[Free eBook] The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford by Arthur Mizener [20th C Author Biography]

The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford by the late author Arthur Mizener, a literary critic and English professor at Cornell University, is his vintage 20th century literary author biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Harper & Row and was later republished in 1985 by Carroll & Graf.

This biography explores the life of early 20th century author and editor Ford Madox Ford known for his classic The Good Soldier, among other novels, who was influential and successful in his day and encouraged many other notable authors, but was also troubled by many personal and professional issues.

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[Free eBook] The Tavern by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1930s Spain Literary Novel]

The Tavern by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage literary fiction drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1935 by Victor Gollancz.

The story is set in Andalucia, Spain, exploring the various colourful personalities who frequent a small tavern and the married couple own it, where tensions arise when one owner tries to allow a wealthy local patron to use it to arrange extramarital liaisons and the other sabotages the plan, leading to reprisals and other unexpected occurrences.

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[Free Audiobook] The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [Children’s Classic Novel]

The Secret Garden by the late [Frances Hodgson Burnett][author-link] is her classic children’s journey of self-discovery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This beloved children’s classic novel, originally published in 1911 and adapted many times to film, tells the tale of an abruptly orphaned girl who discovers a secret garden at her uncle’s manor, which has been neglected since the death of her aunt, and becomes transformed by her experience working to save it. This reading is narrated by Josephine Bailey.

Offered worldwide through November, available as a DRM-free MP3 download directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Romantik 5 [18th-19th C Romanticism Era Literature & Culture Studies]

Romantik 05 edited by Robert W. Rix and a number of others from various universities in Europe is the 5th issue in the Romantik: Journal for the study of Romanticisms series of academic journals featuring multi-disciplinary articles and reviews on the topic of various aspects of the Romantic Era of the late 18th to mid 19th century and/or publications about them, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for November.

This issue is focused on mainly literature and adjacent arts, but also features essays on nationalistic history-building and other diverse related topics, as well as reviews of recent Romanticism-related books.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through November, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Love and Other Wounds by Jordan Harper [Literary Crime Thriller Stories]

Love and Other Wounds by Jordan Harper is a collection of his literary thriller short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The collection contains short stories mainly exploring the human condition via crime themes, with an occasional touch of romance gone wrong.

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[Free eBook] Granada Window by Marguerite Steen [Vintage Spain Cultural Travelogue]

Granada Window by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage cultural history cum travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1949 by The Falcon Press.

The book is a combined introductory cultural history and personal travelogue memoir of Spain, a country which the author would later settle in, which combines a look at its literature, history, and heritage alongside a tour of the region of Andalusia, sprinkling in her own experiences encountering the Andalusian people during her travels, and observations of cultural differences between Britain and Spain.

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[Free eBook] Shades of Gay: An Erotic Novel by David Clarke [LGBT Literary Fiction]

Shades of Gay: An Erotic Novel by David Clarke is his erotic literary fiction novel with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The story explores the resilience of relationships and the nature of sex addiction, as a gay couple breaks up over the revelation of infidelity prompted by one partner being unable to resist the urge to engage in casual sex with other men, leading him to lose himself in meaningless encounter after encounter with strangers, gradually realizing the importance of what he has lost with his one true love.

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[Free eBook] The Debate Continues: Being the Autobiography of Marjorie Bowen by Marjorie Bowen [20th C Author Autobiography]

The Debate Continues: Being the Autobiography of Marjorie Bowen by the late English author Marjorie Bowen, a prolific multi-genre novelist who wrote under many other pseudonyms during the early mid-20th century and had several works adapted to film, is her vintage autobiography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1939 by William Heinemann Ltd, and there’s a retrospective article about Bowen and her works as part of The Independent’s “Forgotten Authors” series, if you’re interested.

This autobiography details her early life spent in poverty and troubled family relationships as well as her attempts at self-education, and subsequent writing influences and career decisions.

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[Free eBook] Someone to Love by Lucy Scala [Italian Contemporary Fiction with Romance]

Someone to Love by Lucy Scala, a pseudonym for Italian author Lucrezia Scali is her standalone contemporary/women’s fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2015 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Te lo dico sottovoce, and is translated by Chloé Ercoli Bannister.

The story is set in Turin, Italy, and stars a career-dedicated veterinarian with a past string of unhappy love affairs and bad blind dates, who unexpectedly starts meeting a number of men who might turn out to be the right one, this time around. NB: apparently this is not that focused on people romantically falling in love, so much as an exploration of the different varieties of love in one’s life and there may be an unusual resolution, according to the customer reviews. YMMV.

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[Free eBook] Cosmic Banditos by A. C. Weisbecker [SFnal Quantum Physics Comedy]

Cosmic Banditos by A. C. Weisbecker his standalone comedic speculative/literary fiction novel with science fiction elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1986 by Random House’s Vintage Books imprint, and was later reprinted by their New American Library line under the title Cosmic Banditos: A Contrabandista’s Quest for the Meaning of Life, in a 2001 revised edition with a new introduction, which is offered here, and was apparently a cult classic, back in the day.

The story is a somewhat satirical speculative literary journey of self-discovery featuring a zany romp through quantum physics concepts as former drug-smugglers turned muggers who thereby unexpecedly acquire a visiting Professor’s physics texts and postcards from his daughter begin to learn and develop their own theories about life, the universe, and everything from them, embarking on a strange road trip (which may or may not involve time travel) to track the owners down and argue relativity, among other things.

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