[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.

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[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).

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[Free eBook] The Debate Continues: Being the Autobiography of Marjorie Bowen by Marjorie Bowen [20th C Author Autobiography]

The Debate Continues: Being the Autobiography of Marjorie Bowen 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 her vintage autobiography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1939 by William Heinemann Ltd, and there’s a retrospective article about Bowen and her works as part of The Independent’s “Forgotten Authors” series, if you’re interested.

This autobiography details her early life spent in poverty and troubled family relationships as well as her attempts at self-education, and subsequent writing influences and career decisions.

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[Free eBook] Dylan the Bard: A Life of Dylan Thomas by Andrew Sinclair [20th C Welsh Poet Biography]

Dylan the Bard: A Life of Dylan Thomas by Andrew Sinclair author British, a novelist, historian, filmmaker, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is his biography of the 20th century Welsh poet, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1999 by Constable.

This is a comprehensive biography of the late Welsh poet, playwright, and short story author Dylan Thomas, who was active during the early-to-mid 20th century and left a lasting legacy of modern classic poems, exploring his personal life and travels and influences, as well as the attraction of his work to mass audiences, and also the particular creation of his radio play Under Milk Wood, which biographer Sinclair himself had adapted into a film in 1972, starring iconic actors Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, and many more.

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[Free eBook] Joan of Arc by Edward Lucie-Smith [Vintage Biography]

Joan of Arc by English author Edward Lucie-Smith, a notable art critic and former BBC Radio broadcaster, is his vintage historical figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1976 by Penguin Books.

This biography attempts to take a more humanizing approach towards the 15th century French military leader, martyr, and eventual saint Joan of Arc, which was apparently not common at the time it was originally published during the 1970s, drawing upon information not only from chroniclers, but also from other documents such as royal accounts, to paint a portrait of the personality behind the famous deeds throughout her brief but eventful life.

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[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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