[Free eBook] E. M. Forster: A Biography by Harry T. Moore [Vintage 20th Century Literature Study]

E. M. Forster: A Biography by the late Harry T. Moore, a university professor and literary critic who was twice the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, is his vintage early 20th century author biography cum literature study, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1965 by Columbia University Press as #10 in their Columbia Essays On Modern Writers series.

This literary biography examines the life and outlook of early 20th century English author E. M. Forster—who wrote such classic novels as A Passage to India, A Room With A View, and Maurice—using selected works including his novels and more, to flesh out a portrait of his writing and personality as seen via his creations.

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[Free eBook] The Personality of Chaucer by Edward Wagenknecht [14th C Author Literature Study & Biography]

The Personality of Chaucer by the late Edward Wagenknecht, a prominent professor and literary critic who taught at Boston and Harvard University, among others, is his academic literary analysis cum quasi-biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1968 by University of Oklahoma Press.

This is a reasonably accessibly-written academic study of the seminal 14th century Middle English author Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote The Canterbury Tales alongside many other early literary classics, striving to recreate a picture of the man behind the words via examining the references and themes in his work. The author seems careful to note just how much of his derived conclusions are basically glorified conjecture extrapolated from the few known facts (apparently comparatively little information actually survives about Chaucer other than his work), and includes extensive annotations.

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[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] Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World [Academic Anthropology & Culture Essays]

Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World edited by Mikkel Rytter, a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University, & Karen Fog Olwig, a professor in the Anthropology Institute at the University of Copenhagen is the is the 7th title in the in the Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus series of mixed historical archaelogical and current cultural anthropology studies, 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 June. This volume contains ethnographic essays focusing on modern culture and the how the intermingling subtitular factors affect each other and shape the domestic and social lives of migrating persons.

The essays cover not only the experiences of immigrants from the Middle East to the Nordic countries, as one might expect, but also people in areas like the Caribbean and Peru, and focused subgroups such as women and the families of “guest workers” imported for labour who later became middle-class in ensuing generations.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Velfærd by Carsten Jensen [Danish Academic Social Welfare Political Essay]

Velfærd (Welfare) by Carsten Jensen, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, is the 50th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This political science essay examines the social welfare state in Denmark.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through June 16th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] 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 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 & Audiobook] Reformationen by Bo Kristian Holm [Danish Academic History & Theology Essay]

Reformationen (The Reformation) by Bo Kristian Holm, an associate professor studying theology at the School of Culture & Society at Aarhus University, is the 49th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language essay covers the roots of the Protestant Reformation sparked by the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 theses in the 16th century, and the ensuing theological and political effects which carry on to this day.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through May 8th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Demokrati by Svend-Erik Skaaning [Danish Academic Political Science Essay]

Demokrati (Democracy) by Svend-Erik Skaaning, a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, is the the 48th in the Tænkepauser (Thinking Breaks) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays meant to introduce academic topics to a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This essay covers democracy in its good and bad points, apparently based on the premise of Winston Churchill’s observation about how democracy would be the worst form of government, if it were not for all the other even worse forms of government that have been tried.

Offered through April 10th, available DRM-free worldwide with an accompanying MP3 audiobook.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Tal by Henrik Kragh Sørensen [Danish Mathematics Academic Essay]

Tal (Number) by Henrik Kragh Sørensen, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at Aarhus University, is the 47th in the Tænkepauser (Thinking Breaks) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays meant to introduce academic topics to a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This essay apparently explains the fiddlier points of numbers and various related mathematical concepts such as infinity and how “guess my number” games work, for the non-numerically inclined.

Offered through March 13th, available DRM-free worldwide with an accompanying MP3 audiobook.

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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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