Achuka is a website devoted to children's books. The site, edited by Michael Thorn, formerly a reviewer for: The Scotsman; Literary Review; and the Times Literary Supplement, brings together book reviews; author interviews; and a blog to form a dynamic site to be enjoyed by: children; parents; teachers; and anyone else with an interest in contemporary children's fiction. The blog provides news on various topics, including: new book releases; film and television adaptations; and authors, while the interviews give an insight into the world of children's fiction authors. A section of links to authors' and illustrators' home pages and more generally-related sites promotes further reading and research. While the site is also concerned with selling books, and contains advertising, there is a large amount of other information available here.
'The ALAN Review' is a full-text scholarly ejournal, devoted to critical and educational discussion of literature for older children and young adults. The journal is an official publication of the U.S. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English. At February 2009 there are 30 issues online, offering contents in HTML and PDF format. Issues date from 1994 to 2006. Example article titles from recent issues are: 'The borderlands of the Chicano bildungsroman'; 'The Horatio Alger theme in adolescent novels about the immigrant experience'; 'Notes on the evolution of GLBTQ literature for young adults'; and 'Feminist advances in late twentieth-century retellings of the Robin Hood legend for young adults'. The journal also has reviews, obituaries, awards news, and personal articles. The Journal appears not to have published in ejournal form since 2006, and its place may have been taken by the weblog-like website titled "ALAN Online".
The Alliance of Literary Societies (ALS) is an active umbrella organisation that encompasses the hundreds of small non-profit literary societies active in the British Isles. These societies are usually historical in nature, and are devoted to the works of a particular writer or a small group of writers. The ALS website maintains a comprehensive and detailed A-Z listing of all member societies, which at June 2007 stood at over 100 members. The ALS website also lists forthcoming conferences, talks and courses held by ALS member societies. There is a noticeboard of requests and queries from members.
The website of The Arthur Ransome Society (TARS) is devoted to the life and works of the writer of Swallows and Amazons - along with Roald Dahl's fictions, probably one of the best-loved modern children's classics ever written. The website provides information on the Society, which aims to 'encourage children and others to engage, with due regard to safety, in adventurous pursuits' as well as to bring attention to Ransome and his works. The site also provides: information on Ransome's books; a biography of the author; and information on the people and places featured in his work. There is also a forum, and information on how to become a member of the society. This site would interest those studying Ransome's works or researchers wishing to find further information on the author.
The website of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) provides information on ALAN and its work, as well as a number of related resources. ALAN, an American organisation, has a membership which consists of: teachers; authors; librarians; publishers; students; and others with an interest in young adult literature. The site provides information on ALAN's annual convention and awards, as well as details of how to join. In addition, the site also gives access to: interviews with authors; book reviews; news; and information on the industry surrounding young adult fiction. Although this site is primarily aimed at an American audience, the author and book information is relevant to anyone with an interest in young adult fiction, including students of: English literature; creative writing; and media.
'The Association for Research in Popular Fictions' is a joint venture by Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool, and it aims to "offer a forum for research in popular fiction and to support the teaching and understanding of popular fiction in an interdisciplinary context". The website contains a long and detailed introduction to the Association, written by Nickianne Moody. There are details of the Association's newsletter and the peer-reviewed journal 'Diegesis'. The website has tables-of-contents for Diegesis, and details of how to obtain copies. A full-text copy of Diegesis No.7 (Special Horror Edition) is available from an external website. There are details of Association conferences, such as the 2007 "Popular Politics and Vampire stories: the appropriation of vampires in 21st century narratives" held in Liverpool. The Association also hosts several Web pages that offer details of the new Cultural Disability Studies Research Network (DSRN) and the DSRN journal 'Journal of Literary Disability'.
Baldwin Library of Children's Literature : Digital Collection in an online collection of digitised children's books at the University of Florida libraries. The collection contains volumes published in the UK and US from the early 1700s, and numbers over 3,000 titles. Specialised collections on the site include: the Afterlife of Alice and her Adventures in Wonderland, a collection of early editions of Carroll's work and works based on it; Daniel Defoe and the Robinsonades, a collection of early editions of Robinson Crusoe and works inspired by it (such as Swiss Family Robinson); and St. Nicolas Magazine, a popular US children's magazine which ran from 1873 to 1941. The images are medium in size (approximately 400K) and do not require specialist software to view. Navigation within each item is by: a drop-down menu of page numbers; by table of contents; or by full-text searching of the item's contents. The entire collection may also be searched in full-text in the same way.
The Beatrix Potter: Fabulist website was published to accompany an exhibition of the same title held at the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University in 2004, to celebrate the publication of the Beatrix Potter Collection of Lloyd E. Cotsen. The website provides 16 enlargeable images, with annotations, of Beatrix Potter's well-known animal characters, which are based on her detailed drawings of animals, wildlife and the natural world, as well as on character drawings by other children's book illustrators. Some of these are shown alongside Potter's illustrations, and they not only show the influence that earlier artists had on Potter, put also put Potter's artwork in to the context of late 19th-century children's book illustration. Some of her infamous characters that are presented on the website include: Mrs Tiggywinkle; Samuel Whiskers; Tom Kitten; and Jemima Puddleduck. There are also some less well-known ones, including: Tommy Brock from 'The Tale of Mr Tod'; and Piggling Bland and Pigwig. Other illustrators, who are represented include: A. Roy, illustrator of Robert M. Ballantyre's 'The Robber Kitten'; A. B. Frost's illustration of Br'er Rabbit in Joel Chandler Harris's 'The awful fate of Mr Wolf'; Charles Henry Bennett's illustration of 'The frog who would a wooing go'; and George Henry Thompson's illustration of Mamma Tabbykins. A link is also provided to a page of the National Trust's website, which narrates the story of Beatrix Potter.
The Beatrix Potter Society is a charitable organisation which seeks to further the academic study of the life and work of English children's novelist, landscape and natural history artist, diarist, farmer and conservationist Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) who is renowned as the creator of Peter Rabbit. Its website provides information on the purpose of the society and its recent and forthcoming meetings, events and activities with advice on places to visit. It includes details of its study conferences and research publications. It also contains some images and information about Beatrix Potter's watercolours. Details of membership are provided.
This is a full-text archive of the children's literature journal 'Bookbird: a Journal of International Children's Literature'. Issues are freely available from 1963 to 2005. The journal is still published in paper form, by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). The 1963 to 2005 Bookbird archive is hosted by Austrian Literature Online. A full-text search-engine is available, but this appears to search the entire Austrian Literature Online repository rather than just Bookbird. It is also possible the Bookbird archive has not yet been indexed, since my trial searches for common terms and names in children's fiction returned no results. Issues prior to 2004 are only available as scanned black and white 8-bit graphics - thus making the illustrations all but useless, the contents invisible to Google, and OCR of the page-images very difficult. From the start of 2004, issues are available for download in PDF form. This archive is an important resource for the study of children's literature - although one that is crippled due to the limitations of the format and the search facility. My searches of the web and the IBBY website cannot locate a tables-of-contents index for the years 1963 to 2002, which might be used in conjunction with the archive.
'British Library: Online Gallery Turning the Pages 2.0' is an innovative website/software hybrid that has been created by the British Library and its partners. For users who have fast broadband and Windows Vista, the website offers sixteen online facsimiles of rare books in the British Library collection. The books look and act like the original books in the original bindings and have pages which turn realistically; users can zoom in on fine details or to magnify details using a high-quality 'virtual loupe.' Book titles include: da Vinci's 'Codex Arundel' and 'Codex Leicester'; Charles Dodgson's original bound manuscript of 'Alice's Adventures under Ground'; William Blake's 'Notebook'; the 'Lindisfarne Gospels'; and the 'Sherbourne Missal', among others. Users can also hear the books being read by professional actors. The website is free, and requires registration only for the function that allows individuals to make and keep personal notes about the books. The books can be searched by keyword. The website will also function with Windows XP, but XP users will first need to download and install the free Microsoft .Net Framework v3.0. XP users may also need to specifically give the .Net framework Internet access through a firewall. The website is a good example of the forthcoming range of sophisticated 'browser-delivered software applications.'
This web page lists the three special collections held at Brunel University. The collections (much of which are searchable from the library’s online catalogue) include: the Murray Collection of 19th and 20th century children’s books; the extensive Transport History collection, focussed around railways from their beginnings to the 1980s; The Working Class Autobiographical, the extensive archive of material compiledby John Burnett, David Vincent and David Mayall to create the three volume bibliography ‘The Autobiography of the Working Class’ which set out to identify and record the existence of many previously barely known memoirs by working class people.
The Canadian Children's Literature (CCL) or Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse (LCJ) website provides information about a bilingual journal devoted to the study of Canadian children's literature and other media. The journal was initially established at the University of Guelph, Ontario, in 1975, but moved to the University of Winnipeg in 2005. The site, which is available in French or English, provides: an introduction to the journal and its methodology; a history of the CCL/LCJ; details of the editorial team; subscription information; and submission guidelines for contributors. Tables of contents for all issues from number 1 (Spring 1975) up to the present issue are also available on the site. The journal would be of interest to postgraduates and researchers working on children's literature, or Canadian literature more generally.
