This page provides a reference to copyright and version information about published works by Jack Matthews (1925-2013). You can also see a list of publications on the author wikipedia page and the List of Writings on this site.

In 2017 Personville Press started including  a version history with all its ebooks.  (It is listed in the Table of Contents as “About this Edition”).  Personville Press is in the process of adding version histories to all ebooks, and this web page will reflect this after it is done.

The primary purpose to help the reader/consumer decide whether it is necessary to update the ebook file. Sometimes the store  which sold you the ebook will “push” an update onto your reading system if you have enabled that setting. In some cases, you may have to add the updated file manually. The page you are now reading  summarizes the differences between versions to help the ebook purchaser decide whether it is worth the extra effort to replace the previous ebook file.

From time to time, Personville Press updates the edition of an ebook.  Typically the main content is editorially complete and in final form when the ebook is first published.  Occasionally, the actual content may be updated as well (maybe to fix a typo, or to add additional information). Over time the publisher may update the ebook template to make the reading experience more uniform across devices and reading systems. Devices are continuously improving and standards are continuously changing. Sometimes an older formatting of an ebook may be unable to take advantage of a new feature on more recent reading systems.

The title page for all Personville titles will give a version number and link to this page:

Generally, unless specified otherwise, all supplementary essays by Robert Nagle in these editions are copyrighted by Robert Nagle  with the  Creative Commons sharing license. Specifically,  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported

Here is version history about JM titles.

Abruption: 3 Minute Tales to Awaken the Mind
First Publication Date: October 15, 2017, Copyright by The Estate of Jack Matthews

1.0.0 October 15 2017 (Initial Release)
Reading System Support:  Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite (2nd edition and beyond), Kindle for Android, Google Play Books for Android, Adobe Digital Editions for Windows & Android. iBooks 4.7 (on iPad and iPhones).

A small number of these stories were published online and in various small literary magazines prior to the ebook. They were published under the pseudonym Matt Hughes.

  • Agni Online 2005. Progeria, Character Actor, Crazy Uncle, The Lesson, Walking on Words.

Soldier Boys: Tales of the Civil War
First Publication Date (ebook): April 5, 2016;

Copyright by The Estate of Jack Matthews;

Preface,  Literary Obituary and Civil War Bibliography  are copyrighted by Robert Nagle  with the  Creative Commons sharing license. Specifically,  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported

Version: 1.0.0 (Initial Release)

The story “Killing of Old Mortality” originally appeared in the author’s short story collection Tales of the Ohio Land (Ohio Historical Society, 1980).

Hanger Stout, Awake

Initial Version was published in print form by  Harcourt, Brace & World in 1967. Copyright by Jack Matthews.

First ebook version was published by Personville Press March 20, 2012

Version: 1.0 (Initial Release)

Version 2.0.0 (May, 2018).  Includes essay “Hanger at 50 Years: A Rumination” by Robert Nagle and a study guide appendix by Robert Nagle.   Both items  are copyrighted and licensed   under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. This edition only contains a higher resolution cover graphic and improved formatting.

Three Times Time

Ebook  sampler of 3 stories previously published in the 1980s. Also includes an interview. Copyright by Jack Matthews.

Initial Version: published as an ebook on October 2012.

This version was released using the Creative Commons sharing license. Specifically,  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported

A Worker’s Writebook 

Initial Version  1.01 published as an ebook on April, 2011. Copyright by Jack Matthews.

Preface and Interview with Jack Matthews  are copyrighted by Robert Nagle  with the  Creative Commons sharing license. Specifically,  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported

Interview with the Sphinx

Initial Version published in print form on 1992 by  Dramatic Publishing Company.

Ebook version was published by Personville Press  on February 26, 2013. This includes:

  • a revised version of the 1992 one act version AND
  • a new 2 act version which incorporates the revised one action version

Preface is copyrighted by Robert Nagle  with  the Creative Commons sharing license. Specifically,  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported

Performance License for both versions of this play: 

As a way to encourage public performances of the play Interview with the Sphinx, (and its variant Dr. Freud and the Sphinx which is included in the same ebook), the publisher and author have provided flexible terms and conditions for doing so.

Anyone intending to stage a performance must 1) purchase at least two licensed copies of this ebook, and as a courtesy, 2)send an email to notify Personville Press of the planned performance and proposed dates.

Performance of brief passages from the play for private auditions or academic competitions is allowed as long as there are no deleted lines within the chosen excerpt and the performance clearly indicates that it is an excerpt.

If programs are given out, it must clearly state that the play is copyrighted by Jack Matthews and “produced by special arrangement with Personville Press.”

If the venue for the performance charges money for tickets and if the money collected from ticket sales is less than $500, then performers will not need to obtain a separate performance license.

If the venue for the performance charges money for tickets and if earnings from ticket sales are likely to be $500 or more, the performers and/or theatre company must obtain a separate performance license. (This license will typically specify a percentage of ticket sales).

No other rights (such as TV/Video/Audio rights) are included in this authorization. Any reproduction of the play in mechanical or electronic form is not allowed without the explicit approval of the publisher.

The play must be presented only as published in the Personville Press edition, without any deletions, alterations or changes of any kind made to the text, title or characters, including their gender. The performance should not change the time, locales or settings of the play. Any performers wishing to produce this play with substantial changes must first seek permission from Personville Press. (We are reasonable and promise that we will treat each request with an open mind).

Audio Performance of this Play 

Initial publication of this audio was 3/1/2013.

Copyright by Personville Press. All rights reserved. Performances by Neal Gage and Jill Brumer.

Music for the play comes from the album “Listen” by Tryad (Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0).