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Monthly Challenge


Welcome to the Monthly Challenge!

  • Each month, the challenge aims to proofread and validate several texts.
  • It provides a safe space for new users to learn about Wikisource.
  • The texts are featured for a maximum of three months with a few exceptions.
  • The challenge builds Wikisource's core collection and makes free, scan-backed ebooks accessible to everyone.

Suggest nominations below. When successful, the works can be added to a monthly data table (e.g. Module:Monthly Challenge/data/2023-12, or a future month) and they will be included in the relevant months' challenges.

2021 nominations[edit]

  • Add nominations at the end of this section via this link
  • For each nomination, please provide an author, title, publication date, link to the index and the reason why the work should be featured.
    • If you cannot create an index (and you are strongly urged to do so before nominating), please leave a full citation. Remember, Wikisource only allows works in the Public Domain in the USA.
  • Please create a separate section for each work nominated. This allows easier discussion and archiving of each nomination.
  • Re-nominations of previously stalled works is allowed if you think they will get renewed interest. There is a list here.

Dio's Roman History (series)[edit]

Index:Dio's Roman History, tr. Cary - Volume 1.djvu These volumes have been on here for ages as well.

  • Oppose (temporarily) I'd like to figure out how we expect to handle parallel texts before we add any more of them. The last dual Greek/English text fizzled and St. Augustine's Soliloquies is a current parallel text (Old English/Latin). We can just proofread the English, certainly, but that really feels like a mistreatment of the work as published to me.
If promoting anyway, we'll need to choose 2 from this, USTS and Goethe, I think). Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 09:36, 31 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ShakespeareFan00's Adventures list[edit]

ShakespeareFan00 compiled a list of important adventure novels that need to be worked through. I'm adding it here to formally nominate them to be run one at a time. Languageseeker (talk) 00:22, 29 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Support dripping these in over time, but we should only have one or two "active" (i.e. being proofread) at a time, IMO. Obviously no limit on number pending validation. Related: can we think of any new-PD-entrants in this genre for PD day? Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 18:15, 3 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Short update: We've made good progress in the Tarzan series. As far as I can see, after Tarzan the Untamed, only Tarzan the Terrible remains to be proofread of those of the Tarzan books currently in the public domain. I've gone ahead and started what will hopefully become a new series of proofread works, by adding Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery for April.--Tylopous (talk) 07:16, 13 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2022 Nominations[edit]

The Black Tulip[edit]

The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas

Maybe, but I don't have time for it. 11:29, 1 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Would December be a better month? Languageseeker (talk) 12:37, 1 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Holidays 13:31, 1 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ok, let me know when you would like me to run it. Languageseeker (talk) 15:22, 1 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The Black Tulip 11:38, 28 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ready 09:51, 30 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply] 10:18, 30 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Listed for July 2023. MER-C (talk) 19:31, 30 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

how about upload the link below: 15:12, 2 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You would need to pull .ogg files for the audio and upload them to a suitable category at Commons. We don't host audio files here at Wikisource. But once the files exist at Commons, we can link the audio files. However, please first check that the audio recording match the specific translation here. The audio may come from a different translation. --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:01, 2 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Progress and Poverty[edit]

check the copyright and upload it to Wikimedia Commons

Progress And Poverty

  • DLI scans tend to be very poor: If the Modern Library edition is much better than the contemporary with publication 19th century editions (e.g. [[1]]) or the 25th Anniversary edition ([[2]]) or the 1929 50th anniversary edition as published by the Schalkenbach foundation [[3]], you can find the Modern Library 1938 edition also on Hathi [[4]]. MarkLSteadman (talk) 03:18, 27 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

non-English works[edit]

Suggestions for future months to increase diversity:

