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Table of contents for Famous Writers and Books In The Public Domain

  1. Famous Writers and Books In The Public Domain: A-G
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Following my last post about adapting creative works in the public domain, I thought I would follow up by providing a list of famous creative properties in the public domain. This is by no means a complete list, merely a starting point for entrepreneurial screenwriters and filmmakers. Please remember that this list is for the original stories by these authors. Many of these works have already been produced for film and television and contain famous story elements particular to that adaptation that are not in the original works. Those story elements are not in the public domain. Only the original story from the original work by these authors.

For example, the original story of Snow White by the Brothers Grimm differs greatly from the story in Walt Disney’s more famous animated version. If you were to adapt a version of Snow White and used elements from Disney’s version like the Prince waking Snow White up with a kiss, then you would be in violation of Disney’s copyright. Another example is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein which is in the public domain. If you’re adaptation includes a version of Frankenstein’s monster with bolts in his neck, then you would be in violation of Universal’s copyright of Frankenstein with Boris Karloff.

If you know of other famous books and writers in the public domain, please let me know and I will update this list.

Horatio Alger

Dime store novelist famous for his rags-to-riches stories. All of his work is in the public domain. Famous stories include The Store Boy and Ragged Dick.

Hans Christian Anderson

All of this famous Dane’s works are in the public domain. Famous stories include “Thumbelina“, “The Ugly Duckling“, “The Little Mermaid“, “The Emperor’s New Clothes “, and “The Princess and the Pea

Jane Austen

Well known novels include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion. All of her work is in the public domain.

Honore de Balzac

The “French Charles Dickens” whose famous stories include The Girl With the Golden Eyes and Father Goriot. All of his works are in the public domain.

Charlotte Bronte

All of her work is in the public domain including her most famous novel Jane Eyre.

Emily Bronte

Just like her sister, all of her work is in the public domain. Her only novel is the oft filmed Wuthering Heights.

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Best known for the children’s stories The Secret Garden and A Little Princess. All of her works are in the public domain.

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Creator and author of Tarzan of the Apes. Only some of his work is in the public domain including the original Tarzan of the Apes and At the Earth’s Core. Please check the availability of his other stories before adapting his other works.

Lewis Carroll

Famous mathematician and author whose works include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through The Looking Glass and The Hunting Of The Snark. All of his work is in the public domain.

James Fenimore Cooper

This boring writer of frontier life is stiff as a board just like his writing which is all in the public domain. His more famous tales include The Last of the Mohicans and The Deerslayer.

Daniel Defoe

All of his works are in the public domain. His most well known stories are Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders.

Charles Dickens

All of Dickens’s work is in the public domain. Famous stories include A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and Great Expectations.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Most, but not all, of his works are in the public domain. The later Sherlock Holmes stories may not yet fall under the public domain but all of his stories before 1923 have including many involving his most famous creation Sherlock Holmes. Other well known stories include The Poison Belt and The Lost World

Fyodor Dostoevsky

All of his works are in the public domain including Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All of this German writer’s works are in the public domain. His most famous works include The Sorrows of Young Werther and Faust.


Brothers Grimm

Two German brothers who were famous collectors of fairy tales. Their versions of the famous fairy tales are all in the public domain including such cherished gems as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood.

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