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Famous quotes and authors
A very useful web resource about famous quotes. An excellent collection of famous quotations for all occasions. Includes over 25,000 quotes from 6,700 famous authors. You'll find the wit and wisdom of men and women from all walks of life and from all ages.

Voice of the Shuttle
Its mission has been to provide a structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources that at once respects the established humanities disciplines in their professional organization and points toward the transformation of those disciplines as they interact with the sciences and social sciences and with new digital media. VoS emphasizes both primary and secondary (or theoretical) resources, and defines its audience as people who have something to learn from a higher-education, professional approach to the humanities (which in practice has included students and instructors from the elementary school, high school, and general population sectors).

Literary Resources on the Net
A judiciously selected and regularly updated list of literature links, with major emphasis on British & American, but a good selection of other literatures also.

Links to Places Literary
A wide variety of links related to literature, writing, electronic texts, libraries, etc., made more useful because they are grouped under numerous topic areas.

General American Literature

Ultimate Guide to American Literature Online
"From the early Puritanical writings of John Calvin to the revolutionary horror of Edgar Allen Poe to the stark minimalism of Hemingway, American literature has truly captivated the imagination in a variety of literary genres. The website gives access to the writings of some of the best American authors throughout history."

American Authors
Provides information on American authors and literary movements, a timeline of literacy and historical events. Entries range from well known authors to lesser well known authors, but do include a significant amount of information.

American Verse Project
Provides extensive volumes of American poetry prior to 1920. Includes books of poetry by a number of African-American and women poets, which in many cases, the texts selected are the only existing editions of the author's work. Included are already-published texts without any additional (i.e., modern) critical material. Additional volumes of poetry will be added continually.

English Literary Periods

Renaissance & 17th Century
A wide range of authors of the 17th century with quotes, biography, and even full text of many works. Images of their life and times as well as links to study guides of some works. Many critical essays also included on the site.

18th Century Resources
Provides information on literature, history, art, music, religion, science, philosophy, as well as the home pages of societies and people who focus on eighteenth-century topics. The site is aimed especially at scholars and students. A set of pages is devoted to electronic texts of eighteenth-century authors.

Romantic Chronology
Broken up into various time periods and then individual years (1660-1851). Using the "Links Archive" or the links in the chronology, one can move quickly to reference information, full-text articles, primary materials, and graphics. Focus is on 17th-19th century literature.

Romanticism on the Net
A peer-reviewed, electronic journal devoted to Romantic studies with full text of articles and reviews. Contains call for papers, descriptions of other academic journals, and links to other web sites. One of the unique features is that articles and reviews from previous issues are still easily accessible.

The Victorian Web: Literature, History, and Culture in the Age of Victoria
Covers all aspects of Victorianism, including prominent authors, with biographical information and critical analysis on a wide range of themes related to their life and works,. To open a new section on an author, issue, or other topic requires the following: (1) a biography, chronology, or both; (2) a list of works; and (3) an introduction or other relevant essay.

Victorian Women Writers Project
Covers the text work of lesser-known British women authors of the period. The works include anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children's books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama. Bibliographical descriptions are included.

Literatures of America

Canadian Literature Archive
Information about Canadian writers, novelists, poets, playwrights, essayists, Canadian literary organizations, magazines, publications, texts and library archives. It is a project of the English Department of the University of Manitoba. It contains biographical information, bibliographies, and a photo archive. It is expected to grow.

Library of Southern Literature
Documents the riches and diversity of Southern experience as presented in one hundred of its most important literary works. Users can access full text of novels, memoirs, slave narratives, and volumes of fiction and nonfiction. Women writers and African Americans represent about 20% of the present collection. Bibliographical information about the author and an image of the title page are included. A rich source for sourthern literature.

Literature and Culture of the American 1950s
Articles and materials on literature, politics, sociology, and the arts of the 1950s. Authors and major subjects appear on the first page. A search engine does exist for the page. A "Cold War" website list is available at the top which could be useful.

Mississippi Writers Page
Designed both as an introduction to the diversity of literary talent in Mississippi and as a source of accurate and timely information for the serious literary scholar. The heart of this web site is the Writer Listings, a collection of articles on each author detailing biographical information, a comprehensive list of published titles, various awards and honors, and a selected bibliography of additional resources. Browse the listings by name, title, year, place, and by genre.

Critical Analysis of Works

Online Literary Criticism Collection
The IPL Literary Criticism Collection contains critical analysis and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.

Online Literary Criticism Guide
Good literary criticism can be one of the hardest kinds of information to find on the Internet. Although there are many sources of online author information, it can often be difficult to find authoritative and critical works. To help you find the best information, this site has collected and described some of the best starting places for finding online critical writing. This resource is particularly good for finding information on English-language authors, but also includes many authors whose works have been translated into English.

Academic Writing Resources

Purdue's Online Writing Lab / Resources for Writers
More than 100 concise handouts on topics related to writing.

University of Victoria's Writer's Guide
Advice on planning, organizing and writing a paper. Paragraph writing, writing clear sentences, word usage, citing sources, etc. are among the many thoroughly explained topics.

Literary Texts

Project Bartleby
Texts of works no longer in copyright, including several collections of Romantic and early 20th century poetry and Mary Wollstonecraft's "Vindication of the Rights of Woman."


Google Book Search the complete plays of Shakespeare
Contains all editions of the complete works of Shakespeare.

Open Source Shakespeare
Contains the complete works of Shakespeare as well as a variety of resources and methods for searching those works.

William Shakespeare
Includes the complete works of William Shakespeare: plays and poetry.

Shakespeare Searched
A search engine designed to provide quick access to passages from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

Reference Books in the Reeves Library Collection

The Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd ed.
Half a million words defined and illustrated with quotations,with data on etymology and changes in meaning over time, in 20 volumes.
REF PE 1625 .O87 1989

Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia. 4th ed.
The latest edition of this standard one-volume companion to world literature, with brief entries on works, authors, literary terms, and more.
REF PN 41 .B4 996

Contemporary Literary Criticism.
Now over 100 volumes excerpting extensive criticism of the works of modern authors.
REF PN 771 .C59

Contemporary Authors.
A multi-volume compendium of biographies and bibliographies of modern authors.
REF Z 1224 .C6
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