This website was produced in order to host class work by graduate students researching the 18th- and early 19th-century novel. The page offers links to the class syllabus, the course material used in teaching the subject, and the sites produced by the students as a result of their study. The aim of the course was to examine 'new oppositions emerging with the advent of capitalism and the rise of the middle class', particularly gender oppositions, and this aim is reflected in the six student responses. Each response consists of a short critical article, and a more extended annotated bibliography covering the aspect they studied. The course materials included essentially consist of extracts from critics and annotated bibliographies covering such areas as: class; liberalism; the rise of the novel; consumerism; property; and publicity. The principal use of this site will be for referring to the various annotated bibliographies, although tutors may also wish to consider the approach to teaching the early novel demonstrated here.
Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, a complex novel sometimes compared to Joyce's Ulysses, was published in 1973. Steven Weisenburger's A Gravity's Rainbow Companion (1988) provides a key to a basic understanding of this work. Donald F. Larsson's Companion's Companion aims to supplement rather than replace Weisenburger's commentary. Following a brief introduction, the site is divided into four main sections corresponding to the sections of the work itself, each one consisting of a series of notes together with a number of relevant images. Larsson, who is a specialist in film, attempts with the help of many correspondents to add to and sometimes correct the references to film and popular culture in Gravity's Rainbow. There is a separate index of the illustrations and a page of useful links. This site is an important contribution to the study of a major twentieth-century work of fiction.
This website provides brief biographical information relating to the author, Daniel Defoe. It also gives online access to Defoe's major novels and pamphlets as well as his travel writings. Online works include: (On) the Education of Women; A Journal of the Plague Year; A Relation of the Apparition of Mrs. Veal; Dickory Cronke the Dumb Philosopher, or Great Britain's Wonder; Everybody's Business is Nobody's Business; From London to Land's End; Giving Alms to Charity; The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders &c.; The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe; Tours through the Eastern Counties of England, 1722. The site has useful guidelines on how its content should be cited by students and researchers. It also provides an option of subscription to an online newsletter, which gives updates on new authors added to Classic Authors.net. There is a resources section with links to other websites on Defoe. The About Defoe page has two flashing advertisements which can be a minor irritation, but it otherwise user-friendly.
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.
Adam Matthew Publications is a British publisher of "original manuscript collections, rare printed books and other primary source material for the humanities". Publication has until recently been in microfilm form, but much of the material is now also available to scholars online. The service is a commercial one that generally requires purchase and registration. There is, however, some full-text material available for free and without registration at this website (click Guides / Online / then see the free full-text 'Publisher's Note' and 'Introduction' for each collection). There is a full A-Z index to around 500 large scholarly collections of primary source material on microfilm, and a link to the Adam Matthew Digital website for online access. A variety of free printed brochures are offered on certain topics, and these can be requested for postal delivery. Further short brochures (see 'Recent Publications') are available free online as PDF files. The collections seem especially strong in literary manuscripts, travel records, and documents of political importance.
Aftermath is a website which examines the social and cultural aftermath of the First World War, especially in the UK, "when the boys came home" (including: the experience of returned soldiers; the need for remembrance and war memorials; and the literature of the early 1920s). The author is a professional Web designer, and design pervades Aftermath and enhances it - even the distinctive poppy red colour scheme. The site's navigation is powered by DHTML. The majority of the extensive content of the site is database driven. The navigation bars to the left and at the top provide fast access with drop-down menus leading to index pages for the major divisions within the site. From there one can access the range of articles dealing with particular subjects including: News Clips (a very useful reference archive of newspaper articles about the Great War since 1998); the 2 minutes silence at 11 o'clock on Armistice Day now part of remembrance ceremonies; Peace Day (the official end of the war, marked by the signing three weeks earlier of the Versailles Treaty); War Memorials; Bereavement (personal accounts of loss); Pilgrimage (the history of visits to the Western Front); A Land Fit For Heroes (focuses on the grim peacetime reality for too many heroes, including J.B.Priestley's account of a battalion reunion); The Lost Generation (the myth and reality of the 1920s notion that Britain's troubles were due to the losses in the Great War); Disenchantment (extract from book by C.E.Montague, 1922); retrospectives on people and places such as Douglas Haig; Aftermath USA (the post-war experience in America); Short Stories (written in the 1920s by authors such as Katherine Mansfield, Rudyard Kipling, Mrs Belloc Lowndes, and Arthur Machen; Great War Poetry; Modern Poetry; H.V.Morton's London, from the 1920s; Music Hall (the post-war decline); Crime. There is also a guestbook and other interactive message boards.
'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".
Aldous Huxley: The Author and his Times is a website devoted to Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), author of novels and essays including Brave New World, Point Counter Point and Island. The site's table of contents includes, General Huxley Links, Brave New World Links, Biography, Complete Works, Coterie (Huxley's 'comrades and affiliates'), Bio-Ethics and Reproductive Issues, Additional Resources, Site Informration (including citation formats), and a Discussion Forum.
This website was prepared as part of an undergraduate course for students studying black American womanist writer Alice Walker, and in particular her novel The Color Purple. The site consists of a brief introduction; links to other sites about Walker and other modern American women writers; and a section of questions on The Color Purple for students to ponder. These could well be used as essay questions or as topics to be explored in classes. The focus of the questions is placed firmly on feminist issues and issues of race and although it was written for a specific course it could provide a useful starting point for any initial research on Alice Walker.
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.
'American@' is a full-text peer-reviewed ejournal "dedicated to American Cultural and Literary Studies". At February 2009 there are six themed issues online, and the latest issue is themed 'Queer America'. The journal is produced by the University of Seville, in Spain. Articles are in PDF format, and all but six articles are in English. Example article titles include: 'A Queer New World: Adaptation Theory and the Zeugma of Fidelity in Derek Jarman's The Tempest'; 'Mammy' (on the black "mammy" stereotype); and 'On the Other Side of Madness: How to Become a Character in Kurt Vonnegut's World', among others. There is a strong emphasis on lesbian and gay literature, and on the black and hispanic experience. The website is in English and there are details of the Editorial Board, and the submissions process.
'Ancient Greece in Fiction' is a modestly presented but useful online list of fictional works, mostly in English, inspired by classical myth, history and archaeology, from the 18th century to the present day. Compiled by Dr Nick Lowe of the Department of Classics, Royal Holloway College, University of London, the list is arranged alphabetically, according to mythical or historical character, as well as by period and theme. The list, which is based in part on William Thompson's 1966 pamphlet 'Classical novels' and Hazel Beall's article in Classical World 1963, is dominated by 20th century works but also includes many classic texts of an earlier date and is current to 2006. It provides an invaluable guide to the range of fiction inspired by the classical Greek world. The website also includes links to related websites including the author's own guide, 'Ancient Greece in the cinema'. This resource will benefit both professional academics in a number of disciplines studying the relationship between ancient and modern literature and a wider audience, including creative writers, pursuing an interest in classical studies and their contemporary echoes in popular culture.
The Ann Radcliffe pages form part of the selected pre-Victorian authors section of The Victorian Web, and provide a basic introduction to the life and work of this early Gothic Romantic novelist. With novels such as 'The Mysteries of Udolpho' (1794) and 'The Italian' (1797) Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) inspired terror in her readers with supernatural events that are eventually explained, and she pioneered the fictional use of landscape which often takes precedence over the characters. The site provides only a brief biography and a list of Radcliffe's works but its main interest lies in the critical assessment of the novels which draw out particular themes such as the significance of gender, the evocation of nature, and Radcliffe's narrative techniques. The essays also assess her work in relation to her more famous contemporaries, such as Jane Austen and the Romantic poets William Wordsworth and P. B. Shelley.
Anniina's Alice Walker web page provides information on the American writer, probably best known for her novel The Color Purple. The page is primarily a structured gateway to other websites containing critical material about Walker, reviews of her publications, biographical information, and extracts from primary texts. Anniina's site itself provides a brief biographical sketch and hosts some of the secondary essays included amongst the links, such as David White's essay on defining African-American heritage. At the time of review the site hadn't been updated since 2006 and contained a number of dead links, although the majority was in good order.
The website “Anniina’s Toni Morrison Page” is dedicated to the works of the 1993 Nobel Prize winning, African-American novelist, Toni Morrison and offers a selection of links to interviews and biographies. Bibliographies of critical studies are provided for the following novels; “Beloved”, “Paradise”, “Love”, “Jazz”, “Sula”, “Tar Baby”, “Song of Solomon”, and “The Bluest Eye”. In each of the bibliographies, there are external links to articles, book reviews, essays, interviews, and excerpts of variable quality. Users will need an audio plug-in feature to take advantage of the small number of interviews and excerpts on this site. There are links on the homepage to five sections that contain a number of external websites about Toni Morrison. These sections include “Biographies”, “Bibliographies”, “Interviews” that require an audio plug-in such as RealPlayer or an mp3 option, “Other Sources” and “Bookstore”. The site is perhaps of most interest to students of African-American literature and twentieth-century women’s studies. Luminarium is an independent bibliographical resource started by Anniina Jokinen in 1996 and provides critical references ranging from medieval to contemporary literature.
The online resource 'Anthony Burgess Centre' is hosted on the website for the University of Angers Library, France. The Centre aims to promote the study of Burgess (1917-1993). It houses a large collection of his writings and of books that belonged to him. The catalogues of the collection may be downloaded from the University Library site (link provided). Burgess was a prolific writer and scholar, but is probably best known for 'A Clockwork Orange', which was made into a controversial film by Stanley Kubrick. The website presents information about the Centre and its holdings. Samples of these are available on the website, for instance, there is a piece by Burgess on the short story. A biannual newsletter is published on the site, including its current and previous issues, as is the content of symposia and workshops organised in the years 2001-2010. There are also several photographs of the collection room which contains the author's personal effects. The site is in a mixture of French and English, with the most important sections available in both languages. The Centre is of obvious importance to scholars studying Burgess.
The website of the Antwerp James Joyce Center provides information on this research centre, based at the University of Antwerp. The centre researches all aspects of Joyce's work, with an emphasis on genetic criticism, and works to promote interest in Joyce's work in Dutch-speaking countries. The website gives an overview of the work of the centre and provides full text access to a number of papers authored by members of the centre. Full issues of the centre's electronic journal 'Genetic Joyce Studies' are also available online, from the first issue in 2001 onwards. There are also links to other Joyce-related websites, and a list of relevant publications by centre members. This site would interest those researching Joyce, as well as university students studying his work.
The Aphra Behn Web page, created by Ruth Nestvold, is dedicated to the Restoration English dramatist Aphra Behn (1640-1689), "the first professional woman writer in English". The site provides a number of resources, including a chronology of Behn's life and work and a number of articles/essays by Ruth Nestvold, entitled: 'Aphra Behn, Racism and the Beginnings of Novelistic Discourse'; 'Women in the Theater after the Restoration'; and 'Aphra Behn and the Beginnings of a Female Narrative Voice'. In addition, there are two pieces written in German, one on 'Oroonoko' and the other on female authorship, as well as notes on a course on the early English novel at the University of Freiburg, 1997 and a paper written by Anne-Kathrin Rochwalsky, entitled "Credibility and Realism in Daniel Defoe's 'Moll Flanders' and Aphra Behn's 'Oroonoko'''. The site also provides links to related online resources and websites but these have not been updated for some time.
'Appositions: studies in renaissance / early modern literature & culture' is a peer-reviewed full-text ejournal, published annually. The journal website is presented in weblog form and navigation of issues and articles is very awkward and unintuitive, but visitors will find four issues online at June 2009. The majority, but not all, articles are freely available in HTML form. Freely available articles include: 'Chimene’s Dilemma: the Aesthetic & Political Formation of the French State in Pierre Corneille's Le Cid'; 'Pedantry, Paraphrase or Potty Humour? The Art of Translating Ovid's Heroines in 1680'; and 'Dramatic Hybridities: Sex, Nation, and Genre in Cymbeline and Bonduca', among others. The journal is available under a Creative Commons licence. The journal has details of the editor, Editorial Board, and submissions process.
The text of The Arabian Nights, as translated by Richard Burton in 1850. This is a collection of stories whose authorship is unknown, which include the seven voyages of Sindbad Hight the Seaman. This appears on the website entitled Sacred-Texts, which is a freely available non-profit archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics.
A discussion of the background and origins of The Arabian Nights, a collection of tales by an unknown author. Included in the tales is that of Sinbad the Sailor, which is mentioned in the discussion. The tale is divided into seven voyages and during each, Sinbad reaches a crisis as he braves a dangerous creature or an evil tyrant but he always finds a solution by using his ingenuity, his diplomacy and his strength.
Archipelago is a free magazine that contains interviews, poetry, essays, and political texts. The Archipelago website has 10 years of back-issues online, and these can be viewed as individual full-text articles or as printable PDF issues (designed for U.S. letter-size paper). The scope is international, and many poems in the magazine appear in translation. The magazine consistently examines the tasks of publishing, translating and editing, and there are historical essays and interviews that address these issues - such as the three-part 'Schocken Books: a brief history of a publishing company'. Archipelago also publishes occasional photography. The website has full details of the editors and advisors. The contents of the magazine can be searched using a simple search facility. No registration is required in order to use the website. Contributions are by invitation only.
Arnold Wesker - Playwright is a website dedicated to the life and work of the English playwright Arnold Wesker, 1932- .It is run and maintained by Pixelshifters.com (a commercial website design company) and authored by Wesker himself. The site has an up-to-date news feature, a short biography, a list of foreign productions of his plays, a short and long chronology and an extensive bibliography which includes much of his journalism, essays and interviews. The most impressive feature of the site, however, deals with his work: synopses and reviews are provided for all of his plays. There is also a list of books about Wesker and links to the websites of theatres who are currently, or have in the past, produced his plays. Arnold Wesker was born in Stepney of Jewish immigrant parents. He is the author of forty-plus plays including 'Chicken Soup With Barley' (1957), 'Chips With Everything' (1962), 'The Merchant' (1977); four books of short stories; 'Fatlips' (1978) a story for young people; and an autobiography 'As Much As I Dare' (1994).
Artful Dodge is "an Ohio-based literary magazine that publishes work with a strong sense of place". The website has full details of the magazine, and invites potential readers to request a sample copy. The website offers free content online, including free full-text interviews with Jorge Luis Borges, Vaclav Havel, William Least Heat-Moon, Czeslaw Milosz, among 25 other notable writers. There are also about 20 examples of poems translated by fellow poets, and about 80 full-text articles from previous issues of the Artful Dodge. There are tables of contents for back-issues, from 1979 until 2004. The magazine has a variety of regular special features, some of which are available in full-text form on the website. The website has a short history of the magazine, details of the editors and their submission procedures. At June 2007, the website appears to be infested with aggressive commercial pop-up advertisements that manage to bypass the default pop-up blocking function in Internet Explorer.
The Arthur Morrison Society, founded in 2009, aims to promote interest in the 19th and 20th-century author and his works. Morrison is best known for writing the novel 'A Child of the Jago', highlighting the poverty of working-class people in London's East End, but was also the author of a number of detective novels featuring the character Martin Hewitt as well as an avid collector of Japanese prints. The website of the society provides some biographical information on the author, mainly focused on Loughton in Essex, where the society is based and where Morrison lived for some time. The site also gives details of how to join the society, as well as information on Morrison-related events in the area and related publications. The society would be interest those studying Morrison and his life, as well as general readers of his works.
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.
Covering art, politics, literature and culture, this online quarterly magazine promises 'to move beyond conventional stereotypes' as it explores issues relevant to a contemporary democratic society. It seems to feature mainly articles, reviews and essays on political, social and cultural topics, but it also welcomes submissions of translations, fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, photography, paintings, collages, drawings, and many others. The website provides an impressive number of links to other online resources, such as national newspapers, magazines, literary and political sites, blogs, television and radio pages. The 'Alternative Media' section refers the user to individual articles or news items located at other resources. Among the drawbacks is the website design. Considering the range of themes and genres included in this magazine, without any topical organisation, the user may experience some difficulty in locating an item of interest.
Aspects of E. M. Forster is a site devoted to the English novelist and critic Edward Morgan (E. M.) Forster (1879-1970). Forster's novels include Where Angels Fear to Tread, A Room With a View, Howards End and A Passage to India. The site contains Margaret Drabble's brief biography of Forster, taken from The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Also included is information on each of Forster's novels, including a synopsis, information on film adaptations, and links to online textual versions and reviews. Other feautures are a quiz, a discussion board and a comprehensive set of links.The site is an excellent resource for Forster scholars and enthusiasts.
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.
'Atlas Shrugged' is a free website providing materials for the study of Ayn Rand's 1957 novel of the same name. Published by the Ayn Rand Institute, this website provides an accessible study-guide to an influential novel that has sold six million copies and continues to sell 185,000 copies each year. The website is best used after a full reading of the novel, since it contains numerous 'plot spoilers'. The website contains a 'History of Atlas Shrugged', audio commentaries and recordings, a chapter-by-chapter video examination of the themes and ideas to be found in the novel, a full profile of Rand and her works, and links to a handful of selected external websites.
The website 'Augustan Satire: An Annotated Bibliography' brings together some of the general accounts of satire and of the two most important early 18th-century satirists, Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. This resource is part of private pages maintained by Jack Lynch, an Associate Professor in the English Department, Rutgers University (Newark). Among these pages users will find other 18th-century related online materials, concerning the period's literature, philosophy, history, art, music, architecture, religion and science. Lynch's annotated bibliography of Augustan satire includes over 70 items. These are organised into six main sections: Reference Works; Standard Editions of Major Satirists; Anthologies; Serials; Critical Studies - General or Comparative; Critical Studies - Individual Satirists (Pope and Swift). Each item includes full bibliographic details and is followed by, mostly, a paragraph long description of the work cited. This resource will be of use and interest particularly to students of Augustan age and literature.
The 'Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies' is a free full-text scholarly journal. This refereed journal of articles, news and notes in Victorian Studies is published by the Australasian Victorian Studies Association. Previously available in print, since November 2007, the journal has only been freely available online. Archived issues run back to 2008. Users may register by email to be notified of the publication of future issues. Policies and guides for submissions are also posted. The journal is being placed online under the National Library of Australia's 'Open Publish' initiative. The site has its own search engine.
This is the official website for the American composer and novelist Paul Bowles (1910-1999), and his wife, the writer Jane Bowles. Paul Bowles was a relentless traveller, and lived for much of his life in Morocco. The site contains a biographical essay on Bowles by Allen Hibbard, a biography of Jane Bowles by Millicent Dillon, and an assessment of Bowles as a composer by Irene Herrmann. Other pages include catalogues of the Bowleses' literary works, musical compositions and available scores, galleries of photographs, and sound clips from the music (using MIDI files). The site includes transcripts of interviews, and a variety of articles, many consisting of memoirs and personal reminiscences. There is also a page of links to a number of related online sites. This resource continues to grow, and should act as a useful introduction to the work of Paul and Jane Bowles.
The Ayn Rand Society (ARS) is "a professional society affiliated with the American Philosophical Association. ... Its aim is to foster the scholarly study by philosophers of the philosophical thought and writings of Ayn Rand." The ARS webpage has details of the ARS Steering Committee, past and current programmes, and details of obtaining membership - the ARS is only open to members of the American Philosophical Association. The ARS website has a reliable full-text essay, titled 'Ayn Rand and Objectivism: an overview', and a short selected biblilography of works by Ayn Rand. The ARS was established in 1987, and it will be a useful contact point for British scholars seeking to contact those working in U.S. universities on aspects of Rand's philosophy, her novels, and her ideas on art.
The B. S. Johnson site is devoted to the life and work of this postwar experimental British novelist, poet and playwright. Anticipating many of the techniques associated with postmodern fiction, his novels include Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry and The Unfortunates, a loose-leaf novel of 27 sections, 25 of which can be read in any order. The site includes biographical information, several photographs, quotations, and a bibliography including synopses reviews and jacket photographs. There is also a collection of articles, including contemporary reviews of Johnson's novels. These are available either in the html or PDF formats. Other features include a discussion forum and a set of links. The site is a valuable resource for scholars of Johnson, or experimental British fiction, and includes regularly updated details of related live events.
The American novelist Thomas Pynchon (born 1937) published Vineland in 1990. This site grew from an email correspondence between the authors of this website as they read the novel (which has similarities with George Orwell's Nineteen eighty-four) for the first time and is an attempt to provide a starter kit for those 'who want to read "Vineland", but are uneasy about making their way in'. There is a substantial Introduction to the work, with lists of songs, movies and cool names contained in the book, while the main sections are a detailed page-by-page analysis and annotation of each chapter. This site provides a useful and readable introduction to an important and complex novel.
This is the official site of Barbara Kingsolver (1955- ), the Kentucky-born writer whose works include novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and 'Holding the line', an oral history of a mine strike in Arizona. The site includes a brief biography, an extensive bibliography of her works in all formats, a 'Bookshelf' (listing her books in print), topics for discussion by reading groups (including excepts from the novels), and audio clips taken from recordings of Kingsolver reading from her works. There is also a useful FAQ section in which Kingsolver responds at length to questions from her readers, and a News section offering information about her recent publications and an email subscription service. This is a well-organized site offering a substantial amount of background information about a significant contemporary writer.
'Barcelona English Language and Literature Studies' (BELLS) is an annual full-text ejournal published in English by the Department of English and German at the University of Barcelona, Spain. Some articles are in Spanish - but there is also much here in English that will interest scholars in literature and film, and linguistics. Issue 15 was themed 'Contemporary Theatres in English', issue 16 was on the teaching of language, and the forthcoming issue 17 (2008) will be themed 'Film Studies Now'. Example literature-related article titles are: 'Was the Classical Tradition Betrayed by J. Ivory’s Adaptation of E.M. Forster’s Maurice?'; 'Satire on Learning and the Type of the Pedant in Eighteenth-Century Literature'; and 'From Crusoe to the English Patient, or the Transition from the Western Humanist Enlightenment Subject to the White Male Colonialist', among others. There are also tables of contents for the journal's first and second series, although full-text copies of these articles are not available. The website is in English and has full details of the Editors, Editorial Board, and a Style Sheet.
The Barcelona Review is an electronic magazine dedicated to contemporary fiction and poetry written in English, Spanish, French and Catalan. It is produced by a Barcelona-based international collective of individuals who work either in publishing or education. The user should note that each language has a different dedicated version of the site, although the principle remains the same: to review the best of new, cutting-edge writing. The Review also publishes new short stories, poetry, essays, literary quizzes, and interviews with notable authors in each of the languages mentioned. A useful index of all the authors featured throughout back issues of the Review allows the user to quickly locate material of interest. A new issue of the Review is published online every two months, and the user may subscribe for free to be notified of its availability. This is an entertaining and informative site, which encourages contributions from its readers and will certainly appeal to anyone interested in contemporary European literature.
Bartelby the scrivener, a symbolic tale by Herman Melville first appeared in Putnam's monthly magazine in 1853. This site provides a hypertext edition of the text, with links to notes and illustrations, together with images of the full text as it appeared in Putnam's. There is a history of the text and list of variants, a list of sources and analogues, and a substantial Bibliography of Criticism and Sources. A number of these references link to full-text versions of reviews and articles. A search engine enables the user to search the whole site. The site is well laid out and offers an exhaustive introduction to one of Melville's stories.
'BathHouse' is an online journal which "promotes interdisciplinary and hybrid arts with a special emphasis on language and innovation". The journal is edited and authored by current Creative Writing students at Eastern Michigan University. As well as the current issue, an archive of previous issues (full text) are available online. Many issues are based around themes, which in the past have included: Russian new media literature and art; "contagion"; and medicine. Each issue presents a mixture of: visual art; poetry; short fiction; and discussion, but the boundaries between these are often blurred. Poems are often accompanied by sound files of the poet reading the work. This is a varied and often though-provoking mixture of arts, which would appeal to creative writing and art students as well as interested readers.
This site, entitled Speech and Drama, is a subsite of the BBC Radio 3 website. The site posts information on and audio links to the different BBC Speech and Drama programmes, which include: Night Waves; The Verb; Sunday Feature; Between The Ears; Drama on 3; and The Wire. Site visitors can access programmes relevant to the study of classic and contemporary literature, poetry, film and drama. One highlight in this respect is the site's Poetry Library, which features audio recordings of poems being read out loud, in some cases by the poets themselves. There are also some elements of the site which will interest specialists in Cultural History, with a specific programme on Czech history, for example. The site has an artist search engine, with which users can search for biographies and discographies on 15,000 artists across all genres. An interview subsite includes interviews with noted composers, directors, photographers, film-makers, sculptors, painters, artists, choreographers, historians, novelists, playwrights and poets.
