Andre Breton Page - Biography, portraits, bibliography, excerpts from selected texts.
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books - Known primarily as a historian, literary critic, and translator (he put out "new versions" of the Arabian Nights and of the Iliad and the Odyssey), Andrew Lang collected and adapted dozens of fairy tales in a veritable rainbow of books between 1889 and 1907, including The Blue Fairy Book, with his wife, Leonora Blanche Lang), The Red Fairy Book, The Yellow Fairy Book, The Orange Fairy Book, and The Red Book of Animal Stories. As an influential critic with a column in Longman's magazine, Lang advocated romance over realism. In this critical capacity, he championed Robert Louis Stevenson and H. Rider Haggard, with whom he collaborated on The World's Desire, a "sequel" to The Odyssey, in 1890. While the bulk of Lang's output was for adults (and highly educated adults at that), his interest in fairy tales and other childhood mythologies represents an important strain in Victorian thought, in which fantasy and imagination were recognized as important seats of learning and education.
Arthur Conan Doyle's Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle's entire Sherlock Holmes works. The canon includes all the stories and novels listed on this page in a single document. Downloadable in various formats, for free.
Athol Fugard - South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director who writes in English, best known for his political plays opposing the South African system of apartheid and for the 2005 Academy-Award winning film of his novel Tsotsi, directed by Gavin Hood.
Arthur Miller Society - Promotes the study of Arthur Miller and his work. Events page includes calls for papers, conferences, performances, appearances, and articles.
Authors on the Web - Dedicated to providing information about authors and author websites. Author interviews, reading lists, trivia games and fast facts about authors.
Authorized Paul Bowles Website - This site is authorized by Paul Bowles' literary and musical heirs and provides accurate information on his life and works, including a biography of Paul Bowles, information on his novels, books, short stories, translations, music and scores, documentaries, memoirs, photographs by Cherie Nutting and others, a biography of Jane Bowles and important resources and links.
B. Traven - Enigmatic author B. Traven lived in Mexico, wrote in German and kept his identity a closely-guarded secret. UC Riverside's Special Collections Library has one of the world's finest collections of published and unpublished materials by and about Traven.
Brautigan Archives - Biographical and bibliographical information about North American author Richard Brautigan. Links are provided to online samples of Brautigan's work and international websites devoted to Brautigan.
Browning Letters, The - Correspondence written and received by the Victorian poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Featuring materials from the collection of the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University and the holdings of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the letters in this collection are browsable and searchable by date, author, and first line of text.
Charles Fletcher Lummis - This site is maintained by Mark Thompson, author of American Character, a biography of Charles Fletcher Lummis. In 1884, he walked from Ohio to California in a pair of knickerbockers and street shoes to take a job as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He gained a national following with weekly letters about his escapades along the way. A New England Yankee by birth, he gained a deep appreciation for both the natural beauty and cultural diversity of the Southwest, where he remained for the rest of his life. Charles Fletcher Lummis, almost always attired in his trademark well-worn, dark green, Spanish-style corduroy suit, soiled sombrero and red Navajo sash, went on to become one of the most famous and colorful personalities of his day as a book author, magazine editor, archaeologist, preserver of Spanish missions, advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt and a crusader for civil rights for American Indians, Hispanics and other minority groups.
Christopher Marlowe: Complete Works - Included here are all of Marlowe's plays, his two known poetic works, Hero and Leander and The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, his translations of Ovid and Lucan, and the short miscellaneous works attributed to Marlowe, a dedicatory epistle to Mary, the Countess of Pembroke and the epitaph on Sir Roger Manwood.
Complete Works of William Shakespeare - Plays, poems and sonnets. Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays and over 150 short and long poems, many of which are considered to be the finest ever written in English.
Dante: Renaissance in Print - This exhibition presents Renaissance editions of Dante's Divine Comedy from the Dante Collection at the University of Notre Dame together with selected treasures from The Newberry Library.
Decameron Web - Hypermedia archive of materials dedicated to Boccacio's masterpiece.
Diary of Samuel Pepys - From 1 January 2003 you can read an entry from Samuel Pepys' diary here each day. The text used for this website comes from the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley. It is available free from Project Gutenberg and these search results pages list all texts available.