I encourage one or two of these to be included each month (or similar selections) to ensure that not all our works are by US/UK authors, or are all US/UK literature. --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:40, 12 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@EncycloPetey:  Support Diversity as regards countries of origin. But note that we can also achieve this in part by including works written in English by authors from, for example, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada. (We already have a Canadian work next month.)
From your list, my personal pick for next month would be Quo Vadis.--Tylopous (talk) 18:21, 12 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Indeed, and we can even consider Welsh, Irish, First Nations and and African-American authors as diversity, even if the books are from the US or the UK. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:31, 12 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Three suggestions:
1. There might be especial interest in The Triology works as they deal with Ukrainian-Polish history, e.g. Internet Archive identifier: withfireandswor00curtgoog.
2. For South Africa we might think about the works of Olive Schreiner e.g. The Story of an African Farm, Woman and Labour, Dreams etc.
3. We had the works of Rumi last year but dropped it due to it not being out of copyright then. (transcription project)
MarkLSteadman (talk) 00:12, 14 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Very interesting proposals, thank you! I was not aware of Sienkiewicz's Trilogy. So let's put in Quo Vadis for April, which is as far as I know better known to English-speaking readers, and let's keep the Trilogy in mind.
This subsection is fast becoming a very useful source of information, which we can keep using for quite some months to come. Thank you all!--Tylopous (talk) 06:16, 14 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

John Locke - Essay[edit]

And one of the most important philosophical works, which is not yet scan-backed: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding Internet Archive identifier: essayconcerning00lock. I'm not sure whether we have the complete work or not; it is very long. But the edition I've pointed to is a single volume and has very simple formatting. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:57, 12 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@EncycloPetey: Undecided on this. Page 38 of the IA scan doesn't look like easy formatting to me. Also I was not able to determine how our version is related to the contents of the IA scan.
The IA scan contains An Essay Concerning Human Understanding+Essay of the Conduct of Understanding. Looks like our current version without scan is a full version of the first Essay, and that the page of the IA scan I mentioned is really an exception.--Tylopous (talk) 19:14, 12 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@EncycloPetey: I uploaded the djvu file from the IA source you linked to. It's the first index page I created; any comments or suggestions are welcome. For instance:
  • How to handle the fact that the new index page links to our old, non-scan-backed version?
  • How best to indicate that the djvu contains two separate works (also Essay of the Conduct of Understanding)? --Tylopous (talk) 12:33, 13 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
For the first question, we usually add {{migrate to}} on the old copy if we plan to replace the old copy with the new one. But this is a work that might have more then one edition, so I would have the title in the Index point to a new title, like "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1853)". We can then turn the old copy into a redirect once the new copy is complete.
For the second question, we handle it just like any other volume that has more than one work: list it in the contents. We have many volumes here that are collections of short stories, collections of poems, or that contain anthologies by more then one author. There is no need to do anything unusual, but just link as we always do. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:13, 13 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Note that there is also the 1695 3rd Internet Archive identifier: b30323873 and 1700 4th Internet Archive identifier: essayconcernin00lockuoft 4th on IA as well. The 5th edition (1706) is available from the ONB (external scan). If we want the first 1690 edition, it is in EEBO and I can see about getting a scan of that... MarkLSteadman (talk) 20:38, 13 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I looked at the 3rd edition earlier today and considered it as an alternative. But it contains more difficult formatting (sidenotes) and long s. I agree that the 1st edition could be valuable to have, also the 3rd. But if our aim is to get one version proofread completely, then the version mentioned by EncycloPetey is perhaps really the best to work with.--Tylopous (talk) 21:03, 13 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you want a modern orthography edition, an option might be the version in the 1823 complete works which appears to be the standard collection of Locke until the recent Clarendon editions? Internet Archive identifier: workslock01lock Internet Archive identifier: works02lock Internet Archive identifier: works03lock. It's quite a long work and if we do want to proof additional works picking a complete works set might be a good idea and avoid the reproofing the work later when doing so. Mentioning it both to think carefully about which version we want and also to collect them together for setting up the versions page. MarkLSteadman (talk) 22:15, 13 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There are really many options, and I'm still undecided. I looked at the IA scan of vol.1 of the 1823, and it contains torn pages, see [5].
Project Gutenberg appears to have used the 1690 version, but with simplified layout (?)--Tylopous (talk) 06:57, 14 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The torn page is some errata on the TOC or addition added later on very weak paper: (you can see a little more in that HathiTrust version (external scan)) so it doesn't affect the main text. MarkLSteadman (talk) 20:19, 14 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The 1823 complete works edition would be good to have. I can work on uploading volumes from IA some time this week.--Tylopous (talk) 06:22, 15 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Update: I have uploaded 9 of 10 volumes. Couldn't find vol 9 on IA.-- Tylopous (talk) 08:21, 19 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Added vol 1 of 1823 edition for April ..Tylopous (talk) 18:01, 30 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
FYI, there is only one volume. The four "books" are sections within the single volume. --EncycloPetey (talk) 05:23, 9 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck[edit]