The full text of Benito Cereno, by Herman Melville and published in 1856. In his early life, Melville's employment included time as a cabin boy on board the whaler Achushnet and he later joined the U.S. Navy, during which time he experienced long voyages in the Atlantic and the South Seas. Other books by Melville include Moby Dick, Billy Budd and Typee. The text appears on a website entitled The Great Book Index, which contains online literature and is maintained by an enthusiast.
Benjamin Disraeli, Author, is a straightforward online resource offering full-text versions of some of Disraeli's fictional writing for the public domain. It should prove useful to literature and history researchers. The texts are available as Adobe Acrobat PDF files and the site makes it clear that they should not be considered as definitive versions, where wording, spelling, and/or punctuation are concerned. This is due to their compilation from various editions, so they do not correspond with any one printed version of the texts. However, the numbering of the paragraphs is consistent with the originals, and advice is given on referencing the online editions. Texts on the site include 'Alroy' (1833), 'Count Alarcos' (1839), 'The Infernal Marriage' (1834), 'Ixion in Heaven' (1833), 'The Rise of Iskander' (1834), 'Sybil' (1845), and 'Popanilla' (1827). Further texts are in preparation and contributions are invited to help complete the resource.
The website 'A bibliography for Thomas More's "Utopia"' is an online resource based on a PhD thesis by Romuald Ian Lakowski (now at Grant MacEwan College, Alberta, Canada). The site comprises a large list of: editions; concordances; and bibliographies from the early sixteenth-century up to 1998. There are bibliographical entries for translations in many languages, including: English; French; Spanish; Chinese; Finnish; Hungarian; Arabic; and Japanese. In total there are nearly seven hundred bibliographic entries which can be accessed through the table of contents or via an index of authors' names. This website would be a useful research tool for students of philosophy; history; theology; and literature.
Bibliomania.com is a commercial website that provides the full-texts of over 2,000 out-of-copyright English and American novels. Every text that one might reasonably expect to find in a paperback classic edition at a bookshop is available here. The site's contents include several 'study guide' texts mainly written by Oxford University graduates for those books frequently taught in schools, such as Huxley's "Brave New World". More than just plot summaries closely examining characters, themes and structure, the guides are designed to be of particular interest to students and their teachers or tutors. The site also has a homework/revision/query help section where you can email any English literature questions to the team. There is also a short history of the novel, divided by period and genre.For each featured author the site provides a short biography and links to electronic texts of their most widely read works. The electronic texts themselves are divided into chapters, ensuring download times are acceptable even over slow connections. Each text has its own message board. New books are added every month, along with new articles and interviews. The "research" area houses a library of reference books, biographies, and religious texts. It contains fully searchable copies of language reference books, including dictionaries, books of quotations and a thesaurus. Also included are non-fiction books with subjects ranging from history, to economics, to psychology, with major religious texts area in embryo. Erotic fiction includes The Kama Sutra and The Perfumed Garden. A free electronic concordance to each text on the site is provided. A search engine is provided with the site. Via the Search Engine one can look for individual words or whole phrases, search across either an individual text, the entire works of a specific author, or even groups of authors, enabling a comparison of the presence of specific words or phrases, across, for example, the Victorian period. The concordances provide you, within seconds, with a list of hyperlinked locations where the relevant search term can be found.
Bill and Sue-On Hillman's ERBzine is a site devoted to the life and works of the American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950). Burroughs is best known for his adventure stories featuring Tarzan, although he also wrote much science fiction and fantasy fiction. This site offers a wide range of information on Burroughs and his works, including a substantial biographical section, including family letters, and a detailed bibliography. Much of the content of the site is taken from the archives of the weekly online magazine 'ERBzine', and covers topics such as: film and television adaptations; the various artists who illustrated Burroughs' work; materials in library collections; the activities of Burroughs' many fans; and links to related sites. These sections are profusely illustrated, particularly with images of book and magazine covers. As well as novels, the website covers related materials such as Tarzan comics and collectable ephemera. The website can be searched via a simple Google-powered search box. While this well-organised site is non-academic in conception, it nevertheless offers a vast amount of information to anyone engaged in serious study of a major popular writer and the genres in which he wrote.
Zane Grey (1872-1939) the American writer of Western fiction is best known for his novel Riders of the purple sage (1912). This site consists of a series of pages, which include a Chrono-log (a chronological listing of Grey's stories as they appeared in book form), a brief biography of Grey by G.M. Farley, and a Gallery. The latter lists comics and other similar publications in which Grey's work was published and reproduces many images of their covers. There are also two further galleries reproducing book and magazine covers, a section dealing with Altadena in California (where Grey lived), a page of links which presents other relevant material, and a page entitled Zane Grey Memorabilia, which has the text and image of a letter written by Grey. This site is an important resource for the study of Grey and Western fiction.
Blithe House Quarterly is an online full text literary journal featuring short fiction by emerging and established: lesbian; gay; bisexual; and transgendered authors. The site provides access to issues from the journal's beginning in 1997, up to 2007. Each issue contains between six and ten stories, by authors such as: Paul Magrs; Kevin Killian; and Ali Smith. The site provides submission information as well as a mailing list and information on books published by its featured authors. This resource would interest those studying contemporary short fiction and creative writing.
'Bloomsbury' describes itself as "a free on-line database of .... reference books and other material published by Bloomsbury". London's Bloomsbury Publishing provides free access to their books 'Guide to Art' (1986), 'Dictionary of English Literature' (1997), 'Myth' (1996) and books of quotations, among others. They claim the website offers a searchable collection of 17,000 entries. At January 2008, a test search for 'photomontage' returns a useful collection of nine entries from the 'Guide to Art', and these linked to full-text entries. Test searches for literature (Arnold Bennett) and myth (Pygmalion) gave similarly useful results. This website is a useful and speedy quick reference source, giving reliable and concise information.
Bold Type was initially set up as a monthly book review by email, presenting a short list of books worth reading along with reviews and extracts. The resource, formerly provided by Random House Inc, has now been relaunched at its own website, and is run by Flavorpill Productions. The Random House website still provides archives of past issues, which would be useful to anyone with a general interest in literature as well as those studying twentieth century, American and post-colonial literature specifically. Amongst the many writers featured are: Amy Clampitt; W. G. Sebald; Chinua Achebe; Haruki Murakapemi; V. S. Naipaul; and Jennifer Egan. An audio section also offers the opportunity to hear such writers reading their work as: Margaret Atwood; John Ashbery; W.H. Auden; and Vikram Seth. There is also a 'Poets and Poetry' section, highlighting poets featured by Bold Type, and some interesting links to other literary sites. Some essays of writers works are also provided. Readers wishing to subscribe to the magazine online should go to the new website at: http://boldtype.com/.
Part of the Perseus Digital Library, the website featuring the "Bolles Collection on the History of London" is an excellent online resource for historians of London, cartographers and those researching the literature of London. It features works by Henry Mayhew, Walter Thornbury, Thomas Milbank, and Charles Dickens. Edwin C. Bolles' collection on the History of London spans the founding of the city to the nineteenth century. There are over 8,000 images, and 35 texts, as well as informative maps of the English and British capital. This site, a hyperlinked digital library, is an excellent resource for those with an interest in the history of London, or for researchers. The site is shut down daily for over an hour for additions and maintenance work and at the time of cataloguing was experiencing problems. It is a tremendous resource that links to other sections of the Perseus Digital Library. The Bolles Collection is only available on the old version of the Perseus Digital Library and the section on the London Maps did not open at the time of review
'BookScans' is a free online image bank of over 21,000 scans of pulp fiction artwork, mostly the front and back covers of these cheap mass-market paperbacks. The website has been created by the collector Bruce Black with the aid of a network of other collectors and dealers, and the focus is on pulp fiction from the U.S., published from 1939 until 1959. The aim is to create a complete database of all published cover art. Images are presented at a uniform size throughout, 350 x 400 pixels. Most pulp artists worked anonymously, so the database is organised by publisher. Details of the publisher and its products are given on each index page. There are also galleries of publisher brand logos, and other themed selections created by the website author. The bulk of the website is devoted to the database of thousands of images, but there are also two short full-text articles, 'Censorship in the Paperback Age' and 'Things That Are Wrong with Vintage Paperback Books' (an overview of some conservation issues). The page titled 'Reference Books' is also very useful, containing a very comprehensive selection of bibliographic books and magazines published to aid collectors and dealers. Histories of the form are also listed here. As of July 2007, the website is being actively and regularly updated. The website appears to be funded by the sales of a $10 DVD containing all the images.
'Bookslut' is a free monthly online magazine dedicated to the pleasure of reading. The magazine is a wide-ranging resource for English and writing students looking for contemporary reviews, interviews and opinions. Edited by an international collection of librarians, graduate students and enthusiastic readers, the magazine provides a vigorous and rigorous collection of material, aiming to offer 'insightful reviews, commentary on trends, updated news, and a lot of silliness'. Archived Issues date back to May 2002, and include interviews with authors such as: Edwin John Wintle; Camille Paglia; and Lee Gutkind. Each issue features reviews of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as features on other aspects of writing and reading. The writing style is, in keeping with the title and section headings, challenging and punky, and has an opinionated vitality about it.
The brazen head is a site devoted to the Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941), author of Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake. The site includes a short biography of Joyce and descriptions of his works and narrative technique. A news section includes links to recent discussions of Joyce in the media and lists upcoming conferences and events (such as Bloomsday celebrations or theatrical adaptations of Joyce's work). The site also includes an emailing-list, a list of recommended critical works on Joyce and his novels, and links to reviews of his works or works about him that appear online. The site discusses various audio recordings and adaptations of Joyce's work for film, theatre and musical pieces. It includes links to online reviews of these adaptations and purchasing information. There are also separate sections featuring quotes, images, online Joyce discussion lists, academic papers, lists of artists and writers influenced by Joyce, a Joyce bibliography and links to a wide range of Joyce websites. The brazen head is a vital site for Joyce enthusiasts and scholars. It is remarkably comprehensive and its content is imaginatively presented and easy to navigate.
The British Association for Romantic Studies website provides information on: the aims and history of the Association; forthcoming events; postgraduate bursaries; and subscription information, as well as links of interest to those teaching, researching or studying the cultural history of the Romantic period (roughly 1770 - 1830). The Association publishes a 'Bulletin and Review' twice yearly, the reviews from which are made available online (from issue 11 onwards) as PDF files. The site also includes: a selection of relevant links; a list of recently-published books about the period; a list of centres for Romantic Studies and related courses; and a list of bursaries available to students of the Romatic period.
The British Council's Literature website provides information on literature and literary events in the UK. The British Council's priorities in this wide field include: literature for young people; cultural diversity; creative writing; and literary translation. The site provides a fully-searchable database of contemporary authors, which features: author biographies; bibliographies; reviews; and photographs. Details are also provided on British Council-run workshops and conferences, as well as on its worldwide online reading group 'enCompass'. Anyone teaching or studying English literature or creative writing would find this resource of interest.
The website for the British Fantasy Society, which "exists to promote and enjoy the genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror", provides information on the Society and its activities, as well as various other resources. The Society has a high profile and is supported by the publishing industry, having many well-known authors among its members, including the current president, Ramsey Campbell. The website offers a useful resource for budding writers and researchers in the science fiction and fantasy genres, providing a finger-on-the-pulse of current trends and events. Alongside its membership and news and events information, the site features a range of: articles; reviews; and interviews (including profiles of Robert Rankin and Neil Gaiman). This site would primarily constitute a starting point for research, but the Society's active involvement in the current world of fantasy fiction makes it an important resource.
British fiction 1800-1829 : a database of production, circulation and reception, is a bibliographical database of contemporary materials relating to works of fiction published in the British Isles during George IV's Regency and reign in the early nineteenth century. The database covers over 2,000 works by over 900 authors, including luminaries Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott. The database may be searched via the site's search engine, or browsed alphabetically by author, title, or publisher. The results returned provide full bibliographic records for each specific work of fiction, including first edition details and any information about subsequent editions or translations during the period covered. More importantly, bibliographical details are also provided for advertisements for the work in contemporary newspapers and magazines, and for reviews in periodicals such as the Monthly Review and Critical Review. Anecdotal records concerning the reception of works, mostly from private correspondence, are referenced and excerpted, as are publishers' papers. Information is also provided about the circulating libraries stocking any given work. The project's scope and methodology are explained admirably, and the site offers explanatory guides as well as a key to abbreviations in order that users may get the most out of the database. A full list of the sources used by the project editors is provided and a revisions subpage explains how the most recent research in this field has been incorporated into the database. Links to related projects are also included. This is a well-designed resource that should prove useful to postgraduate students and researchers studying British Fiction in the Romantic era. It should especially serve those looking at the reception of particular novels or novelists, or those researching the book trade.
This website provides a chronological list of some of the more interesting novels by British women published between 1775 and 1818. A synopsis is provided for each novel, along with hyperlinks to portraits of the author and pages of historical and cultural background. The link from Frances Burney's "Cecilia" takes the user to an online study guide written by the list's compiler, Cathy Decker. Several of the date links take the user to pages on contemporary women's fashions. Unfortunately, some of the other links merely jump to the relevant Amazon.com bookseller's page. Many of the featured novels are gothic historical romances or have feminist themes. Featured writers include Ann Radcliffe, Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen, Frances Burney, Charlotte Smith, Elizabeth Inchbald, Jane Porter, Elizabeth Hamilton, Isabella Kelly, Regina Maria Roche, and Mary Wollstonecraft. This site provides useful summaries and suggested readings for undergraduate English studies students approaching gothic literature, women's writing, the novels of the Romantic era, or any of the individual authors featured.
The Bronte Sisters Web is devoted to Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848) and Anne Bronte (1820-1849). The three sisters from Haworth, with their somewhat unusual upbringing in their family home located in the parish graveyard, are of considerable interest to both Victorian scholars as well as English Literature scholars. Their books have been called morbid, gothic, and unconventional, but it is these qualities which holds their following. Amongst their most famous works are "Wuthering Heights" by Emily (1847), "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte (1846), and "Agnes Grey" by Anne (1847). Although their fame lies in their literature, their lives have become items of curiosity; this website acknowledges this interest with pictures of Haworth Village, Thornton Village, and the Bronte birthplace, and pages on all three sisters which include links to more sites, chronologies of their lives, and e-text versions of their works.
'Calabash: a journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters' is a full-text ejournal produced from New York University. It aims to be... "an international literary journal dedicated to publishing works encompassing, but not limited to, the Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanophone and Dutch-speaking Caribbean." At February 2009 there are nine issues online, with contents freely available in PDF form. As well as poetry and creative writing, the journal also publishes non-fiction and book reviews. Example recent non-fiction article titles are: 'Dancing Words: Illness & The Writing Process'; 'The Parthenon in Tobago: Encountering Derek Walcott after the 1970s'; and 'East Indians/South Asians in the Caribbean', among others.
The Cambridge History of English and American Literature is the online full-text of this work, originally printed between 1907 and 1921. The encyclopedia is a broad survey of English literature from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, and comprises an extensive collection of essays on topics ranging from: poetry; fiction; drama; and essays to: history; theology; and political writing. Renaissance and Restoration drama are particular strengths of this work. The text is searchable by keyword, allowing users to find references to: specific texts; movements; and authors. The encyclopedia will be of use to students as an introduction to English and American literature in general, and also as a starting point for further research on any of the topics covered. Users should bear in mind however the age of this work, and how literary theories have progressed since its original publication.
The Canadian Writers website, maintained by Library and Archives Canada, provides researchers with access to important archival and bibliographical material of significant Canadian writers. It contains a range of material relating to celebrated Canadian writers, including online copies of original manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence, journals and notebooks. At the time of review, the website concentrated upon eight writers: Marie-Claire Blaise; Roger Lemelin; Carol Shields; Michel Tremblay; Jacque Brault; Saint Denys Garneau; Elizabeth Smart; and Jane Urquhart. Bibliographies are provided for each writer, cataloguing the works they have published as well as critical work about them and links to other useful resources. The site also includes an essay about the cultural context of each writer, written by an academic from the University of Ottawa. This, along with the manuscript galleries, makes the site a useful resource for students of Canadian literature. It is in either French or English.
The full text of the story Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling, first published in 1897. Harvey Cheyne is the over-indulged son of a millionaire. When he falls overboard from an ocean liner he is rescued by a Portuguese fisherman and, initially against his will, joins the crew of the We're Here for a summer. A summary of the book is included and links to each chapter. There is also a facility to search the text and a link to a biography of Rudyard Kipling. This appears on the website, The Literature Network, which contains online literature.
The American writer Carson McCullers (1917-1967) is best known for her novel The heart is a lonely hunter (1940). This site offers a basic bibliography of her works, with links to full-text versions of some of her articles, stories and poems. Sections covering her major works have brief introductions, with listings of related secondary sources and links to some reviews. There is also a more substantial listing of general secondary sources and the full-text of an article by Margaret Whitt on McCullers's Ballad of the Sad Café. The site provides an outline of McCullers's life by means of a brief Timeline. Another section gathers together the texts of unpublished essays on McCullers and there is a page of links to other McCullers web resources. The site is well illustrated by images of book covers and other memorabilia and provides a useful introduction to the study of McCullers and her works.
The American novelist, poet, short-story writer and critic Joyce Carol Oates (born 1938) is the subject of this major site which aims to encourage discussion and scholarship relating to the writer and her works. It contains a comprehensive bibliography of primary and secondary material, which includes listings of film, theatre and musical adaptations. There is a brief biography of Oates by Greg Johnson and a number of photographs of her taken from book jackets and other sources. A Research section gives access to full-text versions of some papers and articles relating to Oates's works and also links to the Joyce Carol Oates Archive at Syracuse University, which includes access to images of manuscripts and to an 81-page Description and Finding Aid (in Adobe Acrobat format). The site has a discussion list, entitled Tone Clusters, a page with links to many of the magazines to which Oates has contributed, and an excellent News section. There is also a search facility, which aids navigation of a complex but accessible resource.
The Center for Faulkner Studies was established 1989 at Southeast Missouri State University. At the same time the University acquired the Brodsky Collection, a major collection of books by William Faulkner, the American novelist, together with related material including the papers of Joseph Blotner, Faulkner's biographer. This site gives a detailed introduction to Louis Daniel Brodsky and his collection, a detailed inventory of the Blotner Papers, a list of publications based on the collection, and an illustrated guide to the collector's favourite items. There is also a guide to the Center itself and access to its Teaching Faulkner newsletter (which has a full-text archive of some previously published articles). A section entitled Faulkneria provides quotations from Faulkner, and there are also 'sightings' and links to related sites. This site is a significant resource for the study of Faulkner and his works.
The Centre for Iris Murdoch Studies website gives information on the Centre's work, as well as details of Murdoch-related archive holdings at the Centre's host institution, Kingston University, London. The Centre conducts and fosters research based on Murdoch's work by means of international conferences and through its extensive archives of Murdoch's: manuscripts; letters; and personal libraries. The site provides a short biography of Murdoch, and an extensive bibliography for those studying her work. Also available are: proceedings of the Centre's annual conferences from 2002 onwards; details of the Iris Murdoch Society, with which the Centre has strong links; and access to back issues of the Iris Murdoch Society's newsletter from number 1, 1987 (in PDF format) onwards. This site would be highly useful for both students and researchers working in this area.
The website of the Charles Dickens Museum in London provides information on the museum at 48 Doughty Street, London, where Charles Dickens lived from 1837 until 1839. Dickens published and completed some of his most famous works including: The Pickwick Papers; Oliver Twist; and Nicholas Nickleby at the house, and the museum holds a major collection of documents and photographs relating to the author. The website includes a virtual photographic tour of the house, providing floor plans and annotated images of four floors of the building. The site also gives: a short history of the museum; visitor information; and contact details for those wishing to use the museum's resources for research purposes. Details of readings and other events are also listed, along with Dickens-related links. Users of the site can also contact the museum to receive a regular newsletter. The site would be of interest to students of Dickens and his work, and also researchers working on the Victorian period from a literary or historical point of view.
As part of the extensive Victorian Web, the Charles Kingsley pages offer an introduction to the life and works of the nineteenth century writer, aimed primarily at undergraduates. Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) was a novelist and poet as well as a Christian Socialist, Cambridge professor, and advocate of the muscular Christian school. Many of the preoccupations of the Victorian period are reflected in his works, such as the Social Problem novels 'Yeast' (1848) and 'Alton Locke' (1850); the anti-Catholic 'Westward Ho!' (1855) which was written in response to the Crimean War; and 'The Water-Babies' (1862) which explores the working conditions of the poor. The website provides a biography, chronology and bibliography as well as numerous critical assessments touching many of the key themes of Kingsley's work, such as child death in 'The Water-Babies' and multivocality in 'Alton Locke'. Many of the essays put Kingsley's preoccupation with religion and science within the general context of the Victorian period.
This extensive website contains a wealth of information about the British essayist and novelist George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair, 1903-1950). Orwell is best known for his two novels concerning totalitarian government, 'Animal Farm', and '1984', both of which are well represented here. The site consists of links grouped by category. Many of the links are to external pages, but most of the secondary critical articles and Orwell's own essays are reproduced within the site. Most of the links were operational when tested, suggesting active maintenance. The material on offer is diverse and targeted at various audiences. Undergraduates studying Orwell should find the site particularly rewarding.
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.
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 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 web page contains a chronology of Oscar Wilde but also a link which provides access to the full text of Oscar Wilde’s major works. It is part of the Corpus of Electronic Texts (CELT) website which forms part of the University of College Cork in Ireland. Each text is accompanied by an introduction, background information, graphics, translations where possible, and scholarly bibliographies where applicable. One can read essays, poems, children fiction, fiction and plays by Wilde. Titles included are: ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, ‘Pen, Pencil and Posion’, ‘Lord Arthur Savile's Crime’, ‘The Canterville Ghost’, ‘Poems in Prose’, ‘Ballade de Marguerite’ and many more. This is a useful resource for scholars interested in Oscar Wilde’s work.
'Classic crime fiction' is a website aimed at readers and book collectors, with a useful range of information for English researchers. It is divided into sections including: a 'Mystery Books Wanted' feature, of interest primarily to book collectors. Of more use to researchers are other features of the site. These include Detective Fiction Bibliographies, a detailed list of works sorted by author or title and a Dust Jacket Artists database, which attempts not only to catalogue the work of known artists but piece together information on artwork currently not attributed to any artist. Also available are a large collection of articles on subjects ranging from the major publishing houses associated with crime fiction, to authors known only for one significant work, to translation of underworld slang. Biographies and articles on the writers of crime fiction may be found on the site, alongside details of the recipients of various awards for writing and publishing in the genre. A search engine is a useful feature for locating specific requirements, although the site is easy to navigate as a whole and is regularly updated. The site contains advertising.
The Classic Text: Traditions and Interpretations is an online exhibition compiled by the Special Collections departments of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, based on a physical exhibition that was on view during 1996 and 1997. The exhibition features a range of texts and authors, including the Bible, a number of classical writers, Dante and Chaucer, Shakespeare, and several poets and novelists from the 16th to the early 20th century. Each section gives historical information about the author and works under consideration, plus details of key editions, including those to be found in the Library's Special Collections. Illustrative images are also provided. The exhibition is concerned less with the content of the texts themselves than with the works as 'cultural icons', and with the question of what leads to a book becoming regarded as a classic.
The Phenomenology of Excess, compiled and published by Philip Coulthard, is one of the best of several websites dedicated to the work of the English philosopher Colin Wilson, 1931- . It contains an introductory essay about the man and his work, with links explaining various philosophical terms.The 'Philosophy' page discusses his New Existentialism. Pages headed 'Crime' and 'Occult' assess his contribution to these subjects whilst the 'Fiction' page looks at the novels he has written in a variety of genres. The site contains essays by Wilson himself on two of his important books: 'Introduction to the New Existentialism' (1966) and 'Beyond the Outsider' (1965). A series of podcasts have been added where you can hear Wilson talking about a variety of subjects if you have a QuickTime viewer. There are also booklist (with a gallery of bookjackets) and links pages for further study. Wilson rose to fame in 1956 with his seminal work on alienation in modern literature 'The Outsider' and was dubbed by the press an 'Angry Young Man' alongside John Osborne, Kingsley Amis, John Wain and others. However, he had little in common with these writers, there being a seriousness to his early work which the others lacked. Over the next ten years he propounded his New Existentialism in a series of six 'Outsider Cycle' books and concurrent novels (which were intended to put his philosophical ideas into action). Subsequently he became a popular writer, publishing books on crime, the occult, unexplained phenomena etc but never fully losing touch with the basic optimistic philosophy expressed in his early years as a writer and thinker, occasionally returning to it with titles such as 'Existentially Speaking' (1989),'Below the Iceberg, Anti-Sartre and other essays' (1998) and the self-edited 'Essential Colin Wilson' (1985). His autobiography 'Dreaming to Some Purpose' (2004) and shrewd assessments of fellow 'Angries' in 'The Angry Years: the rise and fall of the Angry Young Men' (2007) make required reading for any students of the post-war British literary scene.
