David Bruce

Biography

I would like to see my retellings of classic literature used in schools, so I give permission to the country of Finland (and all other countries) to buy one copy of this eBook and give copies to all students forever. I also give permission to the state of Texas (and all other states) to buy one copy of this eBook and give copies to all students forever. I also give permission to all teachers to buy one copy of this eBook and give copies to all students forever.

Teachers need not actually teach my retellings. Teachers are welcome to give students copies of my eBooks as background material. For example, if they are teaching Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” teachers are welcome to give students copies of my “Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’: A Retelling in Prose” and tell students, “Here’s another ancient epic you may want to read in your spare time.”

I also write collections of anecdotes; most of the anecdotes are funny or at least interesting, while some provoke thinking.

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David Bruce is a retired anecdote columnist at "The Athens News" in Athens, Ohio. He has also retired from teaching English at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

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Series

You've Got to be Kind
Collections of many, many good deeds. In so many ways, both large and small, people have shown that being human often means being humane.
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Books

George Peele's The Battle of Alcazar: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,070. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
This is an easy-to-read retelling of the Elizabethan playwright George Peele's history play THE BATTLE OF ALCAZAR. Reading this retelling first will make reading the original play much easier.
You’ve Got to Be Kind: Volume 6
Series: You've Got to be Kind. Price: Free! Words: 65,720. Language: American English. Published: January 21, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
This is a collection of many, many good deeds, most of them not done by celebrities. It will help restore your faith in humanity/
John Webster’s The White Devil: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,730. Language: American English. Published: January 18, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of John Webster's THE WHITE DEVIL. Reading this retelling first will make reading the original play much easier to understand.
Bruce's Music Recommendations
Price: Free! Words: 10,040. Language: American English. Published: December 28, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Reference
These are my recommendations of music from Bandcamp. Bandcamp is not paying me.
George Peele’s David and Bathsheba, and the Tragedy of Absalom: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,230. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
This is a retelling of George’s Peele’s DAVID AND BATHSHEBA, AND THE TRAGEDY OF ABSALOM In easy-to-read language. Many Elizabethan plays are based on mythology, but this is the only extant play based solely on the Bible (and the playwright’s imagination).
You've Got to be Kind: Volume 5
Series: You've Got to be Kind. Price: Free! Words: 60,070. Language: American English. Published: November 9, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Biography » Other biographies
A collection of many, many good deeds to restore your faith in humanity.
John Ford: Eight Plays Translated into Modern English
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 289,290. Language: American English. Published: November 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
This book contains the eight plays that John Ford wrote without a collaborator: The Broken Heart, The Fancies, Chaste and Noble, The Lady’s Trial, The Lover’s Melancholy, Love’s Sacrifice, Perkin Warbeck, The Queen, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore. These plays have been translated into easy-to-read modern English.
John Ford’s The Fancies, Chaste And Noble: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,160. Language: American English. Published: November 3, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Renaissance, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
This is an easy-to-read retelling of John Ford's THE FANCIES, CHASTE AND NOBLE. People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to read. This book has a happy ending.
John Ford’s The Lady’s Trial: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,620. Language: American English. Published: October 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of John Ford's THE LADY'S TRIAL. People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to read. This book has a happy ending.
The Merry Devil of Edmonton: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,290. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Historical
This is an easy-to-read retelling of THE MERRY DEVIL OF EDMONTON, a popular anonymous comedy of the Elizabethan era. At one time, William Shakespeare was believed to have written the play. in this play, Peter Fabell, a magician known as the Merry Devil of Edmonton, helps a young man and a young woman to marry despite the opposition of their parents. This play has a happy ending.
You’ve Got to be Kind: Volume 4
Series: You've Got to be Kind. Price: Free! Words: 69,190. Language: American English. Published: August 28, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture
This is a collection of many, many good deeds. In so many ways, both large and small, people have shown that being human often means being humane.
Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,130. Language: American English. Published: August 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Ben Jonson's comedy THE DEVIL IS AN ASS. People who read this version first will find the original play much easier to read and understand. THE DEVIL IS AN ASS because human beings are so much better than THE DEVIL at doing evil. Nevertheless, in this comic play virtue triumphs.
John Ford’s The Lover’s Melancholy: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,390. Language: American English. Published: June 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
This is an easy-to-read retelling of John Ford's tragicomedy THE LOVER'S MELANCHOLY. People who read this retelling first will find reading the original play much easier.