Once The Last Man is completed, the next volume for Shelley should be The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck Languageseeker (talk) 00:47, 19 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Listed for August 2023. MER-C 10:06, 26 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ancient Classics for the English Reader[edit]

I’d like to nominate this series of historical biographies published by William Blackwood & Sons. There are twelve books in the series, and seven of them are already proofread (some are even validated). The others listed below:

It would be good to have these remaining 5 books completed too. Ciridae (talk) 12:59, 27 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Support in general. Unsure if we should start in May or June.Tylopous (talk) 16:47, 27 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Tylopous: If May is not already completely full, it would be good if one of these are included. I suggest Caesar or Aristotle. Otherwise, I'm fine with waiting for June. Ciridae (talk) 04:41, 28 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Ciridae: I added The Commentaries of Caesar for May. The works in this series apparently tend to be quite short.--Tylopous (talk) 18:18, 28 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Good choice! Languageseeker (talk) 02:55, 29 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It looks like there are more books in the series if people are interested in continuing after Odyssey. Plato IA, Tacitus IA, Lucian IA, and Horace IA are all available on IA. MarkLSteadman (talk) 02:09, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Plato has been started. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:22, 3 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Files already uploaded. MER-C (talk) 15:59, 24 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Additional volumes on Hathi:

--EncycloPetey (talk) 16:37, 24 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Xenophon can be found at Index:Xenophon by Alexander Grant.djvu Ciridae (talk) 05:34, 3 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Pending works in the series:

Ciridae (talk) 09:23, 9 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction[edit]

The w:en:Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction list might be a good source for selections. It is a compilation by Modern Library of the 100 best nonfiction works of the 20th century. Some will not be eligible for inclusion because they are still under copyright, but the list would provide additional variety to our selections, in which works of fiction tend to dominate. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:08, 30 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@EncycloPetey: Thank you. Yes, it's good to have a pool of nonfiction works to choose from. Other ideas I once had for nonfiction were: (1) A series of works under the heading "Investigative Journalism" (2) A chronological series of biographies of U.S. Presidents.--Tylopous (talk) 06:06, 1 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@EncycloPetey, @Tylopous: I've also found this website very helpful when selecting books. It aggregates some of the lists and then separates them by year. If you look closely, you can see that May's MC draws heavily on this list. In any case, I think that the Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction is definitely something that we should target. As always, I hope that scan-backing these "important" books will help more users discover this site. Languageseeker (talk) 01:38, 2 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:A color notation (Munsell).djvu & Index:Atlas of the Munsell color system.djvu[edit]

These together represent the basis of a color notation system that's still widely used in some applications. Alongside transcription of the book text, A semi-expert will be needed to convert the color charts over to SVG with appropriate tones, based on the information in the work. Munsell's Book of Color was published in 1929 or so , so we have to wait a few years for that to become available. It would of course be nice if someone could come up with some semi-automated conversions for the color shades/tones (to some form of standardised sRGB or related). ( Seem to recall seeing some Python code, which could presumably be converted to Lua as needed?) ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 07:34, 22 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

If there is interest there is also a document apparently produced by the NBS(NIST) which gave CIE values for some of the Munusell color shades. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 07:35, 22 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@ShakespeareFan00: I think it really depends on whether we have an expert on svg creation + color notation + programming. I see that on the index talk of the color atlas there is a useful link to a page with some python script. (The page says the script is from Wikipedia and it links to this article [6] on Wikipedia.)--Tylopous (talk) 05:25, 23 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Dewey Decimal Classification system[edit]

Melvil Due’s namesake “Dewey Decimal” system was started in an 1876 pamphlet: some formatting required, but definitely a valuable addition.

