[Free eBook REPEAT] Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity [Classical Greek Literature Studies]

Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, is his vintage classical literature studies text, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1978 by Southern Illinois University Press as part of their Literary Structures series and credited as by Kenneth John Atchity and contains a foreword by series editor the late John Gardner, who was a notable novelist and literary critic in his own right.

The book thoroughly examines and interprets the titular classic ancient Greek epic from what was hailed as a fresh perspective at the time, and as Atchity’s Ph.D. dissertation, was awarded Yale University’s John Addison Porter Prize.

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[Free eBook] Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behaviour by Giovanni Della Casa [16th C Etiquette Manual]

Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behaviour by the late medieval Italian author and diplomat Giovanni Della Casa is his vintage etiquette manual, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for December. The manual was originally published in 1558 as Il Galateo, overo de’ costumi and was highly influential back in the day, widely circulated for centuries after its initial publication in assorted translations, and can be considered a precursor to modern etiquette authorities such as Miss Manners.

This edition is newly translated by M. F. Rusnak, and contains a facsimile of the frontispiece of the older 1576 English translation, alongside all sorts of wittily-presented practical advice for ordinary Renaissance persons aspiring to gentlemanly refinement on conversation, fashion, table manners, as much for How Not To Do It as well as how to.

Offered worldwide through December (will probably stay free a day or two longer due to the New Year’s holiday), available directly via the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Statens idéhistorie: Magt, vold og politik by Mikkel Thorup [Danish Academic Political Theory History]

Statens idéhistorie: Magt, vold og politik by Mikkel Thorup, a professor in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, is his academic book about the history of political ideas related to the modern state, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for December. The book focuses on the subtitular trifecta of core threads in the formation of states and their enduring influence and results of their application.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through December, available directly from the university’s website.

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[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] Romantik 5 [18th-19th C Romanticism Era Literature & Culture Studies]

Romantik 05 edited by Robert W. Rix and a number of others from various universities in Europe is the 5th issue in the Romantik: Journal for the study of Romanticisms series of academic journals featuring multi-disciplinary articles and reviews on the topic of various aspects of the Romantic Era of the late 18th to mid 19th century and/or publications about them, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

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

This issue is focused on mainly literature and adjacent arts, but also features essays on nationalistic history-building and other diverse related topics, as well as reviews of recent Romanticism-related books.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through November, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Pensionatets kulturhistorie: Fællesskab, flirt og frikadeller by Mette Tapdrup Mortensen [Danish Travel Lodgings Cultural History]

Pensionatets kulturhistorie: Fællesskab, flirt og frikadeller (Cultural history of the pension: community, flirting, and meat patties) by Mette Tapdrup Mortensen is the 12th volume in the Skrifter om Dansk Byhistorie (Writings on Danish Urban History) series of topical academic titles, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

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

This accessibly-written book covers the history and cultural significance of the pensionat, a kind of guesthouse or short-term boarding house for visitors and travellers, covering various aspects of life in and around them, from their heyday in Denmark between the 1800s and WWII, to declining usage into the modern era, and suggestions as to the applicability of its model in the future, illustrated with plenty of period photographs and other facsimiles.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through November, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Granada Window by Marguerite Steen [Vintage Spain Cultural Travelogue]

Granada Window 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 cultural history cum travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1949 by The Falcon Press.

The book is a combined introductory cultural history and personal travelogue memoir of Spain, a country which the author would later settle in, which combines a look at its literature, history, and heritage alongside a tour of the region of Andalusia, sprinkling in her own experiences encountering the Andalusian people during her travels, and observations of cultural differences between Britain and Spain.

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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] A New Grand Tour: How Europe’s Cities Made Our World Great by Godfrey Hodgson [Travel History & Culture Essays]

A New Grand Tour: How Europe’s Cities Made Our World Great by British author Godfrey Hodgson, a journalist who was The Observer’s foreign correspondent for the White House, and later taught at Oxford University, is his part-travelogue book of destination essays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Penguin’s Viking imprint.

The book consists of cultural exploration essays which are part-travelogue, exploring the history and ways of life, etc., of selected European cities in an homage to the traditional Grand Tour of bygone ages, incorporating both observations from the accounts of travelers in previous centuries as well as musings from the author’s own personal experiences visiting them during the course of his career.

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[Free eBook] Vegetables: A Biography by Evelyne Bloch-Dano [Award-Winning Culinary Botanical History with Recipes]

Vegetables: A Biography by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, a francophone author and journalist, is her culinary botanical and cultural history cum recipes, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for October and was a recipient of the Prix Brazier de l’essai gourmand in its original form as La Fabuleuse histoire des légumes, which was published in 2008 by Grasset, now translated from French by Teresa Lavender Fagan.

This book explores the scientific, cultural, and culinary histories via mini-biographies of 11 selected vegetables and their origins and uses in various countries throughout the world from the past to the present day, including a brief selection of illustrative vintage recipes showing several ways in which some have been cooked and served over the centuries.

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

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