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Robert Nagle wrote the "Critical Study of Robert Hillyer." He is the founder and editor of Personville Press. He lives in Houston, Texas. In addition to writing fiction and blogging, he has championed the public domain and copyright reform.

Brittany Betherum designed the cover art for the 2022 ebook edition. She is an illustrator and comic artist based in Missouri whose work is infused with inspiration from nature, fantasy stories, and myths. In 2020, she launched her fantasy-adventure comic, Falling Lands, available to read online at brittanybethurem.com.

Robert Hillyer (1895-1961) has a separate page for biography and an extended biographical profile.

Copyright, Public Domain and Fair Use

This entire ebook My Heart for Hostage (Annotated Edition) is available for distribution under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. More detail can be found on this page and at the Personville Press website. This ebook contains a mixture of material which is copyrighted, in the public domain and available for sharing with a Creative Commons license. Individual parts of this ebook have slightly different license terms, as stated below.

The novel itself was published in 1942, but the U.S. copyright was never renewed. (Read more detail).

The Critical Study of Robert Hillyer (and its related material) is copyrighted (CC BY-NC 4.0) by Robert Nagle. It contains brief quotations from works still under US copyright (and not covered by Creative Commons licenses). These parts are identified and credited in the footnotes and in the "Credits and Acknowledgements" section below. Their use here is considered Fair Use according to the Code of Best Practices for Fair Use, which were developed by the Center for Media & Social Impact (CSMI).

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Credits and Acknowledgements

The first edition was published in 1942 and written by Robert Sillman Hillyer. It was published by Random House Inc. The copyright information printed in the original 1942 edition uses this exact verbiage: "Copyright, 1942, By Random House, Inc. Published simultaneously in Canada by the MacMillan Company of Canada Limited Manufactured in the United States of America by the Haddon Craftsman, Inc., Camden, N.J."

The sketch of Robert Hillyer was by William Saphier and originally published in The Bookman v.53 1921 Mar-Aug. p121. A digital version of this file is available at Wikipedia Commons.

The photo of a young Robert Hillyer was provided to Personville Press by Liz Hillyer (a custodian of the Robert Hillyer literary estate). Date is unknown, but it is likely to have been taken when Hillyer was serving in the military.

The epigraph poem is Sonnet 63 by Michael Drayton. From Project Gutenberg, it appears in the book titled Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles: Idea, by Michael Drayton; Fidessa, by Bartholomew Griffin; Chloris, by William Smith; published in 1897. This 1897 version modernizes the spelling. It also appears with its original spelling as Sonnet 55 in the Minor Poems of Michael Drayton, Chosen and Edited by Cyril Brett, Oxford at the Clarendon Press (also available at Project Gutenberg).

Poems included in the "Selected Poetry by Robert Hillyer" chapter are in the US public domain. Information about their sources are identified in the Transcription Notes and Sources section near the end.

The original cover art for the Random House edition was by George Salter. The low resolution version in this ebook was found on the web. The artist was identified by the book Classic Book Jackets. The Design Legacy of George Salter. by Thomas S. Hansen Princeton Architectural Press, New York: 2005. Great book, by the way.

The picture of the death mask (L'Inconnue de la Seine) came from Wikimedia Commons (which lists the author as unknown and date as circa 1900).

Finally I would like to acknowledge (again) the extensive research done by William Blazek about Robert Hillyer's war years and how it affected his poetry (cited in the Biographical Sketch of Robert Hillyer). In addition to uncovering many aspects of Hillyer's life and filling in a lot of holes, Blazek's dissertation did a lot to humanize the man.

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