The Carroll Myth is an excellent website that looks at Carroll's literature and also studies the mysterious man himself. The site partially consists of a 'brief bio', split into three sections: 'Early Life, 1832-51'; 'Oxford 1851-65'; and 'After Alice 1865-98'. The biography covers: Carroll's religious convictions and his admiration of John Henry Newman and the Tractarians; his Oxford days; his days as a mathematician; his love of photography, math and logic puzzles; and the controversy which arose from missing pages in his diary. Another section, 'The Making of the Myth', is an overview of the biographies by critics and Lewis Carroll academics which have contributed to the image we have of the man today, while 'A Life Disregarded' looks at the 'neglected evidence' that provides an alternative view of Carroll. The site also provides: suggestions for further reading; a number of 'the best' articles on Lewis Carroll; and links to other Lewis Carroll websites. This site would be of use to students of Carroll's works, as well as those with a general interest in the author.
Cartoon America is the companion website for a Library of Congress exhibition, also titled Cartoon America. This November 2006 exhibition showed a small selection from the 36,000-item Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature. The Cartoon America website contains 87 representative historic images, grouped under the following topics: Illustration; Political Illustrations; Caricature; Animation; Gag & Single Panel Cartoons; and Comic Strips. The website thus offers a representative sample of the Art Wood Collection, as small thumbnail images with accompanying scholarly texts. Each thumbnail image leads to a large and clear scan of that image. The website also offers a scholarly checklist of the drawings selected for the site. The "Learn More About It" webpage contains Web links to six further online exhibitions, all of which are legacies from previous cartoon-related exhibitions at the Library of Congress. The website and exhibition are accompanied by a substantial printed book titled Cartoon America : Comic Art in the Library of Congress (Abrams, 2006).
This webpage has been compiled by Colleen Mondor and placed online as part of the 'Chasing Ray' weblog, in order to provide an index to the June 2007 "Summer Blog Blast Tour". The Tour saw notable authors of "young adult fiction interviewed at multiple sites across the lit blogosphere", meaning that authors were interviewed by various weblog editors who specialise in commenting on and reviewing English literature. Over 50 authors have been interviewed as part of the project, with the resulting interviews posted on a wide variety of weblogs during June 2007. This webpage provides a single index to those interviews. There are also links to the websites of the authors.
'Children's books online: the Rosetta Project' is a substantial online collection of full-text children's books. The project is supported by the John and Frances Beck Foundation. The volunteer-run project provides facsimiles of illustrated books from the 'golden age' of children's literature, which are now in the public domain. Several thousand such books are freely available, with new books being added weekly. The scope of the collection is international, and many texts originally written in English are available with accompanying written and audio translations in languages including: French; German; Spanish; Chinese; Polish; Russian; and Greek. Books can be searched by: author; title; illustrator; publisher; or date, or browsed by reader age. Calls are currently being made for volunteer translators. Students of children's literature or illustration would find this website of interest, as may those studying languages. Images and illustrations on this site are available for personal use only.
The website of the Children's Laureate provides information on the award and the current holder of the post. The award is supported by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, together with a number of large publishing houses and administered by Booktrust. The site gives details of the award and Laureate events organised by Booktrust, as well as: a brief biography of the current Laureate and previous Laureates; a blog written by current Laureate; and a number of and teaching and learning resources and related links. This resource would be of interest to English teachers and student teachers, as well as parents and children themselves.
The Children's Literature website is an online version of an exhibition on display at the Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, between December 1996 and February 1997. It contains a general introduction to the material and five thematic sections (Island 1-5) tracing the development of children's books in the English-speaking world throughout the 19th century and up until the early 1920s. These sections are as follows: Instruction, Religion, and Early Didactic Writers; Travel, Folktales, and Nursery Stories; Mid-Century Developments - Some Women Writers and the Renascence of Wonder; Boys' Stories of School, Adventure, and Empire; Late Victorian Illustrators, 'Peter Rabbit', and 'The Wizard of Oz'. All items in the exhibition stem from the Historical Children's Literature Collection held in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections of the aforementioned library, a teaching collection whose core consists of late 19th century children's books. The Web version of the event consists of a scanned sample for each item, accompanied by a short description of the item's characteristics and context. The resource is part of the Rare Books and Special Collections pages, University of South Carolina.
'Children's Literature: a guide to the criticism' is a free online bibliographic book by librarian Linnea Hendrickson. Her bibliography is annotated, is focussed on the 20th century, and the content can be accessed by a variety of methods including author, subject or theme. There is also an index of critics. The book's aim is to list "significant articles, books, and dissertations relating to children's literature criticism that have originated in disparate disciplines and been published in widely scattered popular and scholarly sources". Coverage appears not to extend beyond 1986. The online book was published in print form as a 664-page book of the same title, by G.K. Hall / Macmillan in 1987.
This website provides a series of lecture notes and slides used in teaching an undergraduate course in the history of children's literature at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. The course traces the development of children's books and their illustration from the Orbis Sensualium Pictus of the seventeenth century up to Beatrix Potter in the first decade of the twentieth. The site is divided into 23 discrete sections each dealing with a particular publisher, author, illustrator, or format. Each page of the site contains a text article explaining the significance of that person or topic, alongside images of old editions of relevant publications. There are pages on important figures such as John Newbery, George Cruikshank, William Blake, Edward Lear, John Tenniel, and Kate Greenaway. Subjects receiving special attention include the hornbook, chapbooks, Mother Goose, Puritan literature, the rational moralists, and Shock-Headed Peter. Most of the image slide can be magnified. The site also contains a good bibliography of secondary sources; the primary source images and information are taken from the Elizabeth Ball collection of children's books in the Lilly Library at Indiana University in Bloomington.
The website of the Children's Literature Association (ChLA) provides information on the association and its aims, as well as information relating to the teaching and study of children's literature. The association, based in the USA, aims to "encourage high standards of criticism, scholarship, research, and teaching in children’s literature". The site provides a brief history of the association and details of its work and membership, as well as information on: conferences; career opportunities for writers and lecturers working in the field; lists of calls for papers; and awards given out by the association. The site also provides details of the ChLA's various publications, including: 'Children's Literature Association Quarterly'; 'ChLA Index'; and the ChLA newsletter, as well as an extensive set of related links and scholarly resources. The ChLA site would be of interest to those researching or teaching various aspects of children's literature, whether from a: literary; sociological; or historical standpoint.
'Children's Literature Bibliography' is an online bibliographical resource of secondary works on children's literature. It has been compiled by Alan Rauch, an academic at the University of North Carolina. The bibliography includes books and specialist journals, and is not annotated. Most of the entries deal with the historical aspects of children's books, although some deal with theoretical issues. This site will be of interest primarily to researchers of children's literature.
The Children's Literature Digital Collection is an online collection of selected texts (some full-text) from a specialist collection held by Roehampton University Library. The physical collection is used to support the work of the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, and consists of: reference books; journals; and children's literature from the 19th and 20th centuries. The digital collection comprises a small part of the collection, but would be of interest to book historians as well as those researching English literature and educational studies. Works on the site include: 'Black Ivory' by R. M. Ballantyne; 'With Clive in India' by G. A. Henty; and 'Countess Kate' by Charlotte Yonge. The works are provided either as separate chapters or as one file in PDF format. Synopses and bibliographical information are also provided for each work.
This is an attractive and well-designed website for Comics Studies at the Department of English, University of Florida. The website offers a user-friendly portal to a small range of selected scholarly comics resources. Most importantly, the website contains the subscription details and home page for the Comix-Scholars list-serve discussion list, a list "which serves the interests of those involved in research, criticism and teaching related to comics art". A very detailed directory of those involved in the Comix-Scholars list-serve can be found via Google but, as of May 2007, it is not linked to from this website. The "Discussion Lists" resource webpage has a comprehensive listing of other scholarly electronic mailing lists related to comics studies and comics creators. The website also has outline details of past University of Florida conferences on comics, with links to the original conference websites. Conference papers are not yet available online. There are useful webpages titled 'Resources', including a 'Bibliographies' resource webpage. There are also external Web links related to teaching about comics, and details of the scholarly ImageTexT ejournal.
The Coyote's Song website is a full-text digital book by Richard D. Erlich, dedicated to the writings of Ursula K. Le Guin, a contemporary American science fiction writer, the author of 'The Left Hand of Darkness' (1969), 'The Dispossessed' (1974), 'The Telling' (2000), and many other works of fiction and poetry. The ebook contains twenty one chapters, including Le Guin's biography, a discussion of her early short stories, her major works of fiction and poetry, and a very comprehensive primary and secondary bibliography of works published before the year 2000. The titular 'teaching' aspect of Le Guin's stories refers to various philosophical approaches which, Erlich demonstrates, the writer promotes in her writings. Altogether, the Coyote's Song website is an interesting and reliable resource, and, due to its accessible language, it will be of interest to all enthusiasts of Le Guin's work. In addition, students and researchers will welcome the fact that, although copyrighted, the entire contents can be downloaded free of charge, as 'fair-use quotations with citations are permitted and encouraged'.
The Creepy-Crawlies website was published to accompany an exhibition of the same title that was held at the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University to "celebrate (if that is the right word) the emergence of seventeen-year cicada brood X in the Northeast [in] the summer of 2004". The aim of the exhibition was to present illustrations of insects from their children's books collection. As the introduction points out, young readers are encouraged to identify with cute furry animals, but insects "are frequently represented in ways that provoke fear, disgust, and annoyance, with the notable exception of books on microscopy or natural history". The website provides 16 enlargeable images of children's book illustrations, with detailed annotations, along this theme, some of which, (but certainly not all), may indeed provoke those feelings mentioned above. However, there are a great variety of images presented on the website. Interestingly, some are shown as anatomical studies - drawn for children - such as Friedrich Justin Bertuch's illustrations for 'Picture Book for the Use and Enjoyment of Children, Containing a Pleasant Collection of Animals, Plants, Flowers, Fruits, and Minerals', or Thomas Boreman's illustration of a blue fly. Whereas in others, the insects are anthropomorphised, such as Else Wenz-Viëtor's bark beetle, or the caterpillars in Ernst Kreidolf's caterpillar garden. Some insects shown here are meant to shock, or educate, whereas others, the reader can identify with. Illustrations included here are: Zdenęk Seydl's illustration of butterflies; Beatrix Potter's insects in 'The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse'; Louise Leneveux's images of grasshoppers; and Edward Bawden's dung beetle. Links to related natural history websites are also included, for some of the images.
