Monday, January 05, 2009

Popeye Unbound

The inflooenshul works of American artiste E. C. Segar (creator of “Popeye”) have apparently entered the public domain!

Let the image grab begin, because of course "public domain" only applies to forgotten and usually forgettable authors
whose body of work was never all that commercial, and is no longer claimed by the deep-pocketed robber barons, squatters and snarling wolves (like Eisnerville's...err...Walt Disney Co.'s bizarre claim to own the rights to Sir John Tenniel's Alice illustrations.)

Sorry, it seems that 100 Classic Books (Nintendo DS) violates US copyright laws so it can't ackshooly be shipped from No idea what the problem is, since most if not all of these titles are available from Project Gutenberg:

Louisa May AlcottLittle Women
Jane AustenEmma
Jane AustenMansfield Park
Jane AustenPersuasion
Jane AustenPride and Prejudice
Jane AustenSense and Sensibility
Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom's Cabin
R.D. BlackmoreLorna Doone
Anne BronteThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Charlotte BronteJane Eyre
Charlotte BronteThe Professor
Charlotte BronteShirley
Charlotte BronteVillette
Emily BronteWuthering Heights
John BunyanThe Pilgrim's Progress
Frances BurnettLittle Lord Fauntleroy
Frances BurnettThe Secret Garden
Lewis CarrollAlice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis CarrollThrough the Looking-Glass
Wilkie CollinsThe Moonstone
Wilkie CollinsThe Woman in White
Carlo CollodiThe Adventures of Pinocchio
Arthur Conan DoyleThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan DoyleThe Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
Joseph ConradLord Jim
Susan CoolidgeWhat Katy Did
James Fenimore CooperLast of the Mohicans
Daniel DefoeRobinson Crusoe
Charles DickensBarnaby Rudge
Charles DickensBleak House
Charles DickensA Christmas Carol
Charles DickensDavid Copperfield
Charles DickensDombey and Son
Charles DickensGreat Expectations
Charles DickensHard Times
Charles DickensMartin Chuzzlewit
Charles DickensNicholas Nickleby
Charles DickensThe Old Curiosity Shop
Charles DickensOliver Twist
Charles DickensThe Pickwick Papers
Charles DickensA Tale of Two Cities
Alexandre DumasThe Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre DumasThe Three Musketeers
George EliotAdam Bede
George EliotMiddlemarch
George EliotThe Mill on the Floss
Henry Rider HaggardKing Solomon's Mines
Thomas HardyFar From The Madding Crowd
Thomas HardyThe Mayor of Casterbridge
Thomas HardyTess of The D'Urbervilles
Thomas HardyUnder the Greenwood Tree
Nathaniel HawthorneThe Scarlet Letter
Victor HugoThe Hunchback of Notre Dame
Victor HugoLes Miserables
Washington IrvingThe Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon
Charles KingsleyWestward Ho!
D.H. LawrenceSons And Lovers
Gaston LerouxThe Phantom of the Opera
Jack LondonThe Call of the Wild
Jack LondonWhite Fang
Herman MelvilleMoby Dick
Edgar Allen PoeTales of Mystery and Imagination
Sir Walter ScottIvanhoe
Sir Walter ScottRob Roy
Sir Walter ScottWaverley
Anna SewellBlack Beauty
William ShakespeareAll's Well That Ends Well
William ShakespeareAntony and Cleopatra
William ShakespeareAs You Like It
William ShakespeareThe Comedy of Errors
William ShakespeareHamlet
William ShakespeareJulius Caesar
William ShakespeareKing Henry the Fifth
William ShakespeareKing Lear
William ShakespeareKing Richard the Third
William ShakespeareLove's Labour's Lost
William ShakespeareMacbeth
William ShakespeareThe Merchant of Venice
William ShakespeareA Midsummer-Night's Dream
William ShakespeareMuch Ado About Nothing
William ShakespeareOthello, the Moor of Venice
William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet
William ShakespeareThe Taming of the Shrew
William ShakespeareThe Tempest
William ShakespeareTimon of Athens
William ShakespeareTitus Andronicus
William ShakespeareTwelfth Night
William ShakespeareThe Winter's Tale
Robert Louis StevensonKidnapped
Robert Louis StevensonThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis StevensonTreasure Island
Jonathan SwiftGulliver's Travels
William ThackerayVanity Fair
Anthony TrollopeBarchester Towers
Mark TwainAdventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark TwainAdventures of Tom Sawyer
Jules VerneRound the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Oscar WildeThe Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar WildeThe Picture of Dorian Gray

When was the last time you read Silas Marner of your own free will? Most English Lit falls in the same "under duress" category. Even Shakespeare. My brother is the only guy I know who's ever read Martin Chuzzlewit cover to cover. Call me Ishmael, but Queequeg passeth a racist, imperialist gas, and Victorian authors are weird as well as duller than boiled broccoli.



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