Literary Criticism Literary Terms
Lyrics Modern Literary & Related Readings
Older (Ancient-Renaissance) Literary and Related Readings
Prizes Reviews Studying & Writing about Literature
Essays for Teaching Composition
This page consists of a large number of links developed over several years of teaching literature courses in online and face-to-face classes. Though there has been no rigidly scientific process of hunting or selection, still, the following links likely will lead a reader or researcher eventually to most major Web links of or about literature.
ANCIENT LITERATURE, Classical to Mid-Renaissance (1-13-05)
- Ancient Literature: www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient
- Aristophanes, Lysistrata: http://eserver.org/drama/aristophanes/lysistrata.txt
- Boccaccio, The Decameron: http://www.idbsu.edu/courses/hy309/docs/decameron/decameron.html
- Chaucer, Canterbury Tales: http://www.idbsu.edu/courses/hy309/docs/chaucer/chaucer.html
- Classics: http://classics.mit.edu
- Homer: www.oeaw.ac.at/kal/agm/ (Homeric singing)
Arthur: Historical person, www.kingarthursknights.com/arthur/legendary.asp.
History of legend, www.wwnorton.com/nael/middleages/topic_2/welcome.htm.
History of Malory book and Caxton edition, www.legends.dm.net/kingarthur/malory.html.
Le Morte Darthur—Sir Thomas Malory’s full-text, 1470 A.D. story—in nine “books,” http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/Mal1Mor.html.
Illustrated, larger-text version of same book, http://www.mysticrealms.org.uk/malory/.
Synopsis of T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, http://www2.netdoor.com/~moulder/thwhite/toafk_a.html.
Synopsis and preview of John Steinbeck’s The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0374523789/102-0703361-9320917.
- Machiavelli: http://www.constitution.org/mac/prince00.htm (The Prince--full text), http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/machiavelli (philosophy of), http://town-court.com/article/70/show (other online resources).
- Mallory, Sir Thomas: See "King Arthur."
- Medieval Illuminated (illustrated,
http://www.clues.abdn.ac.uk:8080/besttest/alt/comment/best_toc.html (12th c. Aberdeen Bestiary),
http://www.bnf.fr/enluminures/aaccueil.htm (14th c.),
http://www.hmml.org/sights.html (Hill Monastic Library, St. John's College, Collegeville, Minnesota),
http://humanities.uchicago.edu/images/heures/heures.html (Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry),
http://www.dubois.ws/people/paul/kells/ (Irish Book of Kells)
- Montaigne, Essays: http://www.idbsu.edu/courses/hy309/docs/montaigne/montaigne.html
- Sophocles: Antigone, http://classics.mit.edu/sophocles/antigone.html; Oedipus Rex, readable & printable contemporary trans. at www.geocities.com/Athens/Aegean/4979/oedipus.html, www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~taxias/antigone (notes on Antigone)
AUTHORS BY NAME, Late Renaissance-Contemporary (1-13-05)
- Angelou, Maya: www.mayaangelou.com
- Carroll, Lewis, an unpublished personal scrapbook with photos and illustrations:
- Franklin, Ben, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin:
- Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: www.rpg.net/quail/libyrinth/gabo
- Morrison, Toni: http://www.swisseduc.ch/english/readinglist/morrison_toni/index.html
- Poe, Edgar Allan: http://knowingpoe.thinkport.org/
- Shakespeare: see below (click here to go directly down)
- Steinbeck, John. See "King Arthur."
- Twain, Mark: www.marktwainhouse.org
- Vonnegut, Kurt: www.duke.edu/~crh4/kv
- White, T.H. See "King Arthur."
AUTHORS IN GENERAL LISTS
- InfoTrac ELM: http://web1.infotrac.galegroup.com/itw/infomark/535/264/48078381w1/purl=rc6_-CA&dyn=3!specstart_5?sw_aep=mnkinver 120,000 authors searchable by name, subject, or title.
- Authors on Tour: www.authorsontour.com. African-American authors on tour, biographies, reader reviews, author Web pages, bookstores.
- Bedford St. Martin: "LitLinks." Over 600 authors and supplementary links.
- American Authors: http://english.cla.umn.edu/faculty/zeck/AmerAuthorHome.htm (info on American literature authors often taught at University of Minnesota)
- Book Spot: http://www.bookspot.com (miscellany)
- British Novelists Collection on Tape: www.bbc.co.uk/archive/writers (BBC Interviews of 41 authors, 1930s-present, 7 min.-59 min.)
- Famous Poets and Poems: http://www.famouspoetsandpoems.com/
- Poetry, General: http://www.best-poems.net/
- Literature.com: http://literature.com (miscellany)
- Literature.org: http://literature.org (30 literary authors)
- RealLiterature: http://www.realliteraturedir.com/. Authors' biographies and literary works.
- University of
http://english.cla.umn.edu (scroll down to "Projects &
Conferences": the first four projects have links to authors)
AWARDS AND PRIZES FOR LITERATURE
- Caldecott Medal: www.ala.org/alsc/caldecott.html
- National Book Awards: www.publishersweekly.com/nbf/docs/awards.html
- Newbery Medal: www.ala.org/alsc/newbery.html
- Nobel Prizes: www.nobel.se
- Pulitzer: www.pulitzer.org
ESSAYS FOR TEACHING COMPOSITION
- www.loc.gov/international: "Global Gateway--World Culture & Resources"
- Bedford St. Martin's: "LitLinks." Over 600 authors and supplementary links
Books Library: Over 20,000 full books online
- Bedford St. Martin's: quizzes about 500 literary works
- www.google.com: Type, using quotation marks at both ends, "Links to Literature."
www.googlelittrips.com/: Great road trips in literature
- www.todayinliterature.com: misc.
