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Authorized Images: Famous Authors Seen Through Antique and Vintage Postcards

Antique Greeting Postcards with a literary theme
Antique Greeting Postcards with a literary theme

The volumes comprising Authorized Images are the result of 25 years of intensive research, and the discovery of thousands of antique postcards portraying (or related to) renowned authors of fiction, poetry, or drama. 

These postcards, most of which have never been published previously in any book or scholarly journal, are described in detail, with dates, country or origin, circumstances concerning the image, and, whenever possible, with the identity and dates of the visual artist who created the image.

The descriptions include biographical facts to help explain pictures and their context. For example, if a postcard displays an image of a house, the text explains the connections between the building and the author under discussion. Thus a residence may be where the author was born, or died, or dwelt, and worked. The prose accompanying the postcards is written in accessible English free of jargon. 

The huge number of literary postcards reproduced in colour, supported by substantial captions mean the manuscript is so large and comprehensive that it will be available only online—either in an Omnibus Edition (of five volumes which treats all 70 writers), or in a Spotlight Edition which focuses on just one or a tiny group of authors.

Authorized images: Omnibus Edition- 5 Volumes

The Omnibus Edition of five volumes examines how 70 authors (from Homer to Hemingway) were celebrated by postcard publishers. The Omnibus Edition totals almost 5,000 pages reflecting my years of research into the connections, a century or so ago, between so many acclaimed authors and their associations with postcards. 

The number of antique postcards included in the Omnibus Edition is also measured in the thousands.

Authorized Images: Omnibus Edition: 5 Volumes
Authorized Images: Famous Authors Seen Through Antique and Vintage Postcards: Omnibus Edition- 5 Volumes

Authorized images: Spotlight Editions-28 Volumes

Recognizing that not everyone has the time or resources to devour so much information, on offer are over two dozen smaller books under the heading Spotlight Editions. Each Spotlight Edition concentrates on just one or at most a tiny handful of creative writers. The amount of text and the number of postcards linked to an individual author is the same in both editions. That is, the chapter on Mark Twain in the Omnobus Edition is exactly the same as the Spotlight Editon devoted exclusively to Mark Twain.  Put another way, the Omnibus Edition is the more inexpensive way to purchase the prose and pictures for all 70 writers, whereas buying a Spotlight Edition dedicated to a single author is the far less expensive way to see how one wordsmith was feted via postcards in the good old days. For sample pages of Authorized Images (in this case, Dante) find your free sample below.
Authorized Images Spotlight Edition
Authorized Images Spotlight Edition

Book of the Century (1814-1918) - Free Sample Chapter

Award-winning author Greg Gatenby is writing a compelling and comprehensive account of the social, political, diplomatic, and military events which, in combination, over a hundred years led to World War One. 

Comic Art from Greg's Book

Unlike most histories of that global catastrophe, Gatenby recounts (in congenial prose pitched to non-specialists) how the origins of the Great War go back 1,900 years to the huge battles between the Caesars of the Roman Empire and the Teutonic peoples of what was then called Germania. From that starting point he concentrates more fully on the personalities and events following the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo—and carries on to 1919 and the end of WWI and its immediately effects internationally.

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