This is an essay from the Favorite Essays collection.
Here, in this unusual collection, are some of the greatest essays in Western literature. Witty, informative and imaginative, the topics vary from starvation in Ireland, fine China, the extension of railways in the Lake District, and the tombs in Westminster Abbey. A little like after-dinner monologues, they are passing thoughts expressed as journalism. Neville Jason reads with urbane clarity.
Neville Jason performs a series of short, famous essays that are perfect to fill those spare 10 or 20 minutes with musings from our world's greatest thinkers. In this audio essay, Jason performs Oliver Goldsmith's essay from 1760, "On National Prejudices". Goldsmith, author of the play She Stoops to Conquer, harps on the ridiculousness of unquestioned nationalism, bemoaning how even England's most educated gentlemen do not feel as citizens of the world. Jason's clear enunciation and deliberate pacing make Goldsmith's antiquated syntax approachable for modern audiences. Meanwhile, Jason gets Goldsmith's grandiose, if not arrogant, tone spot-on.
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