[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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[Free eBook] Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic by Carl Rollyson [20th C Literary Biography]

Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic by Carl Rollyson, a professor of journalism at the The City University of New York, is his literary biography of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1991 by Paragon House under the title The Lives of Norman Mailer: A Biography and later reprinted in 2008 by the author himself via self-publishing service iUniverse, in an updated version with extra material covering Mailer’s later work.

This biography of 20th century literary figure Norman Mailer, twice the recipient of the Pultizer Prize and the National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, was notable back when first published for making use of the author’s unpublished letters and manuscripts, as well as interviews with his friends and foes. The book draws connections between various formative influences and life events and Mailer’s creative output, also using them to trace the roots of assorted personal and professional controversies, and received favourable reviews from various outlets.

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