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  • A search engine designed to help readers locate authors and titles of interest. Available at all NYPL Locations and from home with a valid NYPL library card.
  • A search engine designed to help readers locate authors and titles of interest. Available at all NYPL locations and from home with a valid NYPL library card.
  • Books to Remember, Best of Reference, and topical lists created by NYPL librarians.
  • "This page provides access to Old French texts and information about the literature, all of which is classified according to century. Some of the documents are in English, some in Old French and others in Modern French translation. Many of the links listed in this website are individual pages from other websites forming entire collections of French literature."
  • Another source for e-texts which include plays, accessible by author, title and subject.
  • Serves as an index to more than 18,000 public domain books on the web, searchable by author, title, and subject.
  • "The basic sources of this work are Weekley's 'An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English,' Klein's 'A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language,' 'Oxford English Dictionary' (second edition), 'Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology,' Kluge's 'Etymologisches Worterbuch der Englischen Sprache,' Ayto's '20th Century Words,' and Chapman's 1Dictionary of American Slang.' "
  • A collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization. Searchable and browsable.
  • Audio and videos with transcripts of PBS NewsHour reports on contemporary poets and poetry.
  • Extensive directory of links to "illustrators whose primary design style would be suited to and sought for use in the children's market."
  • Extensive directory of links to "sites about the authors of books for children and these authors' works, arranged alphabetically by the authors' names."
  • Quarterly journal of fiction and poetry, begun in 1994. Contains links to academic and independent literary websites.
  • Offers articles on the medieval period.
  • "Other Voices is an award-winning, electronic journal of cultural criticism published at the University of Pennsylvania. Founded in March 1997, Other Voices regularly publishes provocative essays, interviews, roundtable discussions, lecture transcriptions, audio lectures, multimedia projects, translations and reviews in the arts and humanities."
  • Provides links to full-text, commentaries, and other resources.
  • Recommended booklists, starred reviews, genre resources and an extensive list of reader's advisory sites.
  • Searchable dictionary of English-language word origins.
  • Currently, the OTA's holdings of high-quality, well-documented electronic texts include 2500 titles in 25 languages. These include the works of individual authorsm reference works, and a range of linguistic corpora.
  • This site "showcases selected 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The site currently [2005] contains digital images of over 750,000 pages from 34 publications."
  • "The Papyri Pages focus on topics relating to ancient Egyptian papyri and the history and archaeology of "books" and writing in general. They include an exhibit, texts, and links to related sites."
  • Contains more than 300 author interviews from the Paris Review.
  • "Passport was created from an United States perspective and defines international children's literature as anything outside of your borders. Passport regards international literature as distinct from multicultural literature. International children's literature is the body of books originally published in one country and later published in another country." Provided relevant annotated links.
  • Poetry, stories, and histories translated into English, from the Packard Humanities Institute.
  • A select bibliography of books and articles focusing on the literature of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • An online literary magazine dedicated to exploring place through fiction, poetry, and images.
  • Transcriptions and images from the manuscripts of "The Planctus for William Longsword", the earliest work written about the Normans from a Norman point of view.
  • Links to Online Poetry journals, Poetry resource sites, West Coast Independent Bookshops, Japanese forms, Poets of Great Renown, and Contemporary Poets on the Web.
  • Provides links to poetry events and courses book news competitions text links to e-zines audio poetry literary appreciation, criticism and reviews plus sources to improve your own writing and get it published.
  • Information for poets.
  • Organization for poets and readers.
  • An overview of the period and profiles of eight major figures.
  • Home page of the Academy of American Poets. Founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation os contemporary poetry, this is the largest organization in the country dedicated specifically to the art of poetry
  • "This website is intended to serve as an index of Polish writing available in English, giving extracts of key works and providing an overview of this exciting area of world literature. We aim to bring acclaimed works (e.g. those nominated for the NIKE prize) to a wider audience. You can search our database for an already published work, or read extracts of the most highly regarded writers in Poland today."
  • Emory University site provides an introduction to major topics and issues in Postcolonial Studies, with links divided into the following categories: Introduction, Authors, Theorists, Terms and Issues.
  • Definitions of terms, bibliographies, links to postmodernism resources, and more, from an anthropological point of view..
  • "The Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics is a collaborative project of the Classics Department of Princeton University and the Classics Department of Stanford University. Its purpose is to make the results of current research undertaken by members of Princeton and Stanford Universities in the field of classics available in advance of final publication."
  • This bibliography is searchable by topic, language of topic, language of publication, sources, or date. "The data bases are being continually added to, and now include MANY more than 5900 articles (articles, chapters, mss., reports, working papers and conference presentations) and 1100 monographs (monographs, longer reports, and theses)."
  • Electronic editions of classic literature from Sweden and the Nordic countries.
  • A peer-reviewed, archived journal focused on psychological studies of the arts: literature, film, visual arts, ormusic. From the University of Florida, 1997 to the present.
  • Introduction to pulp fiction collecting. Includes a guide to genres, fiction titles placed in yearly historical context, and other web links.
  • Reviews books exclusively dedicated to the Africana experience.
  • Over 400 digitized texts, in a site constructed to allow the visitor to read some of the world's great books.
  • This site from the University of Alberta, Canada, is devoted to empirical studies of literary reading and associated theoretical issues. Contains online essays, bibliography, links to relevant websites.
  • An online directory for book clubs and reading groups.
  • A database-driven site which recommends lists of books by genre.
  • Over 550 guides from publishers. 150 Can be printed from the site.
  • Comprehensive guides for hundreds of books including romance, bestsellers and literary fiction.
  • Site provides "an overview of African women writers writing in French. It provides an opportunity to find out more about the authors' life and interests and to get acquainted with their novels, short stories, plays and poetry." In French and English.
  • An independent book website devoted to discussing and reviewing the best in literary fiction, poetry, criticism, history, and philosophy.
  • This project has been established to document and analyse the theatrical and literary surge of interest in Greek texts and drama which is a phenomenon of the late twentieth century.
  • A series of old-spelling editions of English Renaissance books and manuscripts, and of plain transcriptions of such works, published on the World Wide Web.
  • "View 253 digitised Renaissance festival books (selected from over 2,000 in the British Library's collection) that describe the magnificent festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700."
  • A twice-yearly interdisciplinary journal in early-modern English literary and historical scholarship, from March 1996 to the present. Each issue contains 3-4 articles, 5-6 book reviews. The journal is keyword searchable, with indexes.
  • An online repository of works printed in English between the years 1477 and 1799, including full-text editions of Shakespeare and Spenser.
  • Includes 3,162 English poems by 500 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today.
  • Bibliography from the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection.
  • Guide (in German) to many European Classics websites.
  • Lists a variety of resources useful to rhetoricians.
  • "The Rhetorica Network offers analysis and commentary about the rhetoric, propaganda, and spin of journalism andpolitics, including analysis of presidential speeches and election campaigns. This site features the Rhetorica: Press-Politics Journal web log, Presidential Campaign Rhetoric 2004, comprehensive news media links, a rhetoric textbook, a primer of critical techniques, and information for voters. The character of Rhetorica represents the purposes and canonsof classical rhetoric."
  • Critical analysis of the depiction of Native Americans in James Fenimore Cooper and Mark Twain.
  • Devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture.
  • Website "devoted to using computer technologies to investigate critically the languages, cultures, histories, and theories of Romanticism."
  • An international refereed electronic journal devoted to British Romantic studies.
  • A free, downloadable software package that "will help you find the Greek and Latin roots of thousands of words in the English language. . .the hypertext links make it fast and easy to use. The Dictionary also contains background on the history of English and details on the sources of individual words."
  • "Fifty to ninety percent of the world's languages are predicted to disappear in the next century, many with little or no significant documentation." This site currently archives more than 1200 language samples, descriptions, texts, analytic materials and audio files and is searchable by language, family tree, or country.
  • Numerous links to English Literature websites covering the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century.
  • Links to chronologies, outlines, and other resources. From San Antonio College.
  • Links to texts, commentaries, and other resources.