Created by a reference librarian at California State University, the online Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature aims to create 'a reading list of quality children's literature or to find out if a book has won of the indexed awards'. It was last updated in February 2009 and holds over 7,000 records. Although there is possibly a US bias, there is little evidence for this. Most British and European titles are present as one would anticipate. The database can be searched by (in any combination): keyword (free-text); age of reader; format; setting; genre; historical period; multicultural ethnicity and gender of the protagonist; languages; publication year; awards won. Results from searches can be sorted by, for example, author, title and date of publication. There are also links to details about the major international awards for children's literature in the English-speaking world - although predominantly North American - this does include the 2 major British awards: the Carnegie Medal (awarded annually since 1937 to the author of a children's book of outstanding merit written in English); and the Kate Greenaway Medal (awarded annually to the most distinguished work in the illustration of children's books first published in the UK) - both sponsored by the British Library Association, Youth Libraries Group. Although there are no export options, a simple cut-and-paste should meet most needs. However the formatting (such as emphasised text) may be inconvenient.There may not be enough detail for the librarian seeking to develop a collection in a specific subject. The abstracts are very brief, (usually 1 sentence). Also there is no information regarding the place of publication and publisher, which would assist in locating copies. The absence of ISBNs is to be expected in such a diverse range of books - print runs being so short that ISBNs become meaningless. Therefore, this will probably only be an initial port of call for a librarian looking to order children's books to build a collection, before consulting another source more geared towards orders and sales.
Digital Comic Museum is a very large website archive of U.S. comic books known to be in the public domain. As such, it includes a wealth of high-quality scans of vintage ("Golden Age", in the terminology of comic book collectors) comics, freely available for reading. Most comics are from the 1940s and 1950s. Some newspaper comic strips are also included. Files are in the standard CBR (Comic Book Reader) format, for which Comical is possibly the best free viewer. Free registration is required to download the comics, but not to search the website. The Digital Comic Museum will be a valuable resource for those researching the history of comics in the U.S., as well as for those interested in the dynamic hand-made typography of the medium, the depiction of stereotypes during the 20th century, and the ways that the standards and politics of the time were presented to children. Adverts in the comics may also be of interest to those researching the history of advertising or the history of toys.
'e-fabulations: e-journal of children's literature' is a full-text online ejournal. At December 2008 there are three issues online, published by the University of Portugal. The journal is in both Portugese and English. Articles are available in PDF format, and these include: 'For whom the (Tinker) Bell Tolls: the construction of love and possession in Peter Pan'; 'The Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings: similarities and differences between two children of the Great War'; 'Peter Pan: child/adult relationship and the narrative strategies of time(s) and space(s)'; and 'Dolls: The realm of make-believe'. Although the website is in Portugese, it is easy to navigate to each issue, which is represented by an illustrated cover. Each issue has details of the Editorial Committee.
Earth Moon : A Ted Hughes Website is a site devoted to the former English poet laureate, Ted Hughes (1930-1998). The site includes news and events such as recent conferences and critical works on Hughes. There is a biography, a bibliography of Hughes' essays, poetry, children's books and recordings, a detailed critical bibliography, and information on memoirs and recollections of Hughes. There is also a list of interviews with Hughes, a discussion list, information on manuscripts, and a comprehensive set of links to related sites. Some information on the site is available in both English and German. This is an excellent resource for students, scholars and enthusiasts of Hughes' work.
The website, Electronic Books: Children's Reading Practices and Comprehension, describes a project which ran at Loughborough University until March 2004. The project aimed to investigate children's reading skills and experiences with electronic books. The primary tasks of the project were to ascertain the extent to which children currently read printed and ebooks, and whether the medium of presentation affects their reading and enjoyment; the project focused on children between the ages of 9 and 11. The term, 'electronic book,' is clearly defined here and research methods and findings are outlined. The website also features useful links to pages featuring ebooks for children. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the research grants scheme. Those who have an interest in a more contemporary aspect of History of the Book, in children's literacy, or the readership of electronic books will find this site useful.
The Elizabeth Nesbitt Room is based at the Information Sciences Library at the University of Pittsburgh, and houses various special collections relating to children's literature and the history of children. The Elizabeth Nesbitt Room website provides information on the physical collections, as well as online bibliographies and electronic images relating to the materials they cover, including: the American Sunday School Union; chapbooks (including full texts of: Aesop's Fables; Cinderella; and Aladdin among others); a project showcasing important 19th and 20th-century children's book illustrators (including Beatrix Potter and Arthur Rackham); 19th-century juvenile magazines; and a biography and bibliography of Samuel Goodrich (author of early American school text books). The site also provides a brief history of the Nesbitt Room. This resource would be useful for those studying 19th and 20th-century children's literature, as well as English literature or history of publishing and books.
The EPBC list is a JISC-supported email list for those interested in, and utilising, the European Picture Book Collection (EPBC). EPBC is a project that aims to help pupils discover more about their European neighbours through the medium of visual narratives. The project provides a teacher's resource book, and various EPBC books can be ordered through the project. This website, however, is aimed at supplementing the project and enabling teachers to make contact with one another. It also posts notices of related conferences and announcements. The list is hosted by JISCmail, the UK national academic mailing list service.
Etext Center offers access to a wide variety of online texts in English literature. The resources available in American literature are particularly rich and include early American fiction, Native American literature, literature from the American civil war and the Salem witch trials. The site also provides access to special collections at the University of Virginia, including a digital collection of African-American educational photographs and selected private and official correspondence of Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.Other materials include online texts of William Shakespeare in both First Folio and early Quarto editions. There is a facility which allows users to make side-by-side comparisons of different texts, which is extremely simple to use and valuable as a research tool.
The Exemplary Children's Literature Interface Project for Scholarly Education (ECLIPSE) website is the result of a project funded by Rutgers University Information Science Council. The project examines the development of scholarly interactive websites, focusing particularly on the study of children's literature using digital resources. The site consists of three main sections: 'Mother Goose: a scholarly exploration'; 'Fifty Feathers for the Wizard'; and 'Petra Mathers: Kisses from Rosa'. 'Mother Goose' looks at the development of the children's rhyme of the same name, charting its history in the contexts of: illustration; children's literacy; censorship; social and political use; advertising; drama; and digitisation of texts. 'Fifty Feathers serves as a description of the project and a list of credits, written as a fairy tale, while 'Petra Mathers' follows the development of the children's picture book 'Kisses from Rosa', from first draft to final illustrated work. The site also includes a more detailed description of the ECLIPSE project and its history. The site is well illustrated, clearly designed and easy to use. Although no longer updated, this resource would be of interest to those studying children's rhymes and stories as: English literature; a source of inspiration for illustration; or from an educational perspective.
This is the home page of the Welsh writer and poet Gillian Clarke (1937-). Clarke was born in Cardiff and teaches creative writing at the University of Glamorgan, as well as on a freelance basis. The website claims that her poems are studied by GCSE and A-Level students throughout Britain. Her website contains the texts of six of her poems, all of which are available in the section 'For Students', and notes for schoolchildren to these and several more poems. The notes explain the subjects she chooses to write about as well as some of the technical and imagistic choices exercised within the poems. There is also a short biographical note, a bibliography of Clarke's publications and books about her work, and a page of excerpts from rather positive reviews of her work. Links to other relevant online resources are provided, and an events page informs users of forthcoming live readings. Clarke provides a feedback form and encourages readers to ask questions about her poems.
This website, The Girl's Own Paper Index, is administered by Tom Ward from the School of Mathematics at the University of East Anglia. The site contains an online index, expanding upon a previously published source compiled by Honor Ward, concerning all the fiction stories and non-fiction articles from the weekly young women's magazine 'Girl's Own Paper,' covering the period 1880 to 1941 (Volumes 1 to 62). The periodical also featured an annual special edition prepared for the Christmas market. The paper featured a mixture of fiction, improving articles, poetry, music, coloured illustrations, and 'answers to correspondents'. This website describes the history of the paper and provides indexes to its fiction and non-fiction content, listed by author name and title. It does not provide the full-texts of the original articles. There are, however, some scanned sample illustrations from the paper, selected responses to correspondents, and bibliographies of contributors. There are also several short articles about the format of the paper, the development of the indexes, and the winter and summer extras. A separate page lists libraries with significant runs of the 'Girl's Own Paper.' The site is fully searchable and should prove a useful resource for those studying Victorian and early twentieth-century girls' periodicals, or considering gender construction and cultural studies during that period.
