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
Henry David Thoreau
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:
<p>Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) was an essayist, poet, and the leader of the transcendentalist movement in the United States. A prolific writer, Emerson published dozens of essays and addresses, including “Self-Reliance” and “The American Scholar,” which Oliver Wendell Holmes declared the “intellectual Declaration of Independence.”</p><p>A staunch supporter of individualism as well as man’s connection with the natural world, Emerson is, in addition to being a transcendentalist pioneer, one of the most important figures in the American romantic movement. Emerson inspired many contemporary writers, like Henry David Thoreau, his lifelong friend and mentee.</p>
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Jim Killavey
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Walter Covell

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