Dickens Journals Online - Online edition of Dickens's weekly magazines, Household Words and All the Year Round. In their day, these were phenomenally popular journals, which not only carried instalments of such well known novels as Great Expectations, Hard Times, North and South, and The Woman in White, but also poetry, investigative journalism, travel writing, popular science, history, and political comment.
Dr. Seuss - Official site: Seussville. Also see Wikipedia: Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist most widely known for his children's books written under the pen names Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg and, in one case, Rosetta Stone. He published 46 children's books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of trisyllabic meter. His most celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
Edgar Allen Poe - A selective list of online literary criticism for the nineteenth-century American poet and story writer Edgar Allan Poe, with links to reliable biographical and introductory material and signed, peer-reviewed, and scholarly literary criticism. Also see:
Electronic Texts for the Study of American Culture - Henry Adams, Jane Addams, Sherwood Anderson, Edward Bellamy, Ambrose Bierce, Anne Bradstreet, H. H. Brackenridge, James Branch Cabell, Benjamin Cardozo, Stuart Chase, James Fenimore Cooper, Stephen Crane, Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur, Alexis de Tocqueville, Thomas Dewey, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Charles Dickens, John DosPassos, Theodore Dreiser, W.E.B. DuBois, T.S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Federalist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Frost, Hamlin Garland, Emma Goldman, Joel Chandler Harris, Ernest Hemingway, Dubose Heyward, Zora Neale Hurston, Harriet Wilson, Harriet Jacobs, Henry James, William James, D. H. Lawrence, Walter Lippman, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Herman Melville, Thomas Paine, V. L. Parrington, Francis Parkman, Edgar Allan Poe, Constance Rourke, Mary Anne Sadlier, Gilbert Seldes, Upton Sinclair, Gertrude Stein, Sojurner Truth, Frederick Jackson Turner, Mark Twain, Thorstein Veblen, Henry David Thoreau, Booker T. Washington, Max Weber, Owen Wister, William Wells Brown.
Eliot Weinberger - Eliot Weinberger was born in 1949 in New York City, where he still lives. He is the primary translator of Octavio Paz into English. His anthology American Poetry Since 1950: Innovators and Outsiders (1993) was a bestseller in Mexico, and his edition of Jorge Luis Borges's Selected Non-Fictions (1999) received the National Book Critics Circle prize for criticism. In 1992, he was given PEN's first Gregory Kolovakos Award for his work in promoting Hispanic literature in the United States, and in 2000 he was the first American literary writer to be awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by the government of Mexico.
Ellroy - Official page to the crime fiction of James Ellroy.
eOneill - Electronic forum and archive devoted to the American playwright, Eugene O'Neill.
Eugene O'Neill: Louis Sheaffer O'Niell Collection - The Sheaffer-O'Neill Collection is an archive of the life and works of Eugene O'Neill formed by author Louis Sheaffer's work on his acclaimed two-volume biography, O'Neill, Son and Playwright and O'Neill, Son and Artist. The success of Sheaffer's biography derives in large part from the extensive research he carried out over some twenty years, and the detailed picture of O'Neill that emerged. The Collection is located in the Department of Special Collections of the Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut College.
Hemingway Papers - The legendary writer's reporting from the Toronto Star archives, featuring historical annotations by William McGeary, a former editor who researched Hemingway's columns extensively for the newspaper, along with new insight and analysis from the Star's team of Hemingway experts.
Folger Shakespeare Library - Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.
Foucault Pages - Dedicated to exploring the work of French philosopher and social critic Michel Foucault.
Chaucer Theatre - The mission of Geoffrey Chaucer & Co. is to bring the riches and depth of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and related works to the widest audiences possible through performances that exemplify the highest artistic qualities. located in San Rafael, California.
George Orwell - Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 - 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was a British author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense, revolutionary opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language and a belief in democratic socialism. Considered perhaps the twentieth century's best chronicler of English culture, Orwell wrote fiction, polemical journalism, literary criticism and poetry. He is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (published in 1949) and the satirical novella Animal Farm (1945). They have together sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author. His Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences as a volunteer on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War, together with his numerous essays on politics, literature, language and culture, are widely acclaimed. Also see:
Georges Simenon - Belgian-born French novelist, one of the most skilled and literate writers of detective fiction. Simenon is best known as the creator of Paris police detective Inspector Maigret. The Maigret books focus on the circumstances and stresses that compel one person to murder another. They are written in a spare, undecorated style. Simenon described them as sketches, comparable to the sort of things a painter does for his pleasure or for preliminary studies. Also see Simenon's Inspector Maigret and The Paris Review Interview. Online bio by Lucille Frackman Beckerhere.
