PSA for The Public Domain ReviewPosted: January 3, 2013
I’ve mentioned them a few times on the blog, and I’ve linked to some of their articles; The Public Domain Review is a fascinating site that showcases a variety of jewels from the treasury of public domain media. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you ought to.
The current front page features an article commemorating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Kinder-und Hausmärchen by the Brothers Grimm. The early 1812/1815 edition features some racier versions of the tales that are quite different from the more genteel versions in the better known 1857 edition. I’d been planning to write about this, and I still may, but now you can read the article yourself, if I don’t get around to it.
You can sign up for their mailing list to get a regular digest of new articles; if you are interested, you can subscribe here. It sounds like they have some interesting stuff planned for 2013. It’s a shame that those of us in the U.S. won’t get to see some of it.
We are really excited about the year to come. We’ve already got a host of fantastic articles lined up on a huge range of topics such as the Victorian obsession with premature burial, the racier dreams of Emmanuel Swedenborg, the Wizard of Oz, and an 18th century medical hoax.
For those countries abiding by the “life plus 70 years” copyright term there is a great new batch of people to welcome to the public domain fold, including Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig, Franz Boas, and Grant Wood. If you haven’t seen it already please do visit our “Class of 2013″ post where we give a rundown of our top pick of this year’s new ‘graduates’.
 For those in the U.S., due to different copyright laws, sadly there have been no new entrants to the public domain this year. To read more about the situation in the U.S. here is a great article by the Duke Centre for the Study of the Public Domain: http://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday.
Give them a peek!