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  • Critical articles, excerpts, information on the Collected Works and forthcoming volumes, and related links.
  • Provides a biography, a bibliography, news and events, and related information.
  • Biographical information, bibliographic resources, a newsletter, message boards.
  • Extensive Holmes website, including the original stories, and a broad range of additional resources.
  • Although a portion of the site is devoted to Doyle's other works, the focus of most of the material in on the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
  • Each of the Holmes stories is available, with some basic information about the original publication, links to online full-text versions, and items of related interest.
  • Features biography and a selected bibliography and suggestions for further reading.
  • Newsletter encouraging scholarly research into James, his themes, nd his followers.
  • Official website. Biographical and bibliographical material, excerpts from her work, links to online stories, information on public appearances.
  • This site provides information about Lovecraft's life, writings, and other critical and biographical work. Includes additional internet resources.
  • Biography, bibliography, full-text of several short pieces.
  • Online exhibition companion features ""many of Poe's unique manuscripts and letters, scarce copies of his first editions, rare examples of the original newspaper and magazine issues in which much of his work first appeared, and editions of his most famous poem, 'The Raven.'"
  • Features information about the society, a short biography, a bibliography of works, and a very extensive list of related lins.
  • Directory of online resources.
  • Directory and guide for romance readers. Includes reviews, a monthly essay about a particular novel, links to reader awards, message boards, discussion lists.
  • Site contains biographical and bibliographical information concerning numerous science fiction and fantasy authors. Includes links to other web resources.
  • 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.
  • Clips from audio interviews with British playwrights.
  • A directory of links to romance writers' websites.
  • An article with facts, deinitions, and advice concerning the field of Creative Nonfiction.
  • 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].
  • Definitions and recommended readings.
  • 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.
  • Annotated directory of relevant resources.
  • Guide to mysteries and crime fiction on the Internet. The links are divided into numerous, easy to navigate categories such as Authors, Characters, Themes, Reviews, Awards, and many others.
  • This Connecticut College site "is an electronic archive designed to make out-of-print volumes of poetry available to readers, scholars, and researchers. The books are stored as individual text-only files accessible via the World Wide Web on the Internet." Arranged alphabetically by author. In some instances, limited biographical information about the poets is provided.
  • Includes excerpts from Creative Nonfiction magazine, interviews and author profiles, book reviews, the e-zine Brevity, and links to creative nonfiction conferences, courses, and mentoring.
  • "An archive of crime and mystery fiction reviewed by Marilyn Stasio since January 1997, arranged by author." From the New York Times. Registration required.
  • Reviews, interviews, and other crime fiction features from the online publication January Magazine.
  • Online British crime, mystery, suspense publication.
  • Website of "a professional group of crime authors, probably best known for staging some of the most famous and celebrated literary awards in the world: The Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards."
  • An academic site designed to "explore different critical approaches to the study of crime literature/film."
  • Directory of websites featuring many full-text stories of horror and hte supernatural.
  • Stanford University Libraries "Dime Novel and Story Paper Collectionconsists of over 8,000 individual items, and includes long runs of the major dime novel series (Frank Leslie's, Boys of America, Happy Days, Beadle's New York Dime Library, etc.) and equally strong holdings of story papers like the New York Ledger and Saturday Night." The collection can be browsed by title, feature, or image, or searched by Dime Novel titles, story titles and captions, graphics or subject features, or by text. Includes a timeline to chart these once-popular genres.
  • An "online guide to modern playwrights and theatre plays. Use the navigation bar to the left or the quick search alphabet above to begin searching for information on Plays, Playwrights, Literary Agents or Publishers."
  • This State University of Buffalo site contains an alphabetical list of poets, critics, writers, and an in-progress list of poetry-related sites and resources, both electronic and in print.
  • This site contains original plays and screenplays, criticism, and links to other sites concerned with theatre. It publishes both classic and contemporary works.
  • This site offers works of and about fiction collected from its members, contributing authors worldwide, and texts in the public domain.
  • Bibliographic details on over 7000 authors and 150,000 books.
  • Full text of numerous novels and stories, arranged by author.
  • An exhibition which "encourages audiences to examine Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, and its influence on science fiction, monsters and their place in history, and man playing God."
  • Exhibit on the development of science fiction literature.
  • Collection of articles about the settings of crime and mystery fiction.
  • Poetic terms and their definitions. Browsable alphabetically.
  • Devoted to the study of Gothic Literature from 1764 to 1834. Provides students and scholars of the Gothic novel access to the growing number of resources available on the web.
  • Links to ancient Greek theatre resources.
  • A well-done home page containing reading lists and essays on great mysteries, mainly of the pre 1960 era.
  • A crime fiction content database based on the George Kelley Paperback and Pulp Fiction Collection at the University of Buffalo, the State University of New York. It "currently provides an in-depth look at 185 detective and mystery novels originally published during the period 1930-1960."
  • Resources for "writing and researching and thinking about hypertext fiction."