Colin Wilson World, compiled and published by the author Geoff Ward, is a very informative website dedicated to the work of the English philosopher Colin Wilson, 1931- . It contains news about Wilson's current projects and activities and reprints recent reviews of his work. Several fascinating interviews with Wilson, conducted by Ward, are included. The site also contains taster chapters of Wilson's recent publications and some introductions he has written to other authors' books. Selective bibliography and links pages are provided. This site combines well with 'The Phenomenology of Excess', linked below, to provide the student with a excellent starting point for the study of this former 'Angry Young Man' who rose to fame in 1956 with his seminal work on alienation in modern literature 'The Outsider'.
Comforts of Home is a collection of resources related to the American novelist, Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964). Along with authors like Carson McCullers and Eudora Welty, O'Connor belonged to the Southern Gothic tradition that focused on the decaying American South.There are links to sites on O'Connor's biography, and to online academic and non-academic critical essays of her work. There are also links to study guides, online discussion groups, and miscellaneous sites relevant to O'Connor.The site also features an offline bibliography, listed according to theme.This is a useful site for O'Connor scholars. The short descriptions of each link enable useful resources to be easily located. The site contains advertising.
Comma Press is the website of a publishing collective operating on a not-for-profit basis to promote new fiction and poetry. The collective's work focuses on short stories and poems in particular, with the aim of providing new ways to enjoy these. The website provides: full details of Comma's history and editorial policy; details of their books and journals; various resources for writers; a bank of authors' readings of their own works; and poetry-related short films. The site also gives details of Comma's latest projects, with submission requirements and deadlines. The site is regularly updated, user-friendly, and well-worth the attention of any creative writing student or aspiring writer looking seriously for publication opportunities.
Edited by Jerome J. McGann, this website, the Rossetti Archive, is a developing, searchable database of the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The website is published in association with NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship). The subjects covered within the database are paintings, drawings and design, poems, prose and translations. The archive includes a biography of Dante as well as detailed notes and commentaries on each painting. These commentaries discuss the paintings in many different contexts, including iconographical, literary, mythological, pictorial, historical, autobiographical and bibliographical.
'Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies' is a full-text ejournal, published online by the Department of English at National Taiwan Normal University. Issues are themed, and at January 2009 there are five issues available. Articles are in PDF format. Example article titles available include: 'The Representation of Incest in Early British Gothic Narratives'; 'Rivers and Water Quality in the Work of Brian Clarke and Ted Hughes'; and 'The Late Qing’s Other Utopias: China’s Science-Fictional Imagination, 1900-1910'. The website uses Flash extensively, and visitors will need to disable any Flash-blocking software they have installed. The website has details of the editor, Editorial Board, and the submission process.
This article was written by Robert W. Neeser, Secretary of the Naval Society in New York City and published in the Proceedings of the New York State Historical Association. It appears on the website of the James Fenimore Cooper Society. The article praises Fenimore's sea stories, with particular mention of The Pilot, The Sea Lions and The Water Witch. There is an account of Cooper's time as a midshipman and the inspiration for The Pilot which brought him great success.
This is the website of The Cormac McCarthy Journal Online which is published once a year by the Cormac McCarthy Society and "modified or updated as events warrant". The printed version is sent free to members of the Society but many of the articles and reviews are available to download in PDF from this site. The Society's stated purpose is "to further the scholarship and general appreciation of Cormac McCarthy's (1933- ) writing and to facilitate the gathering of scholars and enthusiastic lay readers alike who share a common interest in Cormac McCarthy and his work." McCarthy's first novel 'The Orchard Keeper' was published in 1965, since then he has written several other novels and plays including 'No Country for Old Men' (2005) which was successfully filmed by Joel and Ethan Coen in 2007.
CormacMcCarthy.com is the website of the Cormac McCarthy Society, devoted to the contemporary American novelist whose works include: 'Blood Meridian'; 'All the Pretty Horses'; 'The Crossing'; and 'Cities of the Plain'. The site provides a brief biography of the author and synopses of his novels, as well as information on: relevant conferences; events and calls for papers; translations of Italian and Spanish passages from McCarthy's works (as PDFs); and bibliographies of McCarthy criticism in English, French and German. The site also links to the Cormac McCarthy Journal (supported by the Cormac McCarthy Society) which publishes criticism and reviews of recently published works on McCarthy. The Society also hosts a discussion forum and provides a selection of McCarthy-related links. The site is a valuable resource for McCarthy scholars and enthusiasts.
The Cortland Review is a free, quarterly online poetry magazine featuring not only poetry but also: short fiction; essays; interviews; and reviews. The Review features new poetry and fiction by both emerging and established writers. Many of the poems, stories and interviews are published in html and can also be heard (using Real Audio or a Flash plugin). Some of the distinguished writers who have contributed to the Review and provided readings of their own works or the works of others include: Robert Pinsky; Charles Simic; Robert Creeley; and John Kinsella. The site features a wide range of articles and discussions of literature, which can be searched by author as well as browsed by volume. This is one of the best online resources for reading and hearing new poetry and would be of interest to budding poets and those studying contemporary poetry.
The website 'A Course in Science Fiction' presents a collection of materials to support the undergraduate study of SF literature. The resource is published and maintained by Richard D. Erlich and Patrick N. Thayer, University of Miami in Ohio. Considering the inclusion of course assessment pages in the section 'Class Materials', the resource has been intended as a study support for course participants at MU Ohio. However, the same section also includes a number of helpful 'Study Guides' for selected works of science fiction, mainly American, such as Ursula K. Le Guin's 'The Left Hand of Darkness' or Kurt Vonnegut's 'Slaughterhouse Five', and English - George Orwell's '1984'. All of them include bibliographic details of relevant primary and secondary literature. In addition, a 'Links' page refers the user to authorial sites of science fiction writers, and other SF related resources. These may be of use to students as well as researchers looking for related information. There is also a page of 'Novels, Stories and Anthologies' that offers a list of relevant literary publications and directs the user for further bibliographical details to the Amazon.com website.
'Covers' is a website by Ben Pieratt, showcasing the best examples of book-jacket design. It is presented in a weblog-like format, with some of the postings forming long interviews and commentary. As of July 2007 there are 60 examples of fine cover design and typography. The examples of book covers have notes that give the name of the designer and/or illustrator (as a hyperlink that searches for other examples of their work), the author and title, and the publisher and publication date. The website can be searched by keyword or phrase. Visitors are able to leave comments on most interior pages, and the website appears to be well-policed for comment spam. An RSS newsfeed is available.
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'.
'Crime Fiction' is an online database which sets out to be a plain and accessible resource for early research in the genre at all levels. It focuses primarily on well-known crime writers and is organised into 'Authors', 'Detectives' and 'Links'. The 'Authors' list includes a short biography, a full list of publications and links to further sites relating specifically to the author under consideration. Authors in the database include: Margery Allingham; Edgar Box; Agatha Christie; Gore Vidal; Dorothy L. Sayers; and Leslie Charteris. Writers better known in other genres are also included, such as A. A. Milne. The 'Detectives' section links back to the named characters within the author's work overall. While this database is a personal, rather than academic, project, the simple collection criteria is explained, making it very straightforward and useful for introductory work on locating full publications lists and basic biographical material.
The Crime Writers' Association is the official website of a professional organisation which was founded in 1953 to represent the interests of British crime and detective fiction writers. This online resource provides information on the aims, history and current activities of the organisation. It includes details of the CWA literary awards called Daggers, a complete list of their nominees and winners, as well as a bibliography of recently published crime fiction. The section 'Events' informs of the upcoming festivals of crime writing and public appearances of crime fiction authors. Links are provided to the websites of a large number of contemporary crime fiction authors. The section 'Crimesheet' hosts a blog whose contributors are authors, critics and scholars associated with crime writing. The Crime Writers' Association website is reliable, user-friendly and updated on a regular basis. It is highly commendable as an exceptionally comprehensive and ample resource. This website will be of interest to students, scholars and all the enthusiasts of crime fiction.
Crimeculture is an impressive website dedicated to the academic study of crime in literature, film and popular culture. The Crime Fiction section offers excellent appraisals of distinct periods within the genre, notably Victorian and classic detective fiction, American crime fiction from the hard-boiled era to the present day, and British crime writing, which went against the grain of the more conventional classic detective tradition. Amongst the crime film genres that are explored are gangster and detective films, film noir and neo-noir, and cop action films. There is also a section devoted to exploring the origin and enduring popularity of true crime writing. Articles dealing with crime in books and on film by postgraduates and undergraduates can be both accessed, and submitted for online publication. Finally, in keeping with the site's aim to publicise reading material of use in the teaching of crime literature or film courses, the editors have compiled an exhaustive bibliography of relevant books and articles. A section reviewing other crime-related websites is also provided.
Critters Workshop is an online workshop and critiquing group for serious writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror, run by Dr. Andrew Burt (of the University of Denver, and also former vice-president of Science Fiction Writers of America). Membership is free and offers an unusual and useful resource, namely a co-operative arrangement whereby members critique one another's work to agreed guidelines and within set deadlines. Every piece of work submitted is open to the whole membership for consideration, and most manuscripts get between 15 and 20 critiques of around 800 words. The site includes a library with a collection of articles on: how to critique work in a constructive way; information on research sites; writer interviews; market information; and a wide range of additional useful material. Detailed instructions for submitting material are included, as well as ways to jump to the head of the not-inconsiderable queue. The site is very well organised and easy to navigate, making it a real find for new writers aiming at bringing their work to publication standard, and established writers looking to help others and to get external opinions on new work.
'CW3 Journal' is a peer-refereed full-text ejournal publishing... "research into Romantic-era writing by women". The journal aims to produce two issues per year, and is produced from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. At June 2009 there are three issues online, with articles freely available in HTML form. The journal also publishes reviews. Example titles include: 'Mothering the Novel: Frances Burney and the Next Generation of Women Novelists'; 'Corinne in Distress: Translation as Cultural Misappropriation '; and 'Early British Children's Books: Towards an Understanding of their Users and Usage', among others. The journal website has details of the Editor, Editorial Board, and the submissions process.
Cycnos: Etudes Anglophones is a full-text academic ejournal, published from France and devoted to the study of the culture of the English-speaking nations. The journal publishes a mix of English and French articles, with French predominating in most issues. Articles are published as HTML pages. Most articles are about literature, but there are also occasional articles on cinema, theatre, and wider historical topics. At May 2009 there are 25 issues freely available online. Example articles in English include: 'History in the science fiction of H. G. Wells'; 'The Double Divine and the Vampires of E. F. Blieler’s Three Gothic Novels'; 'From Bauer’s Li to Nabokov's Lo: Lolita and Early Russian Film'; 'More Deadly Than The Male...? Mothers and Infanticide In Nineteenth Century Britain'; and 'Political Hypochondria: The Case of James Boswell', among many others. Issues are themed - including three themed issues on Nabokov (each Nabokov issue is mostly in English). The website is in French, but navigation is simple and details of the editors ("Comite de lecture") and contact details are easily found.
This very basic website about the work of D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) is created by Diane Marie Ward at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The site contains a bibliography of Lawrence's work which includes some e-texts. This is divided into the following sections: novels; short stories; plays; critical studies/essays; travel writing; letters; poems; translations; and paintings.. A critical bibliography is also included as is a very brief biography. The useful Links page is also divided into sections covering: exhibitions; manuscripts collections; research; societies; texts; and web sites. Altogether a good starting point for Lawrence researchers.
The D. H. Lawrence Resource at the University of Nottingham is one of the major international research resources for the study of D. H. Lawrence. Part of the Manuscripts and Special Collections website, it serves as an excellent introduction to the life and works of Lawrence (1885-1930), author of such classic novels as 'Women in Love' and 'Lady Chatterley's Lover', as well as short stories and poetry. The site falls into two main categories. The first is comprised of a chronological table of his life and major works, a detailed biography by John Worthen, the Professor of D. H. Lawrence Studies at the University, and bibliographies and details of Lawrence's friends and associates. The second category is a survey of the printed and manuscript collections available at the University with access to an online catalogue of the collections. It also includes a guide to collections elsewhere, and links to well-presented, up-to-date sites relevant to Lawrence studies.
This is the official website for the Cornish novelist, poet, biographer and translator D.M. Thomas (1935- ). A full bibliography, a list of forthcoming events, works in progress and a selection of reviews of his books is provided. In the sections 'Point of Departure' and 'A Writer's Life', Thomas provides some biographical information and discusses his work. Students with a Windows Media Player can hear the author read an extract from his most famous novel 'The White Hotel' (1981). D.M Thomas' first volume of poetry appeared in 1964 but it was not until 1979 that his first novel 'The Flute Player' was published. His other novels include 'Ararat' (1983), 'Lying Together' (1990) and 'Charlotte' (2000). He has translated, from the Russian, work by Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966), Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) and Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933- ). His biography of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was published in 1998. D.M Thomas also maintains a blog (see 'Relations' at the bottom of this page).
This is the website of the Danforth Review (TDR), a free, full-text, quarterly online magazine of Canadian literature, edited by Michael Bryson from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. National and international submissions of previously unpublished work are invited for new short fiction, articles, interviews and book reviews. Copyright remains with the authors. The reviews section is divided into fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Guidelines are provided for reviewers. The Danforth Review itself archives fiction submissions for two years but back issues of the magazine are currently archived by Library and Archives Canada (a link is provided). The site has its own search facility and a page of links.
'Demonic Texts and Textual Demons: the demonic tradition, the self, and popular fiction' is a free online ebook, by Frans Mayra. Mayra is Professor of Hypermedia at the University of Tampere in Finland. This book was originally published in 1999 by the Tampere University Press. It is presented online in English, and the Web page for it is cleanly and elegantly designed. Individual chapters are in PDF format. Chapter titles include: 'The Ancestry of the Demonic'; 'Demons of Horror: Intimations of an Inner Alien'; 'Mothering a Demon: Rosemary’s Baby'; 'The Inarticulate Body: Demonic Conflicts in The Exorcist'; and 'Good at Being Evil: the Demons of The Vampire Chronicles', among others.
The full text of A Descent into the Maelstrom, by Edgar Allen Poe, first published in 1841. This is a sea tale which describes the terrifying experience of men on a ship which is swept into a whirlpool by a hurricane. This is located on The Literature Network, a website which contains searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast. There are links to a biography of Edgar Allen Poe as well as the text of some of his other works. This site contains advertising.
Dickens and London is a website about Charles Dickens and his personal and professional relationship with London, and also the history and architecture of London itself. The site is the work of Sue Gane, who provides guided walks around the city. The site uses many images from Dickens' novels, as well as photographs and etchings from artists like Gustav Dore to give an idea of how the London Dickens saw would have appeared. In addition to this, the various walks (Covent Garden; Fleet Street; the Docklands; Camden Town; and Richmond) are summarized with biographical information, and references to specific Dickens texts. This site would provide useful contextual information for those studying Dickens and his works.
The Dickens Page is a comprehensive gateway to online resources related to English novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870).There are sets of links to biographies, Dickens societies, Dickens home pages, works and e-texts, conferences and calls for papers, and a wide range of academic and miscellaneous resources.The site also features an extensive print bibliography of critical, biographical works on Dickens and editions of his works. There are also online versions of various biographical and critical works on Dickens. These include John Forster's biography, The Life of Charles Dickens, two works by George Gissing, The Immortal Dickens and Charles Dickens: A Critical Study, and two works by G.K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens and Appreciation and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens.Included also is a hyper-text version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, including a discussion forum on various themes in the novel, and an essay by Alan Shelston of the University of Manchester.The site is comprehensive and up-to-date, and is crucial for those interested in exploring Charles Dickens and the online presence of this Victorian author.
The Dickens Project was started by the University of California in 1981 and promotes study of the life, times, and work of Charles Dickens. The website offers links to conference information, publications, other online resources, and electronic archives relating to the author. It provides access to individual webpages and an online discussion group devoted to Dickens as well as general Victorian resources. There is a Dickens Chronology which reveals interesting facts about his life and works plus useful bibliographies for his major novels and also a list of film and television adaptations. The site is easy to access and navigate, has dependable links, and is a fairly complete catalogue of the resources available on Dickens.
The Dickinson Electronic Archives, published by the Dickinson Editing Collective, is creating new electronic editions of the works of the Dickinson family. Access to the archive is restricted, though the editors may be approached regarding permission. However, an extensive range of resources for the study of Emily, Susan and Edward Dickinson is freely available. These are arranged under the headings Writing; Teaching; Responses; and Resources. Writing includes poems, reviews, stories and correspondence of Susan Dickinson and Edward (Ned) Dickinson's Notebook of transcriptions. Teaching includes The Classroom Electric which seeks to make best use of primary literary resources in undergraduate teaching (with a focus on Dickinson and Whitman). Responses contains Titanic Operas, a collection of responses (in verse with descriptive prose) by notable contemporary poets to Emily Dickinson, while Resources includes bibliographies, detailed information about the project and related material. Site editors are Martha Nell Smith, Ellen Louise Hart, Lara Vetter and Marta Werner. The project commenced in 1996 and is regularly undated.
The Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls website has been developed by the Stanford University Library to provide access to their holdings of particular nineteenth- and early twentieth-century ephemera known as dime novel series and story papers. The site currently allows browsing by title and by various categories, for instance, by geographic setting, to over 8,000 individual items in the collection. Full online access with full-text search to nine selected texts provides samples to the two genres popular among working-class audiences in America and Britain. Visitors to the site can also view over 2,000 large, high-quality images of cover art for bibliographic purposes, as well as many thumbnails. A visually enhanced timeline is provided to chart and contextualise the rise and fall of these once widely circulated genres. In addition, three guided tours are available to familiarise readers with the printing processes of black and white reproduction used in dime novels and story papers.This site introduces scholars and students to these neglected genres and lists the texts that are available for further research at Stanford University.
Domestic Goddesses is an online journal that ran from 1998 - 2003, dedicated to domestic fiction by American women writers from 1830-1920. The site features short biographical sketches of: Louisa May Alcott; Willa Cather; Kate Chopin; Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Sarah Josepha Hale; Sarah Orne Jewett; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Susan Warner; and Edith Wharton. Most useful for research purposes, however, are the selections of critical essays written by graduate students, ranging from short critiques to full length essays. The critical material offers varied and informative considerations of the work of each of the listed authors (except Sarah Josepha Hale). Texts discussed in the essays include: 'Little Women'; 'My Antonia'; 'The Awakening'; 'The Yellow Wallpaper'; 'Herland'; 'The Country of the Pointed Firs'; 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'; 'Wide Wide World'; and 'The Age of Innocence'. There are also bibliographic guides to research for Alcott, Cather, Chopin and Gilman. A list of links to other pertinent websites is available for each author, as well as a list of 'General Victorian links' for broader research. It is possible to search the site using keywords. This process simultaneously searches pages on Domestic Godesses' parent site, Women Writers, which could prove to be a helpful time saving device. This resource would be of help to those studying 19th-century American literature, or women writers in particular.
Don DeLillo's America is a site devoted to the contemporary American novelist Don DeLillo (1936-), whose novels include White Noise, Libra and Underworld.The site features an annotated bibliography of DeLillo's novels, shorter fiction, plays, interviews, essays and criticism. There is a bibliography of critical works and reviews, and selections of quotes by DeLillo concerning his life and his views on writing. There are pages devoted to DeLillo's detractors, upcoming events and relevant links.
This website provides biographical and bibliographical information relating to the writer Doris Lessing. Born in Persia (Iran) in 1919, Lessing moved with her family to a farming district area in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1925. She lived in Salisbury from 1937, where she became part of a circle of radical intellectuals who had communist affiliations, though she became disillusioned with communism in the post-war years. She moved to London in 1949. She has produced many works of fiction, including The Grass is Singing, and The Golden Notebook, as well as memoirs and an autobiography, which was published in two parts. The website has a series of photo-portraits of Lessing, taken in the years 1949-2001. It gives access to recent reviews and interviews, as well as upcoming events, including Lessing's public appearances and details of current book releases. The site also features a few audio clips of Lessing reading from her work - some of these can be accessed with RealAudio. This site is regularly updated, making it a very current resource for researchers into a key contemporary writer.
Doubting Hall : A Guided Tour around the Works of Evelyn Waugh, is a site devoted to the works of English novelist, Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), author of Vile Bodies, Decline and Fall, The Loved One and Brideshead Revisited. Included is a brief biography, a list of Waugh's novels, quotations, news up to 2003, and an index of biographies and critical works. The material offers a useful introduction to Waugh's work. A comprehensive set of links is available for scholars and students but the site is not regularly updated so the resources listed should not be considered as definitive.
This website commemorates the life and work of British science fiction writer Douglas Adams (1952-2001), author of the 'Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. It is maintained by his former agent Ed Victor in association with Douglas Adams.Com. It offers access to a biography of Adams and the full-text of a selection of his articles and short stories. Also available are recent press releases from his agents concerning the re-relase of publications and film rights. Links are provided to fan newsletters.
Dracula's Homepage is a website that provides a large amount of well researched and informative material on Bram Stoker's novel and its background. This site is the work of academic Dr Elizabeth Miller, who has published and lectured extensively on the topic. Among the resources available on the site are: a link to the full online text of the novel; transcriptions and facsimiles of some of Stoker's notes; biographical information on Stoker; notes on the origins of the Dracula myth, including information on Vlad the Impaler; a photo gallery; and links to related sites. Both scholars and enthusiasts will find much of interest here.
Dreiser Online is a website dedicated to the American novelist, playwright, short story and travel writer Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945). It is compiled by Roger W. Smith, an independent scholar, and former bibliographer of 'Dreiser Studies', based in New York. It is still a work in progress but already boasts an impressive bibliography of works about Dreiser from 1990 to the present, genealogies of Dreiser and related families, a Dreiser biography and chronology, and media related to Dreiser (including photographs and recordings of compositions by his brother, the popular songwriter, Paul Dresser). The site also has a search facility and a page of links. It is intended to provide information on Dreiser for the scholar as well as the beginning student and to Dreiser's readers worldwide. The bibliography will be expanded to include complete coverage for all years and to include works by Dreiser. Various other facilities are promised including an online forum, an archive of articles, a calendar and a list of works in print. The availability of these will be announced in the 'News' section.Theodore Dreiser published his first novel 'Sister Carrie' in 1900 and went on to produce many other novels, plays, short stories and works of non-fiction. But the novel that is widely regarded as his finest achievement was 'An American Tragedy', published in 1925.
The American novelist Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945) is best known for Sister Carrie (1900) and An American tragedy (1925). This significant resource is based on the Dreiser Papers in the Library of the University of Pennsylvania. There is a detailed index (sortable accoring to various headings) of his correspondence, which links to printable digital images (from the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image), and a section on Sister Carrie which contains facsimiles of the typescript and the 1900 edition, together with a searchable version of the 1981 (Pennsylvania) edition. This area also links to relevant correspondence, critical essays and a virtual exhibition. The remainder of the site contains links to a series of reference and bibliographical sources, critical and biographical essays, and images from Pennslyvania's extensive collections of still and moving images of Dreiser and his family. These include photographs taken by Dreiser in the Soviet Union and silent-film clips.
'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.
'E-rea: revue electronique d'etudes sur le monde Anglophone' is a full-text ejournal with contents in both English and French. My automatic translation of the subtitle gives: 'Electronic review in studies of the English-speaking world', but there is a heavy emphasis on English literature. At March 2009 there there 11 issues online, with full-text articles offered in both HTML and PDF formats. The number of articles in English is substantial and they predominate over those in French. There are also book reviews. Issues are themed, for instance the latest issue has the theme of 'Contemporary British Women Poets'. Example article titles from the journal are: 'An approach to Renaissance margins: some representations of the labyrinth on the Elizabethan stage'; 'Marching towards Destruction: the Crowd in Urban Gothic'; 'Mass Violence and the Crowd: The Perception of Proletarian Community in Working-Class Writers of the 1930s'; and 'The Labour Party and British Republicanism', among many others. The website also has details of the editors and editorial board.
