Lists of Public Domain Books
- + The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith (pub. 1892). 41,917 words.
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (pub. 1850). 83,032 words.
- Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (pub. 1726-1735). 104,279 words.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (pub. 1847). 115,900 words.
- (In Production)
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (pub. 1719). 120,000 words.
- Dangerous Liaisons* by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos (pub. 1782). 141,191 words.
- Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy (pub. 1895). 144,161 words.
- Emma by Jane Austen (pub. 1815). 157,558 words.
- Sybil by Benjamin Disraeli (pub. 1845). 158,317 words.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (pub. 1847). 185,372 words.
- (Not in US Public Domain yet)
The Trial* by Franz Kafka (pub. 1925). 189,061 words.
- Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (pub. 1851). 212,786 words.
- The Portrait of a Lady (two volumes--make sure to combine with Vol. 2!) by Henry James (pub. 1881). 230,482 words (total for 2 vols).
- (Come Back to this Later)
Ulysses by James Joyce (pub. 1922). 264,979 words.
- (In Production)
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (pub. 1848). 302,383 words.
- Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (pub. 1876). 308,818 words.
- Anna Karenina* by Leo Tolstoy (pub. 1877). 349,978 words.
- The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope (pub. 1875). 350,960 words.
- The Brothers Karamazov* by Fyodor Dostoevsky (pub. 1880). 352,508 words.
- The Count of Monte Cristo* by Alexandre Dumas (pub. 1844-45). 461,013 words.
- Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (pub. 1748). 958,229 words across 9 volumes.
* means Project Gutenberg only had one translation available and that this is not an endorsement for the specific translation.
(only items not on the above list, and not completed SEbooks)
- Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886) - 82,035 words.
- The Sign of the Four, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1890) - 43,080 words.
- The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane (1895) - 46,135 words.
- The Golden Bowl, by Henry James (1904) - 204,500 words.
- The History of Mr Polly, by HG Wells (1910) - 68,670 words. (more Wells, below)
- (Wikipedia link:) Hadrian the Seventh, by Frederick Rolfe (1904) - ? not on PG?
- (on the wanted list) Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan (1678)
- (on the wanted list) The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (1759)
- (on the wanted list) Kim, by Kipling (see below) (1900)
- (on the wanted list) Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis (1922)
- (on the wanted list) New Grub Street, by George Gissing (1891)
- (on the wanted list) Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (1900)
- (on the wanted list) The Good Soldier, by Ford Madox Ford (1915)
- (on the wanted list) Of Human Bondage by W Somerset Maugham (1915)
- (in production) The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (1920)
- (in production) Nightmare Abbey, by Thomas Love Peacock (1818)
- (in production) The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins (1868)
- (in production) The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan (1915) (see below)
- (in production) DH Lawerence, The Rainbow
(Later says Alex) Joyce's Ulysses, again A Passage to India, by EM Forster (1924) -- in PD very soon, right? Dalloway / Woolf will be in PD soon Great Gatsby, will be PD soon, maybe 2019
(This list is suspiciously similar to the English-language subset of novels from the list at The World's Greatest Books)
3. From The BBC’s The Big Read, 2003.
Public domain itesm from their top 200 novels, as determined by their UK audience (not in the order of the original):
Alcott, Little Women Austen, Pride and Prejudice Conrad, Heart of Darkness Grahame, The Wind in the Willows J. K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat - 1889 Stoker - Dracula - 1897 Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (novel), 1859 Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray - 1890 Shelly - Frankenstein 1823
- (Alex wants to wait:)
Joyce, James - Ulysses - 1922
- (in production) Buchan, John - The Thirty-Nine Steps - 1915. 40,976 words.
- (in production) Thackeray - Vanity Fair - 1848. 302,383 words
- (on the wanted list) Kipling, Rudyard - Kim, 1901. 104,590 words.- Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 155,900 words. (PG link above)
- (on the lists above) Brontë, Charlotte - Jane Eyre, 1847. 185,372 words.
