It would be so sweet to find the best of authors as far back as the early 1200's and actually publish a compilation of their works. I've recently discovered Debra Conrad's Public Domain Treasure Hunters. She indeed has inspired me to go hunting as I love the ancient manuscripts, their book-cover artwork, and illustrations. It shall, no doubt, be a fascinating journey on Sunday Scrolls.
But what I love reading are those old manuscripts, not updated versions, of something like A Christmas Carol, or Alice's Adventures Underground.
But speaking of the here and now our very own Inklings are working on their own unusual/unique manuscripts. Pat Stockett Johnston has put together a collection of articles on Chrysanthemums for beginners. The photographs are stunning. Her latest article will help you get published with Chicken Soup for the Soul. You can do it.
Marilyn Woody is working on unfinished or almost completed manuscripts willed to her by the late Arleta Richardson (a list of her books included at the end of this post). Some of which was still handwritten on yellow pads or typed on an old typewriter and saved on floppy disks. I think Marilyn should blog about it. One day, my friend, you'll see the usefulness of the internet.
The minutes of the Inklings meeting would have been nice to publish here but our Minute Keeper from California Breeze was trapped in her castle--power outage in her neighborhood due to that crazy Southern Cal weather, trees down around her house and all sort of chaos.
In any case, let us begin this list of writers from ages past. And perhaps we can find those priceless images to go along with their masterpieces. I will pick my favorites and publish them in The Watchers' public domain page. Here is a list to get us started from Knowledge Rush dot com.
|From the Baldwin Project|
John Bunyon's Pilgrim's Progress
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Charlotte M. Yonge's The Frog and the Page
Charlotte M Yonge lived from 1823-1901. She wrote a ton of books. Here's her list from the Gutenberg Project.
George A. Henty's The Dragon and the Raven
His list of books: Lived between 1832-1902
Though not an extensive list as such, nonetheless, a more impressive list will accumulate on our public domain page.