Early American Fiction is a database available via the Internet or on CD-ROM, containing the full-texts of 422 works by eighty-one authors. It includes novels and short stories written before 1850, the earliest being William Hill Brown's The Power of Sympathy (1789). The selection policy was to include authors renowned in their lifetime, and is based on the Bibliography of American Literature and Lyle H. Wright's American Fiction 1774-1850. The first editions of texts were chosen for digitisation. As well as digitising the full-texts, every page has also been digitised as an image (including illustrations, covers, and prefaces). The collection is fully searchable by keyword, and results give the keyword-in-context, from which one can explore the full-text. The online version can be explored in combination with Literature Online for those users that have access to the latter and requires an additional username and password.
This is the website of the Edgar Allan Poe Collection held by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland; "one of the oldest free public library systems in the US". The collection actually consists of five different collections: The Amelia F. Poe Collection, 1770s-1909; The Sara Sigourney Rice Collection, 1867-1908; The Bernard J. Rosenmyer Illustrations, ca.1900; Commemorations of Edgar Allan Poe, 1850-1949; and Reprints of Poe's works, 1845-1854. Click on "Edgar Allan Poe Collection" near the top of the page to view images of selected items from the collection such as photographs of Poe, fragments from Poe's original coffin, locks of hair, and letters written by Poe. A full container list and a short history of each collection is provided along with a brief Poe biography.
The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore website provides information on the Society, as well as: bibliographical; biographical; and critical material relating to Edgar Allan Poe and his works. This extensive site also makes freely available the full text of: Poe's written works; his own letters; and a large number of critical essays relating to Poe, by influential scholars and academics. The site is frequently updated on multiple levels. The sections 'Poe Topics' and 'Poe Works' are particularly useful, whilst the text posted of 'The Journal of Julius Rodman' is one of many electronic firsts at this site. This is an essential bookmark for students studying Poe, and a source of interest for his readership more generally.
Edinburgh Review describes itself as "Scotland's leading journal of ideas", and it is the modern incarnation of the historic journal begun in 1802. It is published three times per year by the Centre for the History of Ideas in Scotland, based at the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh Review publishes new poetry and fiction alongside critical writing, reviews, and political texts. The website contains tables-of-contents for recent issues, and also a full-text PDF facsimile of the first edition of 1802. Edinburgh Review also publishes books "about the main figures in Scottish cultural history". The website has details of subscriptions and submissions.
The website of the Edith Wharton Society is based at Washington State University. The website provides details of the Society's activities, including: meetings and conferences to promote the work of the American novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937); a discussion list; and the society's journal, 'The Edith Wharton Review'. Tables of contents for the journal are available online, as are details of how to join the Society/subscribe, and submit material for publication. A great deal of information is also provided on Wharton herself, including a brief biography and a comprehensive chronology of the author's life. The site also provides links to bibliographies and full texts of Wharton's works, as well as teaching resources for secondary students and undergraduates. This site is a must for both interested readers and students of Wharton's life and work.
Edith Wharton's world is an online version of an exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, between September 1997 and January 1998. The introductory text gives an overview of Wharton's life and works, based around a series of illustrations, which are themselves links to more detailed commentaries on aspects of her life. These illustrations, which expand to a useful size for detailed scrutiny, include portraits of the writer herself and a number of her friends, including Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Sinclair Lewis. The concise commentaries illuminate Wharton's friendships and other relationships, and place her within the literary and cultural milieu of her time.
Although professedly aimed at the general public, the Edward Lear home page is a very useful research aid that brings together a wealth of information and a large amount of material, some of it hard to find in print, illustrating the many facets of Edward Lear's artistic persona. Its collection of digitised essays on Edward Lear and Victorian Nonsense literature will be of particular interest to scholars, as will the complete text and illustrations of what are currently believed to be the first two books of English Nonsense poetry to be printed in England in the 1820s. The site also provides: biographical information about Edward Lear (1812-1888); a selection of portraits and self-portraits; a bibliography of his works which includes a special section on his music; and a bibliography of studies on Lear and on Nonsense literature. Texts on the site include: 'A Book of Nonsense' (the 1861 edition); 'Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets'; 'More Nonsense Pictures, Rhymes Botany &c.'; 'Laughable Lyrics. A Fourth Book of Nonsense Poems, Songs, Botany, Music, &c.'; and 'Queery Leary Nonsense' (the posthumous 1911 collection edited by Lady Strachey), as well as a selection of his lesser-known songs, stories and picture stories. In addition, the site also shows samples of his output as a painter (touching on both his zoological illustrations and his topographical drawings) and a collection of links to Lear-, limerick-, and Nonsense-related websites.
The Eilís Dillon Irish writing pages were produced by the late author's estate to provide information about her life and work, and to encourage people to read her books. Eilís Dillon (1920-1994) was born and brought up in Ireland, and many of her novels are built around events in Irish history. As well as historical novels, Dillon published popular detective stories and literature for children. The website contains publication details for the various editions of Dillon's books, along with a short biography, and an education section. There is a brief synopsis of each book, accompanied by positive snippets from reviews, belying the semi-commercial intent of the site. Excerpts from some of the novels are included. Several 'hostile' and 'political' reviews are reproduced in full, raising some more interesting angles from which to consider Dillon's work, although even here the reviews are never that hostile. The education section provides ideas for schoolteachers wishing to teach Dillon in the classroom. Users of the site should note that the material has not been updated since 2001 and as such some of the related links no longer work.
Elaine Feinstein's website promotes her writing and provides information about her back-catalogue. Feinstein was born in Bootle, grew up in Leicester, and was educated at Cambridge. She has published over thirty books, including fiction and biography and has also written for radio and television. Best known as a poet, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1980. A very brief biography and a more extensive bibliography are given, but the site provides only a few texts of Feinstein's poems (but it does provides links to places where one can buy Feinstein's works). The highlight is probably the audio recordings of Feinstein reading a number of her poems, including 'Insomnia'. There is also a transcript of an interview with Feinstein by Poetry Review.
'Electric book' is an online resource which provides access to the full-text of a great number of literary works by renowned authors. The website requires registration, giving the choice of a free or paid subscription. A long list authors whose works are available online for free includes: Jane Austen; Charlotte and Emily Brontë Joseph Conrad; Charles Dickens; George Eliot; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Henry James; Jonathan Swift; Oscar Wilde; Edith Wharton; and many others. The website uses frames to navigate between different sections, for example, between a list of chapters and the content of each particular chapter. The texts are displayed in the PDF format. The website also offers the possibility of purchasing collections of texts on CD-ROMs, 'Electric book' is an easy to navigate, well-maintained and user-friendly resource. It is commendable to students of literature, teachers and general readers.
'Electronic Texts' is a website containing links to electronic versions of texts by roughly thirty 17th-century and 18th-century English language authors. These include Francis Bacon, Daniel Defoe, John Donne, John Dryden, Charlotte Smith, Jonathan Swift, and many others. Specimens are included from across the spectrum of literary genres, and include a number of critical tracts. There is some variety between the reproductions with several being abridgments, whilst some are annotated. James Boswell and Samuel Johnson are particularly well represented. The texts have been selected and scanned by Jack Lynch, of Rutgers University, for the benefit of his students. They may prove useful as classwork material or for reference by undergraduates, particularly as several of the texts are not readily available in print, whilst a few are not even shelved in many college libraries.
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.
Emily Bronte: An Overview is a relatively brief section of the Victorian Web, serving as a basic introduction to the life and work of Emily Bronte (1818-1848), and focusing more on her only novel 'Wuthering Heights', than on her poetry. The site is comprised of five categories: Biographical Materials, including a chronology and a link to the Bronte sisters' birthplace in Yorkshire; Works consisting of 'Wuthering Heights' and poems published with her sisters Charlotte and Anne in 1846; Cultural Contexts and Theme and Technique which include extracts from critical works and full-text critical essays, followed by bibliographical information, and links to other sections of the Victorian Web that are relevant but not specifically concerned with Emily Bronte; and, in Related Web Resources, one link to a Bronte discussion list at Yahoo, which requires registration. Altogether, the website seems to be focusing more on the cultural, social and political contexts of Bronte's writing, than on the work itself. Consequently, considering the immense body of critical and biographical information published about Emily Bronte, and the speculation inspired by what some critics term her mysticism, the Emily Bronte section of the Victorian Web will seem disappointingly limited to a serious Bronte scholar. It does serve, however, as a quick reference source to gain a brief, overall view of Emily Bronte's life and writing.
The Postcolonial Studies website of Emory State University's English Department is designed to offer an introduction to the major authors, theorists and issues at the heart of postcolonialism. Divided into four main sections, this resource offers an introduction to Postcolonial Studies; an extensive list of authors in this field, including writers such as Chinua Achebe, Salmon Rushdie, Buchi Emecheta, and Wole Soyinka; a further list of theorists associated with Postcolonialism such as Homi Bhabha, Frantz Fanon, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; and a final section which lists related terms and issues, covering a broad spectrum from magical realism to communism and the caste system. Each list consists of hyperlinks which lead to further detailed resources on each author, theorist or issue. These pages include biographical, bibliographical and theoretical material. As such, this website provides a valuable resource for students, researchers and teachers interested or engaged in Postcolonial Studies.
This is the website for the Endicott Studio. Founded in 1987, the Endicott Studio describes itself as "an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the creation and support of mythic art". It is interdisciplinary in the sense that it is interested in the expression of myth, folklore and fairy tales through contemporary literary, visual and performance arts. It offers a resource for the study of 'myth, folklore, fairy tales, and their use in contemporary arts', which is likely to be of use to literature, creative writing and art researchers. It is also a very beautiful site, with images from well-known artists such as Archimboldo, Arthur Rackham and Alan Lee, among others, including Thomas Canty, Stu Jenks and Mark Wagner. This website is also home to the Endicott Studio's Journal of Mythic Arts, a quarterly online-only publication (from 1997 to 2008). The journal has three sections, for poetry; fiction; and art, drama and mixed media. Articles include: 'Sleeping Beauty' by Midori Snyder; 'Women and Fairy Tales' by Terri Windling; 'The Lore of Simple Things: Bread, Milk and Honey in Fairy Tales' by Ari Berk; and 'The Lore of Gemstones by Ellen Steiber'. Fiction and poetry by Tappan King, Barth Anderson, Laurie J. Marks, Neil Gaiman, Deborah Cash and Theodora Goss is included, amongst the work of a collection of distinguished writers. The gallery, which features art works and accompanying articles, displays a range of art forms, from fiber art and folk art to paintings and sculpture. Thematic exhibitions include masks, the green man and the green woman and shape-shifting (animal transformations), and a selection of historical displays include Kay Nielsen's Arabian Nights, the Pre-Raphaelites, Adrienne Ségur and Victorian fairy paintings. Other sections of the Endicott site include an online bulletin board, a blog, which ceased publication in May 2008, recommended books and reading lists. This site is a pleasure to view and read, through both the accomplished presentation and the quality of the creative and critical material it contains.
'England have my bones' is a personal website devoted to the literary works of T.H. White, author of 'The Once and Future King'. The website has a full listing of White's books, with detailed summaries and notes. There is also a page that lists the author's unpublished works, and a useful 'T. H. White Bibliography'. There is an example of White's watercolour painting. There are links to external Web sites about White, including the 'T. H. White Yahoo e-group' discussion forum.
English Literature in Transition (ELT), 1880-1920, is the website of both a printed journal and a book press of that name, both based at the English Department, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. ELT's focus is 'articles on fiction, poetry, drama, or subjects of cultural interest in the 1880–1920 period of British literature', with an emphasis on less prominent authors of the period and their works. The website provides an index of all ELT journal issues from 1983 to the present, as well as: the table of contents of the latest issue; a catalogue of books published by the press; and full ordering and subscription details. The site also provides free access to the full text of four e-books: 'Pater in the 1990s', edited by Laurel Brake and Ian Small; 'The Editions of Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage: A Comparison of Texts', by George H. Thomson, with Dorothy F. Thomson; 'Hogan, M.P.', an 1876 novel by by May Laffan Hartley; and 'Dorothy Richardson: A Calendar of Letters', by George Thomson. The books are provided as PDF files. This site would be of interest to those studying the literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially as background to the study of better-known writers of those periods.
English Matters is an online journal dedicated to poetry and aesthetics, with particular attention to electronic publishing. This resource is one of the projects created by the New Media Group in English at the George Mason University. As a compendium of articles, interviews, poetry, prose and multimedia productions, English Matters is a vibrant addition to the possibilities of creativity on the Internet. Thematic interests of the articles published in this journal range from theoretical meditations on the question of the subject to more 'practical' pieces on epoetry and epoetry resources. It is clear, then, that English Matters is not simply an academic journal but also an invitation to creative writing. A very useful Links page refers the reader to other relevant online resources, the lists of which are either organised thematically, or annotated. This Web page also includes listings of events and exhibitions, as well as information on archives available to those interested in writing, theory and literature. Furthermore, this online resource provides a selection of teaching modules which have been 'designed by faculty in the English Department to help instructors integrate the materials presented in...[the journal] into their courses.' All in all, English Matters is a useful and ample resource, and it will be of interest to students, researchers and professionals alike.
'The Gothic Literature Companion' is an online version of the book 'Gothic Literature, Vol. 1' (Thomson Gale, 2006). It provides "a wide range of historical accounts about, literary excerpts from, and critical interpretations of a long-standing mode of ... 'the Gothic'." 35 key authors have entries listed in an A-Z manner. There is also a useful introductory essay 'Gothic Literature: An Overview ', and a 'Chronology of Key Events'. There are also further short essays on specific topics: 'Society, Culture, and the Gothic'; 'Gothic Themes, Settings, and Figures'; 'Performing Arts and the Gothic'; and 'Visual Arts and the Gothic'. Volumes 2 and 3 of the book, not freely available online, appear to provide the bulk of this scholarly work, being a comprehensive A-Z listing of entries about gothic authors.
Ernest Hemingway, is an online resource offering a full biography of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), one of America's most notorious writers. Author of short stories, novels, and poetry, Hemingway's best known works include A Farewell to Arms (1929) and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). This compact and easily navigable site also includes a selection of essays about Hemingway by author Kelley Dupois, a bibliography of Hemingway's work including selected synopses, and a bibliography of secondary materials. A useful introduction to Hemingway's life and work for undergraduates and interested readers.
The website of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is dedicated to the life and work of the American writer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). In addition to providing information about the Hemingway birthplace in Oak Park, Illinois (including the latest version of the Foundation's newsletter) the site offers a useful collection of resources relating to Hemingway's writing. The section of the site entitled 'About Ernest Hemingway' comprises: biographical essays; a list of books recommended by Hemingway; notable quotes from Hemingway; a Hemingway chronology; and a note on the author's relationship to Oak Park. The 'From the Hemingway Archives' section is a photo gallery of images of Hemingway and family. The site also provides links to Hemingway resources on the web, including samples of his writing and audio files of his speeches. The site is clearly presented and it is easy to locate information quickly. A good range of reference and secondary material is provided, and the site would be an excellent starting point for anyone researching Hemingway.
'Ernest Hemingway In His Time' is an online exhibition by the University of Delaware Library, which serves both as an online exhibition and an 'Internet source page' for the American writer Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961). The exhibition is a revised form of one originally held at the University of Delaware from August to December 1995 and consists of a substantial introduction and seventeen sections dealing with various aspects of Hemingway's life and works. There are numerous illustrations; some portraits of Hemingway, but mainly of book covers and related items. There are also links to the detailed contents of three major collections at the University of Delaware: Louis Henry and Marguerite Cohn - Hemingway Collection; Ernest Hemingway Collection; and Ernest Hemingway Manuscripts. In addition a section of links to other useful Hemingway web pages is also provided. This site would interest anyone studying Hemingway's works.
The EServer.org website began in 1990 with a few critical publications and is now hosted by Iowa State University and has over 35,000 publications, with the number growing. This site will be of interest to a range of students as it provides indepth links to subjects such as: art; architecture; aesthetic theories; cultural theory; cybertheory; government; bibliographies; calls for papers; drama; education; feminism; scholarly resources and journals and too many more to name. The plethora of works available ensures many students will find something pertinent. Of the myriad critical studies these are some well-know names: Mary Wollstonecraft; Aphra Behn; Marx; William Faulkner; Jane Austen; Samuel Johnson; Mona Lisa and again, many many more. Each section is divided by subject heading and then within that section are links to primary sources, secondary and critical sources also although most sources are text documents there are often images and links to external sites included.
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 F Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Home Page has been developed at the University of South Carolina. The site is dedicated to the life and work of the American novelist F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), author of 'The Great Gatsby' (1925) and 'Tender is the Night' (1934). The website was developed in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of Fitzgerald's birth but its resources remain useful and up to date.The site offers a chronology of Fitzgerald's life, as well as a brief biographical essay. The page entitled The Fitzgerald Collection features images of original dust jackets of Fitzgerald's works. Bibliographical information is also available on the site, and includes a separate bibliography for the work of Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda Fitzgerald.A number of essays are also published on the site. Unfortunately, there is a limited range of primary material available. 'This Side of Paradise' (1920) is the only one of Fitzgerald's novels online at this site. There are several short stories, however, and a selection of Fitzgerald's juvenilia.
Fantastic, Mysterious, and Adventurous Victoriana is an encyclopaedia created by Jess Nevins. This website contains the first draft of the encyclopaedia, which was completed online in 2004. The work was later published in an expanded and academic form as the 1,200-page print volume titled 'The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana' (MonkeyBrain, 2005), which is described on the website as "the first comprehensive encyclopedia of fantastic literature of the nineteenth century". However, this original "draft" encyclopaedia remains online and public, and offers a substantial A-Z listing of notable characters and beings who appear in fantastic and 'mysterious' Victorian literature. Since all the characters listed can now be assumed to be in the public domain, this website may be a source of inspiration for creative university students creating historical/steampunk comics, animation or literature, as well as a resource for scholars.
This page of the New York Times website Books section, features archive material on the plays of Arthur Miller, published between 1944 and 2000. This is a rich resource for students and researchers interested in the plays in performance. It also offers insights into the author from his own writing, and that of critics. Performance reviews of The Man Who Had All The Luck; All My Sons; Death of A Salesman; The Crucible; and A View from the Bridge, amongst others, are included. As they cover an extensive period, some plays are reviewed in several productions, adding value to the site as a performance studies resource. Also included are reviews of printed texts of Miller's plays, as well as his novels, including Focus and The Misfits, short stories and collaborative publications. A large number of articles on Miller during his long career are featured, and followed by articles by Miller himself on his plays, observations on society and experiences as a director and playwright. The final element of the site is an audio of Arthur Miller reading from his collected essays, Echoes Down the Corridor. This site offers a very comprehensive and user-friendly resource, which gives an insight into the huge contribution to modern theatre, in terms of quantity, quality and controversy made by Arthur Miller. Links are available to other featured authors in the Books section of this site, as well as to reviews of Echoes down the Corridor and a sample of the first chapter of the collection. Free registration is required to access the site.
This website provides access to a collection of book reviews and articles from the New York Times relating to the work of South African novelist Doris Lessing (1919-), winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. The searchable site include archived reviews of all her works from 1950 onwards, including The Children of Violence series. In addition to the reviews, there is a small collection of literary criticism articles about her work; these include discussions of her main themes and her commitment to politics and feminism.
"Fictional cities : Venice, Florence, London" is a personal website created by Jeff Cotton, a librarian at Stoke Newington Library in London. The aim of the website is to provide a free online resource detailing works of fiction wholly or mainly set in these three cities. The website also covers films and comics set in these cities, and some non-fiction. The author updates the site regularly with reviews of new books and other items. The cities of Venice and Florence have A-Z lists of fictional works, organised by author. London has only a 'personal best' selection of works representing what the author has best enjoyed. In 2008 the author added a new section dedicated to the city of Berlin. This website would be particularly helpful to those interested in the depiction and representation of Italian cities in literature.
Fictional Rome is an online database of bibliographic and related information about English-language novels set in the ancient Roman world. The time-span for the project is from the days of the Republic to the close of the Western Empire in the sixth century. The database currently holds over 1500 entries. A selection of the titles have short reviews attached to them. The database can be searched by name, title, date of publication, subject, location and level. Each title has also been allocated a 'period code' which enables retrieval of titles relating to a general period or a specific emperor's reign. A typical record will also include a description of the subject matter (including whether Jewish, Christian or Pagan), and some indication of how the work has been rated by one of the project's reviewers. The site also includes: a short story database; browsing by author; a selection of essays about historical novels; basic information and links about non-fictional characters of the period; a time-line, discussion area and links to further resources. This extensive resource will be of particular value to those interested in the reception of ancient Rome in modern times.
The Financial Fiction Genre website, edited by Ron Davies (a former librarian at Exeter University) is a guide to banking and finance in fiction from: Dickens; Thackeray; and Zola, through to modern financial thrillers. The site is divided into a number of sections: from Chaucer to the Victorians; 'The Dawn of the American Century to the 1970s'; 1970 onwards; 'Social commentators, journalists and educators'; 'Banker - Novelists and Modern Financial Thrillers'; 'Japanese Business Novels'; and other genres. Each section provides a short introduction to the literature concerned - with links to definitions of difficult terms or further information about individuals discussed. There are also links to a financial scandals site and pages on the history of money. This site would be of interest to English literature students as well as cultural historians.
'The Fourth River' is the website of the print journal of the same name, published by the Creative Writing Programme at Chatham College, Pittsburgh. Fourth River's focus is on writing which explores the interactions between humans and their environment, from a local or global perspective. The site provides tables of contents for past issues and various stories, poems and other extracts from the hard copy of the journal. Details of how to subscribe and submit material are also given. This publication is a good resource for contemporary English studies, but the interest in human/environment relationships may open it up to a broader range of researchers.
'Frankensteinia' is an intelligent and well-presented illustrated weblog "tracking Frankenstein and all things related in the arts, media and popular culture." At May 2008, the weblog is frequently updated, and seems avid in seeking out a wide range of examples. There are archives dating back to 2007. The category tagging system of this weblog is precise and well-developed, but it seems the weblog cannot be searched by keyword - visitors should instead use a site-limited Google search to search. This weblog will be a useful research aid for those seeking to survey the uses to which the Frankenstein monster is still being put in popular culture, and the contemporary neo-gothic / neo-Victorian imagination in general.
This is the biography of the naval captain and writer, Captain Frederick Marryat. This is part of the website Books and Writers website, a literature related resource site. The majority of Marryat's books were based on his experiences at sea from 1806 to 1830 during which he worked his way up from midshipman to captain. Marryat's books include The Naval Officer, Mr Midshipman Easy, Peter Simple and the children's book Masterman Ready. His adventure stories became very popular in the first half of the 19th century and are still read. The biography includes suggestions for further reading and a list of selected works by Frederick Marryat.
This is an online exhibition from the University of Delaware Library, designed to accompany a 2006 Special Collections exhibition curated by Iris Snyder. This free website has an annotated listing of selected key early works of utopian fiction and literary science fiction, from the year 1516 until the 20th century. There is also a short overview of the rise of popular science fiction in early 20th century pulp magazines of the United States. Other sections outline key categories of aliens and robots encountered in the literature, and survey key examples of literary dystopias. There is an annotated survey of African American writers of science fiction. There is a very short selected bibliography. This is a concise website that would be useful for students unfamiliar with literary science fiction, but who want to identify and read a small selection of the key novels and stories. Illustrations used are small, and are predominantly of front book covers.
This is the full text of The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, the sequel to the novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. This appears on the website, The Literature Network, which contains online literature. In this follow- up novel, Robinson Crusoe, now returned home and prosperous, is bored with his life and consumed by an irresistible longing to return to the island. As a result, he embarks on a harrowing high-seas adventure that takes him to China, over the Russian steppes, and into Siberia. A summary is provided along with links to the chapters. This site contains advertising.
The aim of the G.K.Chesterton website is to provide a single source for all of Chesterton's works currently available as e-texts. Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was a prolific and exuberant writer, publishing 69 books during his life in almost all areas of literature. The main strength of this site is its presentation of Chesterton's entire literary output, divided into six sections: non-fiction, including the biography of Charles Dickens and 'Eugenics and other Evils' (1917); fiction, including the Father Brown mystery stories (1911-1936) and 'The Man Who Was Thursday' (1908); essays, such as 'A Defence of Penny Dreadfuls'; poems, including 'The Battle of Pepanto'; bibliographies; and quotations. All of the files are available in plain text format, and many can also be accessed in HTML. The larger files are also available as zip archive files. The site also includes: a short biography; a picture archive; and numerous links to related sites. Anyone studying Chesterton would find this a good place to start their research.
