Aesop's Fables - Traditional Aesop's fables placed alongside retellings in a modern setting.
Allreaders - Search by any element of plot, theme, character, or setting.
Arabian Nights - Various translations of the Arabian Nights, including Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, Jonathan Scott, John Payne, Andrew Lang, Edward Lane, E. Dixon and more. Also see Burton's The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night complete with introductory explanatory notes and including supplemental edition, as printed by the Burton Club for its private subscribers in 1885-1808.
Art Bin Magazine - Read texts about or by the following people: Jean le Rond d' Alembert, Harry Amster, Anders Andersson, Oskar Andersson, Guillaume Apollinaire, Jane Austen, Ingeborg Bachmann, Francis Bacon, Ludwig van Beethoven, Moshe Benarroch, Anders Berglund, George Berkeley, Ambrose Bierce, Jean-Luc Bitton, Emmanuel Bove, N.I. Bukharin, Edmund Burke, Geoffrey Chaucer, Paulo da Costa, Jeffrey Dane, Dwight Decker, Condesa de Dia, Betty Ehrenborg-Posse, Peter Ejewall, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Banned Books On-Line - Books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts. The books featured here range from Ulysses to Little Red Riding Hood.
Bartleby - Publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction: Great Books Online, Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Theodore Roosevelt, Emily Post, Strunk's Elements of Style, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Fannie Farmer, H.G. Wells, Bulfinch, Frazer, Mencken, Sapir, Einstein, Shakespeare, Brewer, Gray's Anatomy, King James Bible, Usage, Harvard Classics, World Factbook, World's Orations.
Bibliomania - Free online literature with more than 2000 classic texts. Book notes, author biographies, book summaries and reference books. Study guides. Reference books, dictionaries, quotations.
Big Think - Blogs, articles and videos from the world's top thinkers and leaders.
Brain Pickings - Culling and curating cross-disciplinary pieces across art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology.
Books at JSTOR - An initiative to publish scholarly books online. Books will be cross-searchable with the millions of journal articles and primary sources on JSTOR, linked through its vast network of citations, contextualized by more than 1 million book reviews on the platform, and provide an online research experience marked by personalized, user-driven functionality.
Brill Online Books and Journals - Scholarly resource offering the full text of nearly 300,000 book chapters and journal articles, covering the humanities, international law and biology.
Calisphere - University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items - including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts - reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. Calisphere's content has been selected from the libraries and museums of the UC campuses, and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations.
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.
Dial-A-Poem Poets - John Giornno inspired collection of poetry. The record label called Giorno Poetry Systems eventually built up a catalog of 40 titles, ushering poetry onto the radio alongside rock, jazz, etc. for the first time. The Dial-A-Poem service, begun, in 1968, was a huge success.
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.
Digital Book Index - Provides access to more than 65,000 titles records. Gathers commercial and non-commercial eBooks from more than 1800 publishers and private publishing organizations. Titles range from the Ancient Agriculture to Space Flight. An extensive reference section includes more than 2000 dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, glossaries, bibliographies, timelines, chronologies, literary histories, and a section on writing and style guides.
Eclipse - A free on-line archive focusing on digital facsimiles of the most radical small-press writing from the last quarter century. Eclipse also publishes carefully selected new works of book-length conceptual unity.
Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) - Promotes and facilitates the writing and reading of electronic literature, with the ultimate goal of an expanded readership of literature written for electronic media.
esmeralda - Directory of free books and publications available online.
Favorite Poem Project - Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after the Library of Congress appointed him to the post in 1997. Dedicated to celebrating, documenting and promoting poetry's role in Americans' lives.
Fiction Podcast - The New Yorker magazine provides authors reading from their favorite works, interfviews and conversations.
Gold-Bug - A short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Set on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, the plot follows William Legrand, who was recently bitten by a gold-colored bug. The Gold-Bug was an instant success and was the most popular and most widely read of Poe's works during his lifetime. It also helped popularize cryptograms and secret writing. Full text from the Dollar Newspaper (1843).
Golden Treasury - The Golden Treasury of the best songs and lyrical poems in the English language, selected and arranged with notes by Francis Turner Palgrave.
Gustav Myers Books (1872-1942) - American historian, born in Trenton, N.J. He worked on a number of newspapers and magazines in New York City, joined the Populist party and the Social Reform Club, and was a member (1907-12) of the Socialist party. Such books as The History of Tammany Hall (1901, rev. ed. 1917), History of the Great American Fortunes (3 vol., 1910, rev. ed. 1936), and History of the Supreme Court of the United States (1912) were detailed, realistic exposes through which Myers made his reputation in the muckraking era of American literature.
