giant squid). Summary by Sue Anderson (6 hr 17 min)


Audience 2:33 Read by Availle
Joseph Glidden and Barb Wire Fencing 20:42 Read by Sue Anderson
Calamity Jane 17:04 Read by Colleen McMahon
The Case Of The Forgotten Man Farther Considered (1883) 30:01 Read by Craig Campbell
Charity 4:52 Read by Dale Grothmann
Emotion of Multitude 4:12 Read by Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)
Essay on Negro Slavery, No. 1 16:20 Read by Wayne Cooke
Essay on Negro Slavery, No. 2 18:30 Read by Wayne Cooke
A Familiar Preface 22:27 Read by Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)
Knight Kadosh 28:47 Read by Dale Grothmann
The Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth 14:26 Read by Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)
Letter on Corpulence: Addressed to the Public (3rd Edition) 53:43 Read by TriciaG
A Miraculous Sea-Monster (1694) 9:13 Read by Timothy Ferguson
Preparation For a Christian Life, The Pause (1) 27:27 Read by Craig Campbell
Preparation For a Christian Life, The Pause (2) 16:34 Read by Craig Campbell
The Poetic Principle 37:33 Read by Josh Kibbey
The Present Moment (Introduction) 6:26 Read by Craig Campbell
Recollections of Audubon Park 18:17 Read by Christopher Hoving
The Right to Take Oneself Off 9:55 Read by Dale Grothmann
J. M. W. Turner's Sketchbooks, A Sampling 18:27 Read by Sue Anderson