The Web page 'Owl Mail: Harry Potter Resources for Teachers' is an interesting collection of links to online materials which help to use the texts of Harry Potter books to teach a variety of school subjects. The resources presented on this website are grouped into several categories, including 'An Important First Look at Harry Potter on the Web', 'Author Study Preparation', 'Special Classroom Activities', 'Thematic Resources, Teacher's Guides and Activities' and 'Interesting Resources'. It is a pity that a number of websites linked through this page are not available any more, however, those which are still accessible deserve the user's attention. In particular, the section 'Special Classroom Activities' provides references to several very interesting resources. For instance, 'Harry Cards' offers ideas how to use thematic cards, printable from the website, and the knowledge of the book characters, to teach reading, writing and vocabulary. In the section 'Thematic Resources, Teacher's Guides and Activities', there is a link to a comprehensive 'Unit Plan' which is designed to train, in a series of 30 classes, the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as to improve the students' analytical thinking, and the knowledge of literature and history. Needless to say, the central reference here is the Harry Potter series. Considering the range and focus of the materials provided, this online resource will be of particular interest to teachers of English, including English as a Foreign Language, at primary and secondary education.
The head of Orpheus : A Russell Hoban reference page is a website devoted to the American born novelist and children's writer, Russell Hoban (1925-). Hoban's novels include both works for adults (e.g. 'The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz'; 'Riddley Walker'; and 'Angelica's Grotto') as well as children's books (e.g. 'Frances and the Badger'; 'The Marzipan Pig'; and 'The Mouse and His Child'). Resources available on the site include: an introduction to Hoban and his work; biographical information; information on Hoban's novels; a bibliography of criticism; Hoban-related links; and a 'news' section to keep readers up-to-date on the author's latest work and related events. The site also features interviews and an essay by Hoban. The site is valuable resource for Hoban enthusiasts, or those studying science fiction.
This is the website of the Henry Williamson Society, founded in May 1980, and dedicated to the promotion of the work of the English novelist Henry Williamson, 1895-1977. 'A Writer's Life' contains a list of key dates in Williamson's life and a very impressive series of ten biographical panels, by Anne Williamson, author of 'Henry Williamson: Tarka and the last Romantic' (1995), detailing the author's life from early to last days. To find the bibliography click the 'Books' link; this page also provides a link to a list of books about his work. The Society produces its own Journal, only the contents page and some brief descriptions of the articles are currently available but a facility to enable scholars to download full text from back issues is promised in the near future. Henry Williamson was born in South London, joined the army in the First World War and was commissioned in 1915. He served on the Western Front, an experience which had a profound effect upon him and inspired 'A Patriot's Progress' (1930), one of the most famous anti-war novels of that decade. But he will mostly be remembered for two series of novels: 'The Flax of Dream' (1921-1928) and the fifteen volume epic 'A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight' (1951-1969), described by John Middleton Murry as "...in its entirety one of the most remarkable English novels of our time" and, of course, 'Tarka the Otter' (1927).
The website of the Hockliffe Project consists of a fully searchable catalogue of the Hockliffe Collection of early British children's books held at De Montfort University. The project's aim is to promote the study of early British children's literature, and the collection contains books published between the 1680s and the 1940s (with the majority of books were published between 1780 and 1840). From the catalogue, users have access to digital images of all or parts of more than 250 books. The images are accompanied by critical and contextualising essays. The site also includes an essay introducing early British children's literature, and pages of links to other useful Internet resources in the field. The project originally received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Research Grants scheme. This resource would be of interest to those studying the history of the book and also English literature.
Ian McEwan is a contemporary British writer. The online resource Ian McEwan is the author's official website, and it has the approval and cooperation of the writer himself. This site provides a full bibliography of McEwan's works, and a comprehensive list of reviews and criticism of these works, including A-Level guides to some of his novels. A news section provides advanced warnings of McEwan's public appearances, whilst another section provides transcripts of interviews given by the author. The website also features a links section and a discussion forum. McEwan is the author of novels, short stories, children's fiction and screenplays. Some of his most famous works include 'Enduring Love', 'Atonement', 'On Chesil Beach', 'In Between the Sheets' and 'Soursweet'. His books have attracted a lot of critical attention due to their exploration of issues such as class and gender identity, or social politics. The website Ian McEwan is highly commendable as an exceptionally comprehensive and ample resource. This website is a useful academic resource as well as a decent fan site. It is reliable, well-maintained and updated on a regular basis.
The International Children's Digital Library is an online collection of several hundred children's books in 15 languages from several centuries of publishing. It is an invaluable resource for researchers of children's literature, as a great number of the few surviving items published between 1500 and 1900 can only be found in rare books collections around the world. Behind this website is an ongoing 5-year joint research project undertaken by University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and the Internet Archive. Its aim is to build a 10,000-strong multilingual collection of freely accessible digital books, presented in a format that preserves all original features, for children between the ages of three and 13, and to develop software solutions that would facilitate and encourage the reading of ebooks by children. The library is searchable by: keyword; author; title; category; and location, and includes both a basic version (designed to be accessed via a modem and requiring no additional software) and an enhanced one (aimed at broadband users), which offers a host of extra features such as extra book formats, visual searches, book previews, etc. providing that the machine used to access it supports Java and the Adobe ebook fomat.
This is the website of the International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL). This website offers full details of the IRSCL, details of IRSCL-organised conferences and other notable conferences, 16 book reviews, details and abstracts for the IRSCL journal International Research in Children’s Literature (ISSN 1755-6198), and a very useful and comprehensive list of other academic journals on the topic (although, at May 2009 this does not list The Dragon Lode or e-Fabulations). The website is elegantly designed, but uses a very small font for the body text of pages. IRSCL members have access to an on-site discussion forum. By accessing the Site-map and then the sidebar link, one can also find details of the $1000 IRSCL Research Grant for early career scholars in children's literature.
Into the Wardrobe is a website relating to the life and works of Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963), author of the Narnia novels and numerous works of Christian apologetics. The most substantial resource available here is an interesting collection of articles about aspects of Lewis's work or life (although users should note that while this section is titled 'Academic Papers', many of the essays included here appear to be popular rather than scholarly in their approach, and the source of the material is not always given). The site also offers: a chronology of Lewis's life; a bibliography of Lewis's writings; a photograph album; a selection of audio recordings of excerpts from Lewis's work; a discussion forum; and a list of links to other online resources that may be of interest. Although this is not primarily an academic site, it may prove a useful starting point for those researching Lewis's life or work.
Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack the Giant-killer Project is the website of a project undertaken by graduate students at at the Department of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, as part of a course in Bibliography and Methods of Research. The project was directed by Dr Michael N. Salda of the Department of English at the University. The aim of the project is to provide access to several different variations on the fairy tale 'Jack and the Beanstalk', taken from editions printed in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, which are currently held at the University of Southern Mississippi. Texts are provided in plain format, with page breaks indicated, and can be viewed with or without accompanying page images. The texts and images can be used free of charge for non-commercial purposes, subject to appropriate attribution. This project is a companion to the Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella projects undertaken by the same institution. The site would be of interest to students or teachers studying children's literature or folk tales.
'Jews and the Graphic Novel' is a 22-page documentary comic book created and written by David Gantz. This comic is free to read online, and offers a condensed history of the immense contribution made by American Jewish men to the art and craft of the comic book in the 20th century. The author has the advantage of having worked in the industry since the 1940s, and there is particular focus on the impact of the Second World War on the industry. In 22 pages, this free online comic can only scratch the surface of a history which is now dealt with in a significant number of scholarly history books - such as 'From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and comic books'; 'The Jewish graphic novel: critical approaches'; 'Up, Up, and Oy Vey'; and 'Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero', among others. It does however give a useful outline introduction for those who are just starting to take an interest in the topic.
The Jill Paton Walsh home page provides details of the life and works of this British author. Walsh has written stories and novels for both children and adults. Among her best-known works are: 'The Emperor's Winding Sheet'; 'Gaffer Samson's Luck'; 'The Wyndham Case'; the Booker prize short-listed 'Knowledge of Angels'; and the continuation of Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series 'A Presumption of Death'. The website, hosted by the small imprint Green Bay Publications (run by Paton Walsh and John Rowe Townsend), provides synopses of several of Walsh's novels and a complete bibliography of her publications. The site also gives access to: a transcript of an interview for younger readers; a brief biography; and a section of notes on 'Knowledge of Angels'. Interested readers and those studying detective fiction in particular would find this resource of use.
KidPrint is an online database published by the Streetprint Engine, a publishing initiative of the University of Alberta's CRC Humanities Computing Studio. The database contains digitised editions of British children's books published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Currently only a small number of texts are available, and these include familiar fairytales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Tom Thumb, as well as lesser known stories like Riquet with the Tuft, and an intriguing child's hieroglyphic bible. The texts can either be searched or browsed by title, author, date and document type, and the standard of reproduction is very high.
The print version of Kirkus Reviews was founded in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus, once the head of the children's books department in Harper and Bros. It is now a biweekly subscription-based ejournal that reviews, two to three months before publication, about 5,000 titles a year, including fiction, non fiction, children's books and translations. Kirkus Reviews is read by librarians, publishers, agents, newspaper editors, booksellers, and story departments of major film and television studios. Each issue of the journal contains alphabetical listings (by author) of all the books reviewed in each genre. The reviews are short (approximately 320 words) and accessible, but authoritative - a welcome change from the vagaries of newspaper notices. Other sections of the website link to Kirkus Supplements (Special Issues), provide information on advertising opportunities (Kirkus Classifieds), and advise independently published authors how to order reviews of their books in Kirkus Discoveries - a separate book review service, the website explains, not to be confused with Kirkus Reviews.