  • Icelandic medieval literature: images of books and manuscripts published before 1901. Available in English and Icelandic interfaces.
  • Daily book reviews, interviews with writers, and a weekly list of reading recommendations by celebrated authors. Subscription requred.
  • An electronic journal of poetry and reviews. Published three times a year.
  • "This site is a comprehensive bibliography of science-fiction and fantasy authors and their books. The database also contains links to official and fan sites of various authors where they exist. Updated monthly with the latest books and new authors. . ."
  • "An online index to over 60,000 historical and critical items about science fiction, fantasy and horror." Can be searched by author, title, imprint, or subject.
  • This is the site of "one of the most effective non-profit writers' organizations in existence. Over 1200 sf and fantasy writers, artists, editors, and allied professionals aremembers."
  • This diverse directory of science fiction sites includes art and artists, authors, awards, comics, animation, conventions, costuming, magazines and e-zines, fandom, movies, music, television, and more.
  • Bibliographic guide offering primary and secondary sources.
  • Directory of links grouped according to categories which include: Primers, Resources, Corollary Sites, Conferences, General Readings, Critical Theorists, and Communication Theory. From the University of Colorado at Denver School of Education.
  • A guide to semiotics from the perspective of media studies. Contains a number of relevant links.
  • "The SF Hub is based on the wealth of research resources in the Science Fiction Collections of The University of Liverpool's Special Collections and Archives, including the renowned Science Fiction Foundation Collection. Our advanced search tools will enable you to find the resources you need amongst the extensive collections of books, journals, fiction magazines, fanzines, journal articles and archives at Liverpool University."
  • With more than 10.000 pages of Science Fiction and Fantasy related content, this site features stories, articles, book reviews, excerpts and synopses, author interviews and profiles, television and movie reviews, and discussion forums.
  • Original issues of the Shadow Magazine in zipped-text format.
  • A site championing Shakespeare as the author of the plays.
  • Links to scholarly articles and essays "Dedicated to the Proposition that Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare."
  • Histories of the houses associated with Shakespeare and his family. A biographical section covers his life, family, history, and schooling.
  • During the 1995-96 academic year a group of sixteen college teachers participated in the the Folger Institute,"Shakespeare Examined Through Performance." This site presents a compilation of teaching and staging exercises developed during that program.
  • This site "explores nineteenth-century paintings, criticism and productions of Shakespeare's plays and their influences on one another."
  • An exhibition of illustrated Shakespeare editions from Washington University in St. Louis
  • University of Basel (in Switzerland) site organizes conferences and seves as a resource for european Shakespeare studies. Includes such topics as Reanissance life and history contemporary texts theatre/film studies and adaptations music education popular Shakespeare uses/adaptations criticism.
  • A bibliography of printed materials.
  • British Librarys digitized versions of 93 copies of the 21 plays by Shakespeare printed in quarto. Site includes background material, links and references, and a study of how the plays have been changed in print and performance.
  • Research and post-graduate center at the University of Birmingham.
  • Selected articles available online from this magazine "for teachers and enthusiasts".
  • Site based on a recent PBS Frontline program which explores the authorship question in an impartial fashion.
  • A site championing Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-1604), as the author of the works.
  • "This site, sponsored by the University of Reading (UK), is dedicated to providing background information on Shakespearean performance in original conditions. Centred around the construction of a replica of the Globe playhouse in London, it includes pagesdevoted to the original Globe and other playhouses in Early Modern London, reports and photographic documentaries on reconstruction and performances at the New Globe, and also some practical information.
  • This site is divided into ten "books", each of which in turn is divided into "chapters." Categories include: Shakespeare's life The stage Society History and politics The background of ideas The drama Literature, art, and music Some plays explored Reference and indexes.
  • Site of the King Edward VI School in Stratford.
  • "These works are studies of the stage texts used in various seventeenth-century performances of Shakespeare's plays. G. Blakemore Evans has identified the different manuscript hands that annotate the prompt-books and compared the cuttings with other eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Shakespearean stage texts. Thus, the collection provides an opportunity to examine Shakespearean performance traditions and innovations."

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