User:Konstable/5000 texts author list

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Regarding Wikisource:Scriptorium#5000_digital_texts

Please sort all the ones that you know. And feel free to correct me if I made a mistake!--Konstable 02:03, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

The following seem to be nearly all fantasy/sf writers, so all are probably copyright. The fact these are all Ebooks make we wonder if in fact some are PD by the author's decision. In which case they should be accepted on a case-by case basis. Apwoolrich 12:42, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

Actually he told me he got most of these over peer-to-peer. So they are very likely illegal copies.--Konstable 01:38, 13 February 2006 (UTC)


  • Alan WAtts; Which Alan Watts? There is one who wrote about Zen Buddhism (who died in 1973, copyrighted)
  • Andre Massey; I cannot trace a writer with the name
  • Douglas W. Stephens ; I cannot trace him as a writer

Fully public domain[edit]

  • Austen, Jane
  • Bram Stoker
  • Charles Dickens
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Charles Darwin
  • Annre Bronte
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Charles Dickens
  • Daniel Defoe

Not all works in public domain[edit]

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald (only pre-1923)
  • Agatha Christie (only pre-1923 works, I think there are just 2)
  • Albert Einstein (only pre-1923 works)
  • Aleister Crowley (only pre-1923 works)
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs (only pre-1923)

Foreign language Public Domain[edit]

(Translations may not be Public Domain)

  • Alexandre Dumas (PD original French)
  • Niccolò Machiavelli (PD original Italian)
  • Aristotle (PD original Greek)
  • Fyodor Dostoiesvki (PD original Russian)
  • Franz Kafka (PD original German)
  • Friedrich Nietzsche (PD original German)
  • Confucius (PD original Chinese)
  • Rene dEscartes (PD original French)
  • Aesop (PD original Greek)
  • Apuleius (PD original Latin)
  • DAnte Alighieri, Renaissance poet. Some translations might be copyright
  • Edmond Rostand, D 1918, but translations might be copyright

Not public domain[edit]

  • Frank Herbert
  • Arthur C.Clarke
  • Stephen King
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Douglas Adams
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Robert Silverberg scripts
  • Fight Club
  • Allan dEan Foster
  • A.E. van Vogt (d 2000 so fully copyright);
  • Adolf Hitler; (d 1945 to still in copyright I think)
  • Anne Rice; Alive so copyright
  • Piers Anthony; Alive so copyright
  • Barry B. Longyear; Alive so copyright
  • Benjamin R. Tucker; Alive so copyright
  • Cherie Bennett; Alive so copyright
  • Alfred Bester;Alive so copyright
  • Brian Lumley; Alive so copyright
  • CArl SAgan; (prevuious removed from the WW list as he is in copyright
  • Carlos CAstaneda; Died recently so copyright
  • Clifford D. Simak; D 1998 so copyright
  • Cynthia Felice; Alive so copyright
  • DAvid Langford; Alive so copyright
  • Dean Koontz' ; Alive so copyright
  • Andre Norton; d 2005, so in copyright
  • Edward Gorey, d 2000 so copyright
  • Duncan Andy; Alive so copyright