[OPEN] Essays Collection #01 - rap

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Essays Collection #01, by Various
(Will edit before cataloging) Collecting 20 essays under an hour each, covering all kinds of subjects. 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, the purpose of an essay is to inform others of your opinions on a particular topic. So, it is neither fiction nor a short story, but a composition designed to educate/persuade rather than entertain, though essays sometimes do both, or neither. Hopefully we will collect some of the best, and each entry will be findable by author, title, and reader, so this is a great place to lift your favorite essays out of other collections or books where they lay hidden within the covers of a book. (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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Love this idea!! Why didn't I think of this first? :lol:
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silverquill wrote: September 29th, 2023, 9:36 am Love this idea!! Why didn't I think of this first? :lol:
Maybe you'll be first to contribute! I reckon you know where the best essays are hidden. :)
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Post by Peter Why »

My essay's ready.

Who's going to be our MC? Should the file name include a two-or-three digit number, rather than a single digit?

And Note 1 in the opening page mentions some green text "below", which isn't.
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Good morning, Peter. You're up early!

essays1 is okay here, as the 01 and 001 refer to section numbers. The files in collections are distinguished by title, author and reader and ordered alphabetically by one or the other of those (I can't remember which). Our discussion above on the 01 and 001 issue refers to the name of the project, which I changed to 01 with high expectations that it proves that popular. :D

Green text added back in. Thanks for catching that.

Feel free to submit your file while we wait for an MC.
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Post by Rapunzelina »

Hi Michele! Let me MC this collection; I'm curious to see how it develops! :D


Can essays be shorter than 4 minutes? I've always imagined them to be long, extensive, opinionated pieces :lol:
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Here you go. I had a little trouble with the way the author used the English language, so my emphasis may not match the meaning. Please ask me to rerecord if you spot something like that.

https://librivox.org/uploads/rapunzelina/essays1_exciseofficers_paine_py_128kb.mp3

(37.39)

Author: Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Wiki for author: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Paine

Title: The Case of the Officers of Excise

First published in 1772

Text source: https://archive.org/details/bim_eighteenth-century_the-case-of-the-officers_paine-thomas-_1772
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Rapunzelina wrote: October 1st, 2023, 11:58 am Hi Michele! Let me MC this collection; I'm curious to see how it develops! :D


Can essays be shorter than 4 minutes? I've always imagined them to be long, extensive, opinionated pieces :lol:
Great! And let me take out that 4 minute reference. I certainly don't want to suggest short, shallow pieces. :mrgreen:
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Thanks, Peter! I look forward to listening soon.
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Just moved to Readers Wanted!
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Thank you Peter. And our first effay is "in the can", read perfectly from stem to stern, despite all those 17th century f's for s's. Great job! :thumbs:

Seriously?: In reference to Excise workers: "A Complaint of Drunkenneſs, Negligence, or Ignorance, is certain Death by the Laws of the Board."
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Yes, the fairly frequent mention of "capital" punishments and that certain death worried/puzzled me. I hope he was exaggerating.

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Peter Why wrote: October 2nd, 2023, 11:03 am Yes, the fairly frequent mention of "capital" punishments and that certain death worried/puzzled me. I hope he was exaggerating.

Peter
Thomas Paine, a journalist, exaggerate? Surely not! Too bad we can't include more background on the history and significance of this essay, but here are some insights only recently discovered: https://allthingsliberty.com/2019/11/the-rise-of-thomas-paine-and-the-case-of-the-officers-of-excise/
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Post by Peter Why »

An interesting article. The commisioner who, according to the book quoted in the article, asked Paine to work on the pamphlet, was probably the one Paine referred to in it.

The book mentioned in the article might mention the possible capital punishments.

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Here is my first contribution. I will need someone for PL duties. Perhaps Peter would reciprocate????

from Thomas Paine's The American Crisis, Crisis 1 (These are the times that try men's souls)
https://librivox.org/uploads/rapunzelina/essays1_crisis1_paine_mtf_128kb.mp3 22:10

https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/3741/pg3741-images.html#link2H_4_0005
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