This website is a fan site and resource for the study of Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) and his most famous series of works about Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. Under 'Background Information' may be found detailed information on "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass". There are also biographies of Carroll, and information about his partnership with John Tenniel. The site includes the complete collection of Tenniel illustrations, photographs of Carroll, photographs taken by Carroll of the Liddle sisters and Alice, and numerous images from the Disney adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland". Electronic texts are provided, including a missing chapter from "Through the Looking Glass", entitled 'A Wasp in a Wig'. The author has supplied interpretations from academic journals on topics such as social class, capitalism, education, lunacy, money, chivalry, drug influence, legal flaws, and fantasy. Links to the critical sources are provided. There are also pages of facts, FAQs, and links to other 'Alice' websites.
The Lewis Carroll Home Page is a website that provides information relating to the life and works of the author of 'Alice in Wonderland'. The site provides some original resources but mainly comprises annotated links to related online materials. The resources are divided into sections including: Carroll studies; Carroll texts; photography; popular culture; and logic, math, games. Among the original resources available are: a bibliography of reference works; a list of languages into which Alice's adventures have been translated; and a list of Carroll-related organisations. There is also a link to a Lewis Carroll discussion forum. The site would be useful to enthusiasts and as introductory material for students new to the author.
The website for the Lewis Carroll Society, a registered charity based in the UK but with international membership, provides biographical and bibliographical information relating to Lewis Carroll (1898-1932). Carroll's works are listed under the sub-headings: childhood compositions and magazines; major works; miscellaneous works; and posthumous publications, with sections on the publishing of Alice in Wonderland and Caroll's illustrators, among others. The site also provides information relating to Carroll's Diaries, summarising the diaries volume by volume, as well as a link to the website of The Carrollian, the journal of the Lewis Carroll Society. Information on how to become a member is also given, as well as many links to related sites of interest. This site would be useful to those studying Carroll's life and works, as well as the interested reader.
LibriVox is the website of an open volunteer-run project that aims to "make all public domain books available as free audio books". As of May 2007, there appears to be over 600 audio books available, for download as either standard MP3 or OGG audio files. Complete audio books can be downloaded in a standard Windows ZIP file, or individual chapters can be downloaded via a direct link to the relevant audio file. Some books are read by different people for different chapters. All recordings are placed in the public domain, and may be used for any use including commercial uses.
Licus: journal of literature and cultural studies is a full-text peer reviewed ejournal produced from the University of Zagreb. At February 2009 there are three issues online, with most articles available in English. Example article titles: Bodies that Baffle: Post-Humanism and Popular Science in the The X-Files; The Pursuit of Pleasure: Changes in the Notion of Hedonism in Eighteenth-century England; The Archaic Attraction of Harry Potter; and Filming the British Compromise: British-Asian Cinema and Cultural Hybridity, among others. Articles are freely available in PDF format. The journal aims to give priority to papers that examine... "new forms of literature (e.g. cyber-literature) and currently neglected forms of literature (e.g. children's and juvenile literature)". There website is in English and has full details of the international Editorial Board, and advice for contributors. The journal aims to publish twice a year.
Literature collection is an online library of English literature, including full texts of more than 70 books and 600 short stories. Texts can be searched by author or title keyword, or browsed via lists of authors and titles. All the texts provided are in the public domain, but the publishers ask that texts not be duplicated or transmitted without their permission. Each work is divided into sections, according to the original chapters of the printed books, with links to each chapter clearly delineated. The website also gives short biographies of each author, which although not scholarly, provide a good basic introduction to authors including: Jane Austen; Lewis Carroll; Charles Dickens; Lord Byron; the Brothers Grimm; Jonathan Swift; and Virgina Woolf. The texts are provided without any notes or annotations, but are a useful resource as they are often the best known works of these authors, including titles such as: 'Alice in Wonderland'; Oliver Twist'; Gulliver's Travels'; and 'Pride and Prejudice'.
Literature for Children is a collection of digitised images and texts from 19th and 20th-century American and British children's books. The collection draws from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature (Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, University of Florida), as well as from collections held in the Departments of Special Collections at: the Florida Atlantic University; Florida State University; and the University of South Florida. The site provides images from around 600 works, some consisting of full texts, and others of sample pages and the covers. The images are of good quality, and are provided as JPEG and PDF files. Some of the materials are available for educational use only, while others are subject to copyright or in the public domain. The size of the collection allows for some comparison between editions of the same work (for example several versions of 'Robinson Crusoe' by Daniel Defoe are included), as well as providing a variety of types of work, ranging from picture books to collections of rhymes, to novels. Items can be browsed by title and author, and searched by title or author keyword, or by keywords within the full text. The website describes the collections, and also provides copyright information and related links. This resource would interest book historians, as well as those researching or studying children's fiction and English and American literature.
'Little Bibliography of Robin Hood : Works Relating to the English Outlaw, in the English Language, Published Since 1939', is part of the website of the Robin of Sherwood fan society. The author, Linda Furey, states that "This bibliography represents a work in progress. It was last updated 9 July, 1995. ... it is my intention to update J. Harris Gable's work, 'Bibliography of Robin Hood' (Lincoln, Nebraska: 1939)." This short bibliography also covers comics, fanzines, games, music, non-fiction, stage plays, films and television.
The Little Red Riding Hood Project is the website of an assignment undertaken by graduate students at the Department of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, as part of a course in Bibliography and Methods of Research. The project was directed by Dr Michael N. Salda of the Department of English at the University. The aim of the project is to provide access to variations on the fairy tale 'Little Red Riding Hood', taken from English editions printed in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, which are currently held at the University of Southern Mississippi. Sixteen texts are provided in plain format, with page breaks indicated, and can be viewed with or without accompanying page images. Page images can also be viewed without the transcribed texts. The material provided can be used free of charge for non-commercial purposes, subject to appropriate attribution. This project is a companion to the Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk projects undertaken by the same institution. The site would be of interest to students or teachers studying children's literature or folk tales.
'The Looking Glass: New Perspectives on Children's Literature' is a full-text scholarly ejournal. At January 2008, there are 30 issues online. The journal is being published online through the La Trobe University institutional repository. The focus is on literature in English and in translation, but some notable feature films are covered. For instance, the special 'Japan' issue (Vol.10, No.2) had the article "Walking Along With Nature: A Psychological Interpretation of My Neighbor Totoro". Articles that appear in the 'Alice's Academy' section of the journal are peer-reviewed. The journal also contains news of events, publications and useful 'snippets' of information. Users are invited to register, for email notification of new issues.
The Magic Lantern: Lower the Lights website was published to accompany an installation that was held at the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University, and that coincided with a performance by the American Magic Lantern Theater from the 7th to 8th February, 2003. The aim of the online exhibition was to present illustrations from their children's book collection that showed the technology of projecting images onto a screen or a wall, in the time before cinema or television. Therefore, the website provides 14 enlargeable images of children's book illustrations, with detailed annotations, along this theme. Illustrations included here are: a dioramic print showing a man projecting images using a hand-held magic lantern loaded with a rectangular glass slide; a couple of pages from Athanasius Kircher's 'Ars magna lucis et umbrae' (The Great Art of Light and Shadow), published in 1671; a plate showing some pre-cinematic optical toys, illustrated by Alfred Mahlau; and an illustration from the 'Magic Lantern Alphabet of Animals'. Links to related websites about optical toys are also included, for some of the images.
'Magic Pencil' was a British Council exhibition of children's book illustrations hosted by the British Library in 2002 and 2003. This website features some of the highlights from the exhibition, along with short interviews with the illustrators Patrick Benson and Angela Barrett. Thirteen artists are included on the site, with a separate Web page dedicated to each. Each page provides a sample illustration and a short article describing the artist's education, inspiration, and technique. These include comments from the artists themselves about the way they work and the materials they use. Featured artists include: Quentin Blake (the illustrator of many of Roald Dahl's books); Raymond Briggs; Charlotte Voake; Posy Simmonds; Stephen Biesty; and Tony Ross. Although the content of this site is not extensive, it should nevertheless be of interest to those studying the illustration of modern British children's literature. A news section provides updated details on the presentation of this exhibition internationally, as well as recent support materials for teachers of the English language, which have been added to the site.
The Manitoba author publication index was created by the Manitoba Writers' Guild to provide information about Manitoba writers and their books for the use of creative writers and students of Canadian literature. The site is divided into contemporary authors, historical authors and different genres including: Aboriginal writing; children's literature; illustrators; drama; fiction; French language; young adult literature; poetry; the spoken word; technical texts; and non-fiction. A profile is provided for each contemporary author which includes: a biography; comments from the writer on the craft of writing; advice to new writers; and an annotated bibliography of published works. Notable writers include: Di Brandt; Carol Shields; Dennis Cooley; Sandra Birdsell; and Patrick Friesen. Amongst the historical writers, biographies are provided for Grey Owl a.k.a. Archibald Stansfield Belaney, Margaret Laurence, Frederick Philip Grove and Marshall McLuhan. The site is comprehensive and updated regularly. It also provides links to The Manitoba Writers' Guild, The University of Manitoba Press and The Manitoba Arts Council.
'The Mark Twain Project' is a beta version of an academic project aiming to create a free online... "digital critical edition, fully annotated, of everything Mark Twain wrote". Already online at April 2009 are the complete extant letters written by Mark Twain between 1853 to 1880. Many of the letters are annotated, and are presented using sophisticated HTML with sidebar annotations. Promised for Spring 2009 are critical editions of 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' and 'Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer among the Indians'. The website offers a sophisticated range of scholarly and search tools for working with the materials in the collections. The project is a joint venture between... "the Mark Twain Papers and Project of The Bancroft Library, the California Digital Library, and the University of California Press" and the website contains full details of the hundreds of people who have worked and who continue to work on the project.