2023 nominations[edit]

Rhetorica ad Herennium[edit]

A New Method of Making Common-Place-Books[edit]


A Confession And What I Believe by Tolstoy

This is part of the already nominated series Index:Complete Works of Count Tolstoy - 13.djvu. I will put Volume 13 up for September. MER-C 09:34, 19 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Listed for September 2023. MER-C 11:00, 19 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Only 'My Confession' was proofread Done 01:47, 25 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Proofread 05:40, 28 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism[edit]

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:25, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

See Index:The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism.djvu 02:08, 14 January 2023 (UTC)unsigned comment by Languageseeker (talk) .
Please, Add it for April
This has been listed already twice. MER-C 10:15, 24 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:The Girl from Hollywood.djvu[edit]

Been here for 3 years with no work on it until now. It isn't transcluded yet. Seperation (talk) 05:00, 8 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Seperation Added for April. Thanks for the nomination. Languageseeker (talk) 01:22, 22 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Note: Currently listed as a Collab work. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:22, 21 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Introduction to Arithmetic[edit]

Introduction to Arithmetic by Nicomachus of Gerasa

Nicomachus' "Introduction to Arithmetic", translated by Martin Luther D'Ooge at

Index:Gide - The Counterfeiters.pdf[edit]

Notable French work by a Nobel Literature laureate, no work by this author yet, just entered the public domain. Yann (talk) 19:22, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Note: Currently listed as a Collab work. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:22, 21 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  •  Comment The scan seems to have pages missing from the front matter. The table of contents covers only the second half of the work. --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:15, 3 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Scan has been fixed. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:47, 7 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Listed for May 2023. MER-C (talk) 18:41, 25 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Jeeves Stories[edit]

Similar to how we had Doyle's short stories in the Strand for a while, we could do Jeeves. either starting with Extricating Young Gussie (pg. 61) and Leave it to Jeeves (pg. 568) or the ones that entered the public domain recently The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy (pg. 366) and Jeeves and the Impending Doom (pg. 601). It's also possible to do a book version, e.g. Index:Carry On, Jeeves.pdf. MarkLSteadman (talk) 22:53, 16 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Works by Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain in the UK, but works by Wodehouse are not. That makes it tricky for UK editors, who would technically be violating their nation's laws to transcribe works for the internet. It's fine for US editors though. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:10, 21 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Chronological Table of the Statutes (United Kingdom)(1972).pdf[edit]

This is the most recent version that has an expired crown copyright. It's also looking like it will be signficantly easier to format then the 1877 or 1950 versions that were started previously. It's essentially data entry/table rebuilding, but if entered has immense potential to help build a dataset for Wikipedia/Wikidata for tracking repeals of British legislation upto 1971. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 09:43, 20 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This will be an extremely complicated work to have in the Monthly Challenge. It will require advanced specialist knowledge to format. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:08, 21 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I appreciate that, but I am still suggesting it for the contributors that were interested. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 18:12, 24 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My Neighbours[edit]

Listed for September 2023. MER-C 10:04, 26 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Works by Donald Grant Mitchell[edit]

We have recently deleted (or will soon delete) the copydump works of Author:Donald Grant Mitchell. His works were popular in 19th-century America (see the WP article; Emily Dickinson loved one of his books). We have scans set up for two of his best-known works, but the Calendar does not have a place to fit them. I nominate them here to fill any month where a suitable work cannot be found:

--EncycloPetey (talk) 03:19, 15 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Reveries of a Bachelor listed in May 2023. MER-C 18:45, 25 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Dream Life listed for October 2023. MER-C 10:15, 24 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy.djvu[edit]

