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  • Columbia University site provides links to bibliographies, scholarly associations, author biographies, and conferences.
  • University of Florida site begun in 1996 provides biographical information on a number of African writers and a bibliography of African literaturein English.
  • Introduction to the script, grammar, and nature of the Akkadian language, including examples of cuneiform writing.
  • Publication of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Collection of digital documents, including American literature, English literature, and Western philosophy. Can read online as Local Copy or download as an ebook.
  • An interactive site for and by serious romance readers, featuring graded reviews, reading lists and discussionboards.
  • Directory and guide for romance readers. Includes reviews, a monthly essay about a particular novel, links to reader awards, message boards, discussion lists.
  • A revision of the edition of 1888.
  • Site contains biographical and bibliographical information concerning numerous science fiction and fantasy authors. Includes links to other web resources.
  • Webzine founded in 1993.
  • Provides an annual list of fiction and non-fiction titles which "celebrate the authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers who create and produce feminist books for young readers." Archived from 2002.
  • The AATA aims to facilitate communication and cooperation between teachers of Arabic and to promote study, criticism, research and instruction in the field of Arabic language pedagogy, Arabic linguistics and Arabic literature.
  • An extensive list of author links, arranged chronologically. Also included are links to General Literature resources. Site maintained since 1996.
  • To view resources for a particular author, click on the author's name in the frame.
  • "Founded in 1889, the American Dialect Society is dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, and of other languages, or dialects of other languages, influencing it or influenced by it."
  • Fourth edition, published in 2000. Includes definitions, etymologies, and sound clips demonstrating proper pronunciation.
  • Essay by Paula Gunn Allen from Literary History of the American West (1998)
  • Contains links to a variety of web resources arranged by categories such as Indian Captivity Narratives, Gothic Literature/Supernatural and Fantastic Fiction, Naturalism, Postmodernism and others.
  • Provides links in the following categories: American Authors, Timeline, Literary Movements, and American Literature Sites.
  • Bibliographies of American authors, works, and literary movements.
  • "Index to and growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two."
  • Part of the American Hypertext Workshop, from the University of Virginia.
  • Searchable collection of hundreds of collected works of poetry, mostly from the 19th century, although a few 18th and early 20th century texts are included. From the University of Michigan.
  • This "dictionary has two halves: American to British, where the explanation and definitions of American words are in British, and British to American, where British words are explained in American terminology and spellings."
  • Awards for Children's and Young Adult literary works which "authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States." From the Consortium of Latin American Studies Program.
  • General introduction to Grecian history and culture from the archaic period into the Hellenistic.
  • A course handbook for students of ancient rhetoric.
  • Provides an overview of ancient writing systems.
  • Vast directory of literature by period, from Voice of the Shuttle.
  • Links to sites concerned with the literature and culture of the mid-fifth century to the mid-eleventh century.
  • Historical directory in chronological form.
  • Contains texts and biographies of the major literary figures of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
  • "The Antigonish Review is a quarterly literary journal published by St. Francis Xavier University. The Review features poetry, fiction, reviews and critical articles from all parts of Canada, the US and overseas, using original graphics to enliven the format."
  • "The goal of the Antislavery Literature Project is to increase public access to a body of literature crucial to understanding African American experience, US and hemispheric histories of slavery, and early human rights philosophies. These multilingual collections contribute to an educational consciousness of the role of many antislavery writers in creating contemporary concepts of freedom."
  • A collection of notable works of Italian Literature (in Italian) produced by the Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development, Sardinia.
  • Site dedicated to the study of ancient Greek poetry from the Epics to Anacreontics.
  • Each issue features poetry, short fiction, and essays.
  • From the Department of French Studies at the University of Toronto. Its mission is to "advance concrete investigation, rather than purely abstract, theoretical or subjective efforts for. . .applied semiotics is considered here to encompass research on communicative structures and processes observable in actual literary (or other) texts."
  • Columbia University collection of links to Arabic Literature resources.
  • This site provides an archive of medieval Italian texts written in Latin from the 11th century to the 14th century.
  • Website based on an ambitious exhibition at the Golda Meir library of published texts with images and commentary. Includes links to other authors.
  • Site examines recent scholarship. Includes links to other web resources, and suggests books and materials.
  • Biographies, bibliographies, and a selection of writing from Lady Mary Wroth Katherine Philips Aemilia Lanyer and Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle.
  • Website from Oxford University Press designed to assist with queries about the English language. Among the many resources included are a jargon buster, language tips, competititions and crosswords, and articles.
  • This site provides resources for learning the one-handed manual alphabet used in American Sign Language.
  • The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment promotes the exchange of ideas and information pertaining to literature that considers the relationship between human beings and the natural world.
  • Full text of 288 works and 101 authors, in French only.
  • Includes an online archive dating back to November 1995.
  • Description of the collection at the University of South Carolina.
  • Although subscriptions are required for use of this vast database, information on about 3,100 authors can be accessed for free.
  • Online collection of Australian fiction, poetry, plays and non-fictional works.
  • Covers a wide range of Australian authors from the nineteenth century to the present. Includes biographies, bibliographies, introductions to texts, and links to other sources.