Harvard Classics - Online via the Internet Archive. The Harvard Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909. The most comprehensive and well-researched anthology of all time comprises both the 50-volume '5-foot shelf of books' and the the 20-volume Shelf of Fiction. Together they cover every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century
History of Cardenio - The History of Cardenio - also referred to as Cardenio - is a lost play, known to have been performed by The King's Men, a London theatre company, in 1613. It was attributed to William Shakespeare and John Fletcher in 1653 in a Stationers' Register entry by the bookseller Humphrey Moseley, who was known to have falsely used Shakespeare's name in other such entries and, indeed, in another part of the same entry. Also see:
Double Falshood; or, The Distrest Lovers - An early eighteenth century play by the English writer and playwright Lewis Theobald. Many scholars believe it to be an adaptation of a lost play by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher known as Cardenio.
Index Translationum - Database contains cumulative bibliographical information on books translated and published in a hundred of UNESCO's Member States since 1979 and totaling some 1,300,000 notices in all disciplines: literature, social and human sciences, natural and exact sciences, art, history and so forth. It is planned to update this every quarter.
Issuu - A free digital publishing site that attempts to simulate the experience of reading a print publication online. As a digital newsstand with over 14 million magazines and 70 million active readers, Issuu features leading and emerging titles in fashion, culture, arts, and hyperlocal content, all of which are accessible on any device. Also see how to print or download an article from Issuu.
It Can't Happen Here - A semi-satirical American political novel by Sinclair Lewis published in 1935. Its plot centers around newspaperman Doremus Jessup's struggle against the fascist regime of President Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip. Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, a charismatic and power-hungry politician, is elected President of the United States on a populist platform, promising to restore the country to prosperity and greatness, and, more importantly, promising each citizen $5,000 a year (approximately $79,270, adjusted for inflation). Once in power, however, he becomes a dictator; he outlaws dissent, puts his political enemies in concentration camps, and creates a paramilitary force called the Minute Men who terrorize the citizens. In 1936, Lewis and John C. Moffitt wrote a stage version, also titled It Can't Happen Here, which is still produced. The stage version premiered on October 27, 1936 in several U.S. cities simultaneously, in productions sponsored by the Federal Theater Project.
Langston Hughes' "Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz" - In 1960, the Harlem poet Langston Hughes attended the Newport Jazz Festival and returned home with the kernels for one of his most ambitious poems, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz. The dozen densely packed pieces touched on themes such as the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement, but the crux of the poem focused on the growing hipness of black jazz musicians in the late 1950s and how it contradicted, and even exaggerated in some instances, the racial divide at the time. Perhaps inspired by the performances he witnessed in Newport, Hughes extended his love for jazz to the poems' margins, where he included instructions for an accompanying band, setting Ask Your Mama apart from the rest of his celebrated work as a truly multimedia experience.
Master and Margarita - A web-based multimedia annotation to Bulgakov's Master and Margarita, created by Kevin Moss, Middlebury College. Text, graphic, and audio materials: maps, photographs and commentaries.
McClure's Magazine - An American illustrated monthly periodical popular at the turn of the 20th century. Founded by S.S. McClure and John Sanborn Phillips (1861-1949), fellow classmate of Knox College, in June 1893, the magazine featured political and literary content. It published serialized novels-in-progress, a chapter at a time. In this way, McClure's published such writers as Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, Herminie T. Kavanagh, Willa Cather and Arthur Conan Doyle. Mark Twain also contributed. Several issues of McClure's are online via Project Gutenberg.
Medium - Designed for many people to share their opinions, thoughts, and ideas.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was a French historian and philosopher, associated with the structuralist and post-structuralist movements. He has had strong influence not only (or even primarily) in philosophy but also in a wide range of humanistic and social scientific disciplines.
Miskatonic University - Dedicated to the works of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Robert W. Chambers, Edgar Allan Poe, and others of the arcane tradition.
Moby Dick: Big Read - An online version of Melville's magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown - artists, writers, musicians, scientists and academics - broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.
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. Our 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.
Modernist Journals Project (MJP) - A multi-faceted project that aims to be a major resource for the study of modernism and its rise in the English-speaking world, with periodical literature its central concern. The historical scope of the project has a chronological range of 1890 to 1922 (though the earliest journals that currently appear on the site date from 1896 and 1904), and a geographical range that extends to wherever English language periodicals were published.
My Dinner with Andre - The full screenplay written and performed by Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn.
Naropa University Archive Project - Preserving and providing access to over 5000 hours of recordings made at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The library was developed under the auspices of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (the university's Department of Writing and Poetics) founded in 1974 by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. It contains readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and workshops conducted at Naropa by many of the leading figures of the U.S. literary avant-garde.
Nation Archive - An assemblage of words and images from writers, activists and artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - from the Civil War through the millennium. Contributors include Henry James, Sinclair Lewis, Willa Cather, H.L. Mencken, Upton Sinclair, Margaret Mead, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Bertrand Russell, I.F. Stone, Jean-Paul Sartre, W. H. Auden, Martin Luther King, Jr., Toni Morrison, Gore Vidal, Alexander Cockburn, Katha Pollitt and many more.
