This excerpt from the Favorite Essays collection features Joseph Addison’s "The Tombs in Westminster Abbey", a fascinating and elegiac reflection on one of England’s most beloved buildings. Addison’s rich, dense prose covers a great deal of ground, describing his own visits to the Abbey and philosophizing in fits and starts about the nature of mortality and memory as he considers each monument in turn.
Performed with aplomb by Neville Jason, this thought-provoking audiobook is poignant and affecting; Jason’s rolling tones perfectly complement this essay’s preoccupation with remembrance, and with the grand trappings of historical preservation.
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.