Catholic Bard’s Guide to Public Domain Literature

Catholic Bard’s Guide to Public Domain Literature February 12, 2022

This is a list of  some of the many works that are in the public domain. Meaning that you can download them for free on many websites like Project Guttenberg or Internet Archive. It also means that YOU-yes you, as a writer can pull characters and plot lines from these older works and use them in your own new creative works. Make something that was purely dramatic and turn it into Sci Fi or Fantasy or Horror.It also means you can  take a whole book and change it around to your liking. For example Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

This list does not everything that is out there in the public domain. I put some of what I found to be the more notable examples of Public Domain books.  You will find books your familiar with and some that your not familiar with. You will find examples of derivative works for some books as well as examples of some movie adaptations. There is definitely more examples of books and other works I could have included.  I could have included more links to the authors and or source material. And I may do so in the future. This is a work in progress. But I can’t work on it forever. But I present to you what I have done. May you use it as a reference guide for your amusement and pleasure and possible future writing projects.

Notable Works Published Before 1700’s

The Holy Bible

Aesop’s Fables (620 and 564 BCE)

Beowulf (between 975 and 1025)

The Golden Legend  by Jacobus, de Voragine (1229-1298)  Translated by William Caxton (1422-1491)

The Divine Comedy (begun c. 1308 and completed in 1320) by Dante Alighieri (1265 – September 14, 1321)

The Canterbury Tales  (between 1387 and 1400) by Geoffrey Chaucer (1340s – October 25, 1400)

Utopia (1516) by Saint Thomas More (February 7, 1478 – July 6, 1535)

Don Quixote (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes (September 29, 1547 (assumed) – April 22, 1616) A founding work of Western literature, it is often labeled as the first modern novel and one of the greatest ever written. Don Quixote is also one of the most-translated books in the world.

On Film (2000) (2015) The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

don-quijote-de-la-mancha-in-his-uniform-carlista-y-sancho-panza-augusto-ferrer-dalmau – Mywanderings

Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies(1623) is a collection of plays by William Shakespeare (bapt. April 26, 1564 – April 23, 1616) commonly referred to by modern scholars as the First Folio, published  about seven years after Shakespeare’s death. It is considered one of the most influential books ever published.

Paradise Lost (1667) by John Milton (December 9, 1608 – November 8, 1674)

Pilgrims Progress (1678) by John Bunyan (November 30, 1628 – August 31, 1688)

On Film
Pilgrim’s Progress(1979) Liam Neeson, in his film debut, played the role of the Evangelist and also appeared as the crucified Christ.

Knight of Cups (2015) written and directed by Terrence Malick starring Christian Bale. The film is loosely inspired by, and at times quotes directly from, Pilgrim’s Progress, the Acts of Thomas passage “Hymn of the Pearl, and Suhrawardi’s A Tale of the Western Exile.

Pilgrim’s Progress(2019)

Everything listed below by birthdate of author.

Notable Works Published in the 1700’s

Born in the 1600’s

Daniel Defoe (English) (1660 – 24 April 1731)
Robinson Crusoe (1719) It is often credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre. It is generally seen as a contender for the first English novel.
The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719)

On Film
Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932) With Douglas Fairbanks
Robinson Crusoe (1954)
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. (1966) With Dick Van Dyke
Robinson Crusoe (1997)with Pierce Brosnan

Jonathan Swift (Anglo-Irish) (November 30, 1667 – October 19, 1745)
Gulliver’s Travels (1726)

Gulliver Expanded

Mistress Masham’s Repose (1946) by T H White
Castaways in Lilliput (1958) by Henry Winterfeld
Last of the Gullivers (2012) by Carter Crocker

On Film and TV
Gulliver Mickey (1934)

Gulliver’s Travels (1939) Animated Max Fletcher Movie

The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960): a loose adaptation starring Kerwin Mathews and featuring stop motion effects by Ray Harryhausen.

Gulliver’s Travels (1996) starring Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen,this version includes all four voyages.

Gulliver’s Travels (2010): Modernized, live-action version of Gulliver’s adventures in Lilliput, starring Jack Black

Voltaire (November 21, 1694 – May 30, 1778)
Candide (1759)

Born in the 1700’s

Henry Fielding (April 22,1707 – October 8, 1754)
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749)

John Newbery (July 9, 1713 –December 22,1767), called “The Father of Children’s Literature”.  The Newbery Medal was named after him in 1922. At the bottom of this list is a list of the Public Domain Newbury award winners.

The History of Little Goody Two (1765)

Laurence Sterne  (November 24, 1713 – March 18, 1768)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759 -1769)

Rudolf Erich Raspe (German) (March 1736 – 16 November 1794)
Baron Munchausen’s Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia (1785)

On Film
Baron Munchausen’s Dream (1911) Georges Méliès
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) Terry Gilliam 

Vice-Admiral William Bligh FRS (September 9, 1754 –December 7, 1817)
A Narrative Of The Mutiny, On Board His Majesty’s Ship Bounty; And The Subsequent Voyage Of Part Of The Crew, In The Ship’s Boat (1790)

More Mutiny
The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty (1831) by Sir John Barrow
Mutiny on the Bounty (1932)  Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

On Film
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable

19th Century Literature 

Johann David Wyss (Swiss) (May 28, 1743 – January 11, 1818)
The Swiss Family Robinson (1812)

Book sequels
Willis the Pilot: a sequel to The Swiss family Robinson; or, Adventures of an emigrant family wrecked on an unknown coast of the Pacific Ocean (1858) has been attributed to Johann Wyss or to Johanna Spyri, author of Heidi.

Second Fatherland (Seconde Patrie, 1900), by Jules Verne takes up the story at the point where Wyss’s tale left off. It has also been published in two volumes, Their Island Home and Castaways of the Flag.

Return to Robinson Island (2015), by T. J. Hoisington, based on the original 1812 Swiss Family Robinson novel.

On Film
Swiss Family Robinson (1940)
Swiss Family Robinson (1960) Walt Disney

Sir Walter Scott (Scottish) (August 15, 1771 –September 21, 1832)
Rob Roy (1817)
Ivanhoe (1819)

On Film
Ivanhoe, 1952, directed by Richard Thorpe, starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine and George Sanders; nominated for three Oscars.

