You can find free public domain works all over the Internet. Many people don’t realize that you don’t need a Kindle or ebook reader to enjoy them.
The following works (with free Kindle links) were written by six late bloomers I’ve profiled:
3 & 4: A Journey To The Center Of The Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne (1828-1905) — Verne failed at writing plays and trading stocks before turning to his fabulous tales at age 35.
5 & 6: Dracula and Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker (1847-1912) — Published when Stoker was 50, Dracula needs no introduction. Stoker’s widow posthumously published Dracula’s Guest, a collection of short stories. It contains some real gems, including the title tale, a “deleted scene” from the famous novel.
9: The Age Of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1862-1937) — In 1921, Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for this novel, published when she was 58. She first started writing twenty years earlier.
These are works by literary late bloomers I’ve not yet profiled:
10: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) — Cervantes was a tax collector, soldier and slave before he wrote what some consider the first modern novel at age 58.
11: The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1659-1731) — Defoe was wine merchant, tax collector and spy before he wrote this classic adventure story at age 60.
12: The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin (1851-1904) — Chopin began writing when she was 41, but was too far ahead of her time. Although The Awakening was never actually banned, it was censored for bucking social norms and depicting female sexuality.
13: Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) — Coppola’s Apocalypse Now transmuted Heart Of Darkness (which Conrad wrote at age 42) to the Vietnam war.
14: The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) — Although Grahame wrote short stories in his 20s, he took a hiatus from writing to become a father and penned his classic children’s tale at age 49. He based Mr. Toad on Alastair, his headstrong little boy.
I recently read somewhere that most people whom own a Kindle have a TBR (to be read) list a year long. Looks like I just added a few months to that statistic!