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 [whichever one you buy] 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

Be Kind and Be Useful
This series contains many, many stories of good deeds. Most are not by celebrities, although some are. Many of these stories are humorous, and many may inspire you to do good deeds of your own or to tell other people about good deeds that have been done to help you. Other stories are more serious.
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.
Philosophy for the Masses
These books consist of short essays on various topics of philosophy.
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Books

The Relationship Book: Volume 7
Series: Relationships. Price: Free! Words: 68,140. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Women's sexuality, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Parenting
This book contains many anecdotes and stories about relationships of various kinds: boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, parent/child, etc. Some anecdotes are funny, while others are touching. Mature teenagers can read this book,
George-A-Greene, The Pinner of Wakefield: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,390. Language: American English. Published: October 5, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
George-a-Greene is a pinner: a catcher of stray animals that get into grain-holds. He is also a hero who stops a rebellion against the King of England, and he becomes a friend of Robin Hood. People who read this retelling of the anonymous play, whose earliest extant edition is 1599, should find it easy to read and interesting.
Ben Jonson’s Every Man in His Humor (Folio Version 1616): A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,380. Language: American English. Published: September 18, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Ben Jonson's EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOR. People who read this retelling first will find reading the original play much easier.
Be Kind and Be Useful: Volume 3
Series: Be Kind and Be Useful. Price: Free! Words: 77,600. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / anecdotes & quotations
This books contains many, many anecdotes and entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking real-life stories.
Ben Jonson’s Catiline’s Conspiracy: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,340. Language: American English. Published: August 8, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Ben Jonson's tragedy CATILINE'S CONSPIRACY. Reading this retelling first will make reading and understanding the original play much easier.
The Relationship Book: Volume 6
Series: Relationships. Price: Free! Words: 63,470. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family relationships
This book contains many, many anecdotes and stories about relationships of many kinds: romantic, friendly, familial, etc.
Bruce’s Music Recommendations: Volume 6
Series: Bruce's Music Recommendations. Price: Free! Words: 11,940. Language: American English. Published: July 20, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » General
This book contains 100 music recommendations. Feel free to give free copies of this little book to anyone. Feel free to copy the format of this little book and write your own little book of music recommendations. If you like just one out of every ten of my recommendations, I consider that an absolute win.
It’s a Wonderful World: Volume 6
Series: It's a Wonderful World. Price: Free! Words: 62,050. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / anecdotes & quotations
This book contains many, many anecdotes and many, many stories about good deeds.
Be Kind and Be Useful: Volume 2
Series: Be Kind and Be Useful. Price: Free! Words: 77,070. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / anecdotes & quotations, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Friendship
This book contains many, many stories and anecdotes about such things as good deeds and snappy responses to stupid questions.
Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,240. Language: American English. Published: June 9, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Classics
This is an easier-to-read retelling of Ben Jonson's THE STAPLE OF NEWS, a satire about the news industry and about wealth and money. Reading this retelling will make reading and understanding the original play much easier.
The Relationship Book: Volume 5
Series: Relationships. Price: Free! Words: 73,740. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family relationships, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Friendship
This book contains many, many anecdotes and stories about relationships of many kinds: romantic, friendly, familial, etc.
Ben Jonson’s The New Inn, Or The Light Heart: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,800. Language: American English. Published: April 22, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of Ben Jonson’s The New Inn, Or The Light Heart. People who read this version first will find the original play much easier to read and to understand.
Bruce’s Music Recommendations: Volume 5
Series: Bruce's Music Recommendations. Price: Free! Words: 13,540. Language: American English. Published: April 11, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » General
This book contains 100 music recommendations. Feel free to give free copies of this little book to anyone. Feel free to copy the format of this little book and write your own little book of music recommendations. If you like just one out of every ten of my recommendations, I consider that an absolute win.
It’s a Wonderful World: Volume 5
Series: It's a Wonderful World. Price: Free! Words: 61,850. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Biography » Other biographies
This book contains many, many anecdotes and many, many stories about good deeds.
The Relationship Book: Volume 4
Series: Relationships. Price: Free! Words: 70,590. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family relationships, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Parenting
This book contains many, many stories and anecdotes about relationships of many kinds: husband and wife, parents and children, boyfriends and girlfriends, people who love rainbows and other people who love rainbows, etc.
Ben Jonson’s Epicene, or The Silent Woman: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,410. Language: American English. Published: March 7, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
This is an easy-to-read retelling of EPICENE, one Ben Jonson's classic comedies. Reading this retelling first will make reading the original play much easier.