This work has sat unfinished for several years. It's only tricky part is that the book uses end notes instead of footnotes at the bottom of the page, so the editoe needs to go to another page to grab the note. However. the Notes section of the book is fully proofread, so they can be easily grabbed and inserted. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:51, 9 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Or {{authority reference}} can be used. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 19:44, 16 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That would be far more complicated. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:56, 16 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Chapters on Jewish literature (IA chaptersonjewish00abra).pdf[edit]

A survey work that has just a small portion on Wikisource (a single chapter), and has sat incomplete since 2008. I have set up the start of an Index page. However, I would not run this work simultaneously with the previous one. Spread them out to get more diversity over a longer period. --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:07, 10 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Listed for August 2023. MER-C 18:29, 29 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vivian Grey[edit]

This is the first novel (published in 5 volumes over 2 years) by Benjamin Disraeli, who would later go on to become British Prime Minister twice. I don’t think we have any of his novels completed and scan-backed. This novel may have influenced Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. I have uploaded the files to Commons: (Commons file (multiple parts): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) Ciridae (talk) 11:29, 12 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The scan of vol 1 is faulty. MER-C 18:37, 29 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
File should be fixed now. Please have a look. Ciridae (talk) 10:42, 24 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Listed for September 2023. MER-C 10:04, 26 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ISC China report[edit]

Notable, current affairs. Parking for the future, will run if someone beats me to it. MER-C (talk) 19:17, 13 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

OGL or OPL license? Also does the public version contain redacted sections? ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 19:43, 16 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The copyright notice in the document (page 4 of the PDF) says OGL. Redacted sections are denoted with ***. MER-C (talk) 16:19, 21 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks :) and
 Support , Are there equivalents to this that have been produced in the US, possibly as a CRS document? ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 16:27, 21 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, [7] (2x in 2019, lots of other interesting stuff here), [8], [9]. Of course I would only run one at a time. MER-C (talk) 16:44, 21 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks, there are some items amongst those that are highly topical :) ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 17:39, 21 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Listed for August 2023. Keeping this section around for the US reports. MER-C 11:07, 30 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Great Encyclical Letters of Pope Leo XIII[edit]

This was nominated for PotM by MarkLSteadman; I am adding it here as a significant collection of documents that might generate interest. We've not attempted a work like this for the PotM or MC that I can recall. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:47, 22 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

In general, I think it is a good idea to have a continuous amount of things like documents / treaties etc. in our pipeline. The Philippine Islands had a fair amount, we had a transcript of the Scopes trial etc., but rotating across various areas, here religion, seems like a reasonable idea. In addition, this work is in desperate need of a quality upgrade, so replacing it with a proofread copy would also be fantastic in that regard. MarkLSteadman (talk) 00:57, 23 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Listed for September 2023. MER-C 11:02, 19 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mary Kingsley works[edit]

Travels in West Africa was featured in a recent article in The Economist. Notable and influential author. MER-C 19:47, 28 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Listed Travels in West Africa for September 2023. MER-C 10:26, 26 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
West African Studies uploaded here: (Commons file) Ciridae (talk) 07:32, 20 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Ten Days in a Mad-House (1887).djvu[edit]

Ten Days in a Mad-House is a seminal work in American investigative journalism. I remember it discussed and quoted in history courses. We have just acquired a scan (thanks to Mpaa) which will make it possible to complete this work for Wikisource. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:28, 12 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  •  Comment User:Mpaa has started work on this in earnest. It may soon be at Validation stage; though it could use better images. Internet Archive scans are not vertical, and the scan quality is noisy. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:24, 30 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Listed for December. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:52, 2 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Checkmark This section is considered resolved, for the purposes of archiving. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Ciridae (talk) 13:36, 8 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Tristram (Robinson)[edit]

The Return of the Soldier[edit]