Hamlet on the Ramparts - A public website designed and maintained by the MIT Shakespeare Project in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library and other institutions. We aim to provide free access to an evolving collection of texts, images, and film relevant to Hamlet's first encounter with the Ghost.
Henry James Correspondence - Database of all known letters written by Henry James along with brief biographical information on recipients of the letters.
Henry Miller Library - Championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist and Big Sur resident Henry Miller. The Library also serves as a cultural resource center, functioning as a public gallery / performance / workshop space for artists, writers, musicians and students.
Holloway Pages, The: Shakespeare Page - The highlights of this site are digital facsimiles of Much Ado About Nothing and Love's Labour's Lost, extracted from a broken-up copy of the Second Folio of Shakespeare's works, published in 1632.
Honore de Balzac - French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and plays collectively entitled La Comedie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoleon I in 1815. Balzac was a highly conservative Royalist; in many ways, he is the antipode to Victor Hugo's democratic republicanism. Nevertheless, his keen insight regarding working class conditions earned him the esteem of many Socialists and Marxists. He was the favorite writer of Engels. Balzac's writings may be found at Project Gutenberg and at the Internet Archive. Also see:
Hugo von Hofmannsthal Resource Center - Hofmannsthal is one of the preeminent German-language poets, dramatists, and essayists of this century. This site takes a more in-depth look into the man, his works, and his time.
Huxley File, The - Resources concerning T.H. Huxley. Site created by Charles Blinderman, Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of Biology, and David Joyce, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Clark University.
In Search of Shakespeare - A four-part PBS TV series [now on DVD] exploring the life of the world's greatest and most famous writer. Episode One, introduces the dark side of Queen Elizabeth's police state - in a time of surveillance, militarism and foreign wars. Shakespeare lived through the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, the colonization of the New World and the beginnings of British power in America. But most important, he also saw at first hand England's Cultural Revolution; an enforced split with the old medieval English spirit world which was to lead the English people into a brave new Protestant future. A split that Michael Wood argues defined Shakespeare's life. Shot documentary style, on and off stage, the successors of Shakespeare's company give us a magical glimpse into how it was done: playing scenes from all Shakespeare's great shows in Tudor Guildhalls, Royal Palaces like Hampton Court, and even in broad daylight, in a surviving intact inn yard in Gloucester, to see what it was like to play in the conditions they did.
Ishmael Reed - Author of over twenty titles including the acclaimed novel Mumbo Jumbo, as well as essays, plays and poetry. Titles include: The Freelance Pallbearers; The Terrible Threes; The Last Days Of Louisiana Red; Yellow Back Radio Broke Down; Reckless Eyeballing; Flight To Canada; Japanese By Spring; The Complete Muhammad Ali. Also see Poets.org and Wikipedia.
James Fenimore Cooper Society - Promotes the study of the life and works of James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851). Encourages enjoyment of Cooper's 32 novels, appreciation of his ideas. Provides useful information to students, scholars, and readers.
James Joyce Center - Promoting an understanding of the life and works of James Joyce and aims to provide a unique, personal view of the man, his work and his minutely observed origins.
Jose Saramago - Portuguese novelist, poet, playwright, journalist and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor. Harold Bloom described Saramago as "a permanent part of the Western canon". A proponent of anarchist communism, Saramago came into conflict with groups such as the Catholic Church. He was an atheist who defended love as an instrument to improve the human condition. Also see Paris Review interview.
Jules Verne - French Breton author who pioneered the science-fiction genre. He is best known for novels such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1870), Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translated individual author in the world, according to Index Translationum. Some of his books have been made into films. Verne, along with Hugo Gernsback and H. G. Wells, is often popularly referred to as the Father of Science Fiction. Also see:
Ken Kesey - American writer, who gained world fame with his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962, filmed 1975). Kesey became a counterculture hero and a guru of psychedelic drugs in the 1960s, along with Timothy Leary. Kesey has been called a 'Pied Piper' who changed the beat generation into the hippie movement.
Kenneth Patchen - Dedicated to Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972): poet, painter and pacifist.