George Peele’s The Arraignment of Paris: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,110. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2019. Categories: Plays » Ancient & Classical, Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Elizabethan playwright George Peele’s THE ARRAIGNMENT OF PARIS.
You’ve Got to be Kind: Volume 3
Series: You've Got to be Kind. Price: Free! Words: 63,690. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This is a collection of many, many good deeds. In so many ways, both large and small, people have shown that being human often means being humane.
Poverty: Personal Experiences
Price: Free! Words: 3,710. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2019. Categories: Essay » Sociology
This short, 2,300-word essay details some of my experiences with poverty. The word “poor” has two meanings: 1) lacking money (impoverished), and 2) lacking quality. I will be writing about poor people, by which I mean people who lack money. I think we all know that some high-quality people don’t have a lot of money.
John Ford’s Perkin Warbeck: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,150. Language: American English. Published: May 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
The reign of King Henry VII of England was troubled by Pretenders to the throne; these Pretenders included Perkin Warbeck. John Ford's play begins in 1495 and ends with Perkin Warbeck's execution in 1499. People who read this retelling will find John Ford's play much easier to read and understand.
John Ford’s The Queen: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,490. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
This is an easy-to-read retelling John Ford's comedy (it has a happy ending) THE QUEEN. Alphonso loves a woman not enough; Velasco loves a woman too much. Alphonso will not allow the Queen (his wife) to act like a woman, and Salassa will not allow Velasco to act like a man.
John Ford's Love's Sacrifice: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,580. Language: American English. Published: February 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
This is an easy-to-read retelling of John Ford's "Love's Sacrifice." People who read this version first will find the original play much easier to read and understand.
George Peele’s The Old Wives’ Tale: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,040. Language: American English. Published: January 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of George Peele's "THE OLD WIVES' TALE." It is a play within a play. An old wife tells a fairy tale to visitors. As she tells the tale, the characters come to life and act out the fairy tale.
You’ve Got to be Kind: Volume 2
Series: You've Got to be Kind. Price: Free! Words: 64,110. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
This is a collection of stories of good deeds to restore your faith in humanity.
Robert Greene’s Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,520. Language: American English. Published: December 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Romance » Historical
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Robert Greene's comedy FRIAR BACON AND FRIAR BUNGAY. Reading this version first will help you read and understand the classic play much better.
Christopher Marlowe’s Complete Plays: Retellings
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 232,920. Language: American English. Published: December 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This book contains easy-to-read retellings of Christopher Marlowe's complete plays. Reading these retellings first will help you read and understand the original plays much better: Dido, Queen of Carthage / Edward II / Doctor Faustus: 1604 A-Text / Doctor Faustus: 1616 B-Text / The Rich Jew of Malta / The Massacre at Paris / Tamburlaine: Part 1 / Tamburlaine: Part 2
Christopher Marlowe’s The Rich Jew of Malta: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,140. Language: American English. Published: November 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Christopher Marlowe's THE RICH JEW OF MALTA. Reading this retelling first will make reading the original play much easier to understand.
Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,920. Language: American English. Published: October 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Christopher Marlowe's EDWARD II. People who read this book first will find the original play much easier to understand.
Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine, Parts 1 and 2: Retellings
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,510. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Christopher's Marlowe's TAMBURLAINE: PART 1 and PART 2. People who read this version first will find the original much easier to read and understand.
You’ve Got to be Kind: Volume 1
Series: You've Got to be Kind. Price: Free! Words: 68,210. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
This is a collection of many, many good deeds, nearly all of them by people who are not famous.
Christopher Marlowe’s "The Massacre at Paris": A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,490. Language: American English. Published: July 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Religious
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Christopher Marlowe’s last play: "The Massacre at Paris."
Christopher Marlowe’s Dido of Carthage: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,110. Language: American English. Published: June 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Christopher Marlowe's DIDO OF CARTHAGE, in which Aeneas, his ships damaged by a storm, lands on the shore of Carthage, which is being built by the Phoenician Dido.
Christopher Marlowe’s "Doctor Faustus": Retellings of the 1604 A-Text And the 1616 B-Text
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,600. Language: American English. Published: May 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Classical & allegory, Fiction » Classics
DOCTOR FAUSTUS was printed in two versions: one in 1604 and one in 1616. This volume contains easy-to-read retellings of both versions.
King Edward III: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,550. Language: American English. Published: April 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Plays » Shakespeare
This is an easy-to-read retelling of "King Edward III," a history play that may have been written in part by William Shakespeare.
The History of King Leir: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,760. Language: American English. Published: March 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of THE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, a play that was a source for William Shakespeare's KING LEAR.
