[2021 marks the 50th birthday of Project Gutenberg, the amazing web resource for full texts from across literary and cultural history. So this week I wanted to share a handful of the American literary works you can read in full on PG—add yours for a crowd-sourced weekend reading list, please!]
Helen Hunt Jackson’s historical novel Ramona (1884) complicatedly links realism and the romance, as illustrated by the longstanding Southern California pageant which portrays the novel’s idealized romance without necessarily engaging with its tragic Native American histories. But as with so many complex literary works (and just about all of the other literary works as well), those ambiguities are all the more reason to read and respond for yourself—and fortunately when it comes to Ramona, you can do so for free on PG!
Next Project Gutenberg reading tomorrow,
PS. What would you add to our reading list?