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Authorized Images: Omnibus Edition- 5 Volumes


Authorized Images: Omnibus Edition- 5 Volumes

The Authorized Images Omnibus edition consists of five volumes: a heavily illustrated Introduction of approximately 550 pages, along with Four further Volumes each which features sizeable biographical entries on a range of authors. These essays are prodigiously illustrated with antique postcards relevant to the author being discussed. See the sample chapter to garner a sense of what to expect.


Product Description

Delve into the literary tapestry of 5300+ pages with our extensive e-book collection spanning five volumes, capturing the essence of renowned authors throughout history.

Uncover the fascinating lives and works of literary giants such as Dante Alighieri, Geoffrey Chaucer, Ludovico Ariosto, Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Molière, Johann von Goethe, Jane Austen, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, George Eliot, Jean de La Fontaine, Daniel Defoe, Pierre Beaumarchais, Robert Burns, Friedrich Schiller, Lord Byron, William Cullen Bryant, Honoré de Balzac, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, Charles Baudelaire, Leo Tolstoy, Homer, John Milton, Sir Walter Scott, John Keats, Alexandre Dumas, père, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hans Christian Andersen, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, Robert Browning, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Mark Twain, Sholom Aleichem, Rudyard Kipling, Colette, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oren Arnold, and more.

The 5-volume Omnibus Edition of Authorized Images is the only complete version of Greg Gatenby’s massive history of how literary postcards came to be such a sensation in the decades either side of the year 1900. Between approximately 1890 (when picture postcards as a medium first became globally popular) through to 1930 (when the Depression ended most tourism and sales of postcards plummeted) postcards focussed on authors were all the rage throughout the developed world.  This extraordinary and widespread manifestation of interest in creative writers of fiction, poetry, and drama has been little studied—and most certainly has never been as comprehensively researched and documented as Gatenby has with this magnum opus, am undertaking 25 years in the making. The quintet of books comprises 5,361 pages, including over 4,000 full-colour reproductions of antique and vintage postcards focussed on the life and work of famed literary figures. Gatenby’s descriptive text offers a compelling account of how postcards in general came to be, followed by an extensive examination of the emergence of postcards with an overt literary bent: there are portraits of authors to be sure, but, as well, images abound of the homes where writers lived, schools they attended, places they worked, graves, memorials, busts and statues, as well as artists’ impressions of scenes from their fiction, dramas, and verses.

The first volume, in addition to containing a full history of postcards, has a thorough and yet compelling documentation of the worldwide (and apparently insatiable) hunger for postcards affiliated in any way with beloved authors. The final four volumes of Authorized Images combine heavily-illustrated treatment of 70 of the world’s most esteemed creative writers. Among these are many of the literary titans of Austria, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, and the United States. Almost all of the antique postcards reproduced in Authorized Images are appearing in a book for the first time. This fact makes the work an instant reference standard for scholars–yet simultaneously a seductive read for the casual book-lover wanting to be stunned by how beautiful so many of these vintage images are.

For those for whom the complete set of five volumes is too rich a banquet, there are 28 much shorter volumes devoted to a single writer, or, in a few cases to a small group of authors, such as the volume devoted to Byron, Keats, and Shelley. The postcard reproductions and accompanying text in these shorter volumes are identical to the images and text found in the Omnibus Edition.

In all, Gatenby’s prose across all five volumes totals 344,979 words.


Details of Authors in Each Volume are as follows:

Volume One:

Wish You Were Here: Introduction to (and History of) Literary Picture Postcards


Volume 2:

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

Geoffrey Chaucer (ca 1340-1400)

Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533)

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Molière (1622-1673)

Johann von Goethe (1749-1832)

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

George Eliot (1819-1880)



Volume 3:

Aeschylus (525–455 BC)

Pietro Aretino (1492-1556)

Luís de Camões (ca 1524-1580)

Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695)

Daniel Defoe (ca 1660-1731)

Pierre Beaumarchais (1732-1799)

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805)

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1864)

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Hall Caine (1853-1931)


Volume 4:

Homer (fl. 8th c. BC)

Caedmon (fl. 657-684)

Pierre Abelard (1079-1142)

John Milton (1608-1674)

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

John Keats (1795-1821)

Alexandre Dumas, père (1804-1864)

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Elizabeth Barrett-Browning (1806-1861)

and Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832-1910)

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Sholom Aleichem (1853-1916)

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Colette (1873-1954)

Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

Oren Arnold (1900-1980)


Volume 5:

Sappho (ca 630–ca 570 BC)

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375)

Torquato Tasso (1544-1695)

Pierre Corneille (1606-1685)

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872)

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841)

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Anne Bronte (1820-1849)

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Anatole France (1844-1924)

J.M. Barrie (1860-1937)

Gabriele D’Annunzio (1863-1938)

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)


Key Features:

1. Comprehensive Literary Exploration
Immerse yourself in an unparalleled literary journey encompassing the breadth of human creativity. From the medieval epics of Dante Alighieri to the modernist works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, each volume is a gateway to a different epoch of literature.

2. Visual Splendor through Antique Postcards
Visualize the lives and eras of these literary maestros through a carefully curated collection of antique and vintage postcards. Each page is a visual feast, transporting you to the cultural landscapes that inspired these brilliant minds.

3. Five Volumes of Literary Brilliance
The e-book is thoughtfully organized into five volumes, allowing for an in-depth exploration of each author’s life and works. Uncover the nuances of different literary movements, styles, and periods with ease.

4. Authorial Diversity
From the Romantic poetry of Lord Byron to the realism of George Eliot, and from the whimsical tales of Hans Christian Andersen to the satirical brilliance of Mark Twain, experience the diversity of literary expression across genres, cultures, and centuries.

5. Collector’s Edition with Postcards
This isn’t just a digital collection – it’s a collector’s edition. Each volume is accompanied by beautiful antique and vintage postcards, offering you a tangible connection to the worlds of these literary luminaries.

Embark on a Literary Odyssey!

Own this monumental e-book collection and traverse the landscapes of imagination, wisdom, and storytelling brilliance. Unlock the treasures of literary history with each turn of the page.

– Unveiling Literary Giants: 5300+ Pages, 5 Volumes
– Visual Splendor: Antique Postcards Illuminate Literary Lives
– Collector’s Edition: Dive into the Diverse World of Famous Authors
– Literary Odyssey: From Dante to Fitzgerald in Five Volumes
– Explore Cultural Landscapes: Lives and Works of Renowned Authors

– Literary giants e-book collection
– Antique postcards with author biographies
– Comprehensive literary exploration 5 volumes
– Famous authors and their works digital anthology
– Collector’s edition literary e-book

Uncover Literary Treasures: 5300+ Pages, 5 Volumes, Antique Postcards!

Embark on a literary odyssey with our e-book collection of 5300+ pages across five volumes, delving into the lives and works of famous authors. Visual splendour awaits with antique postcards, making this a collector’s edition. Explore the diversity of literary brilliance from Dante to Fitzgerald – a comprehensive journey through the epochs of human creativity!

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