- (on the lists above) Herman Melville - Moby-Dick, 1851. 212,786 words.
- (on the lists above) Grossmith - The Diary of a Nobody - 1892. 41,917 words.
- (on the lists above) Hardy, Thomas - Jude the Obscure - 1895. 144,161 words
- Dickens, Bleak House. 353,460 words.
- Dickens, Great Expectations. 1867 ed. 184,470 words.
- Dickens, Oliver Twist. 157,970 words.
- Dickens, Pickwick Papers. 299,760 words.
- Dickens, [A Tale of Two Cities](http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/98]. 135,820 words.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment - 1867. 203,600 words.
- Eliot, George - Middlemarch - 1871-2. 316,340 words.
- Eliot, George - Silas Marner - 1861. 70,981 words.
- Hugo, Victor - Les Misérables - 1862. 565,630 words.
- Blackmore - Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor - 1869. 278,700 words.
- D. H. Lawrence - Sons and Lovers - 1913. 160,240 words.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of the Baskervilles. 59,200 words.
- Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, 1869. 563,278 words.
- Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina, 1877. 349,978 words.
- Hardy, Thomas - Far from the Madding Crowd - 1874. 138,360 words.
- Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman - 1891. 148,680 words.
- Hardy, Thomas - The Mayor of Casterbridge - 1886. 115,210 words.
- Lucy Maud Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables - 1908. 102,520 words.
- Anna Sewell - Black Beauty, 1877. 59,960 words.
- Robert Tressell - The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists - 1914 (posthumuously). 250,100 words.
- Johanna Spyri, Heidi - 1881 - illustrated - not this version. 51,520 words.
- Galsworthy, John - 1906–1921 - The Forsyte Saga. 317,300 words total.
- The Man of Property
- Indan Summer of Forsyte
- In Chancery
- To Let
The War of the Worlds - H. G. Wells - 1898 - PG The Wonderful Adventures of Nils - Selma Lagerlöf- 1906–07 - Swedish
- (Alex wants to wait on this)
Ulysess - James Joyce - 1922
- (on the lists above) The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - 1901–02 see link above, about 59,000 words.
- Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad - 1900. 130,100 words.
- Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality - Sigmund Freud - 1905 - German. 35,710 words.
- Les Vrilles de la vigne - Colette - 1908 - French - not on PG
- only English on PG by Colette is Barks and Purrs - 17,700 with lots of illustrations
- Martin Eden (novel) - Jack London - 1909. 138,700 words.
- The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge - Rainer Maria Rilke - 1910 - German - not on PG
- Marcel Proust, Swann's Way, or Remembrances of Things Past Vol. I, 1913, 195,235 words.
Not in PG in English (not PD) -- In Search of Lost Time - Marcel Proust - 1927 - French Not in PG in English, just orig. French: Le Grand Meaulnes - Alain-Fournier - 1913 - French Not in PG in English, just orig. French: (poems) Alcools - Guillaume Apollinaire - 1913 - French
- Six Characters in Search of an Author - Luigi Pirandello - 1921 - Italian - PG at Three Plays
- The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann - 1924
- but found Royal Highness by Thomas Mann. 115,660 words.
500 or So Greatest Books
- See The World's Greatest Books, a list of 560+ Wikipedia-linked books, from the Tables of Contents of the twenty volumes compiled by Hammerton and Mee in 1910.
(obviously there are many duplicates, but there are entire sections of Non-fiction, Drama, Poetry, Lives & Letters, Travel & Adventure, Religion, Economics, Philosophy, Science, etc.)
- has a lot of novels and a lot of short fiction; here is one novel and one short story collection:
- Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne (pub. 1837). 147,166 words. One of many short story collection publications by Hawthorne; could stand alone.
- + The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (pub. 1851). 104,876 words.
Pr. Gut. H. P. Lovecraft + :
- A Reminiscience of Dr. Samuel Johnson 2,045 words.