Kenneth Rexroth Archive - Devoted to writings by and about poet, essayist, social critic and Renaissance man, Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982). The emphasis is on his out-of-print works (especially his numerous essays, articles and reviews), but includes selections from some in-print works.
Kipling Society - One of the most active and enduring literary societies in Britain and the only one which focuses on Rudyard Kipling and his place in English Literature.
Laurie Stone - Author of My Life as an Animal, Stories (TriQuarterly Books, Northwestern University Press), the novel Starting with Serge (Doubleday), and the essay collection Laughing in the Dark (Ecco). She is editor of and contributor to the memoir anthology Close to the Bone (Grove). A longtime writer for the Village Voice (1974-1999), she has been theater critic for The Nation and critic-at-large on Fresh Air.
Lew Welch - In 1965, Welch began teaching a poetry workshop offered through the Extension Program of the University of California at Berkeley. Despite his burgeoning success, Welch's bouts with depression and heavy drinking continued. After the breakup of another relationship in 1971 Welch returned to the mountains. On May 23, 1971, Gary Snyder went up to Welch's campsite and found a suicide note in Welch's truck. Despite an extensive search, Welch's body was never recovered.
Louis Carroll Society of North America - Dedicated to furthering Carroll studies, increasing accessibility of research material, and maintaining public awareness of Carroll's contributions to society.
Louise Bryant - This web site contains the complete unpublished manuscript of, Louise Bryant - An Informal Biography of an Activist by William M. Greene. It was written during the 1970's by Greene and was used in part by Warren Beatty for historical information in the making of the Academy Award winning movie, Reds starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
Mahmoud Darwish - Well-regarded Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet. Also see Wikipedia article.
Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo - Well known husband and wife team of detective writers from Sweden. Together they conceived and wrote a series of ten novels (police procedurals) about the exploits of detectives from the homicide section of the Stockholm police department in which the character of Martin Beck was the main protagonist. Both authors also wrote novels separately. For the Martin Beck series, they plotted and researched each book together then wrote alternate chapters.
Proust Ink - Devoted to studying and celebrating the life and works of Marcel Proust.
Radio Proust - Created by journalist and educator Larry Bensky in 2007. It is designed to explore many aspects of the life and works of French author Marcel Proust (1871-1922).
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) - Published when Cervantes was fifty-eight years old, his oft-quoted burlesque of 16th century Spanish society, Don Quixote de la Mancha, explores the universal themes of human nature "Every man is as Heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse." (ibid). Don Quixote exerted a profound influence on European literature--it was published to great success and widely lauded for its satire of existing tales of chivalry and 'mischief'. Also see:
Mississippi Writers Page - A showcase for the many writers, both past and present, who have called the Magnolia state home. Biographies of the writers, information about their books and other publications, and bibliographies of other information sources (including literary criticism) are among the features available here.
Official Website of Mark Twain - In a technological twist that Samuel Langhorne Clemens might have relished, nearly 100 years after his death (April 12, 1910) Mark Twain has an official website. Includes a brief biography, fast facts, list of writings, photos, and quotes about and by Twain (such as "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."). Includes links to related sites. From the Estate of Mark Twain.
Oxford Shakespeare - This 1914 Oxford edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare ranks among the most authoritative published this century. The 37 plays, 154 sonnets and miscellaneous verse constitute the unrivaled literary cornerstone of Western civilization.
Patricia Highsmith (Wikipedia entry) - American novelist known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers. She acquired world renown for Strangers on a Train, which has been adapted to the screen a number of times, most famously by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951, and for her Ripliad series of books on the character of Thomas Ripley. She also wrote many short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humor.
Paul Blackburn - Blackburn is primarily a poet of New York City life. In his preface to Blackburn's Against the Silences (1980), Creeley acknowledges that Blackburn was "a far more accomplished craftsman." Of their first meeting Creeley writes, "I remember him showing me his edition of Yeats's Collected Poems with his extraordinary marginal notes, tracking rhythms, patterns of sounds, in short the whole tonal construct of the writing." Throughout his career other poets praised Blackburn highly for his understanding of the craft. In Big Table (Spring 1960), Paul Carroll wrote, "I don't suppose any poet our age handles a single line, a stanza, a whole poem with his skill and grace." Chief among Blackburn's longer works are The Selection of Heaven (1980) and The Journals (1975).