Jane Austen (English) (December 16, 1775 –July 18,1817)
Sense and Sensibility (1811) On Film (1995)
Pride and Prejudice (1813) On Film (1940) (2005)
Mansfield Park (1814) On Film (1999)
Emma (1815) On Film (1996) (2020)
Northanger Abbey (1818) (posthumous)
Persuasion (1818) (posthumous)

More Jane Austen

Emily C.A. Snyder
Nachtstürm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel (2009)
Letters of Love & Deception (2011)

Samantha Henderson: Five Ways Jane Austen Never Died (Audio) (Fortean Bureau #29, March 2005)
Featured in Richard Horton’s ‘Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2006

The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn (2017)

On Film
Lost in Austen (2008)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

Mary Ann Lamb (December 3, 1764 – May 20,1847)
Charles Lamb (February 10, 1775 –December 27,1834)
Tales from Shakespeare (Children’s Classics) (1807)

Ludwig Karl Grimm (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Carl Grimm (1786–1859),
Grimms’ Fairy Tales (1812, 1857)

On Film
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) directed by Henry Levin and George Pal
The Brothers Grimm (2005) directed by Terry Gilliam

E T A Hoffmann (Prussian) (1776 – 1822)
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816)

On Film
The Nutcracker Prince (1990)
The Nutcracker in 3D (2009)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

Washington Irving   (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859)
The sketch book (1820) including
-Rip Van Winkle
-The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Derivative Work
Richard Gleaves
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Rise Headless and Ride (Jason Crane 2014
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Bridge of Bones (Jason Crane Book 2) 2014
SLEEPY HOLLOW: General of the Dead (Jason Crane Book 3) 2015
SALEM: Blood to Drink (Jason Crane Book 4) 2018

On Film
The Headless Horseman (1922)starring Will Rogers as Ichabod Crane.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) Disney Film narrated by Bing Crosby
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1999)

James Fenimore Cooper (American) (September 15, 1789 – September 14, 1851)
The Pirate (1822)

Leatherstocking Tales
1. The Deerslayer (1840)
2. The Last of the Mohicans (1826)
3. The Pioneers (1823)
4. The Prairie (1824)
5. The Pathfinder (1841)

On Film
The Last of the Mohicans (1920) starring Wallace Beery
The Last of the Mohicans (1932) a serial version starring Harry Carey
The Last of the Mohicans (1936) starring Randolph Scott and Bruce Cabot
The Last of the Mohicans (1992) starring Daniel Day-Lewis

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797–1851)
Frankenstein (1818)

 

Derivative Works

Frankenstein Unbound (1973) by Brian Aldiss
The Frankenstein Papers (1986) by Fred Saberhagen

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein
1. Prodigal Son (2005) (with Kevin J Anderson)
2. City of Night (2005) (with Ed Gorman)
3. Dead and Alive (2009)
4. Lost Souls (2010)
5. The Dead Town (2011)

Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel
1. This Dark Endeavor (2011)
2. Such Wicked Intent (2012)

On Film
Frankenstein (1910) produced by Edison Studios and directed by J. Searle Dawley
Frankenstein (1931) The first Frankenstein movie in the Universal Monster Series with Boris Karloff
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Frankenstein (2004)
I, Frankenstein (2014)
Victor Frankenstein (2015) starring Harry Potter and Professor X

Born in the 1800’s

Victor Hugo (French) (February 26, 1802 –May 22, 1885)
The Last Day of a Condemned Man (1829)
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Hugo (1831)
Les Misérables (1862)

Sequels
Laura Kalpakian’s Cosette: The Sequel to Les Misérables was published in 1995. It continues the story of Cosette and Marius, but is more a sequel to the musical than to the original novel.
In 2001, two French novels by François Cérésa [fr] that continue Hugo’s story appeared: Cosette ou le temps des illusions and Marius ou le fugitif. The former has been published in an English translation. Javert appears as a hero who survived his suicide attempt and becomes religious; Thénardier returns from America; Marius is unjustly imprisoned.  The works were the subject of an unsuccessful lawsuit, Société Plon et autres v. Pierre Hugo et autres brought by Hugo’s great-great-grandson

Enchanted Attic # 1. Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame (2012) by Lisa Samson

On Film
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a 1923 silent film starring Lon Chaney as Quasimodo, directed by Wallace Worsley, and produced by Carl Laemmle and Irving Thalberg
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a 1939 sound film starring Charles Laughton
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a 1996 animated film by Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale and produced by Don Hahn
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II,a sequel of the 1996 Disney movie.

The 1935 film directed by Richard Boleslawski, starring Fredric March and Charles Laughton, nominated for Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Assistant Director at 8th Academy Awards.
The 1937 radio adaptation by Orson Welles.
The 1998 film, starring Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush.
The 2012 film of the musical, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried.

Catharine Parr Traill (January 9, 1802 –August 29, 1899)

The Canadian Crusoes (1852) Considered the first Canadian novel for children.

Alexandre Dumas (July 24, 1802 –December 5, 1870)
King’s Musketeers
1. The Three Musketeers (1844)
2. Twenty Years After (1845)
3. The Vicomte de Bragelonne (1847)
4. Ten Years Later (1847)
5. Louise De La Valliere (1845)
6. The Man in the Iron Mask (1910)
The Red Sphinx (2017)
Blood Royal (2020)

The Count of Monte Cristo (1845)

Stuart Gibbs
Last Musketeer
1. The Last Musketeer (2011)
2. Traitor’s Chase (2012)

Enchanted Attic #3. Dueling with the Three Musketeers (2013) by Lisa Samson

On Film
The Three Musketeers (1921) Douglas Fairbanks
The Count of Monte Cristo (1913) a silent film starring James O’Neill
Monte Cristo (1922) directed by Emmett J. Flynn
Iron Mask (1929) Douglas Fairbanks
The Three Musketeers (1939) Don Ameche and the Ritz Brothers

The Three Musketeers (1948), Gene Kelly, Van Heflin, Lana Turner, & June Allyson
At Sword’s Point (1952)
Disney’s The Three Musketeers (1993)
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) starring Jim Caviezel

Nathaniel Hawthorne (American) (July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864)”
The Scarlet Letter (1850)
The House of the Seven Gables (1851)

On Film
The Scarlet Letter (1934) directed by Robert G. Vignola and starring Colleen Moore, Henry B. Walthall, Betty Blythe, William Farnum, Alan Hale, Sr., Hardie Albright, and Shirley Jean Rickert.

The House of the Seven Gables (1940) with Vincent Price

More books by NH

Twice-Told Tales (1837)
Grandfather’s Chair (1840)
Rappaccini’s Daughter” (1844)
Mosses from an Old Manse (1846) including Feathertop” (1852)
The Snow-Image, and Other Twice-Told Tales (1852)
A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys (1852) including The Golden Touch
Tanglewood Tales (1853)
The Great Stone Face and Other Tales of the White Mountains (1889

Hans Christian Anderson (April 2, 1805 –August 4,1875)
The Complete Fairy Tales (1913)

On Film
Hans Christian Andersen (1952) starring Danny Kaye
Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale (2001)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882)
Poems on Slavery (1842)
Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie (epic poem) (1847)
The Song of Hiawatha (epic poem) (1855)
Paul Revere’s Ride (1860)
Tales of a Wayside Inn (including the “second flight” of Birds of Passage) (1863)

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) found in Great Tales of Action and Adventure
The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre.

Edgar Allen Poe wrote this hymn about The Blessed Mother Mary..

At morn – at noon – at twilight dim –
Maria! thou hast heard my hymn!
In joy and woe – in good and ill –
Mother of God, be with me still!
When the Hours flew brightly by,
And not a cloud obscured the sky,
My soul, lest it should truant be,
Thy grace did guide to thine and thee
Now, when storms of Fate o’ercast
Darkly my Present and my Past,
Let my future radiant shine
With sweet hopes of thee and thine.