- (same Un. Am. link above) Ex Oblivione - 700 words
- (same UA link) Nyaralothep - 1750 words
- (same UA link) (?essay re: the Great War / WWI?) At the Root - 765 words
- (same UA link) The White Ship (2,530 words)
- The Shunned House 10,820 words.
- The Dunwich Horror 17,400 words.
- The Golden Pot (1814): the translation by Frederic H. Hedge is in there somewhere. Also: page scans. (20,770 words)
- X Cremona Violin = the Story of Krespel extra Project Gutenberg, single E.T.A. Hoffmann story: redundant
- Tales from the German, 1844 tr. by John Oxenford
- Weird Tales, tr. 1885 (Short Fiction): Vol. I and
- X The Cremona Violin = The Story of Krespel
- X The Fermata, 1815 = An Interrupted Cadence
- X Signor Formica
- The Sand-Man, (15,100 words). Written/published 1817
- The Entail (34,500 words)
- X Arthur's Hall = The Artus Hof below
- X The Doge and Dogess
- X Master Martin the Cooper
- X Mademoiselle de Scudéri
- X Gambler’s Luck
- Master Johannes Wacht, (20,000 words)
- The Serapion Brethren, pub. 1819-1821, Short Fiction Compilation by E. T. A. Hoffmann, translated to English by Ewing, Alexander (in two volumes), G. Bell & Sons: London, 1886-92. Hathi Trust Catalog result of the two volumes. Also Project Gutenberg Vol. I and Vol. II = 208,974 words + 199,656 words = 408,630 words. 22 stories, 19 named.
- The Story of Serapion
- The Story of Krespel (= The Cremona Violin)
- An Interrupted Cadence (= The Fermata)
- The Poet and the Composer
- A Fragment of the Lives of Three Friends
- The Artus Hof
- The Mines of Falun
- Nutcracker and the King of Mice
- The Singers' Contents
- Automatons -- early early Sci-Fi
- The Doge and the Dogaressa
- Master Martin, The Cooper, and His Men
- The Stranger Child
- The Life of a Well-Known Character
- Albertine's Wooers
- The Uncanny Guest
- Mademoiselle de Scudéri
- Gamblers' Fortune
- Signor Formica
- The Mutual Interdependence of Things
- The King's Betrothed
- 6 stories ~= 120,000 words + Serapion Brethren = 530,000 words or so
- X The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Page scans of 1853 translation by Mrs. St. Simon, illustrated. OCR of text, one page at a time. (via Goodreads and LibraVox). Estimated ~20,000 words.
Thomas Jefferson +
- distilled Gospels
Aesop's Fables (+), Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 35,477 words total, 310 little 1-1.05 paragraph Fables
- The Age of Reason + (72,500 words) PG
- The Rights of Man (93,340 words) PG
- Writings (total: 283,120 words)
- Thomas Paine, Writings, Vol. I - The American Crisis, (not including Common Sense) - 78,220 words PG
- Thomas Paine, Writings, Vol. III - French Independence, etc. (not including Common Sense) - 159,220 words PG
- Thomas Paine, Common Sense - 22,160 words PG
- Thomas Paine, A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal, on the Affairs of North America; in which the Mistakes in the Abbe's Account of the Revolution of America are Corrected and Cleared Up. PG - 23,520 words
- (side track) what is Alice's Adventures Under Ground?
- Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There which includes the Jabberwocky, the Walrus and the Carpenter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
- Poems (not in Alice) ?
- Indian Tales. 36 stories. 168,273 words.
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876. 71,150 words.
- Jumping Frog and other Short Fiction -- in Complete PG works of MT somewhere, maybe duplicated and Sketches New and Old 1870, 97,890 words.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He died in 1930, which is 87 years ago. So everything he published in his lifetime should be PD?
- Sherlock Holmes: TODO word counts too
- Sherlock Holmes novels:
- A Study in Scarlet. 1887.
- The Sign of the Four. 1890. 43,080 words.
