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Favourite Essays is a collection of some of the best-known essays in the English language. Part of an essay’s charm is that it can be about almost anything, and this selection spans a wide variety of subjects both serious and light-hearted, ranging from Swift’s scorching satire on poverty in Ireland to G.K. Chesterton’s witty defence of lying in bed. Including pieces by the great exponents of the genre, these essays deserve a place in the library of every lover of literature.

Disc 1

  Of Idleness
1.   Of Idleness 00:03:50
  Of Slow Speech
2.   Of Slow Speech 00:06:35
  That We Should Not Judge of Our Happiness until After Our Death
3.   That We Should Not Judge of Our Happiness until After Our Death 00:08:00
  Of Truth
4.   Of Truth 00:06:26
  Of Riches
5.   Of Riches 00:08:37
  Of Wisdom
6.   Of Wisdom 00:03:37
  A Modest Proposal
7.   A Modest Proposal 00:08:20
8.   – I have already computed the charge… 00:08:19
9.   – Many other advantages might be enumerated… 00:07:01
  The Tombs in Westminster Abbey
10.   The Tombs in Westminster Abbey 00:08:43

Disc 2

  – It is an inexpressible pleasure…
1.   – It is an inexpressible pleasure… 00:07:36
2.   – The day of people of fashion… 00:05:33
  Solitude not eligible
3.   Solitude not eligible 00:06:13
4.   – Others consider solitude as the parent of philosophy… 00:05:37
  Good Humour
5.   Good Humour 00:06:02
6.   – There are many whose vanity… 00:04:21
  On National Prejudices
7.   On National Prejudices 00:04:51
8.   – Among all the famous sayings… 00:04:02
  Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature
9.   Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature 00:07:24
10.   – It is also usual to compare one man with another… 00:07:45
  Dream Children – A Reverie
11.   Dream Children – A Reverie 00:06:22
12.   – Here John slyly deposited… 00:05:23

Disc 3

  Old China
1.   Old China 00:08:05
2.   – You are too proud to see a play anywhere… 00:07:32
  On Going a Journey
3.   On Going a Journey 00:06:56
4.   – Now I never quarrel with myself… 00:07:57
5.   – One may take one's choice… 00:08:20
6.   – To return to the question I have quitted… 00:05:53
  A 'Now'
7.   A 'Now' 00:06:03
8.   – Now sounds in general are dull… 00:06:19
  On Life
9.   On Life 00:06:59
10.   – What follows from the admission 00:06:34
11.   Midas 00:06:56

Disc 4

1.   Midas (cont.): Why dwell on this aspect of the matter 00:08:44
2.   Ogres 00:07:30
3.   – Yes; they were conquered in the end… 00:07:03
4.   – I say we all of us know ogres. 00:07:34
  The First of May
5.   The First of May 00:07:45
6.   – The romance of spring… 00:06:46
7.   – Granted. We are ready to acknowledge… 00:07:07
  The Extension of the Railways in the Lake District
8.   The Extension of the Railways in the Lake District 00:06:09
9.   – The arguments in favour of the new railway… 00:08:44
  On Lying in Bed
10.   On Lying in Bed 00:04:49
11.   – The tone now commonly taken… 00:04:46

Total Playing Time: 04:55:08

Addison, Joseph; Bacon, Francis; Carlyle, Thomas; Chesterton, G.K.; Dickens, Charles; Goldsmith, Oliver; Hazlitt, William; Hume, David; Hunt, Leigh; Johnson, Samuel; Lamb, Charles; Montaigne, Michel de; Ruskin, John; Shelley, Percy Bysshe; Steele, Richard; Swift, Jonathan; Thackeray, William Makepeace

Jason, Neville

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Period: 20th Century; Renaissance; Romantic

Catalogue No: NA493712

Barcode: 9789626349373

Physical Release: 05/2009

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