[Free eBook] The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Michael Coren [19th C Sherlock Holmes Creator Biography]

The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by British-Canadian author Michael Coren, a columnist and radio and TV show host, is an author biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Bloomsbury.

This biography covers the many varied facets of 19th century British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, not only in terms of the personal and literary influences behind his best known creation, the seminal Victorian detective Sherlock Holmes, but also Conan Doyle’s own real life experiences as a doctor, attempts at solving crimes and enacting political reforms, interest in spiritualism, and various other aspects of his adventurous life.

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[Free eBook] J. R. R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings by Michael Coren [20th C Fantasy Author Literary Biography]

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings by British-Canadian author Michael Coren, a columnist and radio and TV show host, is a literary biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2001 by Stoddart Publishing.

This accessibly-written literary biography, meant for a popular audience, covers the life and times and influences of 20th century author J. R. R. Tolkien, from his early childhood to his friendships with the “Inklings” literary circle at Oxford and other formative experiences which would lead to the creation of his best-known works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy set in the classic fantasy realm of Middle-Earth.

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[Free eBook] C. S. Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia by Michael Coren [20th C Fantasy Author Literary Biography]

C. S. Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia by British-Canadian author Michael Coren, a columnist and radio and TV show host, is a literary biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2004 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

The biography covers the life and literary influences of 20th century British author C. S. Lewis from his childhood through to his formative years at Oxford and beyond as he forged enduring friendships with other prominent authors, with especial attention to the creation of his classic “Narnia” series of children’s fantasy novels.

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[Free eBook] Gilbert: The Man Who Was G. K. Chesterton by Michael Coren [20th Classic Author Literary Biography]

Gilbert: The Man Who Was G. K. Chesterton by British-Canadian author Michael Coren, a columnist and radio and TV show host, is a literary biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1989 by Jonathan Cape.

The biography looks into the life and times and literary influences of early 20th century British author G. K. Chesterton, perhaps best known for the “Father Brown” amateur sleuth mysteries, among other now-classic novels and nonfiction works.

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[Free eBook] Daughter of Earth and Water: A Biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by Noel Gerson [19th C Classic Author Biography]

Daughter of Earth and Water: A Biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by the late Noel Gerson, a prolific historical novelist and biographer under several pseudonyms, is a vintage 19th century literary figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1972 by William Morrow.

The biography was originally written for a popular audience (with vintage further reading bibliography included) giving a look at the person behind the iconic free-spirited 19th century author Mary Shelley, who wrote science fiction horror classic Frankenstein when she was only 19, from her unconventional upbringing with her philosopher father and pioneering feminist mother, to her complicated affair and marriage with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the scandals, tragedies, accomplishments, and relationships that shaped her adventurous life.

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[Free eBook] Favored Strangers: Gertrude Stein and her Family by Linda Wagner-Martin [20th C Modern Classic Paris Expat LGBT Author Biography]

Favored Strangers: Gertrude Stein and her Family by Linda Wagner-Martin, a literature professor at the University of North Carolina and recipient of the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies, is an early 20th century LGBT literary author biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Rutgers University Press, and you can also read the author’s entry for Stein in The Oxford Companion to Women’s Writing in the United States online.

The biography covers the life and surrounding milieu and influences of early 20th century Paris-resident American expat literary author Gertrude Stein, from her formative relationships with her German-Jewish family, her feminist undergraduate and medical student years, her lesbian love affairs, her friendships with assorted luminaries on the European cultural scene, and her survival with life partner Alice B. Toklas in the precarious Nazi-dominated WWII years in France, focusing on the person behind the icon.

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[Free eBook] Writing the Southwest: A bold collection of literature from American writers on the Southwest [US Regional Literature Essays & Author Interviews]

Writing the Southwest: A bold collection of literature from American writers on the Southwest edited by David K. Dunaway, an award-winning professor at the University of New Mexico, & Sara L. Spurgeon, is regional literature studies anthology, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Plume Books for the 3rd edition reprinted here, but this reprint apparently omits the original sampler short stories included for each author in the text.

