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Eleven in 2011
Creative works in the Public Domain from authors and painters, Nobel prize winners, politicians and anarchists that entered into the public domain after the copyright expired in 2011. Eleven artists are featured who influenced the world in the early decades of the 20th century.
The books of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Leon Trotsky are very well-known -- especially if you you have an interest in world history or subjects like the Russian Revolution.
Look for more great composers and musician in the public domain this year including Jerry Roll Morton, Frank Bridge, Ignacy Paderewski, Christian Sinding, Jef Denijn, Siegfried Alkan, Johan Wagenaar, Henry Walford Davies, Primo Riccitelli, Enrique Saborido, Agustin Bardi.
Creative works in the Public Domain 2011
- John Buchan - Scottish novelist and Governor General of Canada
- F. Scott Fitzgerald - One of the great American writers of the 20th century
- Paul Klee - Seminal painter in expressionism, cubism, and surrealism
- Leon Trotsky - Russian Marxist revolutionary and Soviet politician
- Nathanael West - US author, screenwriter and satirist
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Public domain books by John Buchan (1875 - 1940)
Find public domain sources for the classic Prester John and find dozen more books by Buchan in a variety of digital formats for iPad and Kindle, ePub and audio books.
The Great Gatsby is available for ereaders in the Kindle version and also in the audio book format, paperback and hardcover.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)
The man who coined the term "the Jazz Age", wrote in a style that may have shaped Hollywood film noir style films of the 1940s and 50s, with his vivid descriptions of back alley atmospheres and shadowy encounters.
Fitzgerald also wrote for the Saturday Evening Post and other publications. He married the socialite and novelist Zelda Sayre who accepted his proposal only after he secured the rights to his first play: This Side of Paradise
Public Domain ebooks
- This Side Of Paradise
Read four titles by Fitzgerald at Project Gutenberg (with duplicates at Archive.org) including Flappers and Philosophers, The Beautiful and Damned and Tales of the Jazz Age.
Emma Goldman - (1869 - 1940)
An anarchist in the years before and during the regime of Leon Trotsky and his political agenda for the USSR.
- Marriage and Love
Download Public Domain books from Emma Goodman, including Anarchism What it Really stands for and 90 other titles from the Internet Archive about the author.
- EMMA GOLDMAN'S "ANARCHISM WITHOUT ADJECTIVES"
This year, over 100 years after the publication of her seminal Anarchism and Other Essays, the writings of Emma Goldman enter the public domain. Article from the Public Domain Review.
Paul Klee - (1879 - 1940)
Paul Klee was one of the six original members of the Bauhaus School of Design in Germany, open from 1919 to 1933 in the years between major conflicts in the world. Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers were the other painters in the group which also included the architects Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Josef's wife Anni Albers, the textile designer.
Klee knows how to use color like no other artist, and his compositions of mysterious symbols that might inhabit your dreams are arranged with a sense of graphic design, and a sense of humor, as well. The work of Klee and the Bauhaus school shaped the world of art and design for generations to come.
Public domain art by Paul Klee
- 15 paintings online free at the Web Museum: Paris
Dec. 18, 1879 -- June 29, 1940 - Primitive art, surrealism, cubism Swiss-born painter and graphic artist whose personal, often gently humorous works are replete with allusions to dreams, music, and poetry.
- Category:Paintings by Paul Klee - Wikimedia Commons
Works created before 1923 and after 1933 are in the public domain in the United States.
Leon Trotsky - (1879 - 1940) born: Lev Davidovich Bronshtein
Nathanael West - (1903 - 1940) born: Nathan von Wallenstein Weinstein
Nathan was a funny guy. He forged his transcript to get into university in New York, and he loved to tell the story about almost being lynched by a mob when 'Casey' was at bat and dropped the ball (literally).
He fancied the writing of Oscar Wilde and hung out with comedians S. J. Perelman and writers William Carlos Williams and Dashiell Hammett. In 1933 he moved to Hollywood to pursue a lucrative career as a screen writer, completing 12 screenplays, 4 novels, 2 plays and short stories.
Public Domain movie by Nathanael West
- Born To Be Wild (1938) on the internet archive.org