- The Hound of the Baskervilles. 1902. Mentioned above in Three Bonus Items.
- The Valley of Fear. 1915. (57512 words).
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, non-Sherlock Holmes (Markdown cannot parse unindent correctly.)
- The Poison Belt. Book 2 of Professor Challenger series, e.g. The Lost World is book 1.
- The Land of Mist -- nothing on Project Gutenberg
- Note to self: read The Book of Wonder and The Gods of Pegaña
- TODO list of more stuff, novels? short fiction?
H. G. Wells - PG has tons of stuff by HGW
- stuff every one has heard of:
The Time Machine The War of the Worlds
- The Island of Doctor Moreau
- The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance
- Kipps, on the SEbooks wanted list
- The Red Room - ?
- When the Sleeper Wakes
- The Plattner Story and Others - 77,845 (short fiction)
- The World Set Free - 64,970 (short fiction?)
- The Door in the Wall and Other Stories - 43,320 words. (short fiction)
- Tales of Space and Time - 71,920 words (short fiction, some overlap with the above)
- A Short History of the World (non-fiction) -- 112,260 words.
- stuff every one has heard of:
Ambrose Bierce. All his works published in his lifetime are in the public domain sine he died or disappeared in 1914.
- Devil's Dictionary
- Short Fiction
- TODO sort through this:
- Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. Bierce's famous story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is included in this collection.
- Fantastic Fables (New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1899). Fiction: fables.
- cf. A Vision of Doom
- "A Psychological Shipwreck" (1879)
- "Killed at Resaca" (1887)
- "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" (1887)
- "One of the Missing" (1888)
- "A Tough Tussle" (1888)
- "An Unfinished Race" (1888)
- "One of Twins" (1888)
- "A Horseman in the Sky" (1889)
- "The Spook House" (1889)
- "The Middle Toe of the Right Foot" (1890)
- "The Man and the Snake" (1890)
- "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" (1890)
- "The Realm of the Unreal" (1890)
- "The Boarded Window" (1891)
- "The Secret of Macarger's Gulch" (1891)
- "The Death of Halpin Frayser" (1891)
- "The Damned Thing" (1893)
- "The Eyes of the Panther" (1897)
- "Moxon's Master" (1899)
- "The Moonlit Road" (1907)
- "Beyond the Wall" (1907)
- TODO many more
- The Railway Children
- TODO: Project Gutenberg has so many novel-length stories
- TODO: Probably some Short Fiction to compile?
- more Short Fiction
- John Carter book 2 = The Gods of Mars
- Tarzan of the Apes - book 1
- At the Earth's Core
- The Land that Time Forgot
Edward Lear, Nonsense Books, which includes the Owl and the Pussycat, with their runcible spoon.
Gayley et al (<= 1922)
- Poetry of the People
- Poetry, Its Principles and Progress
- Stickeen: An Adventure with a Dog and a Glacier. 1897.
- The Mountains of California. 1894.
- The Yosemite. 1912.
- A Thousand-mile Walk to the Gulf. 1916.
- TODO many more
- Troilus and Cressida
- Titus Andronicus
- Romeo and Juliet
- Timon of Athens
- Julius Caesar
- King Lear
- Antony and Cleopatra
- The Tempest
- Two Gentlemen of Verona
- The Merry Wives of Windsor
- Measure for Measure
- The Comedy of Errors
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Love's Labour's Lost
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- The Merchant of Venice
- As You Like It
- The Taming of the Shrew
- All's Well That Ends Well
- Twelfth Night
- The Winter's Tale
- Pericles, Prince of Tyre
- The Two Noble Kinsmen
- King John
- Richard II
- Henry IV, Part 1
- Henry IV, Part 2
- Henry V
- Henry VI, Part 1
- Henry VI, Part 2
- Henry VI, Part 3
- Richard III
- Henry VIII
- The True Story of My Life: A Sketch (65,200 words)
- some overlap with The Improvisatore (about 18,000 words) which can be downloaded as PDF of page scans and/or OCR which needs to be corrected / transcribed
- TODO collate these Fairy Tales:
- The True Story of My Life: A Sketch (65,200 words)
R. L. Stevenson
- On the Heights, novel
- Waldfreid, novel
- Short Fiction
- Edelweiss, a story
Sir Richard Francis Burton
- + Vikram and the Vampire: Classic Hindu Tales of Adventure, Magic, and Romance 77,630 words.
