Favourite Essays: An Anthology

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Favourite Essays: An Anthology

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NA493712

Release date:

27th April 2009

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9789626349373

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4 hours 54 minutes

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Favourite Essays: An Anthology


Michel de Montaigne (1553–1592) – ‘Of Idleness’, ‘Of Slow Speech’ and ‘That We Should Not Judge of Our Happiness until After Our Death’

Francis Bacon (1561–1626) – ‘Of Truth’, ‘Of Riches’ and ‘Of Wisdom’

Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) – ‘A Modest Proposal’

Joseph Addison (1672–1719) – ‘The Tombs in Westminster Abbey’

Richard Steele (1672–1729) – ‘A Day in London’

Samuel Johnson (1709–1784) – ‘Solitude not eligible’ and ‘Good Humour’

Oliver Goldsmith (1730–1774) – ‘On National Prejudices’

David Hume (1711–1776) – ‘Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature’

Charles Lamb (1775–1834) – ‘Dream Children – A Reverie’ and ‘Old China’

William Hazlitt (1778–1830) – ‘On Going a Journey’

Leigh Hunt (1784–1859) – ‘A ‘Now’’

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) – ‘On Life’

Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) – ‘Midas’

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863) – ‘Ogres’

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) – ‘The First of May’

John Ruskin (1819–1900) – ‘The Extension of the Railways in the Lake District’

G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936) – ‘On Lying in Bed’


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Here, in this unusual collection, are some of the greatest essays in Western literature. Witty, informative and imaginative; the topics vary from starvation in Ireland, fine China, the extension of railways in the Lake District and the tombs in Westminster Abbey. A little like after-dinner monologues, they are passing thoughts expressed as journalism. Neville Jason reads with urbane clarity.

Michel de Montaigne: Of Idleness

Of Idleness

Michel de Montaigne: Of Slow Speech

Of Slow Speech

Michel de Montaigne: That We Should Not Judge of Our Happiness until After Our Death

That We Should Not Judge of Our Happiness until After Our Death

Francis Bacon: Of Truth

Of Truth

Francis Bacon: Of Riches

Of Riches

Francis Bacon: Of Wisdom

Of Wisdom

Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal

– I have already computed the charge…

– Many other advantages might be enumerated…

Joseph Addison: The Tombs in Westminster Abbey

The Tombs in Westminster Abbey

Richard Steele: – It is an inexpressible pleasure…

– It is an inexpressible pleasure…

– The day of people of fashion…

Samuel Johnson: Solitude not eligible

Solitude not eligible

– Others consider solitude as the parent of philosophy…

Samuel Johnson: Good Humour

Good Humour

– There are many whose vanity…

Oliver Goldsmith: On National Prejudices

On National Prejudices

– Among all the famous sayings…

David Hume: Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature

Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature

– It is also usual to compare one man with another…

Charles Lamb: Dream Children – A Reverie

Dream Children – A Reverie

– Here John slyly deposited…

Charles Lamb: Old China

Old China

– You are too proud to see a play anywhere…

William Hazlitt: On Going a Journey

On Going a Journey

– Now I never quarrel with myself…

– One may take one's choice…

– To return to the question I have quitted…

Leigh Hunt: A 'Now'

A 'Now'

– Now sounds in general are dull…

Percy Bysshe Shelley: On Life

On Life

– What follows from the admission?

Thomas Carlyle: Midas

Midas

Midas (cont.): Why dwell on this aspect of the matter?

William Makepeace Thackeray: Ogres

Ogres

– Yes; they were conquered in the end…

– I say we all of us know ogres.

Charles Dickens: The First of May

The First of May

– The romance of spring…

– Granted. We are ready to acknowledge…

John Ruskin: The Extension of the Railways in the Lake District

The Extension of the Railways in the Lake District

– The arguments in favour of the new railway…

G.K. Chesterton: On Lying in Bed

On Lying in Bed

– The tone now commonly taken…

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