Troy Loney wrote:canaan wrote:Troy Loney wrote:Have you read any other Woolf? I read To the Lighthouse this year and had immense trouble following it....so I'm now interested in trying anything else from her...unless I learn that her other stuff is more accessible (nice way of putting easier)
To the Lighthouse is a mediocre attempt at stream of consciousness--its not worth the effort, in my opinion. The Waves is okay but nothing fantastic.
The Years is probably my 2nd favorite behind Mrs. Dalloway.
That's good to know, i'll probably get to Mrs Dalloway at some point.
On a somewhat related note, is anyone familiar with what makes a book available for free and not? Woolf for instance has several of her books on the prject gutenberg site, but not all of them? Why?
first and foremost, the book needs to be in the public domain. from there, gutenburg gets volunteers to transfer the text to plain vanilla ASCII format.
from their FAQ
C.10. What books are in the public domain?
Any book published anywhere before 1923 is in the public domain in the U.S. This is the rule we use most.
U.S. Government publications are in the public domain. This is the rule under which we have published, for example, presidential inauguration speeches.
Books can be released into the public domain by the owners of their copyrights.
Some books published without a copyright notice in the U.S. prior to March 1st, 1989 are in the public domain.
Some books published before 1964, and whose copyright was not renewed, are in the public domain.
If you want to rely on anything except the 1923 rule, things can get complicated, and the rules do change with time.