  • An online index to plays in collections, anthologies & periodicals, devised at the Portland State Univ. Library. The database includes works from the late 19th Century through 1999.
  • The IGA (founded in 1991) has developed this site to provide a wide and up-to-date range of helpful information on the study of the Gothic. One of the Association's main goals is to disseminate information and research/teaching prospects on theGothic as widely and usefully as possible. Contains an excellent list of Gothic web links.
  • This site is "an effort to catalog works of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. It links together various types of bibliographic data: author bibliographies, publication bibliographies, award listings, magazinecontent listings, anthology and collection content listings, yearly fiction indexes, and forthcoming books."
  • This project connects to the concordances of ten plays which can be searched, counted, and printed.
  • International anthology of contemporary poetry.
  • A browsable site from Southern Illinois University which serves as a "guide to all things concerned with literary Gothicism, which includes ghost stories, 'classic' Gothic novels and gothic fiction (1764-1820), and related pre- and post-Gothic and supernaturalist literature written prior to the mid-c20."
  • Online publication featuring news, reviews, resources, and perspectivesof Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
  • This site "helps teachers explore eighteen American songs and poems from the digital collections of the Library of Congress. Each song and poem is represented by an original primary source document, along with historical background information and, in many cases, sound recordings and alternate versions."
  • A comprehensive collection of links covering all facets of medieval performance.
  • A well-organized and categorized set of links to reliable sites on various facets of medieval drama, dance and song.

  • A collection of links about cyberpunk as both a science-fiction subgenre and a reflection of the evolving digital culture.
  • A multimedia companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2000). This massive site devoted to critical information and resources on American poets contains analyses of poems, biographical information on poets, relevant illustrations, drafts of poems, bibliographies, historical background, statements on poetics, interviews, mini-essays on important issues pertinent to the poet, book reviews, archival resources, and study questions.
  • Provides links and related background material.
  • Called the "booklover's guide to mysteries and thriller," this site offers features in the following categories: Mystery Authors & Books,Suspense & Thrillers, Crime & Noir,Book Reviews, Author Interviews,Reference & Recommendations,Awards & Top 10 Lists, Books Into Movies, Links.
  • Site of an Milwaukee bookstore which features numerous informal interviews with contemporary mystery and suspense authors.
  • This organization, "the largest mystery fan/reader organization in the world, is open to all readers, fans, critics,editors, publishers, and writers."
  • The homepage of "a non-profit international literary and educational organization for the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantasy and mythic literature, especially the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams. Members of the Mythopoeic Society include scholars, writers, and readers of mythic and fantasy literature. The Society sponsors anannual Mythopoeic Conference (Mythcon), Discussion and Special InterestGroups, the Mythopoeic Awards, and three periodical publications."
  • Audio and videos with transcripts of PBS NewsHour reports on contemporary poets and poetry.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Introduction to pulp fiction collecting. Includes a guide to genres, fiction titles placed in yearly historical context, and other web links.
  • 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.
  • Includes 3,162 English poems by 500 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "Sisters in Crime is an international organization of writers, readers, booksellers, librarians, agents, editors, reviewers and teachers interested in promoting the work of women mystery writers."
  • Subversion is an interactive community and online magazine for readers of romance novels.
  • Interviews with horror authors, and a number of relevant articles with bibliographies.
  • Site dedicated to crime, mystery, and fantastic fiction. Features bibliographies, reviews, author profiles, in addition to News, Views, Events, Interviews, Awards.
  • This colelction "is comprised of well over 25,000 pulp-fiction books and magazines. The earliest date from the 1940s. The Collection contains hundreds of paperbacks from this period, and thousands from the 1950s and 1960s. Many of these never appeared in hardcover. The remainder are paperback originals published in the 1970s and 1980s. Detective and mystery stories make up the largest part of the Collection, followed by science fiction paperbacks and magazines." From Special Collections, University Libraries, University at Buffalo.
  • Features almost 6000 links to science fiction web resources.
  • An undergraduate site "designed to help you develop strategies for reading and understanding plays, as well as to find ideas and develop them in writing."
  • Concordances of poetry by Shelley, Coleridge, Keats, Blake, Wordsworth, and Hopkins.
  • A website devoted to the 30-year history of this influential pulp magazine, which published the likes of H. P Lovecraft,Ray Bradbury, Robert Howard, Robert Bloch, Manly Wade Wellman, Donald Wandrei, and even TennesseeWilliams.
  • Organization "founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West and Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the western field."
  • Describes the elements of a story, including plot, point of view, characters, setting, and theme, using as an example A Jury of Her Peers, by Susan Glaspell.
  • Chronicles classic lesbian pulp fiction of the 1950s and early 1960s. From the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University.
  • Companion to a course at the University of Evansville features links to interviews and other information concerning a dozen women authors in the field.
  • Pointers to resources in over 50 countries for professionals, amateurs, academics and students. Includes a keyword search. The General Organizations and Resources and Theatre Image Collections Online categories are most helpful.

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