The website of the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University is devoted to encouraging research and discussion in the field of children's literature. The site provides: details about events and conferences; a list of the centre's publications; and information and advice about postgraduate opportunities. A selective links section also provides easy access to a number of excellent children's literature sites, useful library catalogues, and image collections. Children's writers and those studying or teaching writing for children would find this site of interest.
The Black American poet Yolanda Cornelia 'Nikki' Giovanni was born in Tennessee in 1943, and much of her poetry is concerned with issues pervading Black American communities, such as civil rights and equality. 'Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself', the resource explains. Further details concerning the poet's life and writing career the user will find in a brief 'Biography' and 'Timeline' (in the 'Bio' section), with links to other relevant websites. There are basic details of her published work, including poetry for children, essays and other works, and audio recordings. Unfortunately, the resource does not provide any samples of her poetry. The section 'Film' includes clips from a video of a television film about Nikki Giovanni (requiring QuickTime or RealPlayer), and other video recordings of Giovanni reading her poetry. A substantial 'Vita' (in PDF format) is available on the 'Press' page; it contains details of Giovanni's honours and awards as well as a detailed bibliography of her writings, including contributions to periodicals and reviews of her works. All in all, this site can be a useful introduction to Giovanni and her works.
'Nursery Rhymes: Lyrics and origins' is a website providing the lyrics for a large number of English rhymes, together with essays on the history and origins of the themes and images behind them. The site, the work of historian and enthusiast Linda Alchin, aims to illustrate the links between major historical events and the development of nursery rhymes, and to 'maintain our history and heritage through the words and lyrics'. To this end users are invited to contact the editor with any information they have relating to the subject. The better-known rhymes are listed in alphabetical order on the front page, and each is prefaced by a short introduction outlining the history of the rhyme. Lesser-known lyrics are also provided, in a section entitled 'Lost Lyrics, History & Origins of Old Nursery Rhymes'. Essays provided, by the editor, include: 'The Chapbooks and the Nursery Rhyme'; 'Secret History of Nursery Rhymes'; and 'The Identity of Mother Goose and her Nursery Rhymes'. This is an interesting site, which would be useful to students of English literature, or as an introduction to those researching the subject.
"On the Loom of Sorrow" is an online essay by Clifton Snider of the English Department of California State University, which discusses Oscar Wilde's short stories and fairy tales in terms of their influences, as well as Victorian society's perception of them in relation to the terms 'eros' and 'logos'. The three collections of fairy tales: "The Happy Prince and Other Tales"; "The House of Pomegranates"; and "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories" are considered somewhat out of character for Wilde because of their genre, however, a deeper analysis reveals elements of Wilde's aesthetic ideology, Christian iconography, and admiration of the fairytales of his parents and Hans Christian Andersen. Snider looks at the fairytales through the lens of Jung's theories. This essay would be useful for university students studying Wilde's work, especially those interested in looking beyond his plays and poems.
The Oscar Wilde Collection is an online collection of Wilde's major works, supplied in PDF and e-text formats. At this website you can read and download Wilde's stories for children: "The Happy Prince and Other Tales" (1888); and "A House of Pomegranates" (1889), as well as: "The Portrait of Mr Witt"; and "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories". Wilde's poetry is represented by: "Poems in Prose"; and "The Ballad of Reading Gaol". Most of Wilde's plays are also included on this site. The only major work that appears to be missing is "The Picture of Dorian Gray". This resource would be useful to students or researchers wanting easy access to Wilde's works.
This website documents the special collections and archives held at Oxford Brookes University. Individual collections are described, and items in them may be searched for through the library’s online catalogue. The collection reflects the history of the institutions, together with its strengths in research, and is notably strong in material relating to the history of medicine, cartography, twentieth century literature and the food, drink and hospitality industry. Collections are supplemented by a number of important archives, including the National Brewing Library, the Museum of Modern Art Oxford collection (now Modern Art Oxford) and Man Booker Prize archive.
'Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature' is an open full-text ejournal. Published since 1990, at May 2010 only the most recent four issues (2007-2009) are available online. Papers are freely available as PDF files, with abstracts. Example article titles include: 'Abandoned Boys and Pampered Princes: Fantasy as a Journey to Reality in the Harry Potter Sequence'; 'Haunted Histories: Time-slip Narratives in the Antipodes'; 'Fantasy Motif Metaphors: Magical Powers as Exceptionality in Disney's The Incredibles and Zixou Corder's Lion Boy Trilogy'; and 'Roald Dahl's Reception in America: The Tall Tale, Humour and the Gothic Connection', among others. The website has details of the Editors, Editorial Board, and the submissions process.
Paradoxa is a hard copy academic journal which publishes articles on genre literature, including: science fiction; children's literature; horror; romance; and westerns. The journal is interested in 'written, oral, drawn or designed' versions of genre literature and offers a resource for research in popular fiction, media or cultural studies. The Paradoxa website provides various: articles; essays; and extracts from the hard copy journal. A full contents page for each themed journal is provided, with themes including: 'Cities of the Future'; 'The Western'; 'Where's Love Gone? Transformations in the Romance Genre'; and 'Metafictions: Stories of Reading'. One of the journal's selling points is the active participation of genre authors, as is the way in which it challenges perceived ideas of how literature is classified. The website gives a flavour of the full hard-copy version, and is straightforward to use.
"Perceptions of children: children's literature of the eighteenth century" is a website that was constructed by undergraduate students at the University of Michigan as an assignment for a course on 18th-century England. As such, the information presented tends to be a little simplistic, but does nevertheless provide a concise introduction to the major concerns of children's literature of the period. Information is given on three educational models of the period, based on the very different theories of: St. Augustine; John Locke; and Jean Jacques Rousseau. Arguing that 18th-century children's literature was primarily didactic, the site provides short essays on: religious instruction; class distinctions; and gender construction. The site also includes an attempt at writing a children's story in the style of the period, and a modest bibliography. Undergraduates might find this a useful introduction to children's literature and education of the period.
Perry Nodelman's Bibliography of Children's Literature Criticism is an online bibliography designed to accompany Nodelman and Mavis Reimer's work 'Pleasures of Children's Literature'. The bibliography is divided into sections that mirror the book, including: 'Writing, Reading and Teaching'; 'Culture, Ideology and Children's Literature'; 'Media and Popular Culture as Contexts for Children's Literature'; and 'Critical Theory'. Each section is further divided to make browsing easier. This is a wide ranging resource, but it should be noted that it lacks a search engine and only includes works published up to 2001. This website would be of interest to students of English literature and cultural studies more generally.
Picturing Childhood is an online version of an exhibition which was held at the University of California Los Angeles in 1997. This website was developed to provide online access to images of some of the exhibits, along with an account of the historical development of children's book illustration. The site traces the origins of children's literature from the alphabets of the hornbooks through the occasional illustrated seventeenth-century book, such as Comenius's 'Orbis Sensualium Pictus' (the visible world in pictures), into the growing market for such works in the eighteenth century. There are illustrations from the works of publishers such as John Newbery and Thomas Boreman, and the importance of the educational theories of Locke and Rousseau also receive attention. Religious, moral, and cautionary tales are discussed briefly, as are moveable and pop-up books. The nineteenth-century institutionalisation of the idea of childhood is the subject of another passage, which includes information on the more sophisticated wood engravings of the era. A short final section describes twentieth-century developments and authors such as Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Featured illustrations may be magnified for closer inspection. The site also provides a checklist of the works included in the exhibition and a selected bibliography. Art and book historians would find this exhibition of interest.
'Poetics of Children's Literature' is a free full-text ebook, originally published by The University of Georgia Press in 1986. This 190-page book has been placed online by the author, Zohar Shavit of Tel Aviv University. The book explores the historical emergence of our contemporary frameworks of childhood, the adult investments that were then made in these, and the ways in which this complex process might be understood through examining the emergence and development of children's literature in relation to adult literature. Chapters include: 'The Notion of Childhood and Texts for the Child'; 'The Self-Image of Children's Literature'; 'Adults and Children in Non-Canonized Children's Literature'; and 'Translation of Children's Literature', among others. The book is criticised in Perry Nodelman's annotated 'Bibliography of Children's Literature Criticism' as... "marred by many historical inaccuracies".
'Pop-up and moveable books' is a 13-section online exhibition from the University of North Texas Libraries. Examples are drawn from the Weaver Collection, which are mostly from after 1850. The website opens with a short essay 'A Brief History of Early Movable Books', and then proceeds through: Blue Ribbon Publishing; Dean and Son; French Moveables; S. Louis Giraud; Voitech Kubasta; the McLoughlin Brothers; Lothar Meggendorfer; Ernest Nister; S. and J. Fuller; Julian Wehr; and Raphael Tuck and Sons. There is a book title index. Images are faily small and there are no animations or video of the books in action.
The 'Project Aon' website offers free interactive novels, specifically several well-known fantasy book series from the 1980s and early 1990s. These books are free to download (as HTML and graphics, in single ZIP files) or to view and play online as Web pages. The books are the Lone Wolf fantasy series, written by Joe Dever. His series attempted to enhance the genre by adding an innovative 'choose your own storyline' system, as well as some aspects of traditional role-playing games. Such 'interactive' books served in the 1980s and early 1990s as a training ground for those who later made important careers in videogame production. 'Interactive' books are thus a notable transition moment between 'pen & paper' roleplaying games, computer-based hypertext story systems, and early narrative-based videogames. As such the Lone Wolf examples may be of interest to media historians, as well as to creatives who may wish to closely examine a commercially successful print form of interactive storytelling.
