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Compiled by Richard Seltzer
147 Classic Books of Essays
Compiled and Indexed by Richard Seltzer
B&R Samizdat Express - November 11, 2004
Genre: History, Literature
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - December 12, 2004
Please note: As of 6/10/2005, this CD now contains 170 books.
Richard Seltzer new CD collection of books entitled simply Essays contains the text of more than 145 books of essays from around the world. This collection excludes travel and autobiographical essays, which can be found in other CD book collections that have been compiled by Seltzer such as Time Travel: Classic Travel and Tourism Books and Real People: Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs, Diaries, etc....
The essays in this collection consist of works by authors from the United States, Britain, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Ancient Greece, Italy, Ancient Rome, and Russia. All those works which were not originally written in English are presented in English translation.
This anthology of essays includes works by such greats as Erasmus, Alexander Pope, John Stuart Mill, John Bunyan, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Sir Francis Bacon, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and Plutarch, just to name a few. Most of the essays in this collection deal with political, religious, philosophical, social, or economic issues, however literary and narrative essays are also well represented.
Reading these essays will give you a solid education on the art of essay writing. This collection will introduce you a wide body of essay styles, including the expository, persuasive, informal, research, and literary forms of essays. You'll also find a selection of outstanding authors whose essays have influenced Western thought. A sample of the works that you will find in this collection includes:
This collection of essays serves as an excellent reader and reference collection. It is well suited for use by students at both the high school and college level, and for use by homeschoolers. All the texts in this collection are stored in plain text files (ASCII) and they are fully accessible with computer screen reading and magnification programs.
- A Modest Proposal, by Jonathan Swift.
- Walden, by Henry David Thoreau.
- Reconstruction, by Frederick Douglass.
- A Vindication of the Rights of Women, by Mary Wollstonecraft.
- Confessions, by Jean Jacques Rousseau.
- Of Education, by John Milton.
- The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. Du Bois.
- The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli.
- Science and Art, by Leo Tolstoy.
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- The Naked Eye, by Desmond Morris.
Morris has a keen eye for detail and a ready wit that will have you chuckling as you read this fascinating book filled with autobiographical and natural history essays slash travel monologues that chronicle Morris's adventures in observing human behavior around the globe.
- Drama, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
215 plays by 47 playwrights, including works in English, Spanish, German, French, plus works in English translation. Plays included in this collection range from the complete plays of Gilbert and Sullivan to Chitra, the renowned Indian masterpiece by Rabindranath Tagore. (Compact Disc)
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