Want to have works of Mark Twain or William Shakespeare in one file, and completely for free? Explore authors’ entire works on Project Gutenberg.
One of the biggest benefits of ebooks is that they are convenient. One file can contain 5 thousand or 500 thousand words. Instead of downloading 50 separate books from one author, you can get most of her publications by clicking on a download button just once.
Our favorite source of free ebooks, Project Gutenberg, has on offer several files that include complete electronic publications of selected classic authors.
The files are of two kinds.
First, you can get ebooks that contain all the works of the author, published on Project Gutenberg so far. If a new book from that author is added to PG catalog, it’ll be also added to the complete works ebook. You can get notified of the updated ebooks using Project Gutenberg’s RSS feed.
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The second kind are index files to authors’ works. These files don’t include the content of the books. They just contain links all ebooks. Simply click on the Download button and you will get the entire index to the disc of your computer. Follow these instructions to make all the books available on your computer when you are offline.
Most of PG books are very well formatted, so you won’t have any problem in navigating through the titles inside a single file. Books have clickable table of content, which includes not only links to the beginnings of books, but in many cases also to single chapters.
Please note, that books listed below are not entirely “complete works”, but all works that were published so far on Project Gutenberg.
Free ebooks: complete works of classic authors
This compilation of Mark Twain’s works now includes over sixty publications. This file will get updated as more books become available on Project Gutenberg.
The content of the ebook was organized in the order of the date of first publication. The bibliography of Mark Twain by Albert B. Paine has been widely used to correct that order.
You’ll find in the book, among others:
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Life on the Mississippi
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- The Prince and the Pauper
- How to Tell a Story and Other Stories
- Mark Twain’s Speeches
Produced by World Library, the file doesn’t consist a table of content, but here is a quick tip on how to quickly move to the next book in a file. Simply use the search box and type “by William Shakespeare” (“by William” is enough). This phrase is used under the title of every work included in the file.
The collection has, among others:
- The Comedy of Errors
- King Lear
- Romeo and Juliet
- Julius Caesar
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- The Taming of the Shrew
- The Sonnets
George Meredith was a Victorian era novelist and poet. The collection compiled by Project Gutenberg volunteers includes four volumes of poetry, and author’s most famous novels:
- The Shaving of Shagpat
- Sandra Belloni
- Rhoda Fleming
- Evan Harrington
- The Egoist
John Galsworthy, a Nobel Prize winner from 1932, was an English novelist and playwright. The PG collection includes his most notable novels:
- The Forsyte Saga
- The Dark Flower
- The Freelands
You’ll also find here essays, studies, and most of all, many plays listed in five series.
Index files with complete works of selected authors
The list of PG’s linked files is growing, and below there are most interesting ones:
- The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen
- The Project Gutenberg Works of Joseph Conrad
- The Project Gutenberg Works of Plato
- The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven Edition
- The Works of Balzac
- The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker
- Complete Project Gutenberg William Dean Howells Works
- The Project Gutenberg Works of Flavius Josephus
- Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes
- The Project Gutenberg Works of John Lothrop Motley
- English Translations Of Works Of Emile Zola by Émile Zola
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