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Old 11-21-2009, 05:22 PM   #125
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Originally Posted by SensualPoet View Post
Here's a special request: T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, in a PD Kindle Edition.

Eliot's Prufrock, The Wasteland and other poems are PD and at Gutenberg. For reason's I don't understand, the marvelous Four Quartets are not. Yet, they are freely available online, and have been so for at least a decade. There is a site posted by an Eliot scholar, Tristan, dedicated to this work -- an ideal source for the work; a simple Google search turns them up.

It would be a treat to have these on a Kindle; my paper copy is somewhat worn as it is a constant companion when I travel.
Can't be done, I'm afraid, SP.
T S Eliot died in 1965.
His pre-1923 works are public domain the the USA. (Hence the PD versions of The Waste Land and other very early works.) But everything after 1923 is copyrighted.
The scholar that you mention is either ignoring copyright, or has got permission from the Eliot estate.
Our main server is in Canada, where works enter the public domain on the 1st January after the 50th anniversary of the author's death. So on 1 January 2016, the Four quartets will be freely available to Canadians.

People who live in countries where it is legal to make electronic copies of books that one owns, might like to use Calibre to make a mobipocket/prc book of such poems. They might be tempted to download a copy from a website, but that is of more dubious legality.
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