Philip K. Dick - Official site. Philip Dick (December 16, 1928 - March 2, 1982) was an American science fiction novelist and short story writer. Dick explored sociological, political and metaphysical themes in novels dominated by monopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments, and altered states. In his later works, Dick's thematic focus strongly reflected his personal interest in metaphysics and theology. He often drew upon his own life experiences and addressed the nature of drug use, paranoia and schizophrenia, and mystical experiences in novels such as A Scanner Darkly and VALIS. See Wikipedia article.
PlayShakespeare.com - Shakespeare resource providing high-quality plays, reviews, a discussion forum, a download library, and the latest Bard news -- all free.
Philip Roth Society - Devoted to the study and the appreciation of the writings of Philip Roth. Its goal is to encourage the exchange of ideas and texts concerning this most significant author through discussions, panel presentations at scholarly conferences, and journal publications.
Poets and Writers Directory - A biennial publication used by writers, agents, editors, reading series coordinators, and others to contact authors for professional opportunities or personal correspondence.
Richard F. Burton (1821-1890) - Adventurer, linguist, scholar, swordsman, rogue, deviant, genius. This site intends to provide everything known to be written by Burton. Most of the major books are available in full, as are nearly 200 of Burton's journal articles and pamphlets, which are often very hard to find. Also see Wikipedia and Project Gutenberg.
Richard Feynman - Dedicated to the Nobel prize winning physicist. One of his best works is Surely You Are Joking Mr. Feynman.
Robert Benchley Society - For appreciation and discussion of the work and life of 20th century American humorist Robert Banchley.
Robert Burns Tribute - Robert Burns is Scotland's best-loved bard and Burns Suppers have been held in his honour for over 200 years. This site gives you the complete guide to Robert Burns the man, his poems, his travels, haggis, whisky and more.
Robert Duncan - Information source for materials and writings related to the American poet Robert Duncan, 1919-1988. Also visit Penn Sound for audio poetry readings and lectures.
Samuel Beckett's Postmodern Fictions (Brian Finney) - This is what Beckett's fictions do. Each one starts out anew, inventing its rules as it goes along. Its subject is itself, the narrating voice creating a world out of language. Before, between and after the jabber of words that constitute the fiction is silence. How to express silence through sound? Beckett is preoccupied with this dilemma from the beginning of his career. Unlike pigment and musical notes, words signify beyond any writer's control. "Is there any reason,Beckett asks a friend in 1937, "why that terrible arbitrary materiality of the word's surface should not be permitted to dissolve?" As an avant-garde writer Beckett fretted from the start of his career over the inescapable signification that accompanies the words he wants to use abstractly. In a world deprived of meaning how can the linguistic artist express this meaninglessness with words that necessarily convey meaning? How can he produce what he called a "literature of the unword?" Throughout his long writing life Beckett conducted a war on words that led him to startling innovations in form and language.
Sonia Sanchez - Sanchez formed a writers' workshop in Greenwich Village, attended by such poets as Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Haki R. Madhubuti (Don L. Lee), and Larry Neal. Along with Madhubuti, Nikki Giovanni, and Etheridge Knight, she formed the "Broadside Quartet" of young poets, introduced and promoted by Dudley Randall. She married and divorced Albert Sanchez, a Puerto Rican immigrant whose surname she has used when writing, and the poet Etheridge Knight, with whom she had three children. During the early 1960s she was an integrationist, supporting the philosophy of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). But after considering the ideas of Black Muslim leader Malcolm X, who believed blacks would never be truly accepted by whites in the United States, she focused more on her black heritage from a separatist point of view. Sanchez began teaching in the San Francisco area in 1965 and was a pioneer in developing black studies courses at what is now San Francisco State University, where she was an instructor from 1968 to 1969. In 1971 she joined the Nation of Islam, but by 1976 she had left the Nation, largely because of its repression of women. Sonia Sanchez is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry.
T. Coraghessan Boyle - Author of After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), The Human Fly (2005), Talk Talk (2006), The Women (2009), Wild Child (2010), When the Killing's Done (2011) and San Miguel (2012). Many of Boyle's novels and short stories explore the baby boom generation, its appetites, joys, and addictions. His themes, such as the often-misguided efforts of the male hero and the slick appeal of the anti-hero, appear alongside brutal satire, humor, and magical realism. His fiction also explores the ruthlessness and the unpredictability of nature and the toll human society unwittingly takes on the environment. See Wikipedia and NYT Books.
