Last year, I discovered the wonder that is the public domain. Always having been an avid reader, but with just little enough motivation to make the arduous journey to the library, discovering that books like The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Dracula were in the public domain and could be downloaded free of charge to my iPad was a significant blessing to me. After a short time, I was tearing through bigger and more significant works of literary merit, including The Count of Monte Cristo and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Unfortunately, I soon came to a perplexing realization. Several prominent books that I considered old enough to be in the public domain were nowhere to be found. Where was Brave New World? What had been done to the Great Gatsby? And what of the famous epics of J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis, both of which had been published more than 50 years ago? My interest piqued by these conspicuous absences from the public domain, I began to research the issue.
|Guess you'll just have to find something else to celebrate on January 1st...|