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.
In the 19th century, English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray became well known for satirical essays like "Vanity Fair". Here, "Ogres", selected by performer Neville Jason, describes awful monsters who wreck the lives of everyone around them. Period music sets the tone from the start. Neville Jason performs this biting piece in all of its curmudgeonly glory. With years of experience in theatre, Jason handles old-fashioned syntax and the occasional French word easily. Jason has won both a Talkies Award and an AudioFile Earphone Award.
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