This significant resource dealing with the American novelist William Gaddis (1922-98) is the work of the Gaddis Annotations Project, a group of contributors based mainly in the United States, but also in Canada, the United Kingdom, and in Germany. There is an essay by Peter Dempsey on Gaddis's life and work and a substantial bibliography of primary and secondary materials by Steven Moore. Each of Gaddis's five novels is explored in separate pages, with introductions, detailed annotations, and scene outlines. There are also sections on Gaddis's non-fiction, obituaries and tributes, reminiscences, and the full-text of interpretative essays. The site has links to the Gaddis discussion group where began this project and to other Gaddis-related websites.
The Gaskell Society's website provides information on the Victorian novelist Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810-1865), as well as details on the Society and its activities. The aim of the Society is to "promote and encourage the study and appreciation of the work and life" of the author which it does in many ways, including holding annual meetings and arranging an annual Gaskell conference. Details of these events are provided on the site, together with: a short biography of Gaskell; a chronology of her works; information on Gaskell's former home, 84 Plymouth Grove (now owned by the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust); a list of Gaskell-related Web links; and membership information. The site would be of interest to both fans and scholars of Gaskell's work.
The Gaskell Web is an online collection of resources and links relating to the author Elizabeth Gaskell and her works. The site is the work of Mitsuharu Matsuoka, of Nagoya University in Japan. Resources available on the site include: an in-depth chronology of Gaskell's life; photos and prints of Knutsford and Chelsea, where Gaskell lived; a full bibliography, with links to original e-texts including 'North and South' and 'Cranford'; a hyper-concordance to Gaskell's works; tables of contents for issues of the Gaskell Journal (the publication of the Gaskell Society); and a number of essays and articles from the Gaskell Journal or by members of the Gaskell Society. The site gives information on the British and Japanese Gaskell Societies, and also provides a Gaskell message board, and links to a Gaskell mailing list run by Creighton University. This site is a valuable source of information for students and fans of Gaskell's works alike.
Gaslight is a long-running Internet site that was initially established as a discussion list and book club. The site looks at mystery and adventure stories written between 1800 and 1919, and originally aimed to review one such story per week. Unlike other book clubs, Gaslight tended to choose works that are not readily available in print, and so published the etexts of these works online. Discussion archives from 1997 to 2000 are publicly available from the site, although new books continued to be added to the 'current reading schedule' until September 2004. Probably of more interest to researchers are the etexts themselves. The site has compiled a large number of texts that may be browsed by date, author, or searched by keyword. Many of the texts are short stories, with longer works being divided by chapter. Many of the site's featured authors are not especially well-known outside of the particular genres that the site concentrates on, but it does host some lesser-known stories by the following: Oscar Wilde; H. G. Wells; Edith Wharton; Jules Verne; William Makepeace Thackeray; Bram Stoker; Robert Louis Stevenson; Walter Scott; Theodore Roosevelt; Alexander Pushkin; Edgar Allen Poe; Herman Melville; Guy de Maupassant; H.P. Lovecraft; Jack London; Abraham Lincoln; Rudyard Kipling; Jerome K. Jerome; Henry James; Victor Hugo; William Hope Hodgson; Thomas Hardy; Arthur Conan Doyle; Charles Dickens; Joseph Conrad; Wilkie Collins; Kate Chopin; Edward George Bulwer-Lytton; John Buchan; Ambrose Bierce; Honoré de Balzac; Grant Allen; and Louisa May Alcott. The texts are in the public domain in Canada, but as the site warns, this may not be the case in all other countries.
The online resource 'George Eliot' is maintained by Mitsuhuru Matsuoka, University of Nagoya, Japan. The site is dedicated to the work of the 19th-century English novelist George Eliot. Amongst Matsuoka's other pages users can find resources for the study of Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, and other British as well as American authors. With very little criticism included, the main asset of the Eliot page is the access it provides to online versions of the writer's works. The resource is structured around three main categories: George Eliot Web Sites; Mailing Lists; Works and E-texts. 'George Eliot Web Sites' links to the online journal 'George Eliot - George Henry Lewes Studies' and a page of information on the writer's burial place. Unfortunately, the rest of the links does not work. Sadly, this is also true for a great number of links to electronic versions of Eliot's works (Works and E-texts), except for the Princeton editions and Matsuoka's 'Daniel Deronda'. These make the visit worthwhile, particularly to students in search of full texts of Eliot's novels. The resource also contains information about the George Eliot Fellowship and the George Eliot Fellowship of Japan.
The George Eliot Collection website forms part of the Warwickshire County Council Web pages. The site provides a short biography of Eliot, together with information on the Collection, which is held at Nuneaton Library in Warwickshire. The physical Collection consists of: more than 2000 books; a collection of scrapbooks; and 60 facsimiles of letters, a number of which are available (with transcripts) for viewing online. These Web pages also provide: a related reading list; a description of the letter collections; a review of Eliot's work 'Scenes from Clerical Life'; information on the author's links with Warwickshire; and a list of her works. There is also a useful link to the catalogue of the Eliot Collection, providing more details of the Collection's holdings. This site would be of interest to anyone studying Eliot and her works, or Victorian literature more generally.
The George Gissing website is devoted to the English novelist and essayist George Gissing (1857-1903). Gissing is perhaps best known for his novels dealing with social issues in Victorian Britain, including 'New Grub Street' and 'The Odd Women'. The site hosts, among other essays and texts: a sketch of Gissing's life; the complete text of his first biography (written by Morley Roberts); a critical survey of his work; and an essay on Gissing written by George Orwell. There is also a selection of Gissing-related links. Anyone studying Gissing would find this a fascinating introduction to the man and his work.
The 'George Meredith' Web pages are part of the extensive Victorian Web website, and offer a biographical and critical introduction to this Victorian writer. A poet as well as novelist, George Meredith (1828-1909) produced eight collections of poetry and fifteen novels, the most famous being 'The Ordeal of Richard Feveral' (1859) and 'The Egoist' (1860). It was not until the publication of 'Diana of the Crossways' in 1885 however that Meredith achieved critical acclaim; the subsequent nine volume edition of his works ensuring his reputation. This website provides: a biography; a chronology; a brief assessment of Meredith's writing; and a list of his works. Numerous critical assessments of varying length are also provided, on themes such as: style and description in Meredith's fantasy writing; melodrama as theatricalised dissent in 'Diana of the Crossways'; and a number of essays on 'The Shaving of Shagpat' (1855). Although the site does not provide a bibliography it serves as a basic introduction to Meredith's life and most important works.
George Orwell is a site devoted to the English novelist, essayist and social commentator, George Orwell (real name Eric Arthur Blair 1903-1950).The site has brief summaries and discussions of Orwell's novels, including Animal Farm, Nineteen-Eighty Four and The Road to Wigan Pier. There is also a brief biography of Orwell, and some general critical discussions of Orwell, his influences and politics.The site includes the full-texts of some of Orwell's essays, including Shooting an Elephant, Why I Write, and Politics and the English Language. There is also a selection of Orwell's letters, poems and pictures. The site also hosts a George Orwell discussion board where browsers can post questions and engage in ongoing discussions. The site is a worthwhile resource for Orwell scholars and enthusiasts. In particular, the text versions of Orwell's essays are a useful inclusion. Many of the essays are short enough to be read online.
The Chestnut Tree Cafe is a web-page devoted to exploring the life, times and work of the English novelist and journalist Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell, 1903-1950).The main feature is a selection of recent essays on Orwell. These are primarily general articles on Orwell, or review articles of recent editions of his works, reprinted from magazines and journals such as Atlantic Monthly and Contemporary Review. There are some essays on specific themes, such as Orwell and women, Orwell as a spy, and critical essays on Animal Farm and The Road to Wigan Pier. There is also a brief biography of Orwell.The site is a useful resource for Orwell scholars, and particularly for those interested in discussions and reviews of recent Orwell publications.
George Orwell Resources is a bibliography of primary and secondary resources relating to the English author George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair, 1903-1950) best known for his novels "1984" and "Animal Farm". The compiler claims that the primary bibliography is comprehensive, whilst the secondary bibliography is selective but annotated. There is a brief summary of Orwell's life, and some reproductions of photographs. Links are provided to online Orwell texts, quotations, and biographies, and also to online secondary essays and other websites. The bibliographic annotations are brief but useful. This site should provide a helpful guide for undergraduates studying George Orwell and his work.
The website of the George Sand Association is a well-presented resource. It will be of interest to literary researchers at all levels wishing to access material on George Sand (1804-1876), both in English and her native French. While there is a 'members only' section, the site makes freely available a wide range of material. For example, the site offers a bibliography of Sand's work in translation, which is divided into three sections. These cover: translations published between 1845 and 1961; from 1961 onwards; and material currently in the process of translation. Works listed include 'The Castle of Pictordu', translated by G. S. Grahame (1883), 'Winter in Majorca', translated by Robert Graves (1989) and 'The Private Secretary' translated by Lucy Schwartz (2005). The site also features: a full contents listing for past issues of the Association's journal; a list of works available on the Internet; and online research articles. French and English material is included in all these sections of the site. There is also information on conferences and other events, as well as links to other sites of interest. This site is straightforward to use and while much of the material is in French, there is sufficient English content to make it useful to a wide range of researchers.
'Ghosts & Scholars' contains news, information and Web links related to "Ghost Stories in the M.R. James Tradition and Research on Jamesian authors" There is also a full index to the contents of 46 issues of the 'Ghosts & Scholars: M.R. James Newsletter', together with submission and subscription information. The pages in the section 'Ghosts & Scholars Archive' feature a significant number of free full-text scholarly articles from the Newsletter. Among other topic guides, there is a 'M.R. James on TV, Radio and Film: An Updated Checklist'.
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 is the website of the publishing venture, Girls Gone By Publishers (GGBP), which is run by Clarissa Cridland and Ann Mackie-Hunter and which re-publishes "some of the most popular girls' fiction from the twentieth century, concentrating on those titles which are most sought after, and difficult to find on the second-hand market." With its inclusion of descriptions of the books published, this is a valuable albeit brief, introduction to an often overlooked genre of fiction, which with their disctinctive design and illustration are of more than literary interest. The website includes titles (with illustrations) that are available now and forthcoming titles.
The Gissing in Cyberspace website commemorates the life and works of George Robert Gissing (1857-1903). The site offers e-texts of many of his major works, including: 'The Netherworld'; 'New Grub Street'; 'Born in Exile'; 'The Odd Woman'; and 'The House of Cobwebs', as well as many of his short stories. The website also provides a link to the Gissing Trust, with pictures and information about Gissing's birthplace for those interested in visiting. The website also gives details of the Gissing Journal (available via subscription) and full texts of back issues from 1965 - 2003 (as PDF files). There is a page for links to other Gissing sites and a chronology of his life and works. For students and researchers working on Gissing, this resource would make an excellent starting point.
Chester Himes, the American novelist and writer of detective stories, who was a contemporary of other writers including Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison, was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1909 and died in Spain in 1984. This site has a brief biography of Himes with links to pages on his works. These include a substantial section on his Coffin and Grave Digger mysteries, with summaries of the individual works, while similar treatment is given to Himes's other publications. There is a short bibliography of works about Himes and a page of links to other Internet sources. This site provides a useful introduction to an important writer.
The Gormenghast website, hosted by the American television channel PBS, is devoted to the 2000 BBC and PBS television drama based on Mervyn Peake's trilogy of novels. The site provides contextual information on the novels: 'Titus Groan'; 'Gormenghast'; and 'Titus Alone', including: original cover art; selected critical observations; and Peake's original sketches for the books. The site also features biographical information about the author - an artist, illustrator, novelist and poet - who lived from 1911 to 1968, as well as a bibliography of Peake's work. The heart of the site, however, is about the television series, providing: behind-the-scenes images; interviews with actors and producers; notes on costume design and production; and clips from the programmes. Students of English and media would find this resource of interest, particularly for the insights it gives into turning what was considered an 'unfilmable' work into award-winning television.
'Gratt: a peer-reviewed journal of Anglophone studies' is a full-text ejournal aiming to cover... "Literature, Civilization, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Linguistics". The journal is produced by the University of Francois-Rabelais in Tours, France, but is published in English. At February 2009 four issues are online, offering articles as PDF files. Issues are themed: 'Queer Readings of Television Series and Serials'; 'Reading Thomas Jefferson'; 'Reading Thomas Pynchon's latest novel Against the Day'; and 'Reading Alison Bechdel'. There are also details of 39 paper-only issues, published between 1984 and 2007. The website offers a "Poetry and Fiction Corner", and "Occasional Papers" which at present features just one paper - 'Representing the Dirty South: Parochialism in Rap Music'. The website has details of the editors, and a style-sheet for contributors.
This is the full-text of The Great Sea-Serpent, by Hans Christian Andersen, as published in Scribner's Monthly in January 1872. This is located on the site of an enthusiast and there are links to the text of further fairytales by Andersen on the site, which include The Little Mermaid and In the Uttermost Parts of the Sea.
Greeneland is a website devoted to the life and work of author Henry Graham Greene (1904-1991). In addition to a brief biography and bibliography, the site features Greene's reflections on the storyline and characters in fourteen of his novels, including such classics as: The Power and the Glory; The End of the Affair; The Heart of the Matter; and The Quiet American. The site also references film adaptations of Greene's novels, and a few relevant film posters are provided. The site also provides Greene's comments on writing, as well as short extracts from critical pieces on Greene by: Evelyn Waugh; William Golding; George Orwell; David Lodge; Pico Iyer; V.S. Pritchett; and John Updike. This site is pitched at enthusiasts rather than scholars, but the information here would be of use to students as an introduction to Greene's works.
'The Grotesque' is a website created by university lecturer David Lavery for a 2004 degree course on the grotesque. The website contains a lengthy bibliography, a list of 'Major Artists and Theorists of the Grotesque', exemplary seminar papers such as 'The Grotesque in Children’s Literature', and other pointers to locating the grotesque in various artforms. There is also a free full-text online version of the book 'The Grotesque' (Methuen, 1972) by Philip Thomson, presented here with the author's permission. David Lavery holds the Chair in Film and Television at Brunel University, London.
The website, A guide to Classic Mystery and Detection, is exactly what it claims to be: a guide. With a short introduction into 100 years (approximately) of mystery fiction, as well as an introduction into trends of the genre, the site informs its user of the genre, as well as serves as a starting point for research. The information is divided into five major headings: 19th century mystery fiction; turn of the century mystery fiction; the golden age (subheads: intuitionist school; Van Dine school; realist school; the Bailey school); pulp fiction, and contemporary mystery fiction. Each section contains information as well as lists of writings from the major figures within the genre. An index of authors with recommended sites is included. The website is self–published, and not linked to an educational institution or society.
'A Guide to Supernatural Fiction' is an online bibliography edited by R.B. Russell and published under the auspices of Tartarus Press. The focus is mainly on supernatural fiction, the site stating that "we only skirt around the boundaries of fantasy, and science fiction is poorly represented". The guide is a work in progress, but at the time of writing it offers details of over 360 authors and editors of supernatural fiction. Bibliographical information is browsed alphabetically by author, with entries often also supplying biographical information and images of book covers. Users of the site are updated on progress / additions to the guide via a news section on the home page of the site. This resource would be of use to students of English literature, as well as interested readers of this genre.
This study guide to Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, is part of SparkNotes, a website which provides online study guides and books aimed at older students. Included in the guide is: contextual information, which provides a brief biography of Swift and the book; an overview of the plot; analysis of the characters; a discussion of the themes in the book; and the text of the novel, with links provided in each section to a study guide summary and analysis. In order to view the study guide's summaries and analyses it is necessary to register for free. This site contains advertising.
This website, created and maintained by an enthusiast, contains the full-text of Jonathan Swift's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, better known as Gulliver's Travels, along with other information about the novel and its author Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). The book tells the story of the voyages of Captain Lemuel Gulliver to fictional foreign lands, such as Lilliput and Brobdingnag, as well as to Japan. The electronic text of Gulliver's Travels was initially obtained from Jack Lynch, University of Pennsylvania and then edited and corrected against Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World (London : Benj. Motte, 1726), and Gulliver's Travels and Other Works by Jonathan Swift: exactly reprinted from the first edition [...] (London : George Routledge and Sons , New York : E.P. Dutton and Co., 1906). The text of the novel on this site is based on the original 1726 Motte editions, with corrections from the 1735 Faulkner edition. The site also contains the maps of the lands visited by Gulliver, scanned from three different editions of the book. The electronic edition as published on this site includes a table of contents by chapter heading and section, images taken from the 1726 edition in the Bancroft Library, and links from the text to a dictionary of terminology and phrases. Also included are: a bibliographic section (listed by subject, with around 400 entries); links to other online sources; a timeline which includes events in Swift's life and in Gulliver's Travels; and a dictionary of annotations to the book, compiled by the website's creator.
The Gunroom is a website for enthusiasts of the works of Patrick O'Brian (1914-2000), best remembered for his historical novels chronicling the naval adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. At the heart of the site is the Gunroom mailing list, which is well used but probably of little interest to students or scholars. The site also features: creative writing competitions; a news section; a list of links; and various other materials. The 'resources' section of the site provides the most useful original work, including: a searchable index of characters, ships, places, and other items appearing in O'Brian's works; an historical timeline contextualising the books' events within those of the Napoleonic Wars; a 'natural history' section illustrating some of the flora and fauna of the books; three nautical lexicons providing useful reference guides to 19th-century nautical terms; information on the ships that feature in the novels; and connections between the books and films (particularly the film 'Master and Commander'). Those researching O'Brian's works, or the historical novel as a genre, would find this collection of resources of interest.
The website of the American H. G. Wells Society is dedicated to publicising the aims and activities of the Society. The site offers information on: the copyright status of Wells's works in various locations around the world; current society and Wells-related events; a directory of relevant Internet resources; and link to an archived email discussion group named the H. G. Wells Literary Forum that can also be accessed online (membership is required to post, but not to read, messages). There is also a small section dedicated to photographs related to the life and work of H. G. Wells and to the activities of the Society. The site shares a considerable amount of material with its sister site, the UK H.G. Wells Society, but the two websites are not identical, and significant differences can be found in the sections addressing their contact details, publications, "Statement of Objects", and membership.
The H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) website is written and maintained as a volunteer effort by H. Hernandez, Technical Services Librarian at the San Francisco Maritime Library. It is dedicated to the life and work of the American poet, translator and novelist known as H.D. (1886-1961). The site is divided into three sections: H.D., herself includes a brief biography and a detailed bibliography of works by and about her. H.D. resources and events provides facts about, and links to, the H.D. International Society, H.D. Society Discussion List plus a calendar of events.Other resources of interest to H.D.'s readers gives information about her friends and associates with links to other websites about them. H.D. moved to England in 1911, married the novelist-poet Richard Aldington and gained recognition through her early imagist poems of which Heat and Oread (which appear in several anthologies) are fine examples. Her Collected Poems was published in 1925 and 1940. Her fiction included Palimpsest (1926) and the autobiographical Bid Me Live (1960).
The website of the UK-based H. G. Wells Society provides: a brief overview of its objectives; information about the society's journal and other publications; a note on the copyright status of Wells's works in Europe, North America and elsewhere; a section dedicated to Society news and current events; a directory of relevant Internet resources; and a link to the H. G. Wells Literary Forum - an archived email discussion group that can also be accessed online (membership is required to post, but not to read, messages). The section on copyright includes a link to A. P. Watt, the literary agents of H. G. Wells, while the section dedicated to 'The Wellsian' includes an index to the new series of the journal. This resource makes extensive use of material published on the website of its sister association, 'H. G. Wells, The Americas', and a considerable number of its pages are used by its American counterpart in return. The two websites are not identical, however, and they diverge most notably when addressing issues related to their contact details, publications, "Statement of Objects", and membership.
'HAL's legacy: 2001's computer as dream and reality' is a substantially free ebook, originally published by the MIT Press in 1996. The title refers to the HAL computer that controlled the spaceship in Arthur C. Clarke's novel '2001', and its feature film version '2001: A Space Odyssey' (1968). The book contained a foreword by Clarke, and 16 essays that are tightly focussed on HAL and the cultural imaginary that existed in the late 1960s around 'highly intelligent' computers. Eight chapters are free in this online version, with abstracts available for the others. There are also author profiles. The free full-text chapters include: 'The Best-Informed Dream: HAL and the Vision of 2001'; 'Does HAL Cry Digital Tears? Emotions and Computers'; and ''The Talking Computer': Text to Speech Synthesis', among others. Despite being online in incomplete form (the paper version is said to be "profusely illustrated"), this is still a useful free resource for those interested in how the future of artificial intelligence was imagined in a key science fiction film of the late 1960s.
Hanif Kureishi is a contemporary British writer. The online resource Hanif Kureishi is the author's official website. It provides biographical and bibliographical information in the form of a timeline of the author's career, full versions of several short stories and essays, as well as photographs from the writer's public appearances. Famous for his screenplay 'My Beautiful Laundrette', and his novel 'The Buddha of Suburbia' (which were turned into a film and TV drama, respectively), Kureishi has been a major and controversial writer since the beginning of his career. His novel 'Intimacy' was received with a great deal of critical attention. Kureishi's works tackle important questions of sexuality, religion and tradition, as well as racial, national and cultural identity. Unfortunately, the website does not seem to be updated on a regular basis, as the Web page 'News' refers to events taking place no later that in the year 2001. Apart from these drawbacks, however, the site is a valuable and reliable source of information about the writer's life and works. This online resource will be appreciated by students, researchers, and enthusiasts of the British and postcolonial cultures and literatures.
This online exhibit, based on a physical exhibition held in the library of the University of Maryland, deals with four writers of hard-boiled detective fiction who had connections with the state of Maryland: James M. Cain (1892-1977), Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961), William Lindsay Gresham (1909-1962), and George Pelecanos (b. 1957). There is a introductory page, followed by a section devoted to each writer which consists of a brief biographical introduction and a series of short pieces which offer information on individual books and their publication history. The sections are well illustrated by images of dust jackets or book covers. This site offers a useful introduction to some important writers in this genre.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center website provides information on the organisation which preserves the author's Connecticut home and aims to provide a forum for discussion of her life (1811-1896) and work (focusing particularly on 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'). The center's website offers numerous resources for teachers and students, including facsimiles (in PDF format) of historic documents relating to slavery, specifically the abolition of slavery, which can be used for teaching purposes (although any other use of the documents, including reprinting, requires written permission from the center). There are also: details of online archives of secondary sources relating to slavery; lesson plans; a biographical sketch of Stowe with links to relevant external sites; and an annotated bibliography. Finally, the site details the archive and library collections held at the Stowe Center itself and provides links to sites on which the collections are searchable.
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 Hawthorne in Salem website is a collaborative college and museum venture linking important Nathaniel Hawthorne collections with historic sites. The site offers a comprehensive approach to Hawthorne's life and writings, as well as detailed information on the houses and locations which featured either in his personal history, his work or both. The strong links between Hawthorne's writing and Salem, Massachusetts are an important part of his work and this site explores them through factual information, scholarly articles, timelines and maps. There are sophisticated search features which relate to different aspects of the site and interactive elements, making this a very comprehensive resource for researchers at all levels. The site may be searched under the general headings of 'Life and Times', 'Literature', 'Buildings and Houses', 'Explore' and 'Archives'. Each of these leads to further sub-headings, some of which are cross-referenced. A full site map offers an overview of all the available material. This site is an excellent resource, with a strong scholarly approach, good visuals and plenty of contextual material to encourage wider consideration of Hawthorne's work. It is very user-friendly and has clearly been devised with a great deal of thought for maximum accessibility.
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 full-text of Joseph Conrad's novel The Heart of Darkness (1902). There is a short summary of the novel which recounts Marlow's physical and psychological journey deep into the heart of the Belgian Congo in search of the mysterious trader Kurtz. There are links to each of the three parts of the novel. This site contains advertising.
The Hemingway Resource Center is a website dedicated to the life and works of Ernest Hemingway. Materials offered by the site include: a comprehensive biography of the author's life; a selected bibliography of Hemingway and works on Hemingway; and articles and interviews on Hemingway related subjects. The site is aimed at a general audience, its subject matter perhaps too light for a research audience but engaging, informative, and easy to follow nevertheless. Including quick-links to online bookstores and book-finders, the site is both a resource and a gateway for newcomers to this notorious but important American author, best known for novels such as 'A Farewell to Arms', 'For Whom the Bell Tolls', and 'The Old Man and the Sea'.