Thomas Paine - The Thomas Paine National Historical Association, founded January 29, 1884 in New York City, is among the oldest historical associations in the United States. Its mission is to educate the world about the life, times and works of Thomas Paine. Site includes full search of the major and minor works and letters of Thomas Paine.
William Morris Exhibition at the University of Texas at Austin - Incorporates selected images derived from the recent Ransom Center exhibit which contained over seventy-five items, including manuscripts of William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, D.G. Rossetti, examples of the Kelmscott Press's work, and four pastels by Rossetti.
William Morris Society (UK) - This site is devoted to William Morris (1834-96), the British craftsman, designer, writer, typographer, and Socialist. It presents news of Morris-related events and publications; information about the worldwide William Morris Society; materials relating to the life and work of Morris, his friends, and followers; and links to other places of interest on the Internet.
Absolute Shakespeare - Information on William Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, biography and the legendary Globe Theatre.
Shakespeare Electronic Archive - Now available at MIT, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, this research archive includes images of all pages of the Shakespeare First Folio of 1623, including all press variants, all copies of Hamlet First Quarto (1603) and Second Quarto (1604/5), 1500 works of Hamlet art and illustration, and several digitized Hamlet films, including the Forbes-Robertson silent film (1913), the Ragnar Lyth Swedish TV film (1982), and the filmed record of the Richard Burton theater production, directed by John Gielgud (1964).
Shakespeare Illustrated - A work in progress, explores nineteenth-century paintings, criticism and productions of Shakespeare's plays and their influences on one another.
Shakespeare Online - Shakespeare information, including free play analysis, Shakespeare's biography, essays, answers to common Shakespeare questions, and a Shakespearean glossary.
Shakespeare Photographs (1870-1982) - Includes approximately 400 images from publicity photographs featuring regional production companies: Cleveland's Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada and others; New York stage productions; motion pictures; and televised productions including several highly praised series (The Shakespeare Plays, Hallmark Hall of Fame, etc.). Notable actors and artists include: Judith Anderson, Peggy Ashcroft, Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Katherine Cornell, Maurice Evans, John Gielgud, Leslie Howard, Rudolf Nureyev, Laurence Olivier, Leontyne Price, Paul Robeson, and Maggie Smith
Shakespeare in Quarto - On this site you will find the British Library's 93 copies of the 21 plays by William Shakespeare printed in quarto before the theatres were closed in 1642.
Shakespeare Resource Center - Collected links from all over the World Wide Web. Maintained by J. M. Pressley, who has a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts and an M.A. in Writing, both from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois
William Shakespeare - A KWSnet collection of of Shakespearean theatre and literary resources, including regional and international theatre productions and performances.
World Shakespeare Bibliography Online - Provides annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced between 1969 and mid-2002. The scope is international, with coverage extending to more than 92 languages and representing every country in North America, South America, and Europe, and nearly every country in Asia, Africa, and Australasia. The more than 83,267 records in this version cite several hundred thousand additional reviews of books, productions, films, and audio recordings.
World of Jack London - For Jack London scholars and fans. Includes a collection of online texts of London's books and short stories, photos, biography, ranch home, unpublished poems, and links to additional resources.
Works of John Donne - Songs and Sonnets, Epithalamions, or Marriage Songs, Elegies, Divine Poems, Letters to Several Personages, Epicedes and Obsequies, Epigrams, Satires, Infinitati Sacrum (Metempsychosis), The Anniversaries, Latin Poems and Translations, Ignatius His Conclave (1611), Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624), Sermons, and Other Works.
A Celebration of Women Writers - Promotes awareness of the breadth and variety of women's writing. Comprehensive listing of links to biographical and bibliographical information about women writers, and complete published books written by women.
a.k.a. - Author pseudonyms, aliases, nicknames, working names, legalized names, pen names, noms des plumes, maiden names.
Classics at the Online Literature Library - Works by Aesop, James Matthew Barrie, L. Frank Baum, Anne Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Wilkie Collins, Stephen Crane, Charles Darwin, Honore de Balzac, Rene Descartes, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexandre Dumas, Thomas Hughes, William Kemp, Jack London, John Milton, Lucy Maud Montgomery, E. Phillips Oppenheim, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, and Voltaire.