  • Index to online literary author sites.
  • Online directory of sites maintained by authors, their publishers, and their fans.
  • A section of the American Library Association Gred Websites for Kids directory.
  • "The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections at the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries contains more than 93,000 volumes published in Great Britain and the United States from the early 1700s through the 1990s."
  • "The Baldwin Project seeks to make available online a comprehensive collection of resources for parents and teachers of children. . .in all categories, including: Nursery Rhymes, Fables, Folk Tales, Myths, Legends and Hero Stories, Literary Fairy Tales, Bible Stories, Nature Stories, Biography, History, Fiction, Poetry, Storytelling, Games, and Craft Activities."
  • International Journal of contemporary fiction.
  • Many reference books published on the web
  • Many famous poems online
  • The Wizard of Oz exhibit at the Library of Congress.
  • Features archived recordings of notable poets reading their own work, a showcase of visual poetry, advice from the "Poetry Surgeon", and other poetry-related resources from the British Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Brush up language skills, learn holiday phrases, sign up for weekly e-mails with tips and encouragement.
  • Clips from audio interviews with British playwrights.
  • Free multimedia language courses online. Lessons and supporting materials for various European and Asian languages are available.
  • Full-text in translation and the original Old English, essays, and bibliographies.
  • Citations for articles and books dealing with rhetoric, composition, professional communication, and associated topics such as linguistics, psychology, and philosophy.
  • "A bibliography listing to assist teacher, students, and the general public in their Asian Pacific American research projects. The following bibliography is arranged according to ethnicity, age or grade for ease of locating information."
  • Annotated bibliography arranged by topic.
  • Italian novels, poems, plays, and essays by over 200 authors. In Italian only.
  • Russian language only. Provides a wide range of online Russian literary texts, as well as European texts translated into Russian.
  • Index to full-text works dating from the 8th to the 20th century.
  • This database "provides bibliographical references to scholarly publications on all branches of linguistics and all the languages of the world, irrespective of language or place of publication. The database contains all entries of the printed volumes of Bibliographie Linguistique/Linguistic Bibliography for the years 1993-2001 and an increasing number of more recent references."
  • Author profiles and book reviews of popular fiction and non-fiction titles.
  • Blackbird is a well-designed, high quality journal publishing a diverse and highly accomplished collection of writers.
  • A directory of links to romance writers' websites.
  • Includes names, addresses and phone numbers of all NYPL Branches hosting book discussion groups as well aslistings of books to be read.
  • Features adult book discussion guides.
  • Book reviews, author profiles and interviews, excerpts, literary games and contests.
  • An on-line collection of books of national cultural interest which have long been out of print. In English and Welsh.
  • Reviews and book-related articles from the London Telegraph. Published online since 1996.
  • A wide variety of book-related resources, including links to genre reading lists, book reviews, authorinformation and publishing news.
  • An article with facts, deinitions, and advice concerning the field of Creative Nonfiction.
  • Although this hypertext edition is taken from the 1898 edition of the book, many of the phrases and fables we encounter today will appear in this classic source. The text is easily searched by keywords.
  • "The British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA), founded in 1975, aims to promote the scholarly study of literature without confinement to national or linguistic boundaries, and in relation to other disciplines. The BCLA's primary interests are in literature, the contexts of literature and the interaction between literatures."
  • This site "allows users to examine bibliographical records of 2,772 works of fiction written by approximately 900 authors, along with a large number of contemporary materials (including anecdotal records, circulating-library catalogues, newspaper advertisements, publishing papers, reviews, and subscription lists)."
  • From the holdings of the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library. Archive currently holds work by Coleridge, Tennyson, Lewis Carroll, and many others.
  • Mounts online texts of plays not widely available in print, publishes working papers and responses on important issues, and provides research resources, including a detailed bibliography of works on Romantic drama & British women playwrights [last updated: 23 December 2001].
  • An "online scholarly archive consisting of E-text editions of poetry by British and Irish women written (not necessarily published) between 1789 (the onset of the French Revolution) and 1832 (the passage of the Reform Act), a period traditionally known in English literary history as the Romantic period." Poets include Lucy Aikin, Anna Letitia Aikin Barbauld, Felicia Dorothea Brown Hemans, Mary Robinson, and Charlotte Turner Smith. From the Shields Library, University of California.
  • Definitions and recommended readings.
  • Timely reviews of scholarly work in the field of classical studies (including archaeology). Archived from 1990 to the present.
  • Hypertext version links relevant points in the text to other authoritative Web resources.
  • Awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
  • A project of the University of Cambridge which explores the developing importance of electronic media in literary research. Provides links to virtual workshops. Also publishes an online newsletter which reviews and recommends sites for scholars working on the Renaissance period.
  • Online version of the 18-volume encyclopedia.
  • Includes the works of Robert Browning Oliver Wendell Holmes John Keats Henry Wadsworth Longfellow James Russell Lowell John Milton Alexander Pope Edmund Spenser Alfred Tennyson John Greenleaf Whittier and William Wordsworth. Also includes a section on Elizabethan dramatists.
  • University of Rochester site featuring Arthurian texts,images, bibliographies, and basic information.
  • Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information.

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