The Hemingway Society, founded in 1965, took over the functions of the former Hemingway Foundation in 1986 and plays a leading role in advancing studies of the American author Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961). The website of the Society provides information on: the society's biennial conference; newsletter (extracts of the current number are available on this site); and scholarly journal, the 'Hemingway Review'. A searchable index to the Hemingway Review is also provided. The site also provides details of fellowships and awards for which the Society is responsible, and the Hemingway Letters Project, which aims to produce a scholarly edition of the author's 6000-7000 letters. A 'Virtual Hemingway' page presents a comprehensive listing of over 375 Hemingway-related links, divided into 23 categories. There is also a Hemingway email discussion list. Students, researchers and readers would all find useful information on this site.
This Henry James website is organised, and maintained by Dr Donna Campbell, Washington State University. Although it has been designed primarily as a supplement to English courses offered at the university, it can be useful to any student researching or reading Henry James (1843-1916), author of "The Portrait of a Lady, "The Bostonians", and "The Golden Bowl". The website appears to be a 'one-stop-shop' for Henry James scholars. It includes a chronological list of James' works and links to their digital versions. As well as linking to other scholarly sites about James, the page also refers to a concordance, a calendar of his letters, and critical writings on James' works. Both "The Bostonians" (1885-1886) and "The Portrait of a Lady" (1880-1881) are divided into monthly instalments as they appeared in "The Century" and "Atlantic Monthly". It is also worth mentioning that these Henry James pages are part of a larger site maintained by Dr Campbell, a resource dedicated to a number of other American authors.
The Henry James Scholar's Guide to Web Sites is an online collection of: links; e-texts; critiques; and primary resources. This is a very comprehensive site, which would make a very good starting point to research in Henry James studies. The site links to e-text versions of most of James' works (among the most important: "Daisy Miller"; "The Portrait of a Lady"; "The Bostonians"; "The Golden Bowl"; and his short stories). Some of the e-texts include the preface and illustrations from the particular editions they were taken from. Other resources include: information and links on films developed from James' novels; letters; and a list of study guides for undergraduates, as well as contemporary reviews and critiques on James' works.
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).
This website provides a biography of the American author Herman Melville together with access to electronic versions of some of his works. This site is part of the Literature Network, which provides searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast. The biography describes Melville's early life, during which, In search of adventures, he shipped out in 1839 as a cabin boy on the whaler Achushnet. He joined later the US Navy, and started his years long voyages on ships, sailing both the Atlantic and the South Seas. A brief description of the background to his major works is included, in particular of Moby Dick. Accessible here is the full text of this novel as well as the novel Typee and selected short stories and poetry. There is advertising on this site.
Thus is a website dedicated to the novel Billy Budd by American novelist Herman Melville (1819-1891). The manuscript of Billy Budd was completed in 1891 but not published until 1924.The site's main feature is an online textual version of Raymond Weaver's 1924 edition of Billy Budd, complete with links to illustrations, nautical references and to the novel's mythical, historical and biblical allusions. There is also an excellent discussion of the novel's textual history, as well as a brief biography of Melville and a research bibliography. This is an excellent site for Melville scholars or those with an interest in exploring the novel's varied allusions. The site is best browsed with a print copy of the novel at hand.
This essential online bibliography of the American writer Henry Miller (1891-1980) is based on the standard two-volume bibliography, edited by Lawrence J. Shifreen and Roger Jackson, published in 1993-94. William Ashley, the editor of this site and contributor to volume two, has prepared this online edition of the material by combining and updating the two volumes. The listing comprises: 'A' items (works by Miller), listed alphabetically and by reference number, 'B' titles (works containing contributions by Miller) listed by decade, and 'C' titles (periodicals containing contributions by Miller). The entries give brief bibliographical and publication details. There are also pages of links to Henry Miller on the web and to Miller quotations.
Humanimalia is a full-text peer-reviewed ejournal, freely available online and published from DePauw University. Humanimalia aims to publish three times per year, and the first issue was published in August 2009. This online journal publishes HTML papers and reviews on the topic of human-animal encounters, covering fields such as contemporary philosophy, cultural studies, sci-art, and storytelling. Example articles available in the first issue include: 'Animal Farm's Lessons for Literary (and) Animal Studies'; 'Naming names - or, what’s in it for the animals?'; and 'At the Heart of the Home: An Animal Reading of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Heart of a Dog', with reviews of such books as 'What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity' (2008). The website also contains a 'Humanimalifesto', and a Calls for Papers page where one can find the details of the Editorial Board. This unique journal may be of interest to scholars working in a variety of fields.
Hypermedia Joyce Studies is an academic society founded in 1994 to publish a journal on the study of James Joyce's works. This website hosts the online journal, also referred to as an e-journal, published by the founding editors, Louis Armand and Rob Callahan. The archives contain previous volumes of the e-journal beginning with the Summer/Autumn edition of 1995. The articles range from criticisms, research, and reviews of literature on the subject of James Joyce. Such topics, as Joyce and money, Joyce and Postmodernism, as well as criticisms of Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake, are discussed within the volumes of Hypermedia Joyce Studies. In addition, detailed bibliographies are provided for those seeking further research and are divided into three areas: hypermedia (for those needing online editions of Joyce's work), video, and audio.
This is a website promoting, and providing information on, the work of the Scottish fiction writer Iain Banks (1954- ) who also writes science fiction under the name Iain M. Banks, produced by his publisher the Little, Brown Book Group. It contains the latest news about Banks, a very short biography and details of all his books. A plot summary, extract, selection of reviews and bibliographical information is supplied for each title. An 'Extras' page provides information on his appearances, interviews and reviews plus resources and links. The site also hosts the Iain Banks Forum where readers can air their views. A search facility is included. Iain Banks' mainstream fiction includes 'The Wasp Factory' (1984), 'The Bridge' (1986), 'Crow Road' (1992) and 'Whit' (1995).
This website marks the centenary of the birth of the British author, journalist, book collector and Second World War Navy Commander, Ian Fleming (1908-1964). Fleming is most well-known as the creator of the character James Bond in 12 books and two short stories, leading to the enormously successful Bond films, as well as the author of the children's story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which was written for his son, Caspar. After a short spell as a journalist working for Reuters, he was recruited to be the personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence at the beginning of the Second World War. He remained at the Admiralty throughout the war, and it was his intelligence work at the Admiralty that provided the background for his spy novels, written a decade or so later. The centenary website provides a brief biography of the author; an audio file of Fleming speaking about basic ingredients of thriller writing; a bibliography; and details about the events held to commemorate Fleming's birth, including a major exhibition, entitled 'For your eyes only: Ian Fleming and James Bond' held at London's Imperial War Museum from 17 April, 2008 to 1 March, 2009.
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.
This is the official website of Ian Rankin (1960- ), the Scottish crime fiction author and creator of the Inspector Rebus and Jack Harvey novels, run by his publisher Orion Books. It contains a biography of the author, listing of his publications and news about his current work and appearances. Summaries and reviews of his books are provided. Video and audio clips of Rankin are included. The site also has a discussion forum for fans. Users may sign up to receive email updates about Rankin's activities. Fans of the Rebus novels can test their knowledge with a series of quizzes.
This is Isaac Wilcott's website dedicated to the Canadian born science-fiction writer A. E. van Vogt (1912-2000). A recipient of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Internet Guide Award in 2006, it contains a downloadable PDF bibliography where all entries are cross-indexed with internal hyperlinks. Scans of over two hundred book covers of US and UK editions of his work are included plus illustrations to some of his magazine stories. Plot summaries, a biography and photographs of the author are provided alongside transcripts of two rare interviews with van Vogt conducted in 1979 and 1980. As a bonus, a pre-SF story from 1937, originally published in the Toronto Star, is here reprinted. A. E. van Vogt moved to the United States in 1944 after establishing his name with a number of short stories in the 'Astounding Science Fiction' magazine. His novels include 'Slan' (1946), 'The Voyage of the Space Beagle' (1950), 'The Mind Cage' (1957), 'The War Against the Rull' (1959), 'Moonbeast' (1969) and 'The Violent Man' (1962). He was a recipient of the Anne Radcliffe Literary Award in 1968 and Guest of Honour at the European Science Fiction Convention in 1978. He died in Hollywood, California in 2000.
This website provides the full electronic text of In Search of the Castaways, a story by Jules Verne. The text is divided into three books and carries the alternative title of The Children of Captain Grant. The text is taken from Works of Jules Verne, vol.4, edited by Charles F. Horne and published in 1911. There are links to the publishing details of the book along with the front matter which gives a background and description of the books, in which Verne sets before the rescuers a search which compels their circumnavigation of the globe around a certain parallel of the southern hemisphere. Thus they cross in turn through South America, Australia and New Zealand, besides visiting minor islands. There are links to each chapter. This appears on the website of the University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center.
This webpage provides the full-text of the fairytale In the Uttermost Parts of the Sea, by Hans Christian Andersen, published in 1855. The text is taken from the English translation by H.P. Paull which was published in 1872. This is located on the site of an enthusiast along with other fairytales by Andersen.
The online resource 'Indra Sinha' is the official website of this contemporary Indian and English writer, the author of the memoir 'The Cybergypsies' (1999) and the critically acclaimed novel 'Animal's People' (short listed for the 2007 Man Booker Prize). This is a truly comprehensive resource which provides a lot of critical and contextual information on Sinha and his writings. Opening the 'Books' pages, from the top left-hand menu, the user will access a collection of critical material relating to his last three publications: 'Animal's People', 'The Death of Mr Love' and 'The Cybergypsies'. This material includes summaries and commentaries, lists of links to full reviews and articles, and other material that informs of the books' cultural and social context. There is also a short biographical note and the writer's blog, which offers additional information on his social, political and artistic interests. A right-hand column of each page provides links to, apparently, Sinha's favourite online resources on other writers, artists, social issues, etc. The diversity of information presented on Sinha's website, and its good maintenance, make it a commendable resource for students and researchers of contemporary literatures, British and Commonwealth.
The International Gothic Association (IGA) is an association that "promotes the study and dissemination of information on gothic culture from the late eighteenth century to the contemporary moment". The IGA covers gothic culture across disciplines, and membership is open not only to scholars and students, but also to artists, writers, and performers. The IGA publishes the scholarly journal Gothic Studies through Manchester University Press, and tables of contents and abstracts for this can be found on the MUP website. The IGA holds an international conference every two years. The website has a list of gothic academic courses from around the world, and a small listing of external websites. There are full details of the IGA, including committee membership and AGM minutes.
The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies is a free full-text academic ejournal of motorcycling culture. The IJMS is published twice a year, and covers the historical experience of motorcycles and "the images of motorcycling and motorcyclists in film, advertising and literature". At November 2008 there are ten issues online, and the focus is largely on the U.S. and British experience. The contact page of the website also gives access to a IJMS Web Board for reader discussions. The website has full details of the Editorial Board, the submission process, and a rationale for the journal. This ejournal will be of great interest to scholars examining the history and/or cultural representation of motorcycling in the English-speaking nations.
'The International Review of Scottish Studies' is a full-text ejournal, published by the Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph and the Scottish Studies Foundation. At January 2009 there are 33 issues freely available online. The journal contains academic articles and book reviews, and the focus is on Scottish history and literature. Articles can be searched by title, keyword, or author, and articles are presented with abstracts and full-text PDF files. Example articles titles include: 'Pasts, Futures, and Connections between Scotland, Ulster, and Ireland: a critique of some historiographical tendencies'; 'Saints and Sinners: Church Members in Glasgow's East End, 1873-1885'; 'Hugh MacDiarmid and Scottish Identity'; and 'Witchcraft and Family: What Can Witchcraft Documents Tell Us About Early Modern Scottish Family Life?', among many others. The website has details of the Editor, Editorial Team, Board Members, and submissions policy.
The website of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN) is divided into several sections presenting the general aims and main objectives of the organisation, as well as its: history; constitution; structure; and membership. In addition, the site provides details of: the ISSN's annual conference; various awards adminstered by the Society; and information on the ISSN's journal, 'Narrative'. This is supplemented with links to related online teaching resources and a 'Narrative Wiki'. This site would be of interest to teachers and students working in the field.
Theodore Dreiser, the American novelist, is best known for his works on the conditions of life in the US in the early twentieth century. The Society promotes interest in Dreiser's life and works and in those associated with him. It publishes a scholarly journal, Dreiser studies, twice a year. This site gives access to the contents of recent issues of the journal, to the full-text of a series of bibliographical supplements to Donald Pizer et al. Theodore Dreiser: a primary bibliography and reference guide, (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1991, and to an index to the first thirty volumes. There is also access to Dreiser on the web, an article by Roger W. Smith originally published in Dreiser studies. Although this site has limited scope it is an important resource for students of Dreiser.
This is the website of the International Virginia Woolf Society. This well-maintained site provides a comprehensive online annual bibliography of Virginia Woolf publications, starting from the year 1996; links to related organisations, an electronic discussion list (VWOOLF), and a selection of links to e-texts, e-journals and other relevant materials available on the Web. Additionally present are details of forthcoming conferences of interest to Woolf scholars. The Society is an allied organisation of the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) and its principal activity is to convene and run the two Virginia Woolf sessions at the Annual MLA convention. Users can access a "News" section and membership details on how to join the Society. The history of the Society from its inception is outlined briefly. Virginia Woolf (1882-1945) was a major English writer of the twentieth century; one of the leading figures of the English literature's Modernist movement and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. She wrote many novels and essays including: A Room of One's Own; To the Lighthouse; Mrs Dalloway; Orlando and The Years.
The Internet Speculative Fiction Database is 'a community effort to catalog works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror'. Originally, the resource was provided by the Cushing Library Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection and Institute for Scientific Computation at Texas A & M University. Currently, its content can be altered and updated by any individuals or groups who have access to the World Wide Web, however, to do so, a user registration is required. This simple but very useful site gathers together a number of bibliographies: author bibliographies, publication bibliographies, award listings, magazine content listings, anthology and collection content listings, yearly fiction indexes, and forthcoming books. A bespoke search engine is provided for ease of use. This means that the collection can be searched by the author's name, title of the work, year of publication, series, publisher, ISBN, and tag (for example, the name of a particular award). Data retrieval, as a result, is fast. Considering its content and structure, this database can be the first point of reference for students in search of relevant bibliographic information on SF and fantasy literature, as well as it can be of interest to the general reading public.
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.
This site, edited by Brian Quinette, is a large catalogue of 'books that only appear in other books'. In the 'library's' catalogue can be found the titles of 'imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica' - annotated to provide the names of their fictional authors, as well as the names of the real texts in which they are found, and the writers of these texts. Authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Flann O'Brian and Max Beerbohm are strongly represented. The site also has a section on the Fortsas Bibliohoax, and an excellent links page, listing many sites of interest to enthusiasts of science fiction and post-modernist literature.
This full-text ejournal was launched in October 2006, as a scholarly publication "devoted to the study of Gothic and Horror in all their varying forms". This ejournal is biannual, and is not available in paper form. As of May 2007 this ejournal appears to give prominence to the literary gothic, but it is interdisciplinary and so also covers film, television, horror comics and computer games, especially in the reviews section. Details of the Editorial Board are given, along with submission details for future issues. The website has a 'Lost Souls' page, featuring biographical information about "neglected & underrated personages of Horror".
The “Irish Literary Sources and Resources” website contains several background essays on ancient Irish history and literature, several primary texts of ancient Irish legends, and editions of modern Irish drama and prose fiction. The featured texts include Lady Gregory’s translations of “The Fate of the Children of Lir” and “Oisin and Patrick”, and Kuno Meyer’s translations of several early Irish lyric poems. The modern texts reproduced on this site include, J. M. Synge’s play “Riders to the Sea”, “The Nowlans” by John Banim, “The Hedge School” by William Carleton, “Castle Rackrent” by Maria Edgeworth, Gerald Griffin’s “The Collegians”, “Grania, the Story of an Island” by Emily Lawless, and the James Joyce short story, “The Dead”. This resource is ideal for individuals looking for the primary texts of specific works in Irish literature.
This is the official website of Irvine Welsh, an acclaimed writer of novels, stories and stage and screenplays. The website includes latest news and events. There is a biography on the writer with photographs. Under books, one can view individual titles of novels, short stories and play scripts. Each title contains a summary, an extract and reviews. The section journalism contains full text articles written by Welsh as well as reviews. There is also information on plays and adaptations that have been performed in theatres. The section on film contains details and summaries of film adaptations such as Trainspotting, originals such as Wedding Belles, shorts and music videos.
'Isaac Bashevis Singer' is a 2004 online exhibition and information website from the Library of America. It is devoted to the life and work of Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, author of 'The Magician of Lublin' and other novels and short stories. There is an illustrated biography, a transcription of a roundtable discussion, a short note on the difficulties of translation, and a 1978 interview with Singer. There is a calendar of the centennial events in 2004. The body of the website is a Flash-only online exhibition of sixteen images of Singer, his notebooks and published works, with scholarly descriptions. The website also has a selected bibliography and filmography.
The website of Chilean writer Isabel Allende has a quirky style and individuality that lends itself well to the presentation of her magical realism novels. Of interest to students magical realism as a genre and creative writing in general, as well as Allende's work in particular, this site has details and reviews of all her novels, including 'The House of the Spirits', 'Of love and Shadows', 'The Stories of Eva Luna' and her series for young adults featuring Alexander and Nadia. The biography pages, headed 'Roots', are written by Isabel Allende, and are very personal in their approach, with a collection of family photographs and the interesting detail that her family's extravagant personalities provide the basis for much of her work. The 'Curiosities' section of the site, features background details such as countries of publication, as well as questions and answers about her work, interviews and articles and a selection of Allende's comments on writing given in lectures and speeches. As an insight into the mind and working processes of a high profile writer, this site offers insights which are both personal and practical. It is a site full of visual images, mainly photographs, and is easy to navigate.
"Italian-mysteries.com" is an interesting website focussing on crime and mystery fiction written in English, but set in Italy. It describes itself as "the definitive website for English-language mystery novels set in Italy". The site features book details, reviews and ratings, interviews, an online lending library, and links to commercial booksellers' sites. The books are rated on a one to five flag basis, five flags indicating that the work captures the essence of Italy, its culture and its people. The site can be searched by theme, for example: Ancient Rome; Middle Ages; Renaissance; 1800s; suspense/thrillers; action/adventure; literary fiction and non-fiction. The contents can also be viewed by theme and location, or by author. There are exclusive interviews with Donna Leon, David Hewson, and Aaron Elkins, and links to interviews with other authors. While the site focuses mainly on Anglophone writers, some Italian authors are also featured, including: Andrea Camilleri; Carlo Fruttero and Franco Lucentini; Leonardo Sciascia; Lorenzo Carcaterra and Carlo Lucarelli. For those who love to read about Italy and its culture, this website would be an inspiration.
'J. Sheridan Le Fanu: a database' is comprehensive website on this Victorian writer of ghost and mystery stories, compiled by Gary William Crawford. This free service serves as an online expansion of the 1995 book 'J. Sheridan Le Fanu: A Bio-Bibliography', and the records are very usefully and copiously annotated. The website also includes the archives of the free full-text academic ejournal, Le Fanu Studies. This database and journal archive will be of great interest to anyone interested in the life and work of the 19th Century's leading writer of ghost stories.
'J. G. Ballard on William S. Burroughs' Naked Truth' is the first of two web pages dedicated to a 1997 telephone interview with the writer J.G. Ballard (1930-2009 )on the topic of William S. Burroughs, author of 'Naked Lunch', 'The Ticket that Exploded' and 'The Soft Machine'. The interviewers, Richard Kadrey and Suzanne Stefanac, introduce their transcript of the interview with a homage to William S. Burroughs, whose work, in their opinion, offered his readers 'something new about truth and humour and maybe even love'. Seeing Burroughs as a seminal writer of his time, Kadrey and Stefanac set up their interview by locating J. G. Ballard as one of the many authors who publicly credit Burroughs as a strong influence. The interview discusses Burroughs impression on Ballard in his first days as a writer and the interviewers draw many parallels between Ballard's and Burroughs' work. Ballard reflects on these parallels, and speaks knowledgeably about Burroughs, drawing in part on his own encounters with him and praising Burroughs for the honesty of his work. This two-page transcript is well presented, with occasional highlighted references which lead to further articles rather than footnotes. Of interest to researchers or enthusiasts of twentieth century literature, the interview offers the appeal of relating Ballard's comments directly, rather through the interpretation of a critic.
JAC is an ejournal devoted to the... "interdisciplinary study of rhetoric, writing, culture, and politics". The journal is published from, and supported by, Illinois State University. Nearly 20 years of journal issues are freely available online, offering articles in HTML form. At May 2009, these free issues run from Winter 1980 until Spring 1998 (Vol.18, No.2). Thereafter, only tables of contents are available - although even in these there is a very occasional free article, and some of these later issues also offer full-text reviews. Example articles that are freely available include: 'Bakhtin at Home and Abroad'; 'The Emergence of the Feminine Voice, 1526-1640: The Earliest Published Books by English Renaissance Women'; and 'Cultural Composition: Stuart Hall on Ethnicity and the Discursive Turn', among others. The website has full details of subscriptions, the editors and Editorial Board, and contact details. Originally, JAC was the "Journal of Advanced Composition". This may be an especially useful archive for those seeking to trace some of the intellectual debates of the 1980s and 1990s, in regard to the politics of the teaching of English Literature.
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.
This site provides access to a wealth of online materials relating to the life and work of American writer Jack London (1876-1916), author of 'White Fang' (1906) and 'Call of the Wild' (1903). It includes a biography and access to the full-text of many of London's short stories and a selection of his letters, newspaper articles, photographs and private papers. Also accessible are secondary sources such as critical commentaries, bibliographies of further reading and audio files of documentaries. Other features of the site include: a teachers' section containing suggested lesson plans, a students' section with plot summaries and links to the web pages and email discussion lists of organisations holding conferences about London's work. The site is sponsored by Sonoma State University Library.
This online resource is dedicated to the life and work of James Dickey, the American poet and novelist, born in Georgia in 1923, died in 1997. The website hosts James Dickey Society and James Dickey Newsletter. The Society was founded in 1990, its main function being to continue the 'James Dickey Newsletter' (ISSN 0749-0291), whose publication began in 1984. This site provides subscription information, but unfortunately it does not give electronic access to any of the issues. There is also a 'Biographical Sketch' of Dickey and a useful bibliography of his primary works ('Research' section). There are pages about the Society and 'Events' in which it is involved (curiously, however, none are listed), as well as contact details of scholars working on Dickey, and a page of links to other relevant websites. While this site provides some basic information about Dickey, and as such it may offer some useful introduction to the writer, it certainly is too limited in scope and content to be of further scholarly use.
This webpage provides a biography of the American novelist, James Fenimore Cooper, which is taken from the book The American Novel, by Carl Van Doren. It appears on the website, Bartleby.com, which contains online literature. The biography describes Cooper's career as a novelist and the inspiration for his works, which includes the time that he spent in the US Navy. There is a section on The Pirate which was written in response to Sir Walter Scott's novel The Pirate and created a new literary type, the tale of adventure on the sea. This was followed by other sea tales, including The Red Rover, The Two Admirals and Afloat and Ashore. Cooper also wrote History of the Navy of the United States and several naval biographies.
The website of the Joseph Fenimore Cooper Society contains various information about the author and his works. This include:; a What's New section for new additions to the site; biographic information about the author; plot summaries of his fictional works; links to the full text of his fictional works, which include the sea tales, The Pilot; A Tale of the Sea, The Water-Witch; or, The Skimmer of Seas, The Red Rover, The Two Admirals; and Afloat and Ashore, a Sea Tale; a section of articles and papers about Cooper; and a bibliography.
The website of The James Joyce Centre, located in Dublin, is dedicated to the promotion of an understanding of the life and works of the Irish modernist author, James Joyce (1882-1941). The site features a biography and information on places in Dublin relevant to Joyce's life. There is information on regular events, readings, conferences and festivals held by the Centre. The Centre also offers various courses on Joyce and modernism at all levels of study. There is some brief information and a reading list for each of Joyce's works, including Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses. The site is a valuable resource for Joyce novices and initiates, enthusiasts and scholars interested in ongoing events related to his life and works.
The James Joyce Quarterly (JJQ) is an international print journal established in 1963 devoted to the study of the Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941). The journal seeks to provide an "open, lively, and multi-disciplinary forum for the international community of Joyce scholars, students, and enthusiasts". It has around 1,500 subscribers. The journal's website provides indexes of the current and recent editions as well as information about forthcoming articles. It contains a bibliography of primary works and secondary scholarship, and a list of recent books awaiting review. The site also publicises the North American James Joyce Conference. Subscription information is provided, along with guidelines for contributors. The site provides links to full-texts of the journal's articles from Volume 44 (2006) as part of Project Muse (accessible through libraries and other institutions). Full-text access to all back issues from 1963 onwards is also promised in late 2009, via JSTOR.