Dial-A-Poem Poets - In 1961 John Giorno was a young poet who hung out with young artists like Andy Warhol, Bob Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, as well as with members of the Judson Dance Theatre. The use of modern mass media and technologies by these artists made him realize that poetry was 75 years behind painting and sculpture, dance and music. And he thought, if they can do it, why can't I do it for poetry. Why not try to connect with an audience using all the entertainments of ordinary life: television, the telephone, record albums, etc? It was the poet's job to invent new venues and make fresh contact with the audience. The results are now online via UbuWeb:
English Literature: Early 17th Century (1603-1660) - The earlier seventeenth century, and especially the period of the English Revolution (1640-60), was a time of intense ferment in all areas of life - religion, science, politics, domestic relations, culture. That ferment was reflected in the literature of the era, which also registered a heightened focus on and analysis of the self and the personal life.
Exiled Writers Ink - Writers in exile. Publications, projects, biogaphies and sample writings and other works.
Gnook - A self-adapting community system based on the gnod engine. Discover new writers you will like, travel the map of literature and discuss your favorite books and authors.
Interviews by Don Swain - Listen to the voices of many of the best writers of the English language. These uncut, behind-the-scenes interviews were the foundation of Don Swaim's long-running CBS Radio show, Book Beat. Wired for Books makes these recordings available in their entirety.
La Boheme - From Literary Kicks. Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Henry Murger, Marcel Proust, William Blake, Charles Baudelaire, and more.
Light and Dust Anthology of Poetry - This site includes visual poetry and other work presented in whole or in part in graphics files, from Charles Alexander to Karl Young. An ongoing, pluralistic anthology of contemporary poetry.
Modern Word - A large network of literary sites dedicated to exploring twentieth century writers who have pushed the envelope of traditional narrative and structure. This includes many writers associated with Modernism, surrealism, "magical realism," and postmodernism. Its mandate includes both writers who have experimented with prose styles and narrative conventions, such as Joyce, Burroughs, or Pynchon, and those who use literary techniques to frame alternate ways of perceiving reality, such as Borges and Philip K. Dick. See:
Penn Sound - University of Pennsylvania's Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing's ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives. Documentation about individual recordings as possible; new bibliographic information will be added over time. See extraordianary list of authors represented.
Poets - Browse collection of over 500 poet biographies, 1400 poems, and 100 audio clips. Maintained by the Academy of American Poets.
Walter Benjamin Research Syndicate - An on-line research resource for individuals interested in the writings and the ongoing critical theory of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). This site maintains a collection of resource information on some of Benjamin's writings, as well as current essays about Benjamin, his work, and the work of some of his close contemporaries.
Wired for Books - Features author interviews, spoken poetry and stories, and children's literature, in text, pictures, and streaming audio and video.
Write Stuff, The - Interviews with writers, including: Kathy Acker, Mark Amerika, Martin Amis, Don Bajema, Nicholson Baker, Bruce Benderson, Rex Bruce, Dennis Cooper, Douglas Coupland, Kathryn Cramer, Rikki Ducornet, Bret Easton Ellis, Eurudice, Raymond Federman, Mary Gaitskill, Spalding Gray, Richard Grossman, Stewart Home, Paul Krassner, George Landow, Jonathan Lethem, Mark Leyner, Geert Lovink, Cris Mazza, Larry McCaffery, Ted Mooney, Colin Newman, Jeff Noon, Marcos Novak, Sadie Plant, Doug Rice, Avital Ronell, Steven Shaviro, John Shirley, Leslie Marmon Silko, Christopher Sorrentino, Gilbert Sorrentino, Terry Southern, Ron Sukenick, Gregory Ulmer, William T. Vollmann, Ania Walwicz, Curtis White, Paul Williams, Stephen Wright and others.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 125,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search within individual pages.
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My Zotero Library provides news articles, primary and secondary sources, and bibliographic information for your research. More information on Zotero – a powerful, easy-to-use research tool – can be found at its site. Also recommended, subscribe to My Zotero Library RSS content for the latest updates.
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KWSnet may be contacted via email with any comments, suggestions or link submissions. KWSnet is designed and maintained, in its entirety, by Kirk W. Smith.