  • 1918 novella (external scan) by Rebecca West, one of the most popular women writers of the 20th century, yet we have none of her works. This novella is one of the first to deal with the subject of PTSD (then known as shell-shock). The novella was adapted into a play of the same name by playwright John Van Druten. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:40, 14 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    File is on Commons already: (Commons file) Ciridae (talk) 06:32, 20 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Added in December 2023.
    Checkmark This section is considered resolved, for the purposes of archiving. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Ciridae (talk) 05:44, 7 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • We should probably add this to the list, since it's an official government report on the COVID-19 pandemic. Lizardcreator (talk) 04:23, 18 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2024 nominations[edit]

Index:Tristan and Iseult (Belloc 1914).djvu[edit]

The Romance of Tristan and Iseult is one of the most important stories in medieval literature. We don't have out copy scan-backed yet; our current copy dates from 2006. The story was compiled in French by Joseph Bédier, and this edition was translated into English by Hilaire Belloc. It is in PD in the US now, but will enter PD in the EU in 2024. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:36, 5 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Is there a reason why we cannot complete this in 2023? Why are we waiting for 2024? Ciridae (talk) 05:29, 5 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's not yet in PD in the EU/UK. Editors from that part of the world could not legally participate. --EncycloPetey (talk) 05:40, 5 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Public Domain Day 2024[edit]

Kindly suggest works here that enter the public domain in 2024. I have some nominations.

  • Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence.
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie.
  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf.
  • The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne.

Ciridae (talk) 13:49, 8 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Staging for future months[edit]

This is the staging area for the next challenge. Works are added to this list based on nominations, current long-term series or filling in missing topics. This list is not "official", it's just designed to make it easier to set up the data table for the next challenge more easily. Nominate works above. Remove works from this list if the nomination fails.

January 2022[edit]

  • Works:
  • Shorts:
  • Series to be continued:
    • First Folio
    • Orley Farm
    • HG Wells
    • Philippines
    • US Treaty Series
    • Shirley
    • Sherlock Holmes
    • Middlemarch
  • Series to be continued, but may be stalling:
  • Series to be discontinued
  • New series:

June 2024[edit]

Long term planning, but as June is typically Pride month, can we have a focus on works with LGBT authors or themes? ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 10:49, 2 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What do you mean by a "focus"? We haven't had a monthly focus in MC. That's something that more often happens with FT or PotM. But in any event, we'd need a list of suitable works, and we don't have that. If you have works in mind, I'd just as soon see them as part of the regular rotation, rather than limit them to just one month, or wait a year to put them up. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:26, 4 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Long-Term Series[edit]

This space is reserved for nominations of a long-term series consisting of multiple volumes of an author's work usually referred to with titles such as "The Complete Works of X" or an encyclopedic work. Such nominations require serious consideration because they will require many years of work. Therefore, the edition proposed should be a definitive edition that does not constitute mere reprints and would make a substantial contribution to Wikisource.

Long-Term Nominations[edit]

The Works of Voltaire -- 43 volumes, definitive edition, all are on IA and 7 have been uploaded to Commons so far; all 7 still have pages to proofread, and more volumes can easily be added if/when desired

Transactions of the Linnean Society of London -- 30 volumes, all of them are also on IA and 22 have been uploaded to Commons, all 22 have pages to proofread and validate and there are many additional works that are related like the second and third series which each have multiple works as well. Seperation (talk) 23:29, 15 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

w:History of Rome (Mommsen)[edit]

Notable and authoritative work. Save for June. MER-C (talk) 18:18, 16 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Cambridge Histories[edit]

Notable and authoritative work. Storing for later months. See w:The Cambridge Modern History. MER-C (talk) 11:04, 3 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Added works. MER-C (talk) 19:43, 28 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Arthur H. Clark Company series[edit]

Another Arthur H. Clark Company series, possibly to continue on from Historic Highways of America. MER-C (talk) 14:31, 18 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Found another. MER-C (talk) 18:40, 21 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night[edit]

