[Free eBook] Cleopatra by Ernie Bradford [Vintage Biography & Historiography]

Cleopatra by the late English author Ernie Bradford, a noted mid-20th century historian who specialized in Mediterranean and naval topics, is his vintage royalty historical biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Hodder & Stoughton. The book is an older, accessibly-written scholarly work which examines the sources then-available during the mid-20th century to present a picture of the life and deeds of last Queen of ancient Egypt contrary to the then-popular public perception of her as a notoriously infamous seductress, and also contains a touch of historiography as the author reflects upon her past portrayals throughout earlier times.

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[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] Sean O’Casey: A Life by Garry O’Connor [20th C Irish Political Playwright Biography]

Sean O’Casey: A Life by British author Garry O’Connor, an award-winning playwright and novelist also known for his theatre biographies, is his biography of the titular late Irish playwright, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1988 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This biography apparently focuses on the early/mid-20th century Irish playwright and memoirist Séan O’Casey‘s reinvention of his identity as he embraced his national heritage and mingled political and social consciousness with his creative work, becoming the first to write plays about Dublin working class folk, among other pioneering contributions to drama.

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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] Winston Churchill: An Informal Study of Greatness by Robert Lewis Taylor [Vintage Historical Biography]

Winston Churchill: An Informal Study of Greatness by the late Robert Lewis Taylor, a novelist and journalist who won the 1959 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, is his vintage historical figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1952 by Doubleday.

This biography of the iconic mid-20th century British Prime Minister focuses more on his earlier private life than his later publicly-renowned deeds, starting with the historical background of his immediate family and the influence of their ancestry, and going on to explore the years Churchill spent as a student, journalist, and soldier before entering politics.

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[Free eBook] Three Great Impresarios: Emperors of Song by Freddie Stockdale [Opera Company Founders Biography]

Three Great Impresarios: Emperors of Song by British author Freddie Stockdale, the founder of a small opera touring company as well as a pseudonymous crime novelist, is his historical musical arts figure biography cum business history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1998 by John Murray.

This book presents a joint biography of three colourful musical history figures, Colonel James Mapleson, Oscar Hammerstein I, and John Christie, who were impresarios—private businessmen who established opera companies and employed the great stars of the day—during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as they experienced both spectacular success and spectacular disaster with their assorted ambitious ventures.

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[Free eBook] Goughie: The Life of General Sir Hubert Gough by Anthony Farrar-Hockley [WWI Military Biography]

Goughie: The Life of General Sir Hubert Gough by the late British author Anthony Farrar-Hockley, a distinguished British Army general turned military historian, is his vintage historical military figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1975 by Hart-Davies, MacGibbon Ltd.

This biography of General Sir Hubert Gough, a British Army general who played a prominent role in a number of important battles during World War I but later fell prey to political scapegoating and controversy, covers the entire length of his career, from the late Victorian days to the post-WWI years.

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[Free eBook] Into the Darkness Laughing: The Story of Jeanne Hébuterne, Modigliani’s Last Mistress by Patrice Chaplin [Early 20th C Artist Biography]

Into the Darkness Laughing: The Story of Jeanne Hébuterne, Modigliani’s Last Mistress by British author Patrice Chaplin is her historical arts figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Virago. This biography of Jeanne Hébuterne, an aspiring artist who was also the lover and frequent model of early 20th century painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani, who both died tragically young, examines her life and their relationship.

The author, a journalist as well as novelist, drew upon previously unseen documents and artworks, as well as interviews with Hébuterne’s surviving friends and their families.

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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] The Other Side of the Moon: The Life of David Niven by Sheridan Morley [Classic Actor Biography]

The Other Side of the Moon: The Life of David Niven by the late British author Sheridan Morley, a broadcaster and drama critic who briefly had a theatre biography prize named for him, is his show business celebrity biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1985 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

This comprehensive biography of the classic Hollywood actor David Niven, who starred in many popular films including an installment of the James Bond franchise (and was author Ian Fleming’s preferred choice to play the role), draws upon specially-conducted interviews with many of Niven’s colleagues, as well as friends and members of his family, and was originally published shortly after his death.

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