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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
This set of American literature resource pages is mainly a collection
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 Bartleby.com, 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 - http://www.poeticbyway.com/glossary.html
Comprehensive site for contemporary poetry, from
the Poetics Program at SUNY-Buffalo. Links to the poetry of more than
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.
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.
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.
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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