Saint Edgar Allan Poe Prayer Candle by GreaserCreatures on Etsy | Saints, Edgar allan poe, Lives of the saints

First collection of stories published (1827)
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (1938) Including
• “The Black Cat”
• “The Cask of Amontillado”
• “The Masque of the Red Death”
• “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”
• “The Pit and the Pendulum”
• “The Raven” a poem
• “The Tell-Tale Heart”

Poe in Fiction
The Exiles” (September 1949) is a short story by Ray Bradbury, included in his collection of short stories, The Illustrated Man (1951), in which Poe is an entity who lives in a refuge on Mars. He is erased from time when his last work is destroyed on Earth.

The Man Who Was Poe (1989), a juvenile novel by Avi, features a young boy named Edmund befriending C. Auguste Dupin, who is actually Poe himself. Edmund and “Dupin” solve several mysteries in Providence, Rhode Island.

Nevermore (1995) by William Hjortsberg, features Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle solving a series of murders, which eerily re-enact the stories of Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe on Mars (2007) by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier starring A young Edgar Allan Poe, alongside Gullivar Jones.

Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe
1. The Tell-Tale Start (2013)
2. Once Upon a Midnight Eerie (2014)
3. The Pet and the Pendulum (2015)

His Hideous Heart (2019) ed. by Dahlia Adler is a Young Adult anthology of reimaginings of 13 of Poe’s works, and also contains the original stories.

Poe on Film
The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942)
The Man with a Cloak (1951)

1810’s

Harriet Beecher Stowe (American) (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly (1852)
Sam Lawson’s Oldtown Fireside Stories (1981)

William Makepeace Thackeray (July 18, 1811 –December 24, 1863)
Vanity Fair (1848)
The Rose and the Ring (1855)

Charles Dickens (Feb 07, 1812 – Jun 09, 1870) (age 58)
The Adventures of Oliver Twist (1838)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1839)
The Old Curiosity Shop (1841)
David Copperfield (1850)
A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
Great Expectations (1861)

The Christmas Books (2010)
A Christmas Carol (1843)
The Chimes (1844
The Cricket on the Hearth (1845)
The Battle of Life (1846)
The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain: A Fancy for Christmas-Time (1848)

The Magic Fishbone (1868) The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens (1982)

On Film and TV
Bonanza (1959–1973) Episode: A Passion for Justice (1963)

Doctor Who (2005– ) Season 1 | Episode 3 The Unquiet Dead (2005)
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

Edward Lear (May 12, 1812– January 29, 1888)
The Book of Nonsense (1846)

(Brontë English)
Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Brontë (1816–1855)
Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë (1818–1848)
Agnes Grey (1847) by Anne Brontë (1820–1849)

Branwell (1817–1848) brother

On Film
Devotion (1946) Ida Lupino plays Emily Brontë and Olivia de Havilland plays Charlotte Brontë.
To Walk Invisible (2016)

Henry David Thoreau (American) (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)
Walden (1854)

Civil Disobedience (1849)

Charles Kingsley (June 12, 1819 –January 23, 1875)
Westward Ho! (1855)
The Heroes, Greek Fairy Tales for Children (1856)
The Water-Babies (1863) On Film (1978)

Herman Melville (American) (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891)
Typee (1846)
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851)
The Piazza Tales (1856)
Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative) (Published Posthumously (1924) On Film (1962)

The novel Involution Ocean by Bruce Sterling, published in 1977, features the world Nullaqua where all the atmosphere is contained in a single, miles-deep crater. The story concerns a ship sailing on the ocean of dust at the bottom, which hunts creatures called dustwhales that live beneath the surface. It is a science-fictional pastiche of Moby-Dick.

Philip Jose Farmer wrote a sequel called The Wind Whales of Ishmael, in which Ishmael is transported to the far-future where flying whales are hunted from aircraft.

China Miéville’s 2012 novel Railsea, set on an ocean of railroad tracks instead of on the sea, has been described as an “affectionate parody” of Moby-Dick

Enchanted Attic # 2. Saving Moby Dick (2012) by Lisa Samson

On Film
Moby Dick, by Lloyd Bacon (1930)
Moby Dick, a 1956 film directed by John Huston and starring Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab, with screenplay by Ray Bradbury.
Moby Dick, a 1998 television movie starring Patrick Stewart as Ahab. Gregory Peck won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Father Mapple
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Mary Ann Evans (November 22, 1819 –December 22, 1880); known by her pen name George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss (1860)
Silas Marner (1861)

On Film
The Mill on the Floss (1937)

The actor Michael Williams played Marner in a Focus on the Family Radio Theatre two-part adaptation for radio; this was to be the last acting role before his death. The production also featured Edward Woodward, Jenny Agutter, Alex Jennings and Timothy Bateson and has subsequently been re-broadcast on BBC Radio 7.

Steve Martin wrote, produced, and starred in a 1994 film adaptation of the novel, titled A Simple Twist of Fate.

1820’s

Anna Sewell (March 30, 1820 –April 25, 1878)
Black Beauty (1877)

Sir Richard Francis Burton  (March 19, 1821 – October 20, 1890)
A Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah. (1855)
The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (1885) which include “Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp” , “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves“and “The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor“.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russian) (Nov 11, 1821 – Feb 09, 1881)

The Double (1846)
Notes from Underground (1864)
Crime and Punishment (1866)
The Idiot (1869)
The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

Thomas Hughes (October 20 1822 –March 22, 1896)
Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1857)
Tom Brown at Oxford (1861)

Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951) - IMDb

Wilkie Collins (English) (January 8, 1824 –September 23, 1889)
The Woman in White (1860)
The Moonstone (1868)

George MacDonald (December 10, 1824 – September 18, 1905)
Phantastes (1858)
Adela Cathcart (1864)
The Portent (1864) Variant Title: Lady of the Mansion (1979)
At the Back of the North Wind (1870)
The Princess and the Goblin (1871)
Sir Gibbie (1879)
The Gifts of the Child Christ and Other Tales (1882)
The Princess and Curdie (1882)
The Flight of the Shadow (1891)
Lilith (1895)
The Complete Fairy Tales (1999)

Robert Ballantyne (April 24, 1825 – February 8, 1894)
The Coral Island (1893)

Carlo Collodi (November 24, 1826 – October 26, 1890),
The Adventures of Pinocchio: The Story of a Puppet (1883)

General Lew Wallace (April 10, 1827 – February 15, 1905)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by American (1880)
The Boyhood of Christ (1888)
The First Christmas from Ben-Hur (1899)

Johanna Spyri (June 12 1827 –July 7, 1901)
Heidi (1880)
written by Spyri’s translator Charles Tritten
Heidi Grows Up (1938)
Heidi’s Children (1939)

Jules Verne (February 8,1828 –March 24,1905)
Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863)
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864)
From the Earth to the Moon (1865)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869–1870)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1873)
In Search of the Castaways 1873
The Mysterious Island (1875)
Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar (1876)
Robur the Conqueror (1886)
Master of the World (1904)

Luke Challenger Adventure Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore
1. Return to the Lost World (2010)
2. Return to 20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea (2011)
3. Return to King Solomon’s Mines (2012)

Leo Tolstoy (Russian) 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910)
• War and Peace 1869)
• Anna Karenina 1877)
• The Death of Ivan Ilyich 1886)
• Three Questions (1903)

1830’s

Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886)
List of Emily Dickinson poems – Wikipedia

Mary Mapes Dodge (January 26, 1831 – August 21, 1905)

Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates (1865)

Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (June 1831 – April 15, 1892)
The Phantom Coach (1864)
 A Thousand Miles up the Nile (1877)

Lewis Carroll (January 27, 1832 –January 14,1898) Lewis Carroll and I share the same birthday.
Alice
1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
2. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871)

More Wonder

Works based on Alice in Wonderland – Wikipedia

Mad Hatters and March Hares (2017) Ellen Datlow

Wonderland (2019) Marie O’Regan with Paul Kane

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888)
Little Women (1880)
Little Men (1871)
Jo’s Boys (1886).

Horatio Alger Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899)
Ragged Dick (1868)

William Morris (March 24, 1834 –October 3, 1896)
News from Nowhere (or, An Epoch of Rest) (1890)
The Wood Beyond the World (1894)

Sarah Chauncey Woolsey (January 29, 1835 – April 9, 1905)

Katy Series
1. What Katy Did (1872)
2. What Katy Did at School (1873)
3. What Katy Did Next (1886)
4. Clover (1888)
5. In the High Valley (1890)

Mark Twain aka: Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),

Tom and Huck
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894)
Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896)
Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer among the Indians and other unfinished stories (1989)

The Prince and the Pauper (1881)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1886) Mark Twain
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)

W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) /Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) Major works and original London runs
The Sorcerer (1877) 178 performances
H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor (1878) 571 performances
The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty (1879) 363 performances
The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria (1889) 554 performances

Edwin A Abbott (1838 – 1926)
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884)
Sphereland: A Fantasy About Curved Spaces and an Expanding Universe (1884)
Paradosis: or In the Night in Which He was Betrayed (1904)

Mrs. Molesworth(Mary Louisa Molesworth) (1839 – 1921)
The Cuckoo Clock (1877)
The Tapestry Room (1879) as Ennis Graham
Christmas Tree Land (1884)

1840’s

Thomas Hardy (June 2, 1840 – January 11, 1928)
Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)
Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891
Wessex Tales (1919)

Bracebridge Hemyng (1841 – 1901)
Jack Harkaway Stories

Sidney Lanier (February 3, 1842 – September 7, 1881)
The Boy’s King Arthur (1880)

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – circa 1914)
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories (1926)

Henry James (American) (April 15, 1843 – February 28,1916)
The Turn of the Screw (1898)

Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ (July 28, 1844 – June 8, 1889)

Well-known works by Hopkins include:

Andrew Lang (March 31,1844 –July 20,1912)
The Book of Saints and Heroes (1912) by Andrew Lang

Margaret Sidney (June 22, 1844 – August 2, 1924)
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1881)
Five Little Peppers Midway (1890)
Five Little Peppers Grown Up (1892)
Five Little Peppers: Phronsie Pepper (1897)
Five Little Peppers: The Stories Polly Pepper Told (1899)
Five Little Peppers: The Adventures of Joel Pepper (1900)
Five Little Peppers Abroad (1902)
Five Little Peppers At School (1903)
Five Little Peppers and Their Friends (1904)
Five Little Peppers: Ben Pepper (1905)
Five Little Peppers in the Little Brown House (1907)
Five Little Peppers: Our Davie Pepper (1916)

Joel Chandler Harris (1845 –1908)
The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus Richard Chase (Compiler) (1880)

Henryk Sienkiewicz (May 5 1846 – November 15,1916),
Quo Vadis (1895)

Randolph Caldecott (March 22, 1846 – February 12,1886)
The House that Jack Built (1878)

Bram Stoker (November 8, 1847 – April 20, 1912)
Dracula (1897)
Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories (1914), published posthumously by Florence Stoker

Under the Sunset (1881), comprising eight fairy tales for children.

Alex Van Helsing Jason Henderson
1. Vampire Rising (2010)
2. Voice of the Undead (2011)
3. The Triumph of Death (2012)

James Otis Kaler (March 19, 1848 — December 11, 1912)
Toby Tyler or, Ten Weeks with a Circus (1880)

Frederic Edward Weatherly, KC (October 4, 1848 – September 7, 1929)

The Land of the Little People (1892)
The Book of Gnomes (1903)

Frances Hodgson Burnett (November 24, 1849 – October 29,1924)
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886)
A Little Princess (1905)
The Secret Garden (1911)
The Lost Prince (1915)

1850’s

Kate Chopin (February 8, 1850 – August 22, 1904)
At Fault (1890)
Bayou Folk (1894)
A Night in Acadie (1897)
The Awakening (1899)

Robert Louis Stevenson (November 13, 1850 – 3 December 3, 1894)
Treasure Island (1883)
Fables (1896), including “The Persons of the Tale” with Captain Smollet and Long John Silver in a philosophical discussion.

Adventures of David Balfour

Kidnapped (1886)
Catriona (1893)

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)

The Black Arrow (1888)

Child’s Garden of Verses (1913)

Garrett Putnam Serviss (March 24, 1851 – May 25, 1929)
Edison’s Conquest of Mars (1898) Written on commission from The Boston Post as a sequel to “Fighters from Mars”, an un-authorized and heavily altered version of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds.
“The Moon Metal”, (1900) short story
A Columbus of Space, (1909) Dedicated to people who read Jules Verne and written in his style; first published in All-Story Weekly magazine in 1909; republished by G. W. Dilligham in 1974, by Hyperion Press)
The Sky Pirate (1909) novel (published in serialized form; published in book form by Pulpville Press, 2018)
The Second Deluge (1911)
The Moon Maiden (1915)

Henry-Van Dyke (November 10, 1852 – April 10, 1933)
The Story of the Other Wise Man” (1895)

Harry Blyth (1852-1898)
Creator of Sexton Blake The Missing Millionaire (1893)
The First Sexton Blake MEGAPACK®: 23 Classic Mystery Cases

Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853 – November 9, 1911)
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (1883)

Round Table
1. The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (1903)
2. The Story of the Champions of the Round Table (1905)
3. The Story of Lancelot and His Companions (1907)
4. The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur (1910)

Oscar Wilde (16 October 16, 1854 –November 30, 1900)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

Oscar Wilde Fairy Tales
The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888, fairy tales)
A House of Pomegranates (1891, fairy tales)
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories (1891) including The Canterville Ghost

L Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919)

Oz
   1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

aka The Wizard of Oz
   2. The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)     aka The Land of Oz
   3. Ozma of Oz (1907)
   4. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (1908)
   5. The Road to Oz (1909)
   6. The Emerald City of Oz (1910)

   7. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
   8. Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
   9. The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
   10. Rinkitink in Oz (1916)
   11. The Lost Princess of Oz (1917)
   12. The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)

   13. The Magic of Oz (1919)
   14. Glinda of Oz (1920)
continued in the series: Oz

H. Rider Haggard (June 22, 1856 – 14 May 14, 1925) found in The Big Book of Adventure Stories
1.King Solomon’s Mines (1885)
2.Allan Quatermain (1887)
3.Allan’s Wife (1887)

Kate Wiggin (September 28, 1856 – August 24, 1923)

The Story of Patsy (1883)
The Birds’ Christmas Carol (1887)
The Diary of a Goose Girl (1902)
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903)
Rose o’ the River (1905)
The Old Peabody Pew (1907)
Mother Carey’s Chickens (1911)
The Romance of a Christmas Card (1916)
My Garden of Memory (autobiography, published posthumously in 1923)

Thomas Anstey Guthrie (August 8, 1856 – 10 March 10, 1934)
•Vice Versa; or, A Lesson to Fathers (1882)
•The Giant’s Robe (1884)
•The Tinted Venus, A Farcical Romance (1885)
•A Fallen Idol (1886)
•Tourmalin’s Time Cheques (1891) M. R. James
•The Brass Bottle (1900)
•Only Toys! (1903)
•Salted Almonds (1906)
•In Brief Authority (1915)

Collections
•Black Poodle, and Other Tales (1884)
•The Talking Horse (1891)
•Puppets at Large: Scenes and Subjects from Mr. Punch’s Show (1897)

Booker T. Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915)
Up From Slavery (1902)

Charles Monroe Sheldon (February 26, 1857 – February 24, 1946)
In His Steps (1896)

Joseph Conrad (Polish/English) (December 3, 1857 – 3 August 3, 1924)
Heart of Darkness (1899)
Lord Jim (1900)
The Secret Agent (1907)

J. Meade Falkner (May 8,1858 – 22 July 22, 1932)
Moonfleet (1898)

Edith Nesbit (August 15, 1858 – 4 May 4, 1924)

Psammead
1. Five Children and It (1902)
2. The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904)
3. The Story of the Amulet (1906)

And so much more...

Kenneth Grahame (1859 – 1932)
Dream Days (1898) Including The Reluctant Dragon
Wind in the Willows (1908)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (May 22, 1859 – 7 July 7,1930) found in Great Tales of Action and Adventure

Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories

Sherlock Holmes
1. A Study in Scarlet (1887)
2. The Sign of Four (1890)
3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
4. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1893)
5. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
6. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)
7. The Valley of Fear (1914)
8. His Last Bow (1917)

Anthony Horowitz
continued from the original series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
1. The House of Silk (2011)
1.5. The Three Monarchs (2014)
2. Moriarty (2014)

Professor Challenger
The Lost World (1912)
The Poison Belt (1913)
The Land of Mist (1926)
“When the World Screamed” (short story, 1928)
“The Disintegration Machine” (short story, 1929)

Father Francis J. Finn, (October 4, 1859 – November 2, 1928) was an American Jesuit priest who wrote a series of 27 popular novels for young people. The books contain fun stories, likeable characters and themes that remain current in today’s world. Each story conveys an important moral precept.

Tom Playfair; or, Making a Start (1890)

1860’s

James Matthew Barrie (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937
The Little White Bird; or, Adventures in Kensington Gardens (1902) Peter Pan appears in a section of the book, written for adults.
Peter Pan (1904)- The Original Play
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) The Peter Pan section in the Little White Bird
When Wendy Grew Up – An Afterthought (1908) An additional scene from the play, put in the final book.
Peter and Wendy (novel) (1911) The Novel based on the Play

List of works based on Peter Pan – Wikipedia

Anton Chekhov (1860 – 1905)
Best Short Stories of Anton Chekov (1983)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935)
The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)

Herminie Templeton Kavanagh (1861 – 30 October 1933)
•Darby O’Gill and the Good People (1903)
•The Ashes of Old Wishes & Other Darby O’Gill Tales (1926)

Reprinted Collections
Darby O’Gill and the Crocks of Gold: And Other Irish Tales (2003)
The Adventures of Darby O’Gill and Other Tales of Supernatural Ireland (2009)

O. Henry (William Sydney Porter (1862 –1910)
The Best Short Stories of O. Henry (1959)
The Caballero’s Way” (1907)

M. R. James, (Montague Rhodes) 1862-1936
Collected Ghost Stories (1931)
The Five Jars (1922)

Emilio Salgari (Italy) (1862 – 1911)
The Black Corsair (1898)
The Tigers of Mompracem (1900)

Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937)
The Age of Innocence, 1920 (Pulitzer Prize winner)

The Writing of Fiction, 1925 (essays on writing)

Edward L. Stratemeyer (October 4, 1862 – May 10, 1930)
writer of children’s fiction, and founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. He was one of the most prolific writers in the world, producing in excess of 1,300[1] books himself, selling in excess of 500 million copies.[2] He also created many well-known fictional book series for juveniles, including The Rover Boys, The Bobbsey Twins, Tom Swift, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew series, many of which sold millions of copies and are still in publication today. On Stratemeyer’s legacy, Fortune wrote: “As oil had its Rockefeller, literature had its Stratemeyer.”[3]

The Rover Boys at School, or, The Cadets of Putnam Hall (1899)
The Bobbsey Twins, or Merry Days Indoors and Out (1904)
Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle Or, Fun and Adventure on the Road (1910)

John Fox Jr. (American) (December 16, 1862 – July 8, 1919)

The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1903)

Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson (1863 – November 4, 1942)
Greyfriar’s Bobby (1912)

Annie Fellows Johnston (1863–1931)
The Little Colonel (1895)
The Gate of the Giant Scissors (1898)

Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson (1863 – November 4, 1942)
Boyhood of Lincoln (1908) (also published as Lincoln’s Love Story)
Greyfriar’s Bobby (1912)
Johnny Appleseed: The Romance of the Sower (1915)

W. W. Jacobs William Wymark Jacobs (8 September 1863 – 1 September 1943)
The Lady of the Barge (1902) including “The Monkey’s Paw”
Odd Craft 1903) including The Money Box, basis of Laurel and Hardy film Our Relations (1935)
Sailors’ Knots 1909) including “The Toll House”

Maruice Leblanc (December 11, 1864 – November 6,1941)
Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar (1907)

Rudyard Kipling (December 30,1865 – 18 January 18, 1936)
The Jungle Book (1894)
The Second Jungle Book (1895)

Captains Courageous’ (1896)

Kim (1901)
Just So Stories for Little Children (1902)
Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906)
Rewards and Fairies (1910)

Laurence Housman (1865 – 1959)
The Field of Clover (1898),
The Blue Moon (1904).
Moonshine & Clover (1922)

The Little Plays of St. Francis (1922) Laurence Housman

Baroness Emmuska Orczy (September 23,1865 –November 12,1947)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)
The Old Man in the Corner (1909)

Beatrix Potter (1866 –1943)
The Complete Tales (including Peter Rabbit) 2006 by Warne (first published June 1986)

Winsor McCay (c. 1866–71 – July 26, 1934)
Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend (1904 – 1925)

Little Nemo 1905–14; 1924–26)

Last panel of the 1906-02-11 episode of Little Nemo in Slumberland by American cartoonist Winsor McCay

HG Wells (September 21,1866 –August 13,1946) found in The Big Book of Adventure Stories
The Time Machine (1895)*
The Time Ships, (1995) by Stephen Baxter

The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896)*
The Invisible Man (1897)*

The War of the Worlds (1898)
Sherlock Holmes’ War of the Worlds (1975) Wade Wellman
The Space Machine (1976) Christopher Priest.

When the Sleeper Wakes (1899)*
The First Men in the Moon (1901)*
The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth (1904)
The Complete Short Stories of H. G. Wells (1966)

Luigi Pirandello (June 28, 1867 – December 10,1936)
Six Characters in Search of an Author 1921

Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (usually credited as H. E. Marshall; August 9, 1867 –September 19, 1941)
Our Island Story: A Child’s History of England (1905)
Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children (1908)
Stories of Robin Hood told to the Children (1912)

Edmond Rostand (April 1, 1868 – 2 December 2,1918)
Cyrano de Bergerac (1897)

Gaston Leroux (May 6, 1868 – 15 April 15, 1927)
The Adventures of Joseph Rouletabille
The Mystery of the Yellow Room (1907)
The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1908)
The Secret of the Night (1913)

Phantom of the Opera (1911)

Eleanor H. Porter Eleanor Emily Hodgman Porter (December 19, 1868 – May 21, 1920)
Pollyanna (1913)
Pollyanna Grows Up (1915)
Just David (1916)

Felix Salten (1869 – 1945)
Bambi
1. Bambi (1923)

1870’s

Hilarie Belloc (July 27,1870 –July 16,1953)
The Bad Child’s Book Of Beasts (1896)
More Beasts for Worse Children (1897)
Cautionary Tales for Children (1907)

Ethel Turner (January 24, 1870 – 8 April 8,1958)
Seven Little Australians (1894)

Hector Hugh Munro (December 18, 1870 –November 14, 1916), better known by the pen name Saki
found in The Big Book of Adventure Stories/Great Tales of Action and Adventure

Complete Works Of Saki (2017)

Stephen Crane (American) (November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900)
The Red Badge of Courage (1895)

Theodore Dreiser ( August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945)
Sister Carrie (1900)
An American Tragedy (1925)

Lyonel Feininger (July 17, 1871 – January 13, 1956)
The Kin-der-Kids (1906–07)

Robert Hugh Benson (November 18, 1871 –October 19, 1914)
A Mirror of Shalott, (1907)
Lord of the World, (1907)
The Dawn of All, B. (1911)
Come Rack! Come Rope! (1912)
Oddsfish! (1914)

Zane Grey (January 31, 1872 – October 23, 1939)
Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)

Willa Cather (December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947)
O Pioneers! (1913)
The Song of the Lark (1915)
My Ántonia (1918)
One of Ours (1922)
Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)

Etsuko Sugimoto (1874 – June 20, 1950)
A Daughter of the Samurai (1925)

Thornton Waldo Burgess (1874 –1965) wrote approximately 172 books mostly involving animals
The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse (1915)
The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (1917)

William Somerset Maugham (January 25, 1874 – December 16,1965)
Of Human Bondage (1915)
The Painted Veil (1925)

Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)

Josephine Preston Peabody (May 30, 1874 – December 4, 1922)
Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew (1897)

Lucy Maud Montgomery (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942),
Anne Shirley
1. Anne of Green Gables (1908)
2. Anne of Avonlea (1909)
3. Anne of the Island (1915)
4. Anne of Windy Poplars (1936) aka Anne of Windy Willows
5. Anne’s House of Dreams (1917)
6. Anne of Ingleside (1939)
7. Rainbow Valley (1919)
8. Rilla of Ingleside (1921)
9. The Blythes Are Quoted (2009)

G.K. Chesterton (May 29, 1874 –June 14,1936) found in Great Tales of Action and Adventure
FATHER BROWN
1. The Innocence Of Father Brown (1911)
2. The Wisdom Of Father Brown (1914)
3. The Incredulity Of Father Brown (1926)
4. The Secret Of Father Brown (1927)
5. The Scandal Of Father Brown (1935)
The Complete Father Brown (1943)

NOVELS
The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)
The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (1908)
The Ball and the Cross (1909)
Manalive (1912)
The Flying Inn (1914)

Non-Fiction
The Everlasting Man (1925)

RAFAEL SABATINI (April 29, 1875 –February 13,1950)
The Sea Hawk (1915)
Scaramouche (1921)
Captain Blood (1922)

Edgar Wallace (April 1, 1875 –February 10, 1932)
The Four Just Men (1905)
The Fourth Plague (1913)
The Fellowship of the Frog (1925)

Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) found in The Big Book of Adventure Stories
Tarzan of the Apes (1912)
A Princess of Mars (1917)
The Land That Time Forgot (1924)

Tarzan of the Apes (1918) - IMDb

Sherwood Anderson (September 13, 1876 – March 8, 1941)

Winesburg Ohio (1919)

John Buchan (August 26, 1875 – 11 February 11,1940)
The Thirty-Nine Steps, (1915)

Jack London January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916)
The Call of the Wild (1903)
The Sea-Wolf (1904)
White Fang (1906)

Short Stories
To Build a Fire” (1902, revised 1908) found in Great Tales of Action and Adventure

The Collected Science Fiction and Fantasy of Jack London ◦
1 Before Adam & Other Stories (2005) [C] ◦ 2 The Iron Heel & Other Stories (2005) [C] ◦ 3 The Star Rover & Other Stories (2005) [C]

Christopher Golden
Secret Journeys of Jack London (with Tim Lebbon)
1. The Wild (2011)
2. The Sea Wolves (2012)

Hermann  Hesse (July 2, 1877 – August 9,1962)
Siddhartha (1922)

William Hope Hodgson (November 15, 1877 – April 19, 1918)
The House on the Borderland (1908)

The Night Land (1912)

Lord Dunsany (July 24,1878 – October 25, 1957)
The Gods of Pegāna (1905)
The Book of Wonder (1912)
The King of Elfland’s Daughter
 (1924)

Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967)
Rootabaga Stories (1922)

Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. (September 20, 1878 – November 25, 1968)
The Jungle (1906)

Sinclair, The Jungle, excerpts

E. M. Forster  (January 1,1879 – 7 June 7, 1970)

A Room with a View (1908)
The Machine Stops • (1909)
Howards End (1910)
The Celestial Omnibus and Other Stories (1911)
A Passage to India (1924)

1880’s

Johnny Gruelle (December 24, 1880 – January 9, 1938)
As author and illustrator
My Very Own Fairy Stories (1917)
Raggedy Ann Stories (1918)
Friendly Fairies (1919)
Raggedy Andy Stories (1920)
Orphant Annie (1921)
The Magical Land of Noom (1922)

As illustrator
Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1914)
Nobody’s Boy (1916)
All About the Little Small Red Hen (1917)

Margery Williams Bianco (July 22,1881 – September 4, 1944)
The Velveteen Rabbit (1922)

Giovanni Papini (January 9, 1881 – July  8, 1956)
Life of Christ (1921)

James Joyce (Irish) (February 2, 1882 –January 13, 1941)

Dubliners(1914) short-story collection
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
Ulysses (1922)

P G Wodehouse (Oct 15, 1881 – Feb 14, 1975)
The Pothunters (1902)
Tales of St. Austin’s (1903)

Jeeves & Wooster
1. My Man Jeeves (1919)
2. The Inimitable Jeeves (1923) aka Jeeves
3. Carry on, Jeeves (1925)

A A Milne (Alan Alexander Milne)   (1882 – 1956)
1. When We Were Very Young (1924)
2. Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)

Winnie-the-Pooh Meets the Queen (e-book edition published as Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday) is a 2016 children’s book written to celebrate the 90th birthdays of both the fictional character Winnie-the-Pooh and Queen Elizabeth II in 2016. The Queen celebrated her 90th Official Birthday on 11 June, although her actual birthday is 21 April 1926. The first Winnie-the-Pooh book, written by A. A. Milne, was published in October 1926. This original story imagines a meeting between Pooh and Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. The text was written by Jane Riordan while illustrations were by Mark Burgess in the style of the original drawings by E. H. Shepard.

Once on a Time (1917)
If I May (1920)
The Red House Mystery (1922)
A Gallery of Children (1925)

Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941)
Mrs Dalloway (1925)
To the Lighthouse (1927)

Sax Rohmer (February 15, 1883 –June 1,1959) found in The Big Book of Adventure Stories
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu (1913)
The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu (1916)
The Hand of Fu Manchu (1917)

Franz Kafka (July 3,1883 –June 3, 1924)
The Metamorphosis (1915)
The Trial (1925)

Johnston McCulley (1883–1958)

Novels
The Curse of Capistrano (1919) with Zorro
The Spider Strain (1919)
Zorro Rides Again (1931)
Zorro Hunts a Jackal (1933)
Zorro: The Masters Edition, 1932-1944 (Zorro) Collection 2000

Zorro: The Masters Edition, 1944-1946 (Zorro) 2002

Young Zorro: The Iron Brand by Diego Vega and Jan Adkins (Dec 27, 2005)

Short stories
The Stolen Story (1919)
A Texan Rides the Trouble Trail (1943)
Crutch Brigade (1944) (Written as Raley Brien)
Death Plays Santa Claus (1945)
News Year’s Eve Test (1946)
Demons of Disaster (1946)

Thubway Tham
Thubway Tham’s Inthane Moment (1918)
Thubway Tham’s Thanksgiving Dinner (1918)
Thubway Tham’s Baggage Check (1919)
Thubway Tham and Elevated Elmer (1919)

Hugo Gernsback (August 16, 1884 – August 19, 1967)
Ralph 124C 41+ (1911/1925)

W. F. Harvey (April 14, 1885 – June 4, 1937) found in Great Tales of Action and Adventure
Midnight House and Other Tales (1910)
The Beast with Five Fingers (1919)

Robert Stell Lemmon (June 26, 1885 -March 3, 1964)
The Bamboo Trap (1923) found in Great Tales of Action and Adventure

Alain Leroy Locke (September 13, 1885 – June 9, 1954)

The New Negro: An Interpretation (1925)

Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951)
Main Street (1920)
Babbitt (1922)
Arrowsmith (1925)
Elmer Gantry (1927)

John Russell (April 22, 1885 – March 6,1956)
The Fourth Man (1917) Great Tales of Action and Adventure

Russell Thorndike (February 6, 1885 –November 7, 1972)
Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh (1915)

Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968)
So Big (1924)
Show Boat (1926)

D H Lawrence (David Herbert Lawrence) (1885 – 1930)
Sons and Lovers (1912)

Brangwen Family
1. The Rainbow (1915)
2. Women in Love (1920)

Hugh Lofting (1886 – 1947)

Doctor Dolittle
1. The Story of Doctor Dolittle (1920) aka Doctor Dolittle
2. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (1922) aka Doctor Dolittle and the Pirates
3. Doctor Dolittle’s Post Office (1923)
4. Doctor Dolittle’s Circus (1924)
5. Doctor Dolittle’s Zoo (1925)
6. Doctor Dolittle’s Caravan (1926)
7. Doctor Dolittle’s Garden (1927) COMING SOON TO PD

Not Yet in PD

8. Doctor Dolittle in the Moon (1928)
9. Gub Gub’s Book (1932)
10. Doctor Dolittle’s Return (1933)
11. Doctor Dolittle’s Birthday Book (1936)
12. Dr Dolittle and the Secret Lake (1948)
13. Doctor Dolittle and the Green Canary (1950)
14. Dr Dolittle’s Puddleby Adventures (1952)

The Twilight of Magic (1930)

Ray Cummings  (August 30, 1887 – January 23, 1957)
The Girl in the Golden Atom (1919) found in The Big Book of Adventure Stories

Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur (September 18, 1888 – September 9, 1971)

The Golden Snare (1918) with Farnham Bishop found in The Big Book of Adventure Stories
Altar of the Legion (1926) with Farnham Bishop

Sapper H. C. McNeile Herman Cyril McNeile, (September 28, 1888 –August 14, 1937),
Bulldog Drummond (1920)
The Black Gang (1922)

T. S. Eliot  (September 26, 1888 – January 4, 1965)
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915)
The Waste Land (1922)
The Hollow Men (1925)

F. Tennyson Jesse (March 1, 1888 – 6 August 6, 1958)
Thirty Pieces of Silver (1924)

T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) (August 16, 1888 – May 19,1935)
Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1926)

Sydney Horler (18 July 1888 – 27 October 1954)
The Mystery of No. 1 (1925) aka The Order of the Octopus

The House of Secrets (1926)

Ronald Knox (February 17, 1888 –  August 24, 1957)
Non-Fiction
A Spiritual Aeneid: Being an Account of a Journey to the Catholic Faith (1918)
The Belief of Catholics (1927). His survey of Catholic belief, considered a classic of apologetics and a Catholic equivalent to C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.