The Relationship Book: Volume 3
Series: Relationships. Price: Free! Words: 58,300. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family relationships, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This books contains many anecdotes and stories about relationships between Significant Others, family, and friends.
It’s a Wonderful World: Volume 4
Series: It's a Wonderful World. Price: Free! Words: 56,290. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This book contains many, many funny anecdotes and stories about good deeds.
The Jests of George Peele: A Retelling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,180. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Literary biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
This is an easy-to-read retelling in modern English of THE JESTS OF GEORGE PEELE by an anonymous author. M. Peele was the Elizabethan playwright who wrote these plays: THE ARRAIGNMENT OF PARIS THE BATTLE OF ALCAZAR DAVID AND BATHSHEBA EDWARD I THE OLD WIVES’ TALE He also may have co-written TITUS ANDRONICUS with William Shakespeare. In Elizabethan England, a "jest" is a notable deed.
Be Kind and Be Useful: Volume 1
Series: Be Kind and Be Useful. Price: Free! Words: 75,960. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Biography » Other biographies
This book contains many, many stories of good deeds. Most are not by celebrities, although some are. Many of these stories are humorous, and many may inspire you to do good deeds of your own or to tell other people about good deeds that have been done to help you.
Bruce’s Music Recommendations: Volume 4
Series: Bruce's Music Recommendations. Price: Free! Words: 11,980. Language: American English. Published: January 2, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Discography & Buyer’s Guides
This is a book of 100 recommendations of music available on Bandcamp. I am not paid to do this; I do this simply because I like the music.
George Peele’s Edward I: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,740. Language: American English. Published: December 29, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
This is an easy-to-read retelling of George Peele's history play EDWARD I. People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to read and understand.
The Relationship Book: Volume 2
Series: Relationships. Price: Free! Words: 52,300. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family relationships, Fiction » Biographical
This book contains many anecdotes and stories about relationships of various kinds: boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, parent/child, etc. Some anecdotes are funny, while others are touching. Mature teenagers can read this book,
It’s a Wonderful World: Volume 3
Series: It's a Wonderful World. Price: Free! Words: 71,900. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
Anecdotes and good deeds. A pick-me-up for when you're down, and reinforcement of good moods.
The Taming of a Shrew: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,820. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
The play "The Taming of a Shrew" was a major source for William Shakespeare when he wrote "The Taming of the Shrew." In "The Taming of a Shrew" a man named Ferando marries and tames a shrew named Kate. The play "The Taming of a Shrew" may have been written by Christopher Marlowe as a parody for his own work.
It’s a Wonderful World: Volume 2
Series: It's a Wonderful World. Price: Free! Words: 58,180. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / anecdotes & quotations, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This is a collection of many, many stories about good deeds and funny occurrences.
Bruce’s Music Recommendations: Volume 3
Series: Bruce's Music Recommendations. Price: Free! Words: 11,400. Language: American English. Published: September 23, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » History & Criticism
Feel free to give free copies of this little book to anyone. Feel free to copy the format of this little book and write your own little book of music recommendations. If you like just one out of every ten of my recommendations, I consider that an absolute win.
The Relationship Book: Volume 1
Series: Relationships. Price: Free! Words: 62,870. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / anecdotes & quotations, Nonfiction » Biography » Other biographies
This is a collection of many, many stories about relationships, good deeds, and funny occurrences.
You’ve Got to be Kind: Volume 7
Series: You've Got to be Kind. Price: Free! Words: 69,550. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / anecdotes & quotations
This is a collection of many, many stories about good deeds and funny occurrences.
It’s a Wonderful World: Volume 1
Series: It's a Wonderful World. Price: Free! Words: 63,710. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / anecdotes & quotations, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Topic / marriage & family
This is a collection of many, many stories about good deeds and funny occurrences.
Bruce's Music Recommendations: Volume 2
Series: Bruce's Music Recommendations. Price: Free! Words: 10,940. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » General
Feel free to give free copies of this little book to anyone. Feel free to copy the format of this little book and write your own little book of music recommendations. If you like just one out of every ten of my recommendations, I consider that an absolute win.
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 » Literary
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
Series: 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 » Historical » United Kingdom
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: 36,230. Language: American English. Published: November 3, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Renaissance, Fiction » Literature » Literary
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 » General, 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 » General
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.
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