The James Joyce scholars' collection, published by University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, makes freely available online electronic editions of some 16 (out-of-print) studies of James Joyce. The selected works compiled in the James Joyce Scholars' Collection are considered invaluable to those who wish to study the works of perhaps the greatest novelist of the 20th century. Among the texts can be found: Clive Hart's Structure and motif in Finnegans wake (1962); Karen Lawrence's The odyssey of style in Ulysses (1981); Shari Benstock's Who's he when he's at home : a James Joyce directory (1980); and Frank Budgen's groundbreaking James Joyce and the making of 'Ulysses', and other writings (1972). Each of these books is a major contribution to the field.
This online resource is the official website of the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England. The centre, located at 40 Gay Street in Bath, is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the figure and works of this 19-century English writer, author of 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Mansfield Park' and 'Emma'. The significance of Bath is related to the fact that Austen lived there for several years, and that the town features in her novels 'Northanger Abbey' and 'Persuasion'. The website provides full details about the centre itself, including visitor information, photographs, and a 'virtual tour'. There is also an online gift shop, a page of links to other research relevant web resources (including electronic texts of Austen's works), an online magazine, a quiz, and a discussion forum. The magazine features articles about Jane Austen and her works, information on the many film adaptations of her novels, related media reviews, as well as pieces about Regency history, items on Regency fashions, and a page of recipes based on Regency food. This is an extensive and well-presented resource that should be bookmarked by students, researchers and fans of Austen's writing.
This online resource is dedicated to a 19th-century English novelist Jane Austen, author of 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Mansfield Park' and 'Emma'. The site is provided by the Center of Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As part of the Center's mission to promote humanities, the Austen pages provide audio recordings of fourteen speeches from the "Jane Austen in the 21st Century Festival", which took place in April 2001. Speakers and topics included: the novelist Margaret Drabble on 'Jane Austen and My Father'; Andrew Davies, the screen writer, on adapting classic fiction for film and TV; Elizabeth Aldrich on dance and manners in Austen; Claudia Johnson on Jane Austen as a legend. Users will notice, however, that as of June 2009, the site is undergoing a re-organisation and the recordings are temporarily unavailable.
The Jane Austen Information Page is a substantial online resource of primary and secondary, textual and graphic, material for the study of this 19-century English writer, author of 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Mansfield Park' and 'Emma'. All of the novels, non-fictional writings and a wide range of minor works and juvenilia are available on the site, some as plain ASCII texts, others, such as 'Pride and Prejudice', in the form of usefully annotated hypertexts. Users can search the entire site, or the text of the six novels, in a variety of useful ways, and the results of their search can be displayed in a manner that shows the surrounding context of the word, phrase or keywords. Bibliographies, academic articles, images, annotations, character lists and genealogies, maps and portraits are also available on the site. This online resource is an original project by Henry Churchyard, and it constitutes a part of the Republic of Pemberly website, a very comprehensive resource concerning all 'things Austen'. The Jane Austen Info Page should prove to be particularly helpful to all students reading her novels, as, among other things, it is attempted as an example of how a hypertext can assist literary studies.
This online resource is the official website of the Jane Austen Society of the United Kingdom. The Society exists to foster the appreciation of Austen's novels, and to promote study and research into the life and times of this 19-century English writer, author of 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Mansfield Park' and 'Emma'. It also preserves Austen's manuscripts and supports the conservation of sites and artefacts relating to the author. The Society's web pages provide a concise biography of Jane Austen, summaries and brief analyses of her novels, items on the clothes and fashions of Austen's lifetime, and links to other sites of interest to fans, students, and scholars. Detailed information about the Society itself is provided, including a list of its publications, and news of upcoming conferences and events. An abstract of the most recent newsletter is given, along with membership details and addresses for the various branches of the Society. The website is well-maintained, reliable and easy to navigate.
This online resource is the official website of Jane Austen's House Museum. Dedicated to the life and figure of this 19-century English novelist, the Museum finds a perfect location in Austen's former home in Chawton, Hampshire, where the author spent the last eight years of her life. It was at this house that she revised 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Sense and Sensibility' and 'Northanger Abbey', and wrote 'Mansfield Park', 'Emma' and 'Persuasion'. Austen's Museum features furniture, memorabilia, and other artefacts that once belonged to the author, or were in some way associated with her, but it also runs a series of educational projects for children and young adults. The page 'Services for Schools' outlines workshops and talks which Jane Austen's House and Chawton House Library organise for primary and secondary school students. Relevant Web pages provide details of the Museum's opening times and admission charges, as well as offer a virtual tour of the house and its surroundings, presenting, for example, a cottage garden with plants and herbs typical of the late eighteenth-century, or the recently refurbished donkey-carriage which Austen used when she was too unwell to travel on foot. An interactive map is provided for visitors travelling from different parts of the country. Links to a number of Jane Austen societies throughout the world are included on a separate Web page.
These pages provide a useful introduction to the life and work of Jean Toomer (1894-1967) the influential black American poet and novelist, who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance and the author of Cane, an experimental novel (1923). There is a substantial biography of Toomer, written by Scott W. Williams, a selection of Toomer's poetry, a small section of photographs of Toomer, extracts from his stories, a selection articles he wrote on racial matters, and a Toomer bibliography (being largely the sources of the biography pages). Toomer was influenced by the teaching of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, and there are links to relevant web pages on this subject, as well as to other pages relating to Toomer.
This online resource is the official website of a contemporary English novelist Jeanette Winterson. The writer is particularly noted for her feminist literature, and treatment of themes relating to lesbianism, homosexuality, and the relationship between women and technology. Winterson's key works include 'The Powerbook', 'Oranges are not the only fruit', 'Sexing the cherry', and 'The Passion'. The website provides access to a biography of the author, as well as to a full listing of all her novels, with a section on television and film adaptations which have been made from them. It contains a large amount of direct input from the author, including access to recent newspaper articles and an exclusive Internet column of her daily life and opinions on feminism, world events and literature. The Digital section offers audio and video versions of interviews conducted with the author, and public readings from her books.
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.
This website concentrates on the author, J. L. (Joseph (James) Lloyd) Carr (1912-1994). Although originally from Yorkshire, Carr spent much of his adult life in Northamptonshire, a county depicted in his fiction and in the series of painted sketches he produced, which are digitised here. Inspired by the countryside, its antiquities and particularly its buildings, the drawings and paintings Carr produced are covered in copious annotations, many of which are transcribed here. Though there is a very brief introduction to Carr and his work, the website mainly exists to showcase this unique series of images, which as well as providing an insight into the changing post war English countryside also provide an insightful companion to Carr's critically acclaimed novels, such as 'A Month in the Country'. The collection is searched via the powerful interface of the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) website, (which allows images to be saved and exported in a lightbox) and can also be browsed thematically.
'Joe Orton Online' is a substantial and well-designed website that celebrates and explores the life and work of British playwright Joe Orton (1933-1967). This website is illustrated and contains scholarly materials such as a timeline, a large photo gallery that includes the photomontage-altered library books, an illustrated biography including details of the novels, details of all the plays, and details of the fifteen scholars who have so far contributed to the website. The website has been published with the support of the Orton Estate.
John Bunyan Online is a resource dedicated to the work of that writer who lived from 1628 to 1688. The site provides a fully comprehensive range of online texts by Bunyan, including 'The Pilgrim's Progress' and other Christian and meditational writings. The online archive is based on the George Offer edition of the complete works of Bunyan. Modern spelling is used throughout. The texts can be accessed in a range of formats. Access to texts in HTML is quick and efficient. Other formats including PDF are available for those who want to download texts. The site is functional rather than attractive and there are very few graphics; however, this does speed up access to the textual resources that the site offers. Unfortunately there is no commentary or critical apparatus appended to any of the texts, and this may be a drawback for those working on Bunyan at a scholarly level. The site does not provide any biographical pages about Bunyan although his own autobiographical work, Memoir of John Bunyan, is published here. In spite of its limitations, the site is excellent for those looking for primary texts by Bunyan.
'John Fowles: The Website' is an amateur site devoted to British novelist John Fowles (1926-), author of seven novels including: 'The Collector'; 'The Magus'; and 'The French Lieutenant's Woman'. The site provides: a short biography of Fowles; synopses of his novels; a transcript of Fowles' 1997 BBC interview with Melvyn Bragg; 'News and Notes' on Fowles-related topics; a discussion board; and a number of sections discussing specific topics, such as movies based on Fowles' novels, a favourite Fowles novel survey and a discussion of the ending of 'The Magus'. The site would be of interest to Fowles enthusiasts, as opposed to critical scholars of his work, but the resource provides a good introduction to the author's life and works for students. Users should note that there is some advertising on the site.
This online resource provides synopses of eleven novels set in California by Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck (1902-1968). In addition to the descriptive character lists and useful chapter by chapter summaries of each novel, relevant maps of their settings are made available. This website also contains several links to other web-based Steinbeck resources, which will further help contextualise the Californian's works geographically and historically. Created and compiled by a professional academic, this site, whilst suitable for the serious study of Steinbeck's novels, retains an enthusiast's enjoyment for both the author and his works. It is most appropriate for the introduction of his California novels to secondary and undergraduate students.
On May 22, 2008, John Updike (1932-2009) delivered the 37th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. This website, from the National Endowment for the Humanities, includes a transcript of Updike's lecture and a link to the video of same. It also includes a collection of material by and about novelist, poet, essayist, and critic John Updike, who won Pulitzer Prizes for two works in his famous 'Rabbit' series of fiction: 'Rabbit is Rich' (1981) and 'Rabbit at Rest' (1990). It features a biography by Steve Moyer; an interview with Updike by Bruce Cole (then NEH Chairman); an appreciation by journalist and author Adam Gopnik; and a bibliography divided as follows: Monographs/ Selected works edited by Updike/ Selected Introductions/ Selected reviews of his work/ Selected critical resources. Background information about the Jefferson Lecture, which was established in 1972 as "the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual and public achievement in the humanities", is provided. Updike's lecture was on American art and attempted to answer the question: "What is American about American art?"
Johnstonia is the home page of Ian Johnston, formerly an instructor at Vancouver Island University in Canada. The website offers a substantial collection of primary texts, many of which were translated by Johnston, plus many of Johnston's own essays, lecture transcripts, book reviews, and other study materials. Most of the primary texts fall within the disciplines of classics and philosophy, including works by: Aristophanes; Homer; Nietzsche; Rousseau; and several others. The lectures and other material cover many of the same authors, plus a number of literary writers: T. S. Eliot, John Milton, and Tom Stoppard are among those included, and there is a section devoted to the study of Shakespeare. The site describes itself as 'designed to provide curricular material for various courses in literature and Liberal Studies'. The works are freely available for educational and other non-commercial uses.
The Web page Jon McGregor is dedicated to the work of the contemporary British novelist who debuted at the age of 26 with his best-selling book 'If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things' (2002). This online resource is a part of the Contemporary Writers in the UK database. It provides a short biographical note, regularly updated bibliographical information, and a critical perspective on the author's works. Jon McGregor has been regarded as an influential contemporary writer from the very start of his novelistic career. It was the author's first novel 'If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things' that immediately earned him critical acclaim as well as won him a wide readership. Furthermore, he was the only new novelist long-listed for the 2002 Man Booker Prize. The Web page Jon McGregor is particularly commendable, as it offers the only critical perspective of the author's work which is currently available online. The site also includes the publisher's and agent's contact details. Considering McGregor's presence in teaching curricula as well as his recognized position among contemporary writers, the website will be of interest to students, researchers, academics and teachers. It is a reliable, accurate, and user-friendly resource. It is also worth mentioning that the Web page provides further links to a number of cultural and literary events organised under the auspices of the British Council.
This website provides a selection of electronic versions of works by the author Joseph Conrad. Conrad spent time at sea and many of his works have the sea as a background. Texts available on this site include: Almayer's Folly; An Outcast of the Islands; Heart of Darkness; Nostromo: A Tale Of the Seaboard; The Mirror of the Sea; 'Twixt Land And Sea Tales; Typhoon; Within the Tides; and Youth. These texts are located on the website Classic Bookshelf, which contains online literature. This site contains advertising.
The official website of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK), supports and promotes research into the Anglo-Polish writer, author of the novels: 'Heart of Darkness'; 'Lord Jim'; and 'Nostromo'. The site lists the contents of recent issues of its biannual refereed journal 'The Conradian', and gives the full-texts of a number of review essays of critical works on Conrad. The website provides two very useful sections on 'scholarly resources' (for advanced students and academics) and 'student resources' (aimed more at undergraduates). The 'scholarly' section provides links and information for those interested in: biographical; bibliographical; and historical information relating to Conrad and his works, while the 'student' pages mainly provide information on study resources relating to 'The Heart of Darkness' and 'Lord Jim'. Also included are details of the Society's annual conference, and information on: membership; prizes; and calls for papers. The site also provides information on critical works on Conrad published by society members, and a page of links to other Conrad sites on the web.
The 'Journal For The Study of British Cultures' (1994-) is a scholarly journal edited and published in Germany, but printed in English. The journal aims "to provide a platform for the study and discussion of diverse ‘British’ cultural forms through in-depth articles, case studies, reviews, etc". At June 2010 there are details of 25 issues online, along with all the information that one would expect to find of the website of a major academic journal. Issues have abstracts, detailed contents lists, including the titles of book reviewed. The journal aims to "transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries", and covers a wide range of cultural topics. Issues are themed. This journal may offer British scholars a refreshing 'outside view' on British culture, and English-language reviews of material published only in German. There are details of submission procedures and also how to subscribe.
'The Journal of Dracula Studies' is a full-text ejournal. The journal is published using Wiki software, by the Dracula Research Centre under the directorship of Dracula scholar Elizabeth Miller. At May 2009 there are ten issues of the journal online, freely offering articles for download in either RTF or DOC formats (both formats can be opened with MS Office or the free MS Word Reader). Example article titles include: 'The Image of Transylvania in English Literature'; 'Count Dracula and the Folkloric Vampire: Thirteen Comparisons'; 'The Cultural-Historical Origins of the Literary Vampire in Germany'; and 'The Models for Castle Dracula in Stoker's Sources on Transylvania', among others. There are also many essays on Dracula in post-1945 popular culture. There appears to be no details of an Editorial Board or editor, or details on how to submit papers for future issues.
'The Journal of Literary Disability' is a full-text open ejournal. At October 2007, the journal's website had two full-text themed issues online: 'Disability and/as Poetry' and 'Disability and the Dialectic of Dependency', offering a total of 14 substantial scholarly essays. Free email subscriptions are available to the journal. The website also has all the standard details one would expect to find on a journal's website: editorial team; calls for papers, notes for contributors, policies, and suchlike. The website also has a useful page that lists and profiles 'Exemplary Courses' in disability and literature.
'The Journal of Surrealism and the Americas' is a full-text open ejournal. At October 2008 there are two issues available online. The focus of this academic peer reviewed journal is... "the subject of modern European and American intellectuals' obsession with the 'New World'." Editions of the journal are themed, issue two being "Surrealism and Ethnography", and issue three being planned as "Surrealism and Photography". The website has full details of the editors, the editorial board, and the submission guidelines. The journal is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Journal of the Short Story in English is a scholarly ejournal, published as a joint French-American venture. Texts are in either French and English, with English-language articles predominating. Most of the authors discussed are canonic authors in the English-speaking world. There is a three year embargo on access to the full-text of an article, but at May 2009 there is free access to all issues from 1997 to 2006. Issues are sometimes themed, such as issue 32 on 'Jewish identity and otherness in the modern short story' and issue 46 on 'Raymond Carver'. Articles are presented as abstracts, as HTML, and as PDF files. Example article titles freely available in English are: 'Failed Detectives and Dangerous Females: Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Detective Short Story'; 'Symbolic Significance in the Stories of Raymond Carver '; and 'The malign vision in William Trevor’s fiction', among many others. The website offers a keyword search facility. There are full details of the Editors, Editorial Board, and the submissions process. The website also has RSS newsfeeds.
The 'Joyce Images' website is a free online project that uses old images to illustrate and explicate passages from the famous novel Ulysses (1922) by James Joyce. Additional information is given that shows the connection between the passage of text and the illustration that has been chosen to accompany it. For instance, when the novel talks of "the boat of incense then at Clongowes", this is illustrated by an old postcard of Clongowes Wood College showing the new chapel there, and there is a note that the "boat of incense" is a reference to the censer used in the celebration of the Catholic mass in the chapel at Clongowes. The hundreds of images are very large and sharp, and have been well scanned. The structure of the website mirrors the chapter structure found in the novel.
Julian Barnes Web is a site devoted to the English novelist and critic Julian Barnes (1946-), author of such novels as Metroland, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters and Flaubert's Parrot.There is a bibliography of online and offline criticism of Barnes' novels, a bibliography of essays and articles by Barnes, and a list of interviews with Barnes. There is also information on Dan Kavanagh, the name under which Barnes has written crime novels.Other features include a discussion board, blog, news and upcoming events, and a set of links to relevant sites.The site is an excellent resource for enthusiasts and scholars of Barnes.
The Karen Blixen-Isak Dinesen Information Site is a privately authored website and Internet portal dedicated to the life and work of Danish novelist and short-story writer Karen Blixen (1885-1962). Blixen wrote in both Danish and English, and her English language publications under the pseudonymn Isak Dinesen famously include Seven Gothic Tales (1934) and Out of Africa (1937). The site lists recent events connected with Blixen, for example new critical studies and translations of her work, conferences and exhibitions. It includes a biographical chronology written by the Blixen biographer Linda Donelson and an interview with Donelson About Karen Blixen's Life originally published in the journal Scandinavian Press. Extracts from Donelson's entries on Blixen in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 214 are also reproduced here. There is a list of Danish and English works by Blixen and an annotated bibliography of critical and biographical publications on the Danish writer. There are extensive links to other sites containing information about almost every aspect of Blixen's life and creative work, including her relationship with Denys Finch-Hatton; her painting; correspondence; medical history; and (mis)representation in the popular film version of Out of Africa. The tone of the site is one of personal enthusiasm for Blixen, and it is not clear who has authored the material here, apart from the sections by Linda Donelson. Used judiciously however, it is a rich and comprehensive source of information about Karen Blixen-Isak Dinesen.
The resource Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen is part of Emory University's Postcolonial Studies website. The pages on the Danish novelist and short-story writer Karen Blixen (1885-1962) may be found alongside entries on other authors significant in the study of postcolonial theory and literature, such as V.S.Naipaul, Wole Soyinka, Rohinton Mistry and Aimé Cesaire. This website is unique among Internet materials on Blixen/Dinesen in considering Blixen primarily as 'a complex figure in the writing and history of colonial Africa' and in emphasising the social, racial and political factors shaping the novelist's creativity. A brief biography summarises Blixen's Danish background and artistic development, while the sections on Karen Blixen in Africa, The colonial system, and Views of the natives place her in the context of European settlement of Africa in the period. There is also a short summary of critical debates about Blixen and the extent to which her writing challenges or replicates colonialist attitudes in its portrayals of Africans and Africa. The site also includes a list of major works by Blixen (English only), a selected bibliography of critical studies, and a link to the Karen Blixen Museum, Kenya.
This is the website of the birthplace of Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) in Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand, run by the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society Inc. It provides a history of the house and garden at Tinakori Road, a biography of Mansfield, an overview of her work and an assessment of her significance as a writer. The Society organises tours of the house and arranges creative writing workshops. A page of news, a calendar of events and a search engine is also provided. Katherine Mansfield was the pen-name of Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp. She became a master of the short story, often compared with Chekhov. Her best collections include 'Bliss and Other Stories' (1920), 'The Garden Party (1922) and 'The Dove's Nest' (1923). After her early death, at the age of thirty-four, her husband, John Middleton Murry (1889-1957), published editions of her 'Journal' (1927) and 'Letters' (1928).
The Web page Kazuo Ishiguro is dedicated to the contemporary British writer who is a well-known author of novels, short stories and screenplays. This online resource provides a concise biographical note followed by an overview of his works. It also includes a critical perspective which introduces key issues concerning Ishiguro's prose: representations of history; national identity; subjectivity; distortions of language; and suppressions of memory. Ishiguro's literary position is very unique because his work bridges the critically acclaimed serious literature and popular fiction, turning his books into international bestsellers as well as winners of prestigious literary awards (Booker Prize for The Remains of the Day). This website, being a part of the Contemporary Writers in the UK database, is the best online resource regarding the author's work. It provides relevant information and is revised on a regular basis. Only one other regularly updated resource approaches Ishiguro's works from a critical perspective - Wikipedia. Unfortunately, the commentary it offers is far less substantial and comprehensive than the one at Contemporary Writers in the UK. The Web page Kazuo Ishiguro is thus commendable as a valuable source of information for students, general readers and researchers. It may also be worth mentioning that this online resource provides further links to a number of cultural and literary events organised under the auspices of the British Council.
The Kipling Society website is an extensive online resource devoted to the life and works of the British author Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936). Aside from information concerning the society and its workings, the site also provides a wealth of biographical and bibliographical materials, including: a chronology of the author's life; the texts of over 300 of Kipling's poems; a 'New Readers' Guide' to his works; a bibliography of works about Kipling; and short introductions to each of Kipling's works. The society also provides the full-text of 'The Kipling Journal' from its inception in 1927, up to two years prior to the current issue. The journal issues are somewhat difficult to read, being presented as text files without formatting or images, but the content can be searched by keyword to find relevant sections. There is also a 'Kipling Mailbase' to enable discussion on the author (available to members of the society only), as well as a number of images (cartoons and photographs) relating to the author. A private area on the site is accessible to paying members of the Kipling Society, membership of which includes subscription to the Kipling journal. This site would appeal to both the interested reader and the serious Kipling scholar.
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.
'Knowing Poe' is Maryland Public TV's (MPT) website on Edgar Allan Poe, which was nominated for an education Webby Award in 2005. Although primarily aimed at school students and literary-minded parents looking for educational family activities, this site would also be of interest to older students reading Poe. Aside from the shadow of the Raven that glides over the site and the other imaginative visuals highlighting the classic association of Poe with the dark and mysterious, the site is full of valuable information that makes it well worth a look for any initial research on the author, his life and writing. The site is divided into the key topics: 'Poe the Person'; 'Poe the Writer'; and 'The Poe Library'. Each of these has a number of sub-headings and at least one interactive feature, including a timeline of Poe's life, contextualised by significant dates in literary and world history. Also included are: facsimiles of primary source documents; annotated poems; critical analysis; and suggestions for further research. Essays and letters by Poe on life and literature and copies of his poems in his own hand with corrections add to the value of the material in this collection, as well as the performance interpretations, and links to further resources on the site.
The Ladder presents electronic texts of various novels and short stories by the author Henry James (1843-1916). The site concentrates on providing texts not readily available elsewhere on the Web. It contains a large number of James's short stories, many from the otherwise under-represented decade of the 1890s. The site includes a short guide to the editorial principles followed, and outlines the aims and process of making the texts available on the Web. It also includes a concordance to the featured texts, enabling users to seek occurrences of specific words. An index to the notebook name-lists provides details of the potential character names found, or invented by James, for use in his stories. There is an index of his tales and collections, and a general bibliography. The Introduction also lists some future projects, including a chronology of the writer's life and works. This is a useful site, intended to encourage a wider appreciation of Henry James's writings. It was first published in 1998 at the University of Birmingham as 'Adrian Dover's Henry James web-site', before being re-launched at its present location in 2004.
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 Les Murray author page promotes the writings of this Australian poet and essayist. Murray's publications include the acclaimed verse novel 'Fredy Neptune', the 'Subhuman Redneck Poems', and his latest collection, 'Poems the Size of Photographs'. His work is frequently studied in Australian schools and the website includes an extensive page of 'reading notes' intended to provide students with more of an insight into the mind of the author. These notes basically consist of Murray writing about his education and formative years; they contain little analysis of the actual poems. Elsewhere on the site, there is a brief list of Murray's major publications, most of which link to a sample poem. There is also a chronology of Murray's life. This site should prove interesting to anyone studying Murray, but could do with a few more primary texts for the benefit of the uninitiated.