- also V + the V 78,045 words.
Beckford, William Thomas
- Vathek (37,023w.) PG +
1001 Nights (Arabian Nights):
- See editions table here and annoying iframes here
- Burton's translation, vol. 1 of 16 173,840 words. -- texty vers. = 174,597 words @ 1008 KB
- Burton's translation, vol. 2 of 16 157,085 words. -- 890 KB texty
- Burton's translation, vol. 3 of 16 161,300 words. -- 914 KB texty
- Burton's translation, vol. 4 of 16 137,052 words. -- 777 KB texty
- Burton's translation, vol. 5 of 16 words. 1023 KB texty
- Burton's translation, vol. 6 of 16 words. 769 KB
- Burton's translation, vol. 7 of 16 words. 969 KB
- Burton's translation, vol. 8 of 16 words. 918 KB
- Burton's translation, vol. 9 of 16 words. 920 KB
- Burton's translation, vol. 10 of 16 words. 1100 KB
- Burton's translation, vol. 11 of 16 words. 690 KB
- Burton's translation, vol. 12 of 16 words. 865 KB
- Burton's translation, vol. 13 of 16 words. 1200 KB
- Burton's translation, vol. 14 of 16 words. 803 KB
- Burton's translation, vol. 15 of 16 words. 992 KB
- Burton's translation, vol. 16 of 16 words. 996 KB
- 14.834 MB or 629,277words/3,590KB = 175 words / KB --> about 2,600,000 words!
The same, the tales proper: (1.6 mill. w.)
- 1 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3435
- 2 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3436
- 3 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3437
- 4 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3438
- 5 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3439
- 6 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3440
- 7 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3441
- 8 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3442
- 9 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3443
- 10 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3444
Supplemental: (1 mill. w.)
- 11 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3445
- 12 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3446
- 13 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3447
- 14 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3448
- 15 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3449
- 16 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3450
Aucassin and Nicolete:
- Just that one story, 18,000 words-ish:
- More stories: Aucassin & Nicolette, and Other Mediaeval Romances and Legends by Eugene Mason about 75,000 words
- which translation?
- which stories?
- print version on the shelf (International Collector's library) has 211 stories and no copyright date or translator
Austen bonus items not on WGB list:
Aphra Behn -
- Oroonoko (+) (32,500 words) buried in Behn's complete works, 13 stories - 177,000 w.
- other twelve stories average 12,000 words or so
Other Legally Uncertain Items from the Guardian's Top 100 List
There are a number of works in that weird fuzzy legal area on my Google Spreadsheet listing all 100 novels from the Guardian List. Works that are PD in Canada but not the US, or works that I could not find on Project Gutenberg (or Hathi Trust as full text search) are marked "When PD?"
More stuff from The Big Read, not PD yet
Almost in Public Domain or will be (fairly) soon:
- A. A. Milne - Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926
- Milne has many other stores transcribed on Gutenberg, that might be worth determining if/how to make into a collection (or some standalone?)
- Erich Maria Remarque - All Quiet on the Western Front - 1929
- Lewis Grassic Gibbon - Sunset Song - 1932 (author died in 1935)
And in a decade or two? (maybe?)
- Daphne du Maurier - Rebecca - 1938
- The Hobbit - JRR T - 1937
- Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath - 1939
- Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men - novella - 1937
- Aldous Huxley - Brave New World - 1932
- Stella Gibbons - Cold Comfort Farm - 1932
- Arthur Ransome - Swallows and Amazons - 1930