[Free eBook] Thomas Hardy’s World: An Illuminating Biography by Molly Lefebure [19th C Literary Author Biography & Cultural History]

Thomas Hardy’s World: An Illuminating Biography by the late British author Molly Lefebure, a WWII London Blitz reporter turned novelist and scholar who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is her literary author biography with a touch of cultural history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1996 by Carlton Books.

This biography of the late British novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, whose classic novels have been studied and adapted to many media, looks into both the man himself and his personal life and relationships, as well as the greater Victorian social and political milieu which surrounded and influenced him and his works.

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[Free eBook] The Classical Greek Reader by Kenneth J. Atchity [Ancient Greece Historical Source Texts Introduction]

The Classical Greek Reader by Kenneth J. Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, introductory historical source text sampler, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1996 by Henry Holt & Co as part of their Henry Holt Reference Books line, credited as by Kenneth John Atchity, and later picked up by Oxford University Press as part of their Oxford Paperbacks line.

This introductory reader contains excerpted translated period writings from various sources, both well-known and obscure, across many topics throughout the classical era of Ancient Greece, accompanied by brief pieces about each author and giving more contextual information to aid in understanding their times.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The King of Inventors: A Life of Wilkie Collins by Catherine Peters [Literary Author Biography]

The King of Inventors: A Life of Wilkie Collins by Catherine Peters, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is her biography of the classic Victorian novelist, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1991 by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd. This biography of 19th century author Wilkie Collins, a contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens and the author of the classic and influential early mystery/suspense novels The Moonstone and The Woman in White, explores his life, influences, friends, and literary legacy.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Classic Literature]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of fantastic discovery, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 17th, are as follows:

  • Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older, is his debut young adult urban fantasy novel set in modern Brooklyn, starring an artistically talented girl who discovers that she can wield a special hidden magic that infuses spirits into artworks, but also killers targeting these shadowshapers, who believe her to be hiding a family secret they want; Scholastic Audiobooks, read by Annika Noni
  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, is his vintage classic literary fiction story about a man who one day wakes up as a giant cockroach, and how his day goes from there; from Naxos Audiobooks, read by Martin Jarvis

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 17th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

This is the final week of the promotion, and I hope you’ve enjoyed whichever selections you might have been interested in.

[Free eBook] E. M. Forster: A Biography by Harry T. Moore [Vintage 20th Century Literature Study]

E. M. Forster: A Biography by the late Harry T. Moore, a university professor and literary critic who was twice the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, is his vintage early 20th century author biography cum literature study, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1965 by Columbia University Press as #10 in their Columbia Essays On Modern Writers series.

This literary biography examines the life and outlook of early 20th century English author E. M. Forster—who wrote such classic novels as A Passage to India, A Room With A View, and Maurice—using selected works including his novels and more, to flesh out a portrait of his writing and personality as seen via his creations.

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[Free eBook] The Personality of Chaucer by Edward Wagenknecht [14th C Author Literature Study & Biography]

The Personality of Chaucer by the late Edward Wagenknecht, a prominent professor and literary critic who taught at Boston and Harvard University, among others, is his academic literary analysis cum quasi-biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1968 by University of Oklahoma Press.

This is a reasonably accessibly-written academic study of the seminal 14th century Middle English author Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote The Canterbury Tales alongside many other early literary classics, striving to recreate a picture of the man behind the words via examining the references and themes in his work. The author seems careful to note just how much of his derived conclusions are basically glorified conjecture extrapolated from the few known facts (apparently comparatively little information actually survives about Chaucer other than his work), and includes extensive annotations.

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[Free eBook] Hamsuns sultekunstner by Peer E. Sørenson [Norwegian Literature Study & Artistic Influence]

Hamsuns sultekunstner (Hamsun’s hunger artist) by Peer E. Sørenson, a professor emeritus from the Nordic Institute as well as Aarhus University, is his Danish-language book about Norwegian literature studies and international art history, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for June. This lavishly-illustrated Danish-language book focuses on the late Norwegian Nobel Prize-winning author Knut Hamsun‘s famous novel Sult (Hunger) and its enduring artistic influence, which was international in scope and hailed as a precursor to certain 20th century modern literary styles.

Apparently this is specifically not an analysis of the actual novel, but instead concentrates on its reception and effect, which includes contributions to modernism & surrealism, and trickle-down influence on assorted later authors from around the world. It’s also illustrated with quite a lot of pictures of what are either artworks directly inspired by the novel and its themes, or the works of artists somehow influenced by it, in the author’s view.

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

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, History Essays, Historical Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, are as follows:

  • The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, is her young adult historical literary fiction coming of age novel, set during the 1960s and based on a real-life child evacuation program known as Operation Pedro Pan, starring a Cuban girl and her brother sent alone to the U.S. to flee Castro’s revolution, and their experiences adjusting to a new life; from Ideal Audiobooks, read by Kyla Garcia
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois, is his classic seminal compilation of literary essays about the history and experience of African-American life in the generations shortly after the abolition of slavery; from Dreamscape Media, read by Rodney Gardiner

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity [Classical Greek Literature Studies]

Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, is his vintage classical literature studies text, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1978 by Southern Illinois University Press as part of their Literary Structures series and credited as by Kenneth John Atchity and contains a foreword by series editor the late John Gardner, who was a notable novelist and literary critic in his own right.

The book thoroughly examines and interprets the titular classic ancient Greek epic from what was hailed as a fresh perspective at the time, and as Atchity’s Ph.D. dissertation, was awarded Yale University’s John Addison Porter Prize.

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[Free Audiobook] Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [Children’s Classic Novel]

Anne of Green Gables by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery is the 1st novel in her beloved children’s classic series of novels starring a plucky orphan on Prince Edward Island, free for a limited time courtesy of Tantor Audio.

This was their featured Free Book of the Month selection for May, narrated by Shelly Fraser, and if you are interested, you can still get it here @ their webstore for the next few hours.

Offered until the end of May, as DRM-free MP3s available worldwide (accompanied by a PDF ebook of the public domain novel to read along with), directly from the publisher’s webstore (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info).