[Free eBook] Hamsuns sultekunstner by Peer E. Sørenson [Norwegian Literature Study & Artistic Influence]

Hamsuns sultekunstner (Hamsun’s hunger artist) by Peer E. Sørenson, a professor emeritus from the Nordic Institute as well as Aarhus University, is his Danish-language book about Norwegian literature studies and international art history, 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 June. This lavishly-illustrated Danish-language book focuses on the late Norwegian Nobel Prize-winning author Knut Hamsun‘s famous novel Sult (Hunger) and its enduring artistic influence, which was international in scope and hailed as a precursor to certain 20th century modern literary styles.

Apparently this is specifically not an analysis of the actual novel, but instead concentrates on its reception and effect, which includes contributions to modernism & surrealism, and trickle-down influence on assorted later authors from around the world. It’s also illustrated with quite a lot of pictures of what are either artworks directly inspired by the novel and its themes, or the works of artists somehow influenced by it, in the author’s view.

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[Free eBook] Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic by Carl Rollyson [20th C Literary Biography]

Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic by Carl Rollyson, a professor of journalism at the The City University of New York, is his literary biography of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1991 by Paragon House under the title The Lives of Norman Mailer: A Biography and later reprinted in 2008 by the author himself via self-publishing service iUniverse, in an updated version with extra material covering Mailer’s later work.

This biography of 20th century literary figure Norman Mailer, twice the recipient of the Pultizer Prize and the National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, was notable back when first published for making use of the author’s unpublished letters and manuscripts, as well as interviews with his friends and foes. The book draws connections between various formative influences and life events and Mailer’s creative output, also using them to trace the roots of assorted personal and professional controversies, and received favourable reviews from various outlets.

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[Free eBook] 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 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] The Renaissance Reader by Kenneth Atchity [14th-17th C Historical Source Texts Introduction]

The Renaissance Reader by author and film producer Kenneth Atchity, who also happens to hold a Ph.D. in comparative literature, is his introductory historical source text sampler, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1996 by Collins Reference, a division of HarperCollins, as part of their Reader Series series, credited as Kenneth J. Atchity. This volume provides an introduction to the culture and mindset of the Renaissance via selected excerpts from authentic period writings—both fiction and non-fiction covering a diversity of subject matter—from well- and lesser-known figures from the 14th through 17th centuries, alongside some biographical and bibliographical commentary for each one, explaining the significance of the person or their work in the context of the times.

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[Free eBook] Ben Jonson: A Literary Life by W. David Kay [Literary Biography]

Ben Jonson: A Literary Life by W. David Kay, is his biography of the 17th century literary figure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1995 by St. Martin’s Press, as part of their Literary Lives series. This biography of the 17th century English poet, playwright, and critic [Ben Jonson][subject-wiki] not only covers his early beginnings and the highlights and lowlights of his life (which apparently includes the murder of an old colleague), but also provides historical context for his various literary works.

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[Free eBook] Living Wellsprings: The Hymns, Songs and Poems of N.F.S. Grundtvig [19th C Danish Literature]

Living Wellsprings: The Hymns, Songs and Poems of N.F.S. Grundtvig edited and translated by Edward Broadbridge, British expat and long-term resident of Denmark, is the 2nd volume in the N.F.S. Grundtvig: Works in English series collecting and translating the works of the noted Danish historical figure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This volume in the series contains the translated poetry, psalms, and other songs written by N. F. S. Grundtvig, a highly influential 19th century Danish author, philosopher, and teacher whose proposed models for continuing education are still used today, and includes an introduction by author Uffe Jonas, who has composed a number of musical settings for Grundtvig’s words. While not exactly an annotated edition, many of the psalms and poems are footnoted with brief but helpful explanations for references and imagery which might not be obvious to a non-Danish, non-19th century, non-religious reader; and there’s a listing of the context of each work as it fits into the late author’s personal timeline and creative intentions.

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