Detective Fiction
The Viaduct Murder (1925)
The Three Taps (1927) – features Miles Bredon

Philip Francis Nowlan (November 13, 1888 – February 1, 1940)
Armageddon 2419 A.D. (1928) found in The Big Book of Adventure Stories

1890’s

Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian (1890) by Anonymous

Dame Agatha Christie (September 15, 1890 –January 12, 1976)

Hercule Poirot
1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
2. The Murder on the Links (1923)
3. Poirot Investigates (1924)
4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)

The Secret Adversary (1922)
The Man in the Brown Suit (1924)

Agatha Christie in Film and TV
Doctor Who Episode: The Unicorn and the Wasp (May 17, 2008)  Episode: 7 |4th Series  Agatha and the Truth of Murder (2018)

Richmal Crompton (November 15, 1890 –January 11,1969)
1. Just William (1922)
2. More William (1922)
3. William Again (1923)
4. William The Fourth (1924)
5. Still William (1925)
6. William The Conqueror (1926)
7. William The Outlaw (1927)
8. William In Trouble (1927)

On Film
Just William (1940)
Just William’s Luck (1947)
William Comes to Town (1948)

On TV
Just William (2010 TV series)

Gertrude Chandler Warner (April 16, 1890 – August 30, 1979)
The Boxcar Children (1924)

Ruth Plumly Thompson (July 27, 1891 –April 6,1976)
15. The Royal Book of Oz (1921)
   16. Kabumpo in Oz (1922)
   17. The Cowardly Lion of Oz (1923)
   18. Grampa in Oz (1924)
   19. The Lost King of Oz (1925)
   20. The Hungry Tiger of Oz (1926)
   21. The Gnome King of Oz (1927) Plus More Oz Books By Ruth

And a boat full of even more Oz tales List of Oz books – Wikipedia

In which 2 more are in Public Domain by Jack Snow (1907 – 1956)

37. The Magical Mimics in Oz (1946)
   38. The Shaggy Man of Oz (1949)

More Oz Tales

Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond by John Joseph Adams

Also by Ruth
The Curious Cruise of Captain Santa (1926)

J. R. R. Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – 2 September 2, 1973)
Goblin Feet:  A  Poem (1915) found in The Book of Fairy Poetry (1920)

Harold Albert Lamb (September 1, 1892 – April 9, 1962) found in The Big Book of Adventure Stories/ Great Tales of Action and Adventure
Marching Sands (1920)

Collections of Public Domain Stories
The Curved Saber: The Adventures of Khlit the Cossack (1964[C]
The Mighty Manslayer (1969[C]

Dorothy L Sayers (1893 – 1957)

Peter Wimsey
1. Whose Body? (1923)
2. Clouds of Witness (1926)
3. Unnatural Death (1927)

Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967)
Enough Rope (1926)

Richard Edward Connell Jr. (October 17, 1893 – November 22, 1949)
The Most Dangerous Game” (1924) found in The Big Book of Adventure Stories/

Aldous Huxley (July 26, 1894 – 22 November 22, 1963) Author of Brave New World (1932)
Crome Yellow (1921)
Antic Hay (1923)
Those Barren Leaves (1925)

Short story collections
Limbo (1920)
Mortal Coils (922)
Little Mexican and Other Stories (1924) (US title: Young Archimedes)

John Roderigo Dos Passos (January 14, 1896 – September 28, 1970)

Manhattan Transfer (1925)

F Scott Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940)
Tales of the Jazz Age (1922) featuring The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Great Gatsby (1925) On Film (1974) (2013)

On Film
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Murray Leinster (June 16, 1896 – June 8, 1975)  Dean of Science Fiction Guttenburg 
First story, “The Foreigner” (1916)
First Science-Fiction Story The Runaway Skyscraper (1919)
found in Wondrous Beginnings, (Jan 2003) and FREE ONLINE with loads of his other work written throughout the 20th century

William Faulkner (1897 – 1962)
Soldiers Pay (1926)

Thornton Wilder (April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975)
The Trumpet Shall Sound (1926)
The Cabala (1926)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927)—won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel

C. S. Lewis (November 29, 1898 – November 22, 1963)
Spirits in Bondage (1919; published under pseudonym Clive Hamilton)
Dymer (1926; published under pseudonym Clive Hamilton)

Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961)
In Our Time (1925)Thornton Niven Wilder (April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975)
The Sun Also Rises (1926)
The Torrents of Spring (1926)

The Sun Also Rises - Rotten Tomatoes

On TV
Timeless (2016–2018) Episode: The Lost Generation (2017) Season 1 | Episode 14
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Episode: Tender is the Nate (2018) Season 4| Episode 6

Newbury Award Winners and Honor Books  
Year Author Book Award
1922 Hendrik Willem van Loon The Story of Mankind Winner
Charles Boardman Hawes The Great Quest Honor
Bernard Marshall Cedric the Forester Honor
William Bowen The Old Tobacco Shop: A True Account of What Befell a Little Boy in Search of Adventure Honor
Padraic Colum The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles Honor
Cornelia Meigs The Windy Hill Honor
1923 Hugh Lofting The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle Winner
1924 Charles Boardman Hawes The Dark Frigate Winner
1925 Charles Finger Tales from Silver Lands Winner
Annie Carroll Moore Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story Honor
Anne Parrish
Dillwyn Parrish[b]
The Dream Coach Honor
1926 Arthur Bowie Chrisman Shen of the Sea Winner
Padraic Colum The Voyagers: Being Legends and Romances of Atlantic Discovery Honor
1927 Will James Smoky the Cow Horse Winner

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It recognizes distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, published during the preceding calendar year. As the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel, it was one of the original Pulitzers; the program was inaugurated in 1917 with seven prizes, four of which were awarded that year.  (No Novel prize was awarded in 1917; the first was awarded in 1918.

Year Winner Work Genre(s) Author’s origin
1918 Ernest Poole.jpg Ernest Poole
(1880–1950)
His Family Macmillan (1917) Novel Illinois
1919 Booth Tarkington cph.3b27122.jpg Booth Tarkington
(1869–1949)
The Magnificent Ambersons Doubleday, Page & Co. (1918) Novel Indiana
1920 Not awarded[a]
1921 Edith wharton face.jpg Edith Wharton
(1862–1937)
The Age of Innocence D. Appleton & Company (1920) Novel New York
1922 Booth Tarkington cph.3b27122.jpg Booth Tarkington
(1869–1949)
Alice Adams Doubleday, Page & Co. (1921) Novel Indiana
1923 Willa Cather - The Borzoi.jpg Willa Cather
(1873–1947)
One of Ours Alfred A. Knopf (1922) Novel Virginia
1924 Margaret Wilson
(1882–1973)
The Able McLaughlins Harper & Brothers (1923) Debut novel Iowa
1925 Edna-Ferber-1928.jpg Edna Ferber
(1885–1968)
So Big Grosset & Dunlap (1924) Novel Michigan
1926 Lewis-Sinclair-LOC.jpg Sinclair Lewis

(1885–1951)

Arrowsmith[b] Harcourt Brace & Co. (1925) Novel Minnesota
1927 Louis-Bromfield-1933.jpg Louis Bromfield
(1896–1956)
Early Autumn Amereon Ltd (1926) Novel Ohio
1928 Thornton Wilder - 1948.jpg Thornton Wilder
(1897–1975)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Albert & Charles Boni (1927) Novel Wisconsin

COMING SOON TO PUBLIC DOMAIN

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2 responses to “Catholic Bard’s Guide to Public Domain Literature”

  1. I think your work in this is wonderful. But I think that you don’t note that copyright laws change between nations, and that the USA has one of the longest, if not actually THE longest in the world. Which means that if you like, say, Hemingway, and you are a traveler in another nation, (say in Great Britain) you can download all of his stuff there perfectly legally already. And for students of Ancient Classics, you can get several old translations per book as well as the actual Greek or Latin in one download for well under $5.00.

  2. I long for more comments like this on my blog. Not negative. Informational. Helpful. Thanks Thomas, this was a great comment.

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