- http://www.swisseduc.ch/english/: misc. aimed at secondary students but useful to others
- www.GoogleLitTrips.com: Google Literary Trips (requires software download)
- Study Guides:
and www.SparkNotes.com. Useful
additions to reading your literature.
LITERARY & OTHER TERMS
Bedford St. Martin's literary glossary of over 200 terms
- http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/lit_terms/. Short dictionary of terms
- http://www.ren.dm.net/compendium/home.html. Elizabethan language
Harry's Blues Lyrics Online
- www.mudcat.org: the Mudcat Café--blues and traditional folk
- www.summer.com.br/~pfilho/summer.html: top hits of 1932-19??
- www.afn.org/~afn30091/80songs.html: 500 hits from Reagan era, ultimate 80s songs
- www.bbhq.com/lyrics.htm: Baby Boomer Headquarters Music Room Lyrics
MODERN/CONTEMPORARY LITERARY and RELATED READINGS and CRITICISM
- American Literature (Library of Congress): http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/tr33.html
- American Literature (links to): http://english.cla.umn.edu/faculty/zeck/AmerAuthorHome.htm
- American Literature (poetry, some novels): http://www.bartleby.com
- Ancient Literature: www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient
- British Literature, 18th century: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/ (go to bottom of page)
- Classics: http://classics.mit.edu
- Drama: http://eserver.org/drama/
- Elizabethan England, life in: http://www.ren.dm.net/compendium/home.html.
- Grimm brothers (12 tales): http://www.nationalgeographic.com/grimm/
- Misc. (Electronic Text Center, Univ. of Virginia): http://etext.virginia.edu
- Misc. "e-texts": http://www.gutenberg.net
- Misc. (Internet Public Library): http://www.ipl.org: (9500 online texts, 2300 magazines and journals, links to newspapers around the world).
- Misc. "Literature and Composition Resources" on the Web: http://www.frostburg.edu/dept/engl/gartner/Litcomp.htm.
- Misc. literature, reference, research, & religious: www.bibliomania.com
- Misc. literature, reviews, et al.: http://literature.com
- Misc. literature sites (from MCTE News): www.overbooked.org/index.html
- Misc.: www.fitzroydearborn.com/pubsub.htm#literature
- Misc. (novels--analysis and full-text classics): http://www.novelguide.com
- Misc. (public domain classics): http://english-server.hss.cmu.edu/fiction/ and http://eserver.org (both URLs lead to the same server)
- Misc., Univ. of Minn. English Dept.: http://english.cla.umn.edu: scroll down to "Projects & Conferences." The first 4 projects have links to literary works--or links to links.
- Misc. (Rutgers—organized by geography and time period): http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit/.
- Misc. list of literature sites: www.accessmagazine.com/literature.
- Poetry, American (MLA-recommended; large site): http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/.
- Poetry: Famous Poets and Poems, http://www.famouspoetsandpoems.com/
- Poetry: "World’s premier online recordings of poets reading their work” - http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/home.do
- Poetry: "Best Poems" - http://www.best-poems.net/
- Shakespeare (annotated guide to online resources and literary criticism): http://daphne.palomar.edu/Shakespeare
- Shakespeare (complete works, glossary, search by word or work): http://tech-two.mit.edu/shakespeare/works.html
- Shakespeare (essays about life and times; synopsis of every play, scene by scene): www.shakespeare-online.com/
- Search engine, educational (linking teachers to materials): www.thegateway.org
- Search engine, literary (run by noted online literature mag.): www.pilot-search.com
- Sophocles, Antigone: http://classics.mit.edu/sophocles/antigone.html. Notes on Antigone: www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~taxias/antigone
- Speeches, PBS, from past 80 years: www.pbs.org/greatspeeches/
New York Review of Books ("ultimate guide")
- www.ala.org/booklist American Library Association's online Booklist magazine
- www.bookwire.com/bbr Boston Book Review
- www.nytimes.com/books The New York Times Book Review
- www.bookpage.com. "A great mainstream review site."
- www.bookwire.com/hmr Hungry Mind Review
- www.themysteryreader.com for mystery fans; divided into categories
- The Romance Reader: companion site to www.themysteryreader.com
- Atlantic Monthly
- Boston Globe Book Reviews
- Boston Book Review
- Los Angeles Times Book Reviews
- London Review of Books
- Washington Post Book World
STUDYING & WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE (11-03)
- Literary terms: CyberEnglish
- Miscellaneous: http://www.bookspot.com
- Miscellaneous: www.loc.gov/international--"Global Gateway--World Culture & Resources"
- Miscellaneous: http://literature.com
- Studying Literature (Mt. Mary College): http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/1653/
- Writing about Literature (general): CollegeWriting.info, Purdue, The Sundance Reader
- Writing a literary analysis: CollegeWriting.info
- Writing a literary thesis: CollegeWriting.info
- Writing a literary thesis statement: CollegeWriting.info, Colorado State
- Writing poetry: http://www.famouspoetsandpoems.com/links_poets.html
- Writing a review of literature: CollegeWriting.info, Wisconsin
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Most recent major revision and checking of all links: August 2005
Most recent minor updates: 28 Sept. 2011