The anthology contains essays about trends and themes in Southwest US literature, as well as a thorough bibliographical resource about prominent Southwestern authors, with detailed introductory career overviews and interviews with 14 well-known writers including award-winning authors Tony Hillerman, Barbara Kingsolver, Terry McMillan, and more.

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[Free eBook] The Man Charles Dickens: A Victorian Portrait by Edward Wagenknecht [Vintage Classic Author Literary Biography]

The Man Charles Dickens: A Victorian Portrait by the late Edward Wagenknecht, a prominent professor and literary critic who taught at Boston and Harvard University, among others, is an historical literary biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1929 by Houghton Mifflin and was revised and updated in 1966 in a new edition from the University of Oklahoma Press, with a retrospective foreword by the author. This 2016 reprint of the UOP edition has a brand-new introduction by Fred Guida placing Wagenknecht’s lifelong contributions to the field of Dickens biographies in their historical context.

The book originated as a doctoral dissertation for the University of Washington during the 1920s, and provides an early character study and examination of Dickens’ life, times, influences, and works during an early 20th-century transitional era when Dickens was apparently still considered simply a publicly popular novelist not taken very seriously in academic literary circles, before attaining his classic author status in later decades.

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[Free eBook] The Classical Roman Reader by Kenneth Atchity [Ancient Rome Historical Source Texts Introduction]

The Classical Roman Reader by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, is an introductory historical source text sampler, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1997 by Henry Holt & Co as part of their Henry Holt Reference Books line, credited as by Kenneth John Atchity, and later picked up by Oxford University Press as part of their Oxford Paperbacks line.

This introductory reader contains excerpted translated period writings from various sources, both well-known and obscure, across many topics throughout the classical era of Ancient Rome from the founding to the early Republic and the Empire through the 5th century, accompanied by brief pieces about each author and giving more contextual information to aid in understanding their times.

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[Free eBooks] 15 titles from Verso Books [Academic, Culture, History, Philosophy, Politics, Etc.]

As a special treat to mark the end of back-to-school month, publisher Verso Books are offering a repeat of the 15 titles from their September flash giveaways accompanying their still-ongoing 50% off Student Reading sale, in case anyone missed them earlier.

The titles include a mix of quasi-academic history (ancient and recent), political and economic philosophy, arts & culture, social and gender studies, and other related topics written by authors worldwide, selected from their promotional recommendation lists during the Student Reading sale.

This is the list, and you can pick them all up from their dedicated promo blogpost here (wait for everything to load, then click to switch to “Ebook” for each title before adding to cart; requires account signup with billing address but no payment info) through this weekend:

  • Capitalism, Socialism, Ecology by André Gorz, from the Environment & Ecology recommended reading list
  • Bad New Days by Hal Foster, from Art & Aesthetics
  • Darkwater by W.E.B. Du Bois, from Race & Ethnicity
  • Building the Commune by George Ciccariello-Maher, from Sociology
  • Fictitious Capital by Cédric Durand, from Economics
  • Invisibility Blues by Michele Wallace, from Feminism and Gender
  • Democracy Against Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood from Political Theory
  • Read My Desire by Joan Copjec, from Psychoanalysis
  • Good Neighbors by Sylvie Tissot, from Architecture & Cities
  • Peasant-Citizen and Slave by Ellen Meiksins Wood, from History (is about ancient Greece)
  • Politics and Letters by Raymond Williams, from Cultural & Literary Theory
  • Cultural Capital by Robert Hewison, from Film & Media
  • The Left Hemisphere by Razmig Keucheyan, from Critical Theory
  • The Philosophy of Marx by Etienne Balibar, from Philosophy
  • Homo Juridicus by Alain Supiot, from Anthropology

Offered worldwide through 11:59 PM Eastern Time on September 30th, available DRM-free (ePub & Mobi, watermarked with your email address but otherwise freely transferrable to all your devices) directly from the publisher.