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 Literary Archives page is part of the Library and Archives of Canada website. This department in the Canadian National Archives houses the original manuscripts of several Canadian authors, as well as other archival fonds, such as: correspondence; professional and personal memorabilia; newspaper clippings; scrapbooks; audio recordings; video recordings; photographs; and posters. Among the dozens of writers included are: Bernard Assiniwi; George Bowering; Dionne Brand; Nicole Brossard; Robertson Davies; Réjean Ducharme; Louis Dudek; Timothy Findley; Patrick Friesen; Gratien Gélinas; André Giroux; Jack Hodgins; W. P. Kinsella; Ron Lightburn; Daphne Marlatt; Erin Mouré; Michael Ondaatje; Catherine Parr Trail; Jacques Poulin; Gabrielle Roy; F. R. Scott; Carol Shields; Michel Tremblay; Jane Urquhart; Phyllis Webb; and Rachel Wyatt. Rules and regulations for access are provided. An online guide allows researchers to click on each author's name to call up a detailed summary of their career and importance. Further information is also provided in each summary on the archival holdings for that writer. Students of English literature would find this site of interest.
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.
The Libyrinth Scriptorium forms a considerable part of The Modern Word website, which is presided over by editorial director and chief content provider Alan Ruch. While The Modern Word focuses on the authors Samuel Beckett; Jorge Luis Borges; Umberto Eco; Gabriel Garcia Marquez; James Joyce; and Thomas Pynchon, the Scriptorium provides information relating to other avant-garde writers such as Kobo Abe; J.G. Ballard; John Banville; John Barth; Donald Barthelme; Antony Burgess; Angela Carter; Philip K. Dick; William Gaddis; John Hawkes; Stanislow Lem; Primo Levi; H.P. Lovecraft; Jeff Noon; Michael Ondaatje; Mervyn Peake; Georges Perec; Raymond Queneau; Alain Robbe-Grillet; and Jeanette Winterson. The content of Scriptorium is often provided by users of the site, and Ruch encourages contributions from those with knowledge of a particular literary personage. Contributors are given due credit for their related entry, and the site thus provides opportunities for online publication.
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.
'Limbonaut: a correlation of Lovecraftian contents on the web' is a full-text ezine edited and published online on the website of Steve Walker, Assistant Professor of Library Services at the University of Central Missouri. Issues are available online in full-text form, running from 2000 to 2008. The publication tracks and describes the range of new online information likely to be of use to scholars of the famous American horror and fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937). There are also issues of an earlier zine, 'The Criticaster' (1996-2000). This will be a website of interest to those researching Lovecraft and his ilk, the American gothic, and fantasy/horror writing in general.
This is the website for The Literary Gothic which has been developed by Jack Voller at Southern Illinois University. The site aims to provide an archive of electronic texts relating to Gothic literature and ghost fiction throughout the high Gothic period (1764-1820). There are also some texts and resources relating to the post-Gothic period up to 1950.The site is searchable by author or by title of work. Author pages feature a short biographical summary, a list of online texts, and links to related sites on the Internet. These recommended sites are generally specific to each particular author, so there is little duplication of information. The Literary Gothic features an extensive range of authors, including Ann Radcliffe, Mary Braddon, Wilkie Collins, and Matthew Lewis. At the moment, the online archive does not include ballads.The site provides a list of links for those working on Gothic literature, including discussion groups for specific topics such as ghost stories and folklore.
Literary Kicks is a site devoted to experimental literary movements. The movements include the Beat generation, the American transcendentalists, the French aesthetes (referred to by the site as "La Boheme"), more recent French writers, and a grouping of postmodern experimental novelists (referred to by the site as "hippie writers and latter-day Beats"). They are also interested in the use of the Internet for writing. Within each movement, the life and works of individual writers are briefly discussed. Individual writers featured include Jack Kerouac; Allen Ginsberg; Henry David Thoreau; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Paul Verlaine; William Blake; Thomas Pynchon; and Charles Bukowski. There is also a discussion board which is not restricted to discussion of the above movements. It includes postings of journal entries and random musings. The site is not recommended as a source of scholarly information or discussion but may be of interest to devotees of experimental and avant-garde literature.
This is the website of the internet version of 'The Literary Review: An International Journal of Contemporary Writing', which has been published quarterly by Fairleigh Dickinson University since 1957. Its many special issues have introduced new fiction, poetry, and essays from many nations, regions, or languages to English readers. Issues focus on such topics as contemporary fiction in Portugese, Iranian exiles, new Irish writing, North African authors, and Philippine fiction and poetry. These special issues are all listed on the website which includes selections from the current issue and back issues from 1996. The full text of articles and reviews can be downloaded in PDF. 'TLR Web' includes extra articles for which there was no space in the printed version. Work from 22 winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature has appeared in the TLR including Günther Grass, Wole Soyinka, Elias Canetti, Seamus Heaney and Boris Pasternak.
Perry Middlemass provides this online resource dedicated to the works of a diverse range of Australian writers from the 19th century to the present date. He provides bibliographies, short biographical notes, information about awards and literary prizes and links to his two other resources: a literary blog Matilda and Larrikin software (not working). Dust jacket synopses and brief excerpts from the works of some of the authors featured are also provided, the latter including some of the verses of C. J. Dennis and A.B. "Banjo" Paterson. The emphasis is upon white Australian literature, although Xavier Herbert, the Aboriginal winner of the 1975 Miles Franklin Award, is featured. Middlemiss' stated purpose for providing this website is to compensate for the relative anonymity of many Australian authors compared to their American and English counterparts.
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'.
The Literature Collection Web pages are part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections and consist of a diverse selection of literature, useful across all levels of study. The collection includes: texts from the medieval to the modern; in translation and the original languages; classic and contemporary poetry; and a 'rich vein of information' on James Joyce. The texts are accessed as electronic facsimiles. With a deliberate policy of diversity of content, the collection is aimed at both serious researchers and those interested in broadening their awareness of literary and non-literary texts. Material in the collection includes: 'Beowulf : A New Translation for Oral Delivery'; 'The Deipnosophists, or, Banquet of the Learned of Athenaeus'; 'Fables' by Robert Louis Stevenson; The Nordic Translation Series; The Robert Southey Collection; Selected Works of Edith Nash; and the Wisconsin Literary Magazine. Related materials are included, as well as background and/or biographical information, as appropriate for each text. A full search engine is available and works can also be browsed by: author; subcollection; and title. The site is attractively presented and user-friendly.
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.
'Literature of the Fantastic' is a virtual online library of full-texts and extracts from fantasy and Gothic literature. Most of the material is from 19th century but some earlier and later texts are provided, including one by the site's creators, writers James D. MacDonald and Debra Doyle. Links are also provided to other online texts and related sites. The site is useful for students or researchers looking for lesser known or hard to find texts in this genre, as well as single items from larger collections, such as William Allingham's famous poem, 'The Fairies'. It also offers an overview of the range of material covered by the definition 'fantastic'. Any text which is in print, or has a related item in print, is noted, with a bookseller's link. Among the authors whose work is included are: Lord Dunsany; Bram Stoker; George Gordon (Lord Byron); Mary Shelley; John Polidori; Robert W. Chambers; Ambrose Bierce; and Marcus Clarke. Another useful feature of the site is its inclusion of work by authors not usually associated with the genre, such as Rudyard Kipling and Jerome K. Jerome. The collection is not especially large, though it is developing, but the small selection makes for straightforward use and the texts are laid out for easy reading. This is a useful resource for early research into 'fantastic' literature.
Literature Online (LION) is a fully searchable library of more than a third of a million works of poetry, prose and drama in English, plus full-text literary journals, biographies and key criticism and reference resources including the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature. Content dates from the 7th century to the present day. The digital versions include annotations by the author, critical apparatus, and any images and illustrations of the print version being digitised. These have been encoded in SGML (recording structural information such as paragraph breaks, chapters and page numbering), although the texts are delivered as HTML Web pages. The electronic texts maintain spelling and orthographic idiosyncrasies. The databases can be cross-searched by author, title and keyword. Individual databases have other search functions. Access is via institutional subscription. Literature Online is available to UK HE/FE institutions under a national license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This description is based upon that provided by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
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.
'Logos: a journal of modern society and culture' is a full-text academic ejournal. Articles are freely offered in HTML format. There appears to be no traditional archive of back-issues - instead there is a front-page in a 'table of contents' format, and then a searchable and A-Z index of articles from all previous issues. Over 200 articles are freely available. Articles on U.S. and global politics predominate, and these assume a leftist worldview. But example article titles of interest to those interested in arts and cultural history are: 'Orwell and the British Left'; 'Poetic Sensibility Across Cultures and Languages'; 'Reflections on Isaac Bashevis Singer'; 'On Stan Brakhage'; 'Vision of the Gods: An Inquiry Into the Meaning of Photography'; and 'Revisiting "In the Heat of the Night"', among others. The journal also publishes some original fiction and poetry. There are details of the Editorial Board, and the submissions process.
This webpage provides the full-text of the book, London River, by Henry Major Tomlinson, published in 1921. Tomlinson was an English novelist and his previous careers had included that of a dock worker. He is also the author of Gallions Reach, Pipe All Hands and The Sea and the Jungle. This text appears on the website Robroy, which contains online literature.
'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.
This website provides the full-text of the novel Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad, first published in 1900. This text appears on the website The Literature Network, which provides free online literature. A brief summary of the novel is included. Lord Jim, a tale of the sea, opens with the doomed voyage of a vessel, the ship of Eastern pilgrims Patna and follows the experiences of a man seeking anonymity as he travels the world. Links are provided to each of the chapters. The site includes advertising.
'Lucky Jim' is the website to accompany the Public Broadcasting Service's showing of the 2003 television adaptation of Kingsley Amis's novel 'Lucky Jim'. The novel is a tells the story of a hapless academic's chaotic social, professional and sexual life. The site provides information about the film, including: cast; credits; pictures; and clips, as well as a short biography of Amis. Possibly the most interesting section for budding screenwriters is the section on how the novel was turned into a film, illustrated by a comparison of a section of the novel and the script. Students of film and television, as well as English literature and creative writing may find this resource of interest.
The Madness and Literature Network website is one strand of a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The aim of the project is to develop an international network of: clinicians; academics from a variety of humanities-based disciplines; and service users, to further study into the relationship between English literature and mental health. The aim of the website is to promote the network on an international level, and to draw attention to the seminars and conferences that make up the other strands of the project. The website provides access to a database of fiction and autobiography relating to madness and mental health. At the time of writing this database is still a work in progress, including around 100 post-war books, which can be browsed alphabetically by author or by theme. The site also provides details of how to join the network, as well as details of the project directors and partners. Members of the network can submit reviews of texts relating to issues of madness and mental health for publication on the site. The network is also working on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project entitled 'Madness in Post-war British and American Fiction'. This resource would be of use to researchers and students working in English and history.
This is the official website for the Man Booker Prize, a literary prize of £50,000 currently sponsored by the Man Group plc. The prize is awarded to the best novel of the year, written in English, by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. The site consists of four main sections titled: The Prizes; News; Perspective; and Debate. 'The Prizes' links to sub-sections which offer more detailed information about the Man Booker for Fiction and the Man Booker International Prize, including a brief history of each prize, and further information about its sponsors. Surprisingly, however, there is no mention of Jock Campbell, the Scotsman who became managing director of the Booker Company in 1945 and began the Booker Authors' Division (as a personal favour to his friend Ian Fleming), which initiated and set up sponsorship for the Booker prize in 1968. The 'Archive' sub-section allows access to information about previous winners, long lists, when relevant, short lists and judges since 1969, the first year in which the prize was awarded to P.H. Newby for his novel 'Something to Answer For'. Some previous winners include V.S. Naipaul, John Berger, Nadine Gordimer, Iris Murdoch, Penelope Fitzgerald, William Golding, Salman Rushdie, Peter Carey, Ben Okri, A.S. Byatt, Pat Barker, Graham Swift, Arundhati Roy, Ian McEwan, J.M. Coetzee and Margaret Atwood.
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.
This website provides the full-text of this collection of Manx fairy tales by Sophia Morrison, first published in 1911. Among these fairy tales are included How the Herring Became King of the Sea, The Mermaid of Gob-Ny-Ooyl , Teeval, Princess of the Ocean, The City Under Sea. The text appears as part of 'The Manx Notebook', a site about the Isle of Man which is maintained by an enthusiast.
This Web page gives biographical and bibliographical information relating to the Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera (1952-1987). The page is published by the Africana Collection of the University of Florida's Smathers Libraries, which is affiliated to the Centre of African Studies at the University of Florida. Marechera's fiction draws on a European avant-garde tradition, which he deployed for subversive purposes. His first novel, House of Hunger (Heinemann, 1987) was written during his time in Oxford, and won the Guardian fiction prize in 1979. His other prose works include Mindblast (1984), Black Sunlight (1980), and The Black Insider (1990). The Black Insider, and his collection of poetry, Cemetery of Mind (Boabab Books, 1992), were edited by Flora Veit-Wild, and published posthumously. Marechera died of AIDS in 1987.
This is the official website of Canadian author Margaret Atwood, author of 'The Handmaid's Tale', and winner of the 2000 Booker prize for her novel 'The Blind Assassin'. The website contains a biography of the author and a complete listing of her novels, poetry and short stories, including foreign translations and film and television adaptations. It includes some personal interviews with the author about her writing and news on recent work, including essays and transcripts of lectures. A bibliography of secondary sources and critical reviews of Atwood's work compiled by the Margaret Atwood Society is also accessible. The website tries a little too hard to be innovative, and as a result may cause problems for users with older browsers.
Margin is an online magazine discussing, analysing and exploring literary magical realism. The very difficulty of defining 'magical realism', and its status as a genre, forms the motivation for Margin's comprehensive and highly informative site. It gathers together material which challenges standard genre definitions in using the surreal in the context of the everyday, and does so in a manner which is both informative and entertaining. From well-known magical realism authors, such as Isabel Allende, J. G. Ballard, Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel de Cervantes, William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez to showcasing the work of new writers, Margin offers discussion, feedback and analysis. The site also includes magical realism artwork and is visually very attractive in all aspects. New issues appear four times each year, with regular features as well as special themes, such as 'The Caribbean' and 'Passages to India'. Submissions of new writing are invited, as well as discussion of published works, films and art. Regular features include a literary glossary, a reading list, new fiction and poetry, critical discussion and readers' letters. This is an unusual site and claims to be 'since 2000, the world's only continuous survey of literary magical realism'.
This is the official website of Marina Warner, the novelist and expert on the cultural history of the fantastic. This substantial website offers full bibliographic details of publications, novels, exhibitions and other works, plus a C.V. and details of agents used. There is a listing of recent and forthcoming 2009/10 publications by Warner - although this list may not be as up-to-date it could be (at July 2009, the website was last updated in 2008). There are only six substantial extracts from novels, and no full-text essays or audio lectures are available. This website is a useful overview of the range of work produced by one of our most innovative and interesting independent cultural thinkers.
The Mark Rutherford Resource, published by David French, is dedicated to the life and works of Victorian writer William Hale White, who used the pseudonym Mark Rutherford. William Hale White is perhaps most famous for his poignant portrayal of 19th-century disillusionment and religious doubt in his two principal works, 'The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford' and 'Mark Rutherford's Deliverance.' The site is thorough and well presented, featuring: extensive bibliographic information; transcripts of various articles written by White; biographical information; a guide to library collections of pertinent resources; links to other resources on the Web; and a quotations page. Information on on the Mark Rutherford Society is also given, as well as a number of pictures of the author himself. Those studying or researching Victorian literature would find this a fascinating resource.
The website of the Mark Twain Papers and Project is based at the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. The Papers are a collection which Mark Twain made available to his official biographer, Albert Bigelow Paine and consist of: letters by the author and members of his family; manuscripts including fragments and complete drafts; published works such as essays, speeches and poems; a number of important editions of his published writing; and material such as business documents and scrapbooks. The Project is an editorial and publishing programme publishing Twain's edited papers in hard copy and online. At the time of writing only letters are avaliable online, but it is possible to search these by: date; addressee; or keyword. The website also provides details on archive holdings and access. Two online exhibitions are also available: 'Mark Twain at Large: His Travels Here and Abroad' and 'Mark Twain Takes on Art'. This resource, in particular the letters, would be invaluable to anyone researching Twain's life and works.
'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 Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies (founded in 1971 as the Steinbeck Research Center) is based at San José State University. Its library houses the largest archive in the world of John Steinbeck's books, manuscripts and correspondence, with over 40,000 items. The site contains biographical texts and lists of bibliographical material as well as links to Web resources about Steinbeck. There is detailed information on events and programs sponsored by the Center, including the Steinbeck Fellowship Program. Among its many activities, the Center sponsors a journal titled The Steinbeck Review .This site provides a useful overview of Steinbeck's life and works.
The Martin Amis Web is dedicated to the work of the British novelist Martin Amis (1949-). The site offers a collection of interviews, authorial commentary, book reviews and bibliographic material relating to the works of this contemporary wirter. Biographical information includes material on Martin Amis' father, the writer Kingsley Amis (1922-1995). The Scholarship page includes links to other literature and literary theory related websites. The section Affiliations situates the novelist within a broader literary scene, indicating important literary or personal connections between Amis and other writers, such as: Jane Austen; Saul Bellow; and Salman Rushdie. In addition, there is a section entitled Filmography which offers reviews of cinema adaptations of Amis' work, and news of forthcoming projects. A discussion group is also maintained through this site. Unfortunately this site does not provide access to online texts by Amis. The Martin Amis Web offers an extremely comprehensive guide to the work of this contemporary writer, and would also be of interest to those working on Kingsley Amis. This website is a regularly updated and reliable online resource.
The Mary Anne Sadlier Archive hosts material relating to the author and the cultural context in which she wrote. Mary Anne Sadlier (1820-1903) was an Irish-American immigrant and a prolific writer whose output included domestic novels, historical romances, and children's catechisms. She was also one of the first writers of fiction to address the Irish Famine. The website has been created to rehabilitate Sadlier's reputation and encourage future scholarship. The site contains the complete primary text of Sadlier's Bessy Conway, or, The Irish Girl in America. Written in 1861, this novel is about a young Irish emigrant in New York. The site also contains a critical introduction to Sadlier's work, a bibliography, and a history of the reception of her publications. A cultural context section consists of pages of information about: Irish history; women and domesticity in nineteenth-century America; the domestic novel; women writers in the period; Catholicism in Ireland; anti-Irish and anti-Catholic sentiment in America; and living conditions in New York. This is an informative site about a neglected author. It should be of interest to anyone studying nineteenth-century women writers, or the Irish immigrant experience in America.
'MediaTropes' is a full-text peer-reviewed ejournal... "devoted to the study of media and mediation" and published from the University of Toronto, Canada. At February 2009 there is one issue online. Example article titles include: 'Is the Medium the Message in Psychoanalysis?'; 'Psychoanalysis, Symbolization, and McLuhan: Reading Conrad's Heart of Darkness'; and ''Agents of Aggressive Order': Letters, Hands, and the Grasping Power of Teeth in the Early Canadian Torture Narrative', among others. The ejournal is published using an open publishing system - and although this rather confusingly asks for a "username and password" on the front page, these are not needed to access articles. Articles are freely offered in the PDF format. The website has details of the editors, Advisory Board and Editorial Board, and the submissions process.
This website makes available the story of the Mermaid of Zennor, from Cornish folklore. It is about a man who falls in love with the mermaid Morveren and goes to live with her in the land of Llyr, under the sea. This story appears on a website about Cornish myth and legend, which is part of a wider resource guide to Cornwall.
This web page provides access to information about the journal Modern Fiction Studies (MFS), which focuses on "historical, interdisciplinary, theoretical, and cultural approaches to modern and contemporary narrative." Volumes 46 (2000) to 49 (2003) of the journal are available online. MFS began as the newsletter of the Modern Fiction Society at Purdue University in 1955. Since then it has developed into a fully fledged international journal. Currently, John Duvall is the general editor. The journal has four issues annually, and is published for the Purdue English Department by John Hopkins University Press. The site provides submission guidelines and subscription information, as well as calls for papers.
This website aims to provide bibliographical, contextual and biographical information about the renowned Canadian novelist and poet Michael Ondaatje. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be regularly maintained with the consequence that many of the web links it contains are now out of date. The primary bibliography provided, however, is sufficiently comprehensive to be of use to the undergraduate student. It consists of five sections: the author's 'Poetry Collections' and 'Novels'; 'Audio' editions of 'Anil's Ghost'; 'Films' made by Ondaatje; 'Miscellaneous' items. There are also a couple of links to interviews with Michael Ondaatje about his two novels 'Anil's Ghost' (2001), and the Booker Prize winning, 'The English Patient' (2002); these would be of particular use to Ondaatje researchers. A link is also provided to the literary journal 'Brick' Ondaatje co-edits with Linda Spalding, as well as to Random House, one of the main publishers of his work.
This interview with the Dutch novelist and short story writer Michel Faber (1960- ) is published by January Magazine, an online arts journal edited by Linda L. Richards. The lengthy interview, conducted by Richards in November 2002, is preceded by a short biography and a review, by David Abrams, of Faber's remarkable novel, set in Victorian England, 'The Crimson Petal and the White' (Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd, 2002). It is concerned mostly about the writing of that novel which, apparently, evolved over a period of twenty years. Michel Faber was born in Holland, brought-up in Australia and now resides with his family in Scotland. He writes in English. Three stories from his first published collection 'Some Rain Must Fall' (1998) won awards. His first novel 'Under the Skin' appeared in 2000. 'The Crimson Petal and the White' , the book described by the Guardian reviewer as "the novel that Dickens might have written had he been allowed to speak freely", was followed by another volume of short stories: 'The Fahrenheit Twins' (2005).
This online resource from the Electronic Text Center produced by the University of Virginia Library is dedicated to the novel 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans). It provides information about the novel's critical reception in two time periods: from 1871 to 1880, and from 1881-1891. The site posts a publication history of the novel and further includes a footnoted biography of the novelist's life and a good annotated bibliography of contemporary and modern critical works. The site is possibly of most interest to students of Victorian literature or nineteenth-century gender studies. Navigation of the site is slightly hampered by an uneven use of menus and frames.
The Minor Victorian Poets and Authors website is designed to give readers online access to a number of previously unavailable works of minor 19th-century writers. Although the site is dedicated primarily to chartist, poet and author Gerald Massey, many of his contemporaries are also represented, such as: John Ackworth; Isa Craig; Thomas Hood; Samuel Laycock; Joseph Skipsey; and Edwin Waugh. The site provides: biographical information on each writer; contextual information about their works; contemporary reviews and quotes; portraits of the authors; and illustrations and full texts of many of these writers' works. The bulk of the resources do however relate to Massey, with pages devoted to his: biography; prose; poetry; and reviews, as well as contemporary news reports about Massey and a collection of miscellanea that includes related: pamphlets; photographs; letters; and other writings. The site is well researched, interesting and informative, and would appeal to those studying Victorian English literature, in particular the work of regional poets and authors.
Miranda is an open access full-text ejournal, published from the University of Toulouse, France. Themed peer-reviewed issues explore... "social and cultural practices of the English-speaking world". At May 2010 there is one issue available, a substantial issue on Charles Darwin and his legacy / Thomas Hardy and Science beyond Darwin. Articles are in either French or English, and are in HTML format. Example English articles in the first issue include: 'Darwin in Wonderland: evolution, involution and natural selection in The Water Babies (1863)'; 'Darwin, Polanski and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles : facts and metaphors'; and 'From the Fossil to the Specter : or the drift of knowledge in Thomas Hardy's works', among others. The journal also publishes 'occasional papers' and reviews. The website has full details of the editors, Editorial Board, and calls for papers. There is an associated discussion forum.
'Miscelanea: a Journal of English and American Studies' is a full-text ejournal published by the University of Zaragoza, Spain. The journal is almost entirely in English, and at January 2009 there are fifteen issues online. The journal publishes scholarly articles on literature, cultural studies, and film studies. Articles are presented in PDF form. Some example article titles are: 'Exploring identity issues in British men's problem pages: a cultural studies perspective'; 'Dylan Thomas's animal symbology in Celtic tradition: the inner voice of a poet'; and 'The paradox of conflicting identifications in "Third Space" Asian-British cinema of the 1980s'; and 'Post-Baroque sublime? The case of Peter Ackroyd', among many others. The website also has full details of the editors, the Editorial Board, and the submission process. The journal is also produced in paper form, and there are subscription details at the website. There is a listing of the bibliographic compilations in which the journal is indexed.
The Mississippi Review is edited by Frederick Barthelme and published by the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. The printed version of this title began in 1972 and continues to be published three times a year in a separate sequence, with some material shared. Online publication began in April 1995, with issues originally appearing monthly, but since 1999 online publication has been quarterly. This full-text online periