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Essays Collection #02, by Various
Here are 20 essays by various authors, covering all kinds of subjects. Some are famous, others are gems ferreted out from chapters or passages in books where they have lain hidden for decades. Britannica defines an essay as "an analytic, interpretive, or critical literary composition usually much shorter and less systematic and formal than a dissertation or thesis and usually dealing with its subjects from a limited and often personal point of view." In short, an essay is neither fiction nor a short story, but a composition designed to educate/persuade more than entertain or inform, though essays sometimes do both, or neither. (Summary by Michele Fry, BC/DPL)
Where to find public domain essays? LV has numerous books containing essays by various authors (search "essays" from the home page), any of which could be a great source of specific titles that appeal to you.
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Rapunzelina wrote: March 20th, 2024, 10:30 am We have a Magic Window!
Fantastic-O! :D
Now we wait and see what comes in. It's a lot like fishing--you never know what you're going to catch.
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Moved to Readers Wanted! 🎣
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Post by elsieselwyn »

Here is an essay on the what is the best way to approach physical health:

Physical Culture by Margaret Warner Morley
file: https://librivox.org/uploads/rapunzelina/essays2_physicalculture_morley_es_128kb.mp3 (33:52)
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Physical Culture is PL OK. Thank you, Elsie. This essay does what it is supposed to do -- get a rise out of the reader. It did that to me, as follows:

Being as I love to cook and eat, have never had a Barbie physique, have never enjoyed any exercise other than swimming, walking and gardening, dislike the gym and participating in competitive sports, I felt the cultural noose tightening around my neck as I listened to Ms. Morley's recommendations. Enough judgment already! She didn't mention "line dancing", which I like and is lots of fun and expends lots of energy -- probably didn't exist in her day. Good posture must be trained, of course, and should be done in school. But convincing children they can never attain health if they were conceived of unhealthy parents is a enormous rock to hang around their necks. I have to disapprove of it for that reason, plus I doubt it is entirely true. My mother had a list of ailments since WWII (digestive and otherwise) that have never afflicted me. I do approve of the loose-fitting clothing bit, dressing for comfort if you want to, preferably outfits with pockets big enough so I don't have to tote a purse around and keep one hand useless for anything but grasping my phone. :lol:
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NEWS BULLETIN:
Essays Collection #1 has already garnered 8.3K views on IA since cataloging 2 weeks ago on March 21st. Looks like it's proving to be popular! That makes me proud and happy. :D
https://archive.org/details/essays01_2403_librivox
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Transylvanian Superstitions by Emily Gerard


https://www.gutenberg.org/files/52165/52165-h/52165-h.htm

length: 1:05:08 (just under the wire!)


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Thanks, I look forward to listening. :)
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PL Notes Translylvanian Superstitions

My what an essay, with so many, many details! Very interesting, and well read. A few notes:

:18 read/recorded for (please make a choice of one: read for or recorded for
10:31 water trough, I think this should be pronounced troff
31:31 repeat, or clergy or catholic clergyman, delete or clergy

As to file length, I often use the Tempo effect in Audacity. By applying Tempo +6 to your file, I was able to shorten the length to 1:01:24, shaving off about 4.5 minutes, without any appreciable difference in quality. No need to do that here, but feel free to experiment with the Tempo Effect.
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PL Notes Translylvanian Superstitions

My what an essay, with so many, many details! Very interesting, and well read. Emily Gerard is quite the writer! A few notes:

:18 read/recorded for (please make a choice of one: read for or recorded for
10:31 water trough, I think this should be pronounced troff
31:31 repeat, or clergy or catholic clergyman, delete or clergy

As to file length, I often use the Tempo effect in Audacity. By applying Tempo +6 to your file, I was able to shorten the length to 1:01:24, shaving off about 4.5 minutes, without any appreciable difference in quality. No need to do that here, but feel free to experiment with the Tempo Effect.
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Post by VOgalUS »

Hi msfry,

I found this elsewhere on the site and it was suggested to read it as an essay -

Can the Church Lead? (1942)
An essay on the place of the Church in modern society.
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nnc2.ark:/13960/t98702g7n

I'd like to narrate it.
VO gal

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VOgalUS wrote: May 1st, 2024, 8:47 am Hi msfry,

I found this elsewhere on the site and it was suggested to read it as an essay -

Can the Church Lead? (1942)
An essay on the place of the Church in modern society.
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nnc2.ark:/13960/t98702g7n

I'd like to narrate it.
Sounds fascinating, and PD! I look forward to adding it to the collection. P.S. I'm soloing Buck's "The Mother" at the moment. She's an astute writer. Enjoy!
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Post by MoonLylith »

fixed version. thanks for the tempo tip!


Transylvanian Superstitions by Emily Gerard


https://www.gutenberg.org/files/52165/52165-h/52165-h.htm

length: 1:05:06


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https://librivox.org/uploads/rapunzelina/essays2_transylvanian_gerard_ml_128kb.mp3
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Transylvanian Superstitions is PL OK.
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