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Today marks the anniversary of William Blake’s death…

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His prophetic poetry has been said to form “what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language”. His visual artistry led one contemporary art critic to proclaim him “far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced”. (via Wikipedia)

Blake’s poetry is easily accessible for your e-reader, but it’s harder to come by samples of his art online. With the exception of Songs of Innocence and Experience (perhaps his most significant poetical work), the following ebooks were selected for the insight that they give into Blake’s life and the samples of his art they contain.

Here are seven illustrated books by or about William Blake that can be read in full here, or downloaded as FREE PDF ebooks via Google Books.

1) Songs of Innocence and Experience

 

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Today is the birthday of renowned children’s author Beatrix Potter…

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which celebrated the British landscape and country life.

Potter was born into a wealthy Unitarian family. She and her younger brother Walter Bertram (1872–1918) grew up with few friends outside their large extended family. Her parents were artistic, interested in nature, and enjoyed the countryside. As children, Beatrix and Bertram had numerous small animals as pets which they observed closely and drew endlessly. Summer holidays were spent away from London, in Scotland and in the English Lake District where Beatrix developed a love of the natural world which was the subject of her painting from an early age.

She was educated by private governesses until she was 18. Her study of languages, literature, science, and history was broad and she was an eager student. Her artistic talents were recognized early. She enjoyed private art lessons and developed her own style, favouring watercolour. She illustrated insects, fossils, archaeological artifacts, and fungi, along with her drawings of her animals, real and imagined.  (via Wikipedia)

In honor of the occasion we offer 10 of her fully illustrated books that can be read in full here, or downloaded as FREE PDF ebooks via Google Books.

(NOTE: Many of these are available as Kindle ebooks through Amazon, but the free Kindle editions do not include Potter’s illustrations.)

1) The Tale of Peter Rabbit

 

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of Jane Austen…

Have you read all of her novels?

They are all available as FREE ebooks
(for Kindle, iPad, Nook, and pretty much any ereader)

 

Pride and Prejudice

 

FREE ebook edition for a variety of devices!
via Project Gutenberg

 

 

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Poetry is often much better heard than read off the page.

Here are seven of our favorite poetry collections that are available for FREE download from Librivox.

Included here are sample poems from each collection for your listening pleasure…

 

Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson

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This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

Check out the full library to date here….

As last week marked the anniversary of the death of G.K. Chesterton, we focus here on the best of his works. We have selected the following books as recommended reading.

 

We are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books.

 

Five FREE Audiobooks by Chesterton!

 
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Mary Oliver

The poet Mary Oliver, 79, was recently interviewed for On Being.

As part of that interview, she read five poems that were recorded, and are now available as MP3’s to stream or download!!!

We are delighted to share these poems here with you for your weekend listening pleasure…

CLICK HERE to listen to the full episode…

“Wild Geese”

(Found in the collection: Dream Work [ PRINT | KINDLE ] )

 
 
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Charles Dickens

This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

Check out the full library to date here….

As tomorrow is the birthday of Charles Dickens, we focus here on the best of his works. We have selected the following books as recommended reading.

 

We are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books.

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Slow Church

Yesterday was a big day for the SLOW CHURCH book!

Bob Smietana of Religion News Service (RNS) wrote a really positive article on the book and the growing conversation about Slow Church, and this article was picked up by a number of outlets including The Washington Post!

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We’re giving away 5 copies of

Sanctuary of the Soul - Richard FosterSanctuary of the Soul:
Journey into Meditative Prayer

by Richard J. Foster

Hardback: IVP Books, 2011.

[ Read our review… ]

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Enter to win a Free copy of this book
(It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :

NOTE: You may enter to win once per day as long as the contest is running…
(Additional entries only need to complete steps #2 and #3.)

1) Receive our free weekly online edition via email -or-
LIKE our Facebook page (LGT: More info…
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2) Post the following message on your blog, Facebook Page, or on Twitter:
I just entered to win the book SANCTUARY OF THE SOUL by Richard Foster from @ERBks ! You can too: http://su.pr/28fmKw

3) Leave a comment below noting which option you chose
for #1 **and** a link to your post for #2 before 12AM ET on Friday October 28, 2011.

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We will draw the winners at random after the contest ends, and will notify them within a week.

 

We’re giving away 3 copies of

The Missional Mom:
Living with Purpose At Home
And in the World
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Helen Lee.
Paperback: Moody Books, 2011.

[ Read our review… ]

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Enter to win a Free copy of this book
(It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :

NOTE: You may enter to win once per day as long as the contest is running…
(Additional entries only need to complete steps #2 and #3.)

1) Receive our free weekly online edition via email -or-
LIKE our Facebook page (LGT: More info…
Sorry, following us on Twitter does not count here… )

2) Post the following message on your blog, Facebook Page, or on Twitter:
I just entered to win the book THE MISSIONAL MOM by Helen Lee  from @ERBks ! You can too:  http://su.pr/8XqyOo

3) Leave a comment below noting which option you chose
for #1 **and** a link to your post for #2 before 12AM ET on Friday September 23, 2011.

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We will draw the winners at random after the contest ends, and will notify them within a week.