When does a good piece of literature become a classic? How long should the test of time be? We can't say we've got a good answer, but we sure appreciate the timelessness of a good read. The spacial and chronological transcendance is a journey that some may allude to an immersive theatre.
This is why we celebrate when good literature enters the public domain. The beauty and enchantment is now accessible for all!
What does entering the public domain mean?
It means that the copyright has expired, forfeited or been waived, making the piece of creative work now available legally to the public.
This applies not only to literature, but also music, films, etc.
Every year, new titles enter the public domain and is an extremely exciting event.
Here, we have curated a list of some titles we thought was note-worthy for this year, and which could add to your time spent at home.
You'll find that you recognise some of these titles immediately!
Released in 2021:
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A star in its time, and gilded in glamour even today, this masterpiece by Fitzgerald is a great picturesque tale of dreams and ambitions.
2. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Woolf is another celebrated figure whose works never fail to ignite discussions of ponderous nature. Mrs Dalloway is set in the 1920s, and explores the interconnectedness and fluidity of perceptions, the different lived realities albeit being in the same environment and times.
3. The New Negro by Alain Locke
A timely classic that precedes many literature today that discusses the prevalent topic of race, power and identity. It is a great anthology that delves into the sociopolitical struggles of African-American through essays, poems and fiction.
4. The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is no stranger to lovers of mystery and crime novels. This marks only her third novel to have entered the public domain. Featuring a murder in a mansion, and also the possibility of racism, it is a read that catches your breath.
Aside from these pieces we highlighted that have been released this year, we'd like to also draw your attention a few other titles that you may not know you are free to access!
1. The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbitt
2. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle