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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Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II: A Retelling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,760. 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: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,520. 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
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: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,340. 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: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,020. 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: 55,620. 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: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,360. 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: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,600. 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: 33,820. 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: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,780. 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: 1,441,220. 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: 431,130. 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: 403,750. 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: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,400. 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: 35,350. 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: 78,930. 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: 186,850. 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: 423,860. 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 and satire, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and 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 and satire, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and 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.
William Shakespeare’s "1 Henry VI," aka "Henry VI, Part 1": A Retelling in Prose
Series: William Shakespeare's Henry VI: Retellings. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,870. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "1 Henry VI." People who read this version first will find the original much easier to read.
William Shakespeare’s "King John": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,740. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "King John." People who read this version first will find the original much easier to read.
Cupcakes Are Not a Diet Food
Series: Another Round of Laughter. Price: Free! Words: 28,200. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Desserts
While on a Caribbean Cruise and after numerous bottles of Moscato wine and several trips to the all-you-can-eat dessert bar, four sisters decided to write a book about their love affair with food and their experiences with diet disasters. With a combined 224 years of experience between the sisters, they consider themselves experts at diet failures.
William Shakespeare’s "All’s Well that Ends Well": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,910. Language: American English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's classic comedy "All's Well that Ends Well." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to understand.
William Shakespeare’s "Coriolanus": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,610. Language: American English. Published: July 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Coriolanus." People who read this retelling first will find Shakespeare's play easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare’s "Love’s Labor’s Lost": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,000. Language: American English. Published: June 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Love's Labor's Lost." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to understand and read.
William Shakespeare’s "Richard II": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,230. Language: American English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Richard II." People who read this version first will find the original play much easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare’s "Timon of Athens": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,670. Language: American English. Published: March 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Timon of Athens." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare’s "Troilus and Cressida": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,100. Language: American English. Published: February 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Romance » Historical
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida." People who read this retelling first will find Shakespeare's play much easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare’s "Cymbeline": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,660. Language: American English. Published: January 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Cymbeline." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare's "Richard III" A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,230. Language: American English. Published: December 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's history play "Richard III." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to read and understand. In this play, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, murders his way to the throne of England.
William Shakespeare's "Pericles, Prince of Tyre": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,930. Language: American English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's romance "Pericles, Prince of Tyre." Pericles wanders the world, marries and has a daughter, loses both his wife and his daughter, and regains both in a happy ending.
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 7)
Series: The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other. Price: Free! Words: 97,360. Language: American English. Published: October 4, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
This book contains stories about 250 good deeds. Many stories are about families; some are about celebrities with families.
William Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,690. Language: American English. Published: September 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Romance » Historical
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's comedy titled "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," about faithfulness and unfaithfulness in love. It ends happily.
William Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,590. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to understand and read.
William Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,940. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to understand and read.
William Shakespeare's "King Lear": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,200. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "King Lear." People who read it first will find the original much easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,400. Language: American English. Published: April 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's romance "The Winter's Tale." People who read this retelling first will find Shakespeare's play easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure": A Retelling in Prose
Price: Free! Words: 38,080. Language: American English. Published: March 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Educational
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's problem play "Measure for Measure." People who read this version first will find it much easier to understand the language of the original play.
William Shakespeare's "Hamlet": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,330. Language: American English. Published: February 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
This is a retelling of William Shakespeare's tragedy HAMLET in modern English. If people read this version first, they will understand Shakespeare's original version much better.
William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,430. Language: American English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor."
William Shakespeare’s "2 Henry IV," aka "Henry IV, Part 2": A Retelling in Prose
Series: William Shakespeare's Henry IV Plays: Retellings. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,890. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's history play "2 Henry IV," aka "Henry IV, Part 2."
William Shakespeare's "Henry V": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,150. Language: American English. Published: November 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Henry V," a history play that includes King Henry V of England's victory in the Battle of Agincourt.
How to Teach the Autobiographical Essay Composition Project in 9 Classes
Price: Free! Words: 80,810. Language: American English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
This document gives one way of teaching the autobiographical essay to students, although it should also be useful to people who are not students, but who want to write this kind of essay.
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