O'Reilly: Safari Books Online - Premier electronic reference library for programmers and IT pros. With Safari you can search across more than 4000 leading books simultaneously - to pinpoint just the information you need.
On-Line Books Page - A directory of over 12,000 books that can be freely read right on the Internet.
Open Library - An open project: the software is open, the data are open, the documentation is open, and we welcome your contribution. Browse the world's classic literature at your fingertips. Over 1,000,000 free ebook titles available. An open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.
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.
Perseus Digital Library (aka Perseus Hopper) - A non-profit enterprise, located in the Department of the Classics, Tufts University whose goal is to bring a wide range of source materials to as large an audience as possible, including primary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome, early modern English literature, history of London, and much more.
Project MUSE - A unique collaboration between libraries and publishers, providing 100% full-text, affordable and user-friendly online access to a comprehensive selection of prestigious humanities and social sciences journals. MUSE's online journal collections support a diverse array of research needs at academic, public, special and school libraries worldwide. It's journals are heavily indexed and peer-reviewed, with critically acclaimed articles by the most respected scholars in their fields. MUSE is also the sole source of complete, full-text versions of titles from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies. Currently, MUSE provides full-text access to current content from over 400 titles representing nearly 100 not-for-profit publishers. Also: Browse and search over 300 books from 27 publishers on beta site.
Public Domain Review - Dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available online.
Questia - Provides access to the world's largest online collection of books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences.
Read Print - Online library providing thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast.
Representative Poetry Online - Includes about 2,900 English poems by over 400 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today. It is based on Representative Poetry by Professor W. J. Alexander of University College, University of Toronto (1912), one of the first books published by the University of Toronto Press and used in the English Department at the University until the late 1960s.
Safari Bookshelf - Electronic reference library for programmers and IT professionals from the O'Reilly Network.
Story of the Week - Every Monday The Library of America features a free Story of the Week. It could be anything: a short work of fiction, a character sketch, an essay, a journalist's dispatch, a poem. What is certain is that it will be memorable, because every story is from one of the hundreds of classic books of American literature published by The Library of America.
World Public Library Collection - Project Gutenberg Consortia Center's Blackmask Online collection includes 15,000 PDF eBooks. The World Public Library Blackmask Online is one of the most complete single online collections of classic literature. All of the eBooks have been beautifully digitally re-mastered from its original. All 15,000 files are included in the WPL search engine. A separate title list can be generated by using the search engine results page.
Blupete - Blupete is Peter Landry, a Halifax attorney who wrties extensively on the great legal and philosophical writers of the ages.
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.
CiteSeer - A scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science.
Danteworlds - An integrated multimedia journey -- combining artistic images, textual commentary, and audio recordings -- through the three realms of the afterlife (Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise) presented in Dante's 'Divine Comedy.'" Find material about the nine circles of hell, the seven terraces of purgatory, the ten celestial heavens (including the seven planetary spheres), and other areas discussed in Dante's epic poem. From the University of Texas at Austin.
Darkness Visible: A Resource for Studying Milton's Paradise Lost - This website discusses the "challenging epic 'Paradise Lost' with an accessibility that will enable those new to Milton to familiarize themselves with the poet, his work and his themes, but without shying away from more difficult ideas." Resources include "a plot summary, character descriptions, essays with suggestions for further reading, a biography of the poet, and a gallery of illustrations including some interactive images." From Christ's College at Cambridge University.
Decameron Web - Hypermedia archive of materials dedicated to Boccacio's masterpiece.
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:
Diary of Samuel Pepys - The diaries of Samuel Pepys from London, UK in the 17th century. The text used for this website comes from the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley. Also, see Wikipedia entry on Pepys.
Great Books Index - This is not the same list of authors and works that was included in the Great Books of the Western World. Nonetheless, it has been inspired by the work of Robert Hutchins and Mortimer Adler, who were the editors of the 1952 edition of the GBWW and it guides readers to available online editions of those and other great books.
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.
Issuu - With over 15 million publications, Issuu is the fastest growing digital publishing platform in the world. Millions of avid readers come here every day to read the free publications created by enthusiastic publishers from all over the globe with topics in fashion, lifestyle, art, sports and global affairs.
John Milton Reading Room - Most of Milton's major poetry in English and some of his prose. Many, but not all of the works presented here, have been fully annotated.
Library of Congress: Law Library Reading Room - The Library of Congress was established in 1800 essentially as a collection of law books. In 1832, Congress ordered that the 2,011 law books of the Library of Congress be separated from its general collection, and the Law Library of Congress was thereby established. Its mission is to provide research and legal information to the U.S. Congress as well as to U.S. Federal Courts and Executive Agencies, and to offer reference services to the public. To accomplish this mission, it has created the world's largest collection of law books and other legal resources from all countries, and provides access to digital legal information, online databases and guides to legal information worldwide.
Light & Dust Anthology of Poetry - Includes a number of complete books, many of them out of print, some published here for the first time. Since the site is an anthology rather than a zine, special emphasis is placed on presenting writers as fully as possible, by whatever means available. This site also includes visual poetry and other work presented in whole or in part in graphics files.
Literary Traveler - Dedicated to exploration of the literary imagination. Informative articles about writers, creative artists, and the places that they lived and traveled.
Litseen - The purpose of Litseen is to strengthen the San Francisco Bay Area literary community. It does this by creating and maintaining an extensive video archive of readings, publications, and other written and/or spoken word events, and by providing written coverage of the burgeoning literary community in San Francisco, with an up-to-date calendar of events, event reviews, interviews of local authors, book reviews, and more.
Longform - Recommends new and classic non-fiction from around the web.
Longreads - Dedicated to helping people find and share the best storytelling in the world, including both nonfiction and fiction.
Manuscript Reading Room - Library of Congress Manuscript Division's holdings of more than fifty million items in eleven thousand separate collections include some of the greatest manuscript treasures of American history and culture.
McClure's Magazine - An American illustrated monthly periodical popular at the turn of the 20th century (1893-1929). The magazine is credited with having started the tradition of muckraking journalism (investigative, watchdog or reform journalism), and helped shape the moral compass of the day. Also see Wikipedia.
Modern Painters I - Electronic edition of John Ruskin's Modern Painters I. The present edition includes 2,500 facsimile pages from the significant editions published in Ruskin's lifetime, a complete collation of varients (see textual notes), details about selections used in other publications, extensive information on the critical reception of Modern Painters I, over three hundred images of works of art, and over a quarter of a million words of annotations on a wide variety of topics.
Percy Anecdotes - The Percy Anecdotes here presented to the public is, as stated in the title-page, 'A verbatim Reprint of the original Edition,' commenced in 1820 and completed in 1823.
Performing Arts Reading Room - Administered by the Music Division of the Library of Congress whose holdings span more than eight hundred years of Western music history.
Poetry Foundation - Find poems, poets, poetry news, articles, and book reviews. Browse for poems by Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins, Maya Angelou, John Keats, or search through 100 years of Poetry Magazine. Every issue from the first in 1912 to the latest is available.
Prints and Photographs Reading Room - Access the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division which includes 13.6 million images. Photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings.
RAND Publications Online - RAND has a long history of research on issues relating to the national security and public welfare of the U.S., and it publishes the results of this research. Its work involves most of the major disciplines in the physical, social, and biological sciences, with emphasis on their applications to problems of policy and planning in domestic and foreign affairs. Browse RAND Publications Online by Research Category.
rat haus reality - Publications library of resistance, protest, renewal, and rededication in support of all life on earth.
Reading Rat - Want some suggestions on what to read? Terrence Berres has done an excellent job of organizing some possibilities. Combines the results from several different lists of great books into one huge annotated list, with links to reviews, reproductions and other resources.
Science Reference Services - Library of Congress principal reading room for study in the areas of science, technology, technical reports, and standards.
Today in Literature - A calendar of engaging stories about the great books, writers, and events in literary history.
UbuWeb - The definitive source for Visual, Concrete + Sound Poetry.
UbuWeb Sound - Originally focusing on sound poetry only, UbuWebSound has grown to encompass all types of sound art, historical and contemporary. Beginning with pioneers such as Guillaume Apollinaire reading his Calligrammes in 1913, and proceeding to current practitioners such as Vito Acconci or Kristin Oppenheim, UbuWeb Sound surveys the entire 20th century and beyond. Categories include Dadaism, Futurism, early 20th century literary experiments, musique concrete, electronic music, Fluxus, Beat sound works, minimalist and process works, performance art, plunderphonics and sampling, and digital glitch works, to name just a few.
UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004 - Includes almost 2,000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. Access to the entire collection of electronic books is open to all University of California faculty, staff, and students, while more than 500 of the titles are available to the public. Print versions of many of the electronic books can be purchased directly from the publishers.
UNZ - An extensive free library of written content to everyone on the Internet,containing a comprehensive collection of high-quality books and periodical issues. Since this content is intended to be permanently and transparently available, students, academics, and journalists may freely use it, perhaps producing additional writings hyperlinked to these source materials.
World Public Library - World's largest eBook provider. A global coordinated effort to preserve and disseminate classic works of literature, serials, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works in a number of languages and countries around the world.
Writer's Almanac - A daily program of poetry and history hosted by Garrison Keillor, can be heard each day on public radio stations throughout the country.
Writers' Block, The - KQED's weekly reading series featuring fiction, poetry, theatre and more.
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 150,000 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.