Great American Essays

Genre: Literary

Great American Essays

Hear some of the greatest American essays ever written! This unabridged collection covers a multitude of subjects, including philosophy, politics, turkeys, and dogs. It includes Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'Self-Reliance;' Henry David Thoreau's 'Walking' and 'Civil Disobedience;' Mark Twain's 'Hunting the Deceitful Turkey;' Benjamin Franklin's 'Reply to a Begging Letter;' and Thomas Paine's 'The American Crisis.' You'll also hear 'The Union and Its New Constitution' by Alexander Hamilton; 'The Art of Publicity' by P. T. Barnum; John Burroughs's 'A Life of Fear;' Bradford Torry's 'A Short Month;' Eugene Field's 'Other People's Dogs;' and James Russell Lowell's 'Abraham Lincoln.'

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Run time: 8 hours
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Author
Mark Twain

Biography:
Mark Twain is the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910). He is the author of the beloved classics The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and The Prince and the Pauper.
Author
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Biography:
Herman Melville said that Ralph Waldo Emerson possessed a 'self-conceit so intensely intellectual that at first one hesitates to call it by its right name,' though he later admitted Emerson was 'a great man.' Both were probably true. The Sage of Concord gave more than 1500 speeches in his lifetime, and Self-Reliance is probably his most important work.
Author
Henry David Thoreau
Narrator
Jim Killavey
Narrator
Walter Covell

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