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Zorro, by Johnston McCulley
#1  Luffy 07-01-2019, 06:28 AM
I tried to get the books which I believe to be in public domain. Gutenberg has only two books by the author, and mobileread doesn't have a single book by McCulley. Can someone point me to a legally free upload?
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#2  issybird 07-01-2019, 06:46 AM
The Curse of Capistrano, the title under which The Mark of Zorro was first serialized, is in the public domain in the US and Life+50 countries (including Mauritius). It can be found in a few places under its original name; here's a link to Feedbooks:

http://m.feedbooks.com/book/3840/the-curse-of-capistrano-the-mark-of-zorro

I loved it.
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#3  Luffy 07-01-2019, 07:43 AM
Thank you so much!! If you liked the book, I'll enjoy it on some level
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#4  Pajamaman 07-01-2019, 10:48 AM
I read the first page. It looks very well written and fun. Thanks!
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#5  RobertLCollins 07-02-2019, 09:20 AM
I read it a few years back and enjoyed it as well.
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#6  lumpynose 07-02-2019, 04:04 PM
1949 is the most recent death year for life+70 (or is it 1948?). Johnston McCulley died in 1958.

There are several stories or books by Charles L. Fontenay (1917 - 2017) on Project Gutenberg. Similarly for Randall Garrett (1927 - 1987).

Why are some author's books in the public domain when they died after the life+70 cutoff year?
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#7  issybird 07-02-2019, 04:08 PM
Quote lumpynose
1949 is the most recent death year for life+70 (or is it 1948?). Johnston McCulley died in 1958.

There are several stories or books by Charles L. Fontenay (1917 - 2017) on Project Gutenberg. Similarly for Randall Garrett (1927 - 1987).

Why are some author's books in the public domain when they died after the life+70 cutoff year?
The US is not a Life+70 country.

1948 is the most recent death year for Life+70.
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#8  Timboli 08-25-2019, 02:12 PM
Wikipedia is of course a good place to check for Info.

I just had a look at Roy Glashan's Library, where I distinctly remember getting some stories by Johnston McCulley, but none are being returned as available now. I know AUS did change its period for Public Domain a few years back, which is probably the reason, though I thought that only impacted yet to be provided ebooks, not those that had already been in the Public Domain. Pretty sure I have several by Johnston McCulley, including some Zorro, which I grabbed when they were.

The Vintage Library lists the Zorro stories, that were published in the Pulps, which were the source for the novels I seem to recall.

Having a look elsewhere, it seems that what was once available for free is no longer ... aside from the couple of his detective stories, at the main Gutenberg Project website and some affiliates. Maybe they were wrongfully provided or removed by request.

As suggested by Issy, feedbooks has some for purchase.

Another perhaps controversial alternative, is the scans at the Internet Archive.

I haven't looked beyond those.

I loved the Guy Williams starred Zorro TV series, as a kid. Yet to read any.
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#9  Dr. Drib 08-26-2019, 01:45 PM
A few of the Megapack series has some Johnston McCulley short stories in them, both Westerns and Mysteries.

Altus Press has 3 or 4 nice titles available as ebooks (and maybe even in trade paperback).


Although, I see you want legal AND free. Unfortunately, the ones above are not free.
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#10  Dr. Drib 08-26-2019, 03:13 PM
Here's one that's FREE right now:

https://www.amazon.com/SHADOW-JUSTICE-Classic-Magazine-Costumed-ebook/dp/B01GOOE998/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=johnston+mcculley+kindle&qid=1 566846744&s=gateway&sr=8-2

There are other authors involved in this ebook.
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