John Ford's "The Broken Heart": A Retelling
Price: Free! Words: 33,970. Language: American English. Published: February 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
This is an easy-to-read retelling of John Ford's THE BROKEN HEART. According to Charles Lamb, "Ford was of the first order of poets. He sought for sublimity, not by parcels in metaphors or visible images, but directly where she has her full residence in the heart of man; in the actions and sufferings of the greatest minds."
The Famous Victories of Henry V: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,920. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Plays » Shakespeare
This is an easy-to-retelling of "The Famous Victories of Henry V," which is an important source for William Shakespeare's "Henry IV" and "Henry V "plays.
William Shakespeare’s 38 Plays: Retellings in Prose
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 1,441,830. Language: American English. Published: January 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Plays » Shakespeare
This book contains easy-to-read retellings of William Shakespeare's 38 plays.
William Shakespeare's 11 Tragedies: Retellings in Prose
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 431,490. Language: American English. Published: January 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Plays » Shakespeare
This book contains easy-to-read retellings of 11 tragedies by William Shakespeare in our modern English.
William Shakespeare’s 10 Histories: Retellings in Prose
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 404,140. Language: American English. Published: January 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Plays » Shakespeare
This book contains William Shakespeare's 10 history plays retold in our modern English.
Tarlton's Jests: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,410. Language: American English. Published: December 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Biographical
This is an easy-to-read retelling of "Tarlton's Jests, "which tells anecdotes about Queen Elizabeth I's favorite jester. He is thought to have been the Yorick in Hamlet's famous soliloquy.
John Ford’s "’Tis Pity She’s a Whore": A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,550. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Classics
Giovanni had fallen in love with his sister, Annabella, and he wanted to have sex with her. This is an easy-to-read retelling of John Ford's tragedy "'Tis Pity She's a Whore." In this tragedy, a brother and sister fall in love and commit incest.
Ben Jonson's "Bartholomew Fair": A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,960. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Ben Jonson's classic comedy play "Bartholomew Fair."
Ben Jonson’s "Volpone, or the Fox": A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,550. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Ben Jonson's satiric masterpiece: "Volpone, or the Fox."
Ben Jonson's "The Alchemist": A Retelling in Prose
Price: Free! Words: 70,330. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Ben Jonson's classic comedy "The Alchemist," whose theme is the love of money.
William Shakespeare’s 5 Late Romances: Retellings in Prose
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 186,840. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This book contains easy-to-read retellings of William Shakespeare's five late romances: Cymbeline Pericles, Prince of Tyre The Tempest The Two Noble Kinsmen The Winter’s Tale Reading these retellings first will help you to read and understand Shakespeare's plays better.
William Shakespeare’s 12 Comedies: Retellings in Prose
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 424,140. Language: American English. Published: April 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This book contains easy-to-read retellings of these 12 comedies by William Shakespeare: All’s Well that Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
William Shakespeare’s "The Two Noble Kinsmen": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,520. Language: American English. Published: March 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Classics
This book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's classic romance "The Two Noble Kinsmen." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to understand.
Aging is Not for Sissies
Series: Another Round of Laughter. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,240. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
Four sisters and a brother decided to write this book about everything from infancy to adolescence to menopause and beyond, talking about everything from pimples, Spanx, hair dyes, adulting, and yes, even hot flashes. If they have experienced it, lived through it, or wanted to die because of it, they'll share it with you.
William Shakespeare’s "Henry VIII": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,550. Language: American English. Published: February 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Henry VIII." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to understand and read.
William Shakespeare's "3 Henry VI," aka "Henry VI, Part 3": A Retelling in Prose
Series: William Shakespeare's Henry VI: Retellings. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,930. Language: American English. Published: January 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's history play "3 Henry VI," aka "Henry VI, Part 3." People who read this version first will find it much easier to understand the language of the original play.
William Shakespeare’s "2 Henry VI," aka "Henry VI, Part 2": A Retelling in Prose
Series: William Shakespeare's Henry VI: Retellings. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,150. Language: American English. Published: December 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's history play "2 Henry VI," aka "Henry VI, Part 2." People who read this version first will find it much easier to understand the language of the original play.
Kids are Not Always Angels
Series: Another Round of Laughter. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,090. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
Since that book was so much fun and a great success, they decided to write another book in the Another Round of Laughter series, calling it Kids are Not Always Angels. They hope you enjoy the tattered tales of the devil angels who grace their lives, and remember that kids are not defined by age, but by their actions. These stories are written about kids of all ages.
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