The Raising Rebels website was published by the Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Library to accompany an exhibition held from 15 June to 17 August, 2007. The exhibition was about children's literature that explored the lives of American children in relation to class, race and gender. The exhibition featured "biographies of radical activists, as well as the Young World Books series issued by International Publishers, an organ of the Communist Party of the United States of America. Also included are children's books with feminist, labor, multicultural, pacifist, and racial themes." The website provides digitised images of book covers from the center's collection, including a selection from the Lois Lenski collection. The introduction provides background information to the exhibition. It is also possible to view a Windows Media Player video of a lecture, presented by Julia Mickenberg of the University of Texas at Austin and Philip Nel of Kansas State University, which discusses the history of radical children's literature in the United States and relationship to the larger history of radical politics.
Recess is the website for a radio programme produced by the Center for Children's Literature and Culture, based at the University of Florida. The Center offers a daily three-minute Internet radio programme, titled Recess, about various aspects of children's culture. Scholars at the Center produce the programmes. The intended audience is not young children, but rather adults who are interested in the history of children's culture. The programmes also occasionally cover contemporary children's literature of note. Programmes are archived on the website. As of April 2007 over 1,300 three-minute programmes are freely available for download. These are encoded as standard MP3 audio files. Transcripts of most of the programmes are also freely available, and the Web page for transcripts serves as the index to the archive of programmes. Keyword search is via a simple Google-powered search box. The Recess radio programme is also regularly heard on nearly 500 U.S. public radio stations. The Center is home to the Baldwin Collection of Historical Children's Literature, containing over 100,000 items published in Great Britain and the United States from the early 1700s until the 1990s. The website also has short details of the staff at the Center, and their projects and research interests, and it is generally a more useful website than the Center's basic Web pages on the main website of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida.
The website for the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre describes the activities organised by the Centre and allows access to the searchable catalogue of archives held there. Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was one of the greatest children's writers of the 20th century, his works including classics such as: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; James and the Giant Peach; The Witches; and The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). The Centre, which is based in the village of Missenden, Buckinghamshire, offers: family and school activities; exhibitions; and storytelling workshops. For a more scholarly audience, they host Roald Dahl's extensive archive of: manuscripts; letters; and photographs. The archive database may be searched online, returning both collection-level and individual item details. A handful of items have been digitised and may be viewed at the site. These include some the letters Dahl wrote when he was at school (1925-1934), and early drafts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (viewable in PDF format). The site also provides press releases, along with several photographs of Roald Dahl, his family, and the Centre itself. This is a well-designed website that should be of use to scholars researching Dahl and 20th-century children's literature.
Roger McGough's home page promotes the poet's works and provides information on forthcoming publications, workshops, and tours. McGough was born in Liverpool in 1937, and is one of Britain's most popular children's poets. He has also published for an adult audience. His latest collections include 'Slapstick' (2008) and 'Selected Poems' (2006), and an autobiography 'Said and Done' (2005). The website lists his works and offers a brief overview of his writing career and achievements, as well as provides some short passages from the poems, including their sample audio recordings. There is a gallery of images of the poet, a calendar of events, and a subscription service for keeping the user up-to-date with the latest tour details.
Edited by Professor Terry Heller of Coe College, The Sarah Orne Jewett Text Project offers online full-text access to a vast array of works by the American author Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) as well as critical and biographical material. Heller notes that the project is an attempt to provide reliable online versions of all of Jewett's published writing. Available on the site are: a selection of stories (including "Strangers and Wayfarers" and "A White Heron"); poems (including: "Dunluce Castle"; "On Star Island"; and "The Old Doll"); novels (including: "The Country of the Pointed Firs"; "Deephaven"; and "The Tory Lover"); children's writing; essays; and letters. The e-texts are supported by a range of research resources including a bibliography of critical material and suggestions for research projects. Also worth noting is the 'Related Writing' section, in which Heller presents full texts of contemporary materials which are not readily available to general readers but which provide useful contextualising information for Jewett's writing. These range from newspaper articles on Jewett herself to discussions of suffrage and the place of women in society. The e-texts can be copied or downloaded for teaching use, and although not searchable, the site is easily navigated and attractively presented. As a source of primary material this site is extremely useful for Jewett scholars, the accompanying critical material making it an excellent site for initial research.
The online 'Science Fiction Resource Guide' is part of the French Science Fiction Pages. The Guide itself, however, is in English. It is a comprehensive resource with an extensive list of categories to browse. These contain annotated links to relevant online resources. Categories of subjects and topics include: Art and Artists; Authors; Awards; Bibliographies and lists; Fiction; Movie Resources; Publishers; Reviews and criticism; Television; Writers Resources; Zines, Magazines, Web E-zines. Among the better known topics included are Bram Stoker, Jules Verne, Star Trek, Star Wars, and many more. The website offers as well a brief 'Introduction' to this collection, a FAQ section, and information about new additions to the Guide. Unfortunately, the resource does not seem to have been updated since 2001. Despite this drawback, it is still an informative and useful site, and it will be of interest to general science fiction enthusiasts as well as students and scholars searching for Web resources on the subject.
Shoo Rayner's website showcases his work as a children's author and illustrator. He is perhaps best known for his feline characters 'The Ginger Ninja' and 'Dark Claw', but his impressive list of publications runs to over a hundred titles. The website is an excellent resource for research into the working practice of a contemporary children's author, offering a huge range of ideas, activities and insights into his work. The website is laid out as a series of cartoon headings and becomes the sort of site where it's easy to forget serious academic intent and just start having fun. However, there is a wealth of experience and information available behind the humour, along with the sense of a very lively and enthusiastic writer. Resources on the site include: 'Fun for Babies', 'Drawing School'; and 'Colouring Sheets', all of which provide stimulating activities for children. While there is an online store, there is also a mood of generosity about Rayner's approach which is refreshing, with free downloads available. These are aimed at children but suggest the ongoing concern for interaction with his readers which makes this site interesting and revealing as a study of modern practice and also as a resource for teachers.
This website is the result of Professor Kay E. Vandergrift's aim to share ideas and information with all levels of students and teachers interested in literature for children and young adults. Vandergrift sees the Snow White web page as an academic resource to all those involved in research and reading of specifially the fairy tale, Snow White. She has designed it as a teaching tool which brings together her important triad of contemporary literary theory, current research and teaching. The website includes a large number of resources ranging from a hypertext version of Snow White with 36 alternative editions, a section to view illustrations from Snow White, another link to examine other media like films, videos and recordings of Snow White, a Context section which leads to information on critical studies of Snow White, the Issue section which examines morality, feminism, Disney adaptions and the nature of goodness portrayed in Snow White to name just a few of the links.Vandergrift hopes this website, with its myriad of links, will be a path through the wilderness of contemporary literary theory. She ends with a reminder that all theories are products of the imagination so ultimately all theories are fictions. She encourages students and teachers to look for meaning in the layers that have built up surrounding all stories, especially Snow White to discern 'the true history of mankind'.
'South Bohemian Anglo-American Studies' is a full-text ejournal. Published entirely in English, the substantial first issue is formed from the proceedings of the 2006 conference Dream, Imagination and Reality in Literature. Articles are freely available as PDF files. Example article titles include: 'Make-belief and Dis-belief: Operations of Fantasy in Fairy Tales and Nonsense'; 'The Image of Children in the Novels and Short Stories by Graham Greene'; 'Death, Angels and Football: Blake’s Visions and Almond's England'; and 'The Real and Imaginary City in the Works of Martin Amis and Ian McEwan', among others. This journal will be of interest to those researching the British fantasy tradition and the fantastic.
This website lists the special collections held at Northumbria University Library. These include collections relating to parliament, to union/labour history, a collection of children’s books and papers relating to cultural policy. The website includes access information.
SurLaLune Fairy Tales.com is an online collection of annotated fairy tale texts. The site is the work of librarian and fairy tale enthusiast Heidi Anne Heiner, and is designed for both students and interested readers. Currently the site offers 47 annotated tales, including well-known titles such as: Cinderella; The Emperor's New Clothes; and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as well as stories less frequently told, including: Baba Yaga; The Fisherman and his Wife; and Godfather Death. The full texts of tales can be browsed by title or author, but there is no keyword search option on the site. Each tale has its own menu, through which users can access pages relating to: the annotated tale; a history of the tale; illustrations by various artists; modern interpretations; a bibliography; and a gallery of related images (for example video and book covers). At the time of writing there are more than 1400 illustrations on the site, by over 50 different artists, including: Arthur Rackham; Mabel Lucie Atwell; Edward Burne-Jones; and George Cruikshank. These are available as part of each fairy tale's section, but can also be viewed as part of a separate gallery, where they can be browsed by artist. The site also provides a comprehensive introduction to the concept of the fairytale and the site itself, as well as: a number of complete e-books (including fairy tales from across the world and critical texts); a discussion board; and a blog. This site would interest: anyone studying book illustration or fairy and folk tales, as well as general readers. There is a small amount of advertising on the site.