This is a multi-volume translation of a world literature classic that needs a kick to get it going. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:04, 1 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Volume 3 has had the most progress. Someone ought to check and/or fix its formatting, then apply the result to the start of Volume 1 to set the pattern for the set. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:54, 3 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My Secret Life[edit]

Notable and multiply banned series (see Wikipedia article) that needs to scan-backed. MER-C (talk) 18:41, 3 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi[edit]

Long series that needs to be scan-backed in part. MER-C 18:56, 25 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Works of Galileo Galilei--National Edition[edit]

Grabbing stuff from Category:Incomplete texts. Notable editor, obviously notable author. MER-C 18:20, 29 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)[edit]

Notable editors, notable author. Some progress on this series already. MER-C 18:20, 29 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Sacred Books of the East - Volume 1.djvu[edit]

Some more incomplete texts. 50 volume series. MER-C 10:39, 26 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Current Long-Term Series[edit]

The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (current: Index:The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803 (Volume 09).pdf): 14.3% complete
January 6 interviews (current: Index:CTRL0000034603 - Transcribed Interview of Mark Meadows, (November 12, 2021).pdf): 3% complete
Japan and China, Their History, Arts, and Literature (current: Index:Brinkley - Japan - Volume 8.djvu): 58.3% complete
The Works of H. G. Wells (Atlantic Edition) (current: Index:The Works of H G Wells Volume 9.pdf): 28.6% complete
Works of Jules Verne (current: Index:Works of Jules Verne - Parke - Vol 2.djvu): 26.7% complete
History of Woman Suffrage (current: Index:History of Woman Suffrage Volume 3.djvu): 33.3% complete
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, (current: Index:The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy (Volume 6).pdf): 55.6% complete
Ancient Classics for English Readers (current: Index:Lucian (IA lucianlucas00collrich).pdf): 60.7% complete
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books (current: File:The Grey Fairy Book.djvu): 24% complete
The Collected Edition of Fyodor Dostoevsky (current: Index:Dostoyevsky - The House of the Dead, Collected Edition, 1915.djvu): 7.1% complete
The Mahabharata (current: Index:The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa (1884).djvu): 0% complete
The Works of John Locke (1823) (next: Index:The Works of John Locke - 1823 - vol 01.djvu): 0% complete

Completed Long-Term Series[edit]

Orley Farm100% complete
Historic Highways of America100% complete

Queued Long-Term Series[edit]

The Works of Thomas Carlyle (next: Index:Works of Thomas Carlyle - Volume 05.djvu): 16.7% complete
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (next: File:Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire vol 2 (1896).djvu): 14.3% complete
The Works of Voltaire (next: Index:Works of Voltaire Volume 01.djvu): 0% complete
A Complete Course in Dressmaking (next: Index:A complete course in dressmaking, (Vol. 7, Coats) (IA completecoursein07cono).pdf): 58.3% complete
The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (next: Index:Chaucer - Complete works (Skeat Volume 1).djvu): 0% complete
The World's Famous Orations (next: Index:The World's Famous Orations Volume 3.pdf): 30% complete
The Works of John Ruskin (next: Index:The works of John Ruskin (IA worksofjohnruski01rusk).pdf): 0% complete
The Complete Works of Count Tolstoy (next: Index:Complete Works of Count Tolstoy - 09.djvu): 0% complete
The History of Rome (next: Index:The history of Rome. Translated with the author's sanction and additions.djvu): 0% complete
Transactions of the Linnean Society of London (next: Index:Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, Volume 1 (1791).djvu): 0% complete
The Cambridge Modern History (next: Index:Cambridge Modern History Volume 1.djvu): 0% complete
The Cambridge History of English Literature (next: File:The Cambridge history of English literature (IA cambridgehistory01wardrich).pdf): 0% complete
The Cambridge History of American Literature (next: Index:The Cambridge History of American Literature, v1.djvu): 0% complete
Early Western Travels (next: Index:Early western travels, 1748-1846 (Vol 1 1904).djvu): 0% complete
Foreign Classics for English Readers (next: Index:Dante (Oliphant).djvu): 5.6% complete