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American Authors on the Web
Comprehensive and up-to-date directory of American authors. It's arranged chronologically by authors' dates. Use your browser's Find button to search by name. Maintained by an English Literature Professor at Nagoya University.

American Literature on the Web
This set of American literature resource pages is mainly a collection of
links to sites on the Internet especially dealing with American literature and its social & cultural contexts. It includes homepages and documents on over 300 authors as well as electronic texts of their works. You can also find literary indexes which contain pointers to individual author sites, electronic texts or other related materials.
On March 20, a premiere source for free online literature, verse, and reference books, relaunched their Website and added five major reference works. Users can now access complete electronic versions of the Columbia Encyclopedia (6th Edition); The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (3rd Edition); Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, (3rd Edition); Simpson's Contemporary Quotations; and The American Heritage Book of English Usage. Each of these works may be browsed by the table of contents or index or searched by keyword. Unlike most of Bartleby's offerings, which are classic texts now out of copyright, these additions are all recent editions, the oldest dating to 1988. The new Bartleby homepage is attractive and easily navigated, offering pull-down menu access to its content in four categories: Reference, Verse, Nonfiction, and Literature. Users can also conduct keyword searches across all or selected areas of the site from the main page.

Bibliomania –
Included here are fully searchable full-text editions of classic works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and even a few reference titles. The complete plays of Shakespeare are featured, as well as major titles from Austen, Dickens, Twain, Freud, Benjamin Franklin,Vatsyayana, and a host of others. New titles are being added. The search function is quick and easy, and the layout clean and uncomplicated, making the site accessible to visually impaired readers. Although predominately limited to English language authors, Bibliomania is a valuable addition to literature on the Web.

British and Irish Authors on the Web
Comprehensive and up-to-date directory of British and Irish authors. It's arranged chronologically by authors' dates. Use your browser's Find button to search by name. Maintained by an English Literature Professor at Nagoya University.

Dickens, Charles -- 1812-1870
This site includes descriptions of all Dickens' characters; an interactive map of Dickens' London (click on a location to learn about its importance in the author's works); and links to the full text of his works and to other Web sites about the author and his times.

Online Literary Criticism Collection
Links the user to over 1,000 critical and biographical Web sites on literary criticism dealing with American and British literature from pre-1500 to the twentieth century. Each literary link displayed is annotated and can be accessed by author, work or literary period. The Web links were carefully selected "for their overall usefulness" for high school and college students. In addition, both a literary criticism guide and a pathfinder have been provided for further exploration of Web and print resources.

Online Medieval & Classical Library
A searchable full-text collection of over thirty literary works from classical and medieval Europe. In addition to the search function, the site can be browsed by author, title, genre, or language.

Perspectives in American Literature (PAL) -
Subtitled "A Research and Reference Guide," this searchable site provides outlines and bibliographies of hundreds of authors, themes, and literary movements in the U.S. from colonial days to the present. There are many appendices, including the elements of poetry, drama, and fiction. MLA style citations for each page are included. Based on the 12th edition of the author's Guide to Perspectives in American Literature.

Voice of the Shuttle Web Page for Humanities Research
The Voice of the Shuttle began in late 1994 as an introduction to the Web for humanists at the University of California, Santa Barbara. VoS became publicly accessible on March 21, 1995, when the Humanitas server on which it resided opened to global Web access. From its origin to October, 1999, VoS stayed at the same address on the Humanitas server. It grew in that period to over 70 pages of links to humanities and humanities-related resources on the Internet. Its mission has been to provide a structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources that at once respects the established humanities disciplines in their professional organization and points toward the transformation of those disciplines as they interact with the sciences and social sciences and with new digital media. VoS emphasizes both primary and secondary (or theoretical) resources, and defines its audience as people who have something to learn from a higher-education, professional approach to the humanities (which in practice has included students and instructors from the elementary school, high school, and general population sectors).

Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color

This developing site focuses "on the lives and works of women writers of color in North America." Biographical and critical information about the writer as well as images and quotes pertinent to her life and works are presented. Indices are arranged by name, place of birth, significant dates, and ethnic/racial identity. Some of the authors included are Julia Alvarez, Maya Angelou, Olivia Butler, Sandra Cisneros, Angela Davis, Louise Erdrich, Han Suyin, Lorraine Hansberry, Bell Hooks, Zora Neale Hurston, June Jordon, Maxine Hong Kingston, Terry McMillan, Amy Tan, Alice Walker, and Phyllis Wheatley. Related sites are also available.

Writer's Digest
A supplement to the printed edition of the Writer's Digest, this site contains the most current information on publishing both fiction and non-fiction. Also found is a Hot List, which lists 100 magazines that pay the most for articles; a searchable list of market guidelines; selected texts from Writer's Digest, Fiction Writer, and Storymagazines; a list of writing contests sponsored by the publisher; and a schedule of writing conferences.


Academy of American Poets
The site features, under: Find a Poet - a searchable index of more than 200 poets, with biographies, photos, poems, and some sound files; National Poetry Month - Resources that include an index of major poetry publishers, periodicals, and distributors, award winners, and tipsheets on setting up programs, events, and classes; Awards & Programs - a current list of major American poetry awards with recent recipients; and Calendar of Events - searchable by poet, date, region, or type of event. Their sponsored programs include: National Poetry Month (April); poetry awards; and public readings and residencies.

Comprehensive Poetry Links
Searchable and alphabetical, by site name. Author updates and checks the links regularly. If you want to find most of the poetry sites on the Internet, this is the place to look.

Glossary of Poetic Terms -

Poetry Center
Comprehensive site for contemporary poetry, from the Poetics Program at SUNY-Buffalo. Links to the poetry of more than 100 poets.

Poets' Corner
Around 6,000 poems, representing the work of almost 700 poets, have been compiled at this site. The collection of English-language poems is indexed by author, title, and subject. Most are past copyright (more than 75 years old) but Suggestions for Further Reading includes lists of modern poems worth tracking down. The Daily Poetry Break (archived) highlights a poem found within the Poets' Corner with commentary.
Minimal biographical information, supplemented with a growing collection of portraits, is provided.

Book Reviews

New York Review of Books
Full text of selected articles from the current issue, plus a full-text archive of reviews and articles that have appeared in this influential journal since November 1996. Provides an index of contents from 1993 to date. Site has an excellent search engine.

New York Times Books
The database contains the full text of more than 50,000 book reviews that have appeared in the New York Times since 1980. The site also gives the full text of the daily book review and selected reviews from the most recent issue of the paper's Sunday Book Review. Other features include author interviews, first chapters of new books, audio of literary readings, bestseller lists, and book forums. Free service, but first-time visitors must register.


Columbia Granger World of Poetry - Ccontains thousands of poems in full text which are searchable by keyword, and poem citations indexed by title, first line, last line, author, and subject.

Glossaries, Concordances & Quotations

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in from ancient to modern literature.

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