'A Taste of Horton' is a website hosted by Aberystwyth University Library and Information Services that shows some illustrations from this valuable collection of rare children's material (much of it in English) from the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection, held by Aberystwyth's Thomas Parry Library Rare Books Collection, illustrates the development of children's literature in terms of: publishing; printing; illustration; and themes over the two centuries. The website gives a sample of the items available in the physical collection, via an index of authors leading to descriptions of selected works, with digital images of a few of the illustrations from each. A brief introduction to the collection is also provided, with a link to the University's online library catalogue, where the full contents of the Horton Collection can be searched. The online images can also be viewed as a gallery, without the accompanying descriptions. There are also contact details for the keeper of the physical collection, which can be viewed by appointment. This resource would interest those researching children's literature and other children's materials from the period, from an: educational; literary; or artistic viewpoint, with the related links providing opportunities for further study on the subject.
The Ted Hughes Homepage is created by Ann Skea, Hughes scholar, friend and author of 'Ted Hughes: The Poetic Quest' (University of New England Press, NSW, Australia, 1994). It is intended to be a resource for all who enjoy Hughes' work or who are studying it and contains links to the full text of many of Skea's academic essays on Hughes. A very useful timeline is provided listing events in his life and publication dates for the major poems and works of criticism. Links are provided to other Hughes-related websites. To many critics, the English poet Ted Hughes was the leading British poet of his generation. Best known for collections like 'Lupercal' (1960) and 'Crow' (1970) and, of course, his much discussed marriage to Sylvia Plath in 1956. He was also the author of several children's books including 'The Iron Man' (1968), selections of other poets' work and a number of plays.
Tolkien Library is a website compiled by Pieter Collier, a remarkable Belgian collector of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973). Designed originally to create a bibliographical catalogue of his growing collection of 650-plus items, it has now evolved towards a general Tolkien collector resource. As the sub-title suggests, there is a bibliography of works by and about Tolkien with interlinks providing more details for those items in his collection; an illustrated biography of Tolkien with reviews, articles and essays about him. Visitors can sign-up to receive an electronic newsletter which is fully archived on the site. Described as "A descriptive and illustrated guide to collecting Tolkien and Tolkien related books," it is truly the "One library to rule them all."
The website 'University of Reading Special Collections' describes the 150 separate special collections held at the University of Reading library. As yet largely uncatalogued on the University’s electronic catalogue, the collection descriptions can be searched or browsed alphabetically from here. Of the archives of historical and literary papers held two, the Samuel Beckett Archive and the Records of British Publishing and Printing are designated as internationally important by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Other collections. Other collections relate to other authors, twentieth century British and Italian Politics, and local studies. As well as the extensive archive material, the Library holds important collections of rare books including pre 1851 handpress printed books, private press books and modern literary first editions. Particular strengths are history, history of science, children's literature, publishing and printing history, literature and classics. The site promotes regularly a 'featured items' section, with highlights from the collections, with the brochures available for download in PDF format. An archive of this section is accessible on the site.
The Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library, is a collection of nearly 2000 publicly-accessible online digital texts and images. A significant number of these items are not in the public domain, however, and permission must be sought from the copyright holder before reproducing any of them in their entirety or in part. An exception from this rule has been made for classroom sets: please follow the Conditions of Use link for more details. The books, which fall mainly within the realm of British and American Studies, are available in two downloadable e-Book formats (Microsoft and Palm) and in web format. The collections, which also include a Literature in Translation and a Young Readers section, as well as a section dedicated to the Bible, can be browsed by subject or by author, or searched by one or more keywords; the search can be general or can be restricted to the author's name, the item's title, or to one of the available subjects in the pre-defined list. These materials will be migrated to the University of Virginia's Digital Collections site during 2008.
The Victorian Women Writers project aims to provide access to highly accurate transcriptions of works from British women writers from the nineteenth century. The project aims to encode all its texts using Standard Generalised Markup Language (SGML) according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines. Further information about the project and SGML and TEI are available from the site. The site provides access to a wide variety of material by over 40 writers; this material includes anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts and children's books. All works can be viewed as HTML or SGML files or can be downloaded. Full bibliographical details are provided for each item. The works can be browsed alphabetically by author. It is also possible to search the site by carrying out either a simple keyword search or a boolean search. The site also has a list of works currently available and a list of those currently under preparation.
The Virtual Children's Books Exhibits website is hosted by Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University, and showcases items from Cotsen's collection of children's materials dating from the 15th century onwards. The site is divided into four virtual exhibits, entitled: 'Water Babies'; 'Magic Lantern'; 'Creepy-Crawlies'; and 'Beatrix Potter'. Each exhibit consists of images taken from books or works that relate to the overall theme. The images are accompanied by brief descriptions and where relevant, publication and date information. The images are clear and can be enlarged for better viewing. Although the exhibits are image-based, this resource would appeal to those studying children's literature, as well as anyone researching children's art or illustration.
'Virtual World of Girls' is subtitled: "an ebook about girl power, girls' school stories and the future of reading in an electronic age", and was created by the British artist and disability arts consultant Ju Gosling. The ebook was published online in 1998, and contains the following chapters: 'The History of Girls' School Stories'; 'The World of the Chalet School'; 'The Critics of Girls' School Stories'; 'The Parodies of Girls' School Stories'; 'The Fans of Girls' School Stories'; and 'The Significance of Girls' School Stories'. The book appears never to have been published in paper form. In addition to the main ebook there is a text on 'Researching & Creating Virtual Worlds of Girls' which provides a useful guide to resources in the field as they existed in the mid 1990s before the emergence of Girl Studies. The book is available to purchase in disk form, which also contains the documentary film 'The Chalet School Revisited' (1997).
The Water Babies: Swimming in Picture Books website was published to accompany an exhibition of the same title held at the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University in 2001. The aim of the exhibition was to present illustrations from their collection that "captured the sensations of being by or in the water". Therefore, the website provides 14 enlargeable seminal images of children's book illustrations, with detailed annotations, along this theme. Illustrations included here are: John Tenniel's Alice, from 'Alice in Wonderland', who was no bigger than a mouse, swimming in the tears that she had wept when she was nine feet tall; Jean de Brunhoff's Babar, from Babar en famille, rescuing his son Alexander; and an illustration by A. E. Jackson for Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies, which shows Tom flinging himself over a wave, while the fish watch from below.
'Who's who of American comics books' is a personal website authored by Jerry Bails, and it hosts the final version of his comprehensive database documenting the careers of comic book creators in the United States. The database also covers publishers, including small press and alternative publishers. It also covers overseas comics creators whose works had wide distribution in the United States. The database can be searched from a simple keyword search box, or via a useful set of A-Z webpages that list the names of artists. The database does not provide rounded biographies, but does provide some very limited biographical details. The focus is instead on facts such as: studios worked in; characters created; notable titles worked on; pen names used; and fan and trade publications in which biographical profiles can be found. The database began life as a four-volume book published in the 1970s, and it continued to be worked on until the death of author Jerry Bails in November 2006. As of April 2007 the future of the database is uncertain, but the website's front page currently states that "It will remain online for all of you to use for free." The website also has 370 high-resolution scans of original comics artwork, donated to the website by various notable artists.
This online checklist is based on an exhibition held at the University of Delaware from March to June 1997 to mark the centenary of the birth of the American novelist William Faulkner (1897-1962). It consists of a concise introduction and four sections on: his novels, his short stories and poetry, translations of his works, and other writings (including stories for children and his artwork). Each section consists of short captions relating to books housed in the University of Delaware's collections, some of them illustrated with images of the book covers. This site provides a useful introduction to the publishing history of Faulkner's works.
The 'Wonderful world of moveable books, 1811-1996' is a free online version of a gallery exhibition held at the University of North Texas in 1996. In the section on 19th century pop-up books, the website offers a sophisticated Shockwave multimedia recreation of a 'Little Fanny' paper doll book. In the 20th century section six of the books have rather small video clips of the pop-ups in action. The range is international, including British books such as the 'Daily Express Children's Annual No. 2'. The 'Exhibit Catalogue' page contains a bibliography of the books included in the exhibition.
The online resource 'World of tales: folktales, fairy tales and fables from around the world' offers a collection of classic stories for children and examples of oral tradition of storytelling from nearly every continent. The website consists of five main sections: Folktales; Fairy tales; Audio Fairy tales; Fables; Other stories. 'Folktales' pages offer a selection of stories from North, Central and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. The 'Fairy tales' section brings together the stories by Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. 'Audio Fairy tales' offers recordings of selected works by Andersen and Oscar Wilde. 'Other stories' provides the texts of sixteen Christmas tales, including 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens and 'Jimmy Scarecrow's Christmas' by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman. All content is available in full-text and free of charge. Unfortunately, the website does not provide bibliographic details of the editions on which these texts are based. Considering this drawback, but also due to the scope and range of this collection, 'World of tales' is a commendable resource for all general readers and teachers, who are in search of easily accessible stories for children, folktales and fables. A page of 'Useful links' will refer these users to other related sites.
This website describes the special collections and archives held at the University of Liverpool Library. These are wide ranging, resulting from a large number of bequests and donations to the library and range from local history to manuscript studies. Collections of note include archives of politician David Owen and social reformer and women’s rights campaigner Josephine Butler, medieval manuscripts and collections of early printed books (incunabula), a collection of private press publications and collections of science fiction and modern literary manuscripts. Most collections are listed in (and can be searched via) the university library catalogue, and the website provides details of accessing them in person.
This website lists the special collections held at York St John University Fountains Learning Centre. Although the webpage includes links to library resources of specific interest only to members of the institution, there are two collections of wider interest: the University’s own archives, with material relevant to the history of education in Northern England dating back to 1812; and the Rees-Williams Collection of Victorian children's books. Both collections have detailed descriptions of material contained within them, along with access arrangements.