[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] Selbstgespräch mit Protoplasma by Peter Schattschneider [Award-Winning German Science Fiction Collection]

Selbstgespräch mit Protoplasma by Austrian author Peter Schattschneider, a physicist as well as author who has twice been a recipient of the prestigious Kurd-Lasswitz Prize, is a collection of his German-language science fiction short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2009 by Waldgut Verlag and contains the short story Pflegeleicht!©, which won him one of his two Kurd-Laßwitz Preis recognitions in 1992.

The short stories in this collection apparently explore themes of connection between environment, individual development, and the meaning of humanity.

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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] 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] Desperate Journey by Francis Clifford [Vintage WWII Military Escape Travelogue Memoir]

Desperate Journey by Francis Clifford, the crime-writing pseudonym for the late British author Arthur Leonard Bell Thompson, a former SOE operative during WWII who eventually drew upon his wartime experiences for his award-winning mystery and thriller novels, is his vintage military experience travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1979 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This WWII memoir was originally written in 1944 shortly after the events experienced, but posthumously published decades later, with an introduction providing context to Captain Thompson and the Karen Company’s prolonged retreat from Japanese-occupied Burma in 1942, a difficult journey through hostile territory and debilitating conditions over many months, as the escaping survivors supported and aided each other.

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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] King Henry VIII’s Mary Rose by Alexander McKee [16th Century Ship History & Archaeology Memoir]

King Henry VIII’s Mary Rose by the late British author Alexander McKee, a journalist, military historian, and amateur diver who discovered the wreck of the Tudor warship Mary Rose, is his vintage naval history cum underwater archaeology memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1973 by Souvenir Press.

This combined naval history and personal memoir gives the backstory of the sunken 16th century Tudor warship Mary Rose and the author’s own subsequent search for and discovery of its wreck, as well as the efforts put forth towards exploring and excavating it by both himself and assorted archaeological teams.

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[Free eBook] A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving by Godfrey Hodgson [Holiday Origins Cultural History]

A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving 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 cultural history cum historiography book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2006 by Perseus Books’ PublicAffairs imprint.

The book explores the roots of Thanksgiving in the US via the reality of the historical accounts of what happened to the Pilgrims, both before and after arriving upon colonial shores, and its subsequent mythologizing into the holiday as it has been celebrated since, and viewed today.

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