[Free eBook] This Shining Woman: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin 1759-1797 by Marjorie Bowen [18th C Author Biography]

This Shining Woman: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin 1759-1797 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 a biography of the notable 18th century author and proto-feminist, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1937 by Collins using the pseudonym George R. Preedy.

This vintage biography examines the unorthodox personal life and formative influences of the 18th century British author Mary Wollstonecraft, who in addition to being the mother of Mary Shelley of Frankenstein fame, was a pioneering writer in her own right and author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy, in addition to a number of other literary works also briefly covered in this.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] This Shining Woman: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin 1759-1797 by Marjorie Bowen [18th C Author Biography]”

Advertisements

[Free eBook] Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Matthew Benns [Australian True Crime History]

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Australian author Matthew Benns, a journalist and author of assorted nonfiction bestsellers, is an Australian true crime history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.

This book, which is tilted towards the pop entertainment side but provides plenty of dates and references, gives an account of con artists in Australia throughout history, from the 19th century to the present day and ranging in type from relatively harmless literary hoaxers to devastating personal scammers and financial fraudsters, with case studies detailing their exploits and methods and the lasting effects upon their victims.

Offered in the US only, available at Kobo only, from the looks of it.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Matthew Benns [Australian True Crime History]”

[Free Audiobook] Annie Oakley: Woman at Arms by Courtney Ryley Cooper [19th C Markswoman Biography]

Annie Oakley: Woman at Arms by the late Courtney Ryley Cooper, a circus perfomer turned journalist and crime writer, is a 19th century historical figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for May, and is narrated by Jonathan Reese.

The book was originally published in 1928 and was the first-ever biography of the 19th century celebrity Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley, separating the facts from the legends that grew up around her, tracing her life from humble beginnings through to her rise to fame and later years, and the many eventful things that happened along the way.

Offered worldwide through May, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

Continue reading “[Free Audiobook] Annie Oakley: Woman at Arms by Courtney Ryley Cooper [19th C Markswoman Biography]”

[Free eBook] Bourbon and Stuart: Kings and Kingship in France and England in the 17th Century by John Miller [History]

Bourbon and Stuart: Kings and Kingship in France and England in the 17th Century by British author John Miller, an emeritus professor at the University of London, is a comparative political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1987 by George Philip.

The book examines and compares the 17th century monarchic dynasties ruling England and France, respectively, with a bit of mini-biography of the various kings and their close associates and the influence of their private lives upon their public decision-making, as well as the lingering effects of the monarchy upon the government and people, and vice versa, in the wake of the eventual French Revolution and the English Civil War.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Bourbon and Stuart: Kings and Kingship in France and England in the 17th Century by John Miller [History]”

[Free Audiobook] American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise by Joe Drape [Racehorse Biography]

American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise by Joe Drape, an Eclipse Award-winning reporter for the New York Times, is an equine sports figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of audiobook retailer Audible (a division of Amazon).

This is a special giveaway to celebrate the appearance of the racehorse Audible (a namesake of, but otherwise not related to the audiobook company) at the Kentucky Derby. It’s narrated by Aaron Abano from Hachette Audio, and a PDF booklet containing a glossary of horseracing terms and stats on the races is included.

The biography draws upon extensive interviews to paint a portrait of the prize-winning racehorse American Pharoah and the people surrounding him, from the earliest days to his 2015 triumph as the first horse ever to win all four races needed to qualify for the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing.

Offered in Canada & the US, and possibly other regions worldwide through May 9th, available from the retailer’s website.

Continue reading “[Free Audiobook] American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise by Joe Drape [Racehorse Biography]”

[Free eBook] Napoleon and His Parents: On the Threshold of History by Dorothy Carrington [18th C Family Biography]

Napoleon and His Parents: On the Threshold of History by the late British author Dorothy Carrington, a lifelong expat who was a leading authority on Corsican history and culture, is a joint biography of a prominent 17th century family, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1988 by Penguin Books.

This book examines previously-overlooked (circa the 1980s) documents in the Corsican archives to draw a picture of the 18th century French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s family background and formative influences via the characters and life experiences of his parents, who were of minor Italian nobility and rose to prominence even before their famous son’s accomplishments.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Napoleon and His Parents: On the Threshold of History by Dorothy Carrington [18th C Family Biography]”

[Free eBook] Elizabeth Fry: A Biography by June Rose [19th C Humanitarian Activist]

Elizabeth Fry: A Biography by the late British author June Rose is a biography of the 19th century philanthropist and social activist, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour Media imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Macmillan.

This biography was the first to draw upon the unexpurgated journals of 19th century English Quaker philanthropist and social activist Elizabeth Fry—who was strongly associated with improving the then-inhumane prison conditions, greatly admired during the Victorian era by Queen Victoria herself, and eventually honoured by being depicted on the Bank of England’s £5 note for a number of years—delving into the complex personality behind the celebrated image and the conflicts she experienced with fellow adherents of her faith, reform movements, and family as she followed her humanitarian convictions despite the conventions of the age.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Elizabeth Fry: A Biography by June Rose [19th C Humanitarian Activist]”

[Free eBook] Character and Characters: The Spirit of Alaska Airlines by Robert J. Serling [Aviation Business History]

Character and Characters: The Spirit of Alaska Airlines by the late Robert J. Serling, a novelist and aviation writer who was also the brother of screenwriter Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone fame and occasionally contributed technical consultation on the show, is an aviation history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2008 by Documentary Media.

The book is a comprehensive aviation travel history/business biography of Alaska Airlines, from its beginnings as a small local bush plane venture in the 1930s to becoming a major carrier worldwide, covering its unconventional beginnings and various aspects of its history, from clever marketing campaigns to ground-breaking international flights to innovating online ticket sales, as well as the personalities behind the operations.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Character and Characters: The Spirit of Alaska Airlines by Robert J. Serling [Aviation Business History]”

[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.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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

[Free eBook] Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis by Ian Zack [20th C Guitarist Biography]

Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis by journalist Ian Zack is his biography of the eponymous African-American musician, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

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

This biography of the late blues and gospel guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, whose style influenced many others (including Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and more), traces his life and career, drawing upon extensive research and interviews (the author met several of Davis’ students while working as a ticket booker, who in turn introduced him to many more people who knew him).

Offered worldwide through November, available directly via the university’s website.

Continue reading “[Free eBook] Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis by Ian Zack [20th C Guitarist Biography]”