Crash Course Literature : where to find the texts for free.

Odyssey coverCrash Course is a Youtube educational series presented by John and Hank Green. A while ago they did a miniseries which was about the role of reading, The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby and Romeo and Juliet, which was excellent. They are now gearing up to do a longer series, and their course notes give purchasing links for the texts at Amazon. Well, local library members and random people from the web, it’s kind of our thing to get you books for free, so here’s a guide to how to get the books you’ll need for CrashCourse Literature, but without paying Amazon for every book.

Note: I’m not matching editions here, so they may be using more recent, better translations.

The Odyssey by Homer (Butler edition).  Free audio edition. eTexts.
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles Free audio edition. eTexts.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare Free audio editions. eTexts.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Free audio editions. eTexts 
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Free audio editions. eTexts

After this point the authors have not been dead long enough for their work to go into the public domain. Gold Coast members can put them on hold through our catalogue using the following links. Random web denizens: Google you local library.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Beloved by Toni Morrison

I’ve decided to play along, so I’m putting aside my current audiobook (a brilliant amateur recording of The Count of Monte Cristo) and starting on the Odyssey. I hope to see you over on Youtube, but I’m also going to try and discuss these books here, because the Youtube comments section is basically the swill of the human collective unconscious and I try not to go there.