General Sources

Advanced Placement Digital Library-English APDL is a collection of Internet resources that have been reviewed for their educational merit in an AP* or Pre-AP*

American Rhetoric Site dedicated to Public Communication of all kinds and includes a Speech Bank, Movie Speeches, Audio Figures of Speech

Classic Reader - Read, research and annotate classic literature.  NOTE:  There is a lot of advertisement on this page however, if the links in the top blue banner are clicked it will direct you to actual full text literature at no cost.

Literary Resources on the Net - Especially helpful with American and English literature.

Librarians Index to the Internet - Literature link

Literary Market Place - keyword search capabilities for publishers, literary agents, trade services, and resources.

Literature Awards - for children's books, fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry, science fiction, horror, drama, mystery, fantasy, etc. There are now over 200 Literature Awards listed on this site!

MIT Libraries Literature Resources - Internet resources dealing primarily with American and English literature.

Online Literary Criticism Collection - search by author, work, or period to find links to online criticism, biographical information, and links to web sites about specific authors or works or literature.

Paris Review - over 50 years of literary wisdom rolled up in 300 Writers-at-Work interviews, now available online—free.

Publishers' Bindings Online, 1815 - 1930: The Art of Books. Publishers' Bindings Online (PBO) is an Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant-funded collaborative digital project that provides virtual access to a collection of decorative book bindings from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Developed by the libraries of The University of Alabama and The University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Voice of the Shuttle - searchable site of humanities web pages. 

WordNet- is a large lexical database of English


Children's Literature

The Surlalune Fairy Tale Page - A portal to the realm of fairy tale and folklore studies featuring 26 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, and over 1,000 illustrations.

The Surlalune Fairy Tale Illustration Gallery - On this site you will find over 1,000 illustrations of popular fairy tales by over 30 illustrators.



Internet Collections of Literary Works

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts - collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.

The American Verse Project (Pre 1920 American Poetry) - an electronic archive of volumes of poetry from the University of Michigan.

British Poetry 1780-1910 (A hypertext archive of scholarly editions) from the University of Virginia.

Classics at the Online Literature Library - full-text works listed by author.

Electronic Texts - Expansive lists of full-text sites.

The English Server from Carnegie Mellon University - Here you will find humanities texts categorized by broad topics.

An Index of Poets in Representative Poetry Online - alphabetical list of poets and full-text works.

Project Gutenberg - Collection of over 38,000  texts browsable by title or author.

Sonnet Central - English language sonnets searchable by author name or period of literature.


Internet Collections by Genre or Time Period
18th Century

A Dictionary of Sensibility


Alabama Authors and Their Works 20th Century


OzLit - guide and links to information on Australian literature.

Children's Literature

Learning About the Author and Illustrator Pages

Young Adult Literature

Children's Literature Web Guide

"The Story Place" - The Children's Digital Library - stories and activities for children.

Classical and Medieval Literature

The Internet Classics Archive - Searchable collection of 440 classical texts.

Project Perseus - Digital library of resources for studying the ancient world.

Old English @ University of Virginia - Resources for the study of Old English and Anglo-Saxon England.

Medieval Resources - Large list of Internet sites.

The Labyrinth - Resources for Medieval studies.

Online Medieval and Classical Library - collection of works from Medieval and Classical civilization.

Medieval (Old and Middle English) - search Medieval from Voice of the Shuttle web site. 

TEAMS Middle English Texts - Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages

Environment and Literature

ASLE Online - Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. Covers genres of literary nonfiction, nature poetry, and environmental fiction.


Legends - King Author, Fairy Tales, Robin Hood, Ballads, and folktales from around the world.


The Gothic: materials for study


Project Runeburg - Collection of electronic editions of Nordic literature.


Poetry Foundation

Poetry Slam, Inc.

Popular Literature

Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls - descriptions of Stanford University's 8,000-item Dime Novel and Story Paper Collection. Includes history of the genre, other collection locations, and images of book covers.


Romantics- web links from Voice of the Shuttle web site. Southern

Library of Southern Literature- includes a wide range of literary works of the American South published before 1924.


Victorian Studies on the Web

Victorian - web links from Voice of the Shuttle web site.

The Victorian Web


Celebration of Women Writers

The Brown University Women Writers Project - Women's writing in English before 1830.

Women's Resources on the Internet - Biography and literature links are good sources of information.



Specific Authors and Words

Learning About the Author and Illustrator Pages - lists of several authors and WWW sites with information.

Austen, Jane

The Jane Austen Information Page


Electronic Beowulf

Blake, William

The William Blake Page - Biographical material, texts, and paintings.

Borges, Jorge Luis

The Garden of Forking Paths - This Borges site includes biographical information.

Buck, Pearl S.

Pearl S. Buck - biographical information, photographs, news of interest, and bibliographies.

Burns, Robert

Burns Country - Poetry, discussion, links to other Burns sites.


International Byron Society - works, chronology, bibliography, etc.

Chaucer, Geoffrey

Geoffrey Chaucer Website

New Chaucer Society

Crane, Stephen

Stephen Crane-Perspectives in American Literature @ Califonia State Unversity Stanislaus 

Dante, (Dante Alighieri)

Renaissance Dante in Print - Chronology, images from original editions, etc. 

Dante Alighieri-Stanford Dictionary of Philosophy 

Eco, Umberto

Porta Ludovica - Biography, criticism, images, bibliography, etc.

Faulkner, William

William Faulkner on the Web

Fitzgerald, F.Scott

F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary

Hemingway, Ernest

Hemingway Collection - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Joyce, James

James Joyce Centre

London, Jack

Jack London Online Collection

Marquez, Gabriel Jose Garcia

Macondo - biographical material, photos, paintings, bibliography, etc.

Poe, Edgar Allen

Qrisse's Edgar Allen Poe Pages - bio, criticism, related links, plus the site is searchable.

Shakespeare, William

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Web

Shelley, Mary

Hail Mary Shelley & Exercise Untried With Resources of the Mind

My Hideous Progeny: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Mary Wollestonecraft Shelley Chronology

Twain, Mark

Mark Twain Resources on the WWW

Mining Co. - Twain Resources

Mark Twain- site for the PBS film directed by Ken Burns

Official Mark Twain site

Wharton, Edith

The Edith Wharton Society

Whitman, Walt

The Walt Whitman Hypertext Archive

Williams, Tennessee

Tennessee Williams- biography from the Mississippi Writers Project

Wolfe, Thomas

Thomas Wolfe - Biography (North Carolina Writers Network)

Wordsworth, William

Complete poetical works by William Wordsworth

For even more authors, check out the links below!

Native North American Authors


Online Full Text Periodicals


Miscellaenous Sites

Literary Calendar - an Almanac of Literary Information.

Spark Notes - study guides on literature and literary works