[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] An Eastern Odyssey: The Early Adventures of Edward Enfield by Edward Enfield [1950s East Asia Travelogue Memoir]

An Eastern Odyssey: The Early Adventures of Edward Enfield by English author Edward Enfield, a former BBC television presenter and newspaper columnist, is his personal memoir cum travelogue, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This is one of their original publications by an established author who has previously written humorous bicycling travelogues published by Bloomsbury and Summersdale.

This travelogue memoir deals mostly with his coming-of-age as a young man in the Far East during the 1950s after having been a child evacuated to Canada during the London Blitz, seeing him return to England for education, join the National Service and travel abroad, taking employment with a shipping company which sent him to Asia where he experienced an assortment of life adventures while stationed in Hong Kong, Japan, Bangkok in Thailand, and elsewhere.

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[Free eBook] A Portrait of Lord Nelson by Oliver Warner [Vintage 19th C Military Biography]

A Portrait of Lord Nelson by the late British author Oliver Warner, considered a distinguished naval historian during the mid-20th century, is his vintage military historical figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1958 by Chatto & Windus.

This vintage biography explores the life and times and achievements of the 19th century British admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, a legendary figure from the Napoleonic Wars, and his lasting cultural impact.

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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 eBook] A Pride of Terrys by Marguerite Steen [Vintage Theatre Arts Family Biography]

A Pride of Terrys 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 theatre artist group biography cum partial memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey PRess imprint.

This was originally published in 1962 by Longmans, Green & Co Ltd.

This book comprises a biographical history and character studies of various members of the prominent Terry family of British actors who became a theatrical dynasty during the late 19th century and onwards, whose members included award-winning actor and film director John Gielgud. Many of the family were personal acquaintances or professional colleagues of the author, who was for a time a member of one of their theatre companies, as well as a close friend of Dame Ellen Terry.

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[Free eBook] Seven Stages by Geoffrey Trease [Vintage Theatrical Figures Biography]

Seven Stages by the late English author Geoffrey Trease, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature who was known for his meticulous historical research and contributions to children’s literature, is his vintage artistic figures biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1964 by William Heinemann.

The book was meant as a set of introductory biographical portraits for various notable contributors to the stage in various forms—theatre, opera, ballet, etc.—focusing on seven men and women from selected countries and centuries and associated professions, from Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe to Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, with suggested Further Reading (circa the 1960s, but some of the titles may have since become public domain and be readable via Project Gutenberg or The Internet Archive, if you are interested).

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[Free eBook] Roger Casement by Brian Inglis [19th/20th C Irish Political Activist Biography]

Roger Casement by the late Irish author Brian Inglis, a journalist, historian, and television presenter best known for the All Our Yesterdays historical documentary series, is his historical activist political figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1973 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

This biography covers the life and death of late 19th/early 20th century Irish political activist Roger Casement, a diplomat turned anti-imperialist human rights activist who was honoured and later knighted for investigating abuses in the then-Belgian Congo and also Peru, but was stripped of his knighthood and executed for treason after becoming a supporter of Irish nationalism and becoming involved in a scheme to gain independence via armed rebellion during the leadup to World War I.

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[Free eBook] Imperial Warriors: Britain and the Gurkhas of Nepal by Tony Gould [Military History & Biography]

Imperial Warriors: Britain and the Gurkhas of Nepal by British author Tony Gould, a former BBC Radio producer and recipient of a PEN Silver Pen award for nonfiction, is his biographical military history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1999 by Granta Books. This book focuses on the Nepalese Gurkhas soldiers as they appeared throughout history in the British Army beginning with their origins during the wars of the early 19th century through to the Gurkhas of the modern day, placing them into context in Nepalese history, and also in regards to the Indian Army.

The author himself served as a junior officer in Britain’s 1/7th Gurkha Rifles regiment during the 1950s and includes a brief memoir of his own experiences as well as examining the historical facts and popular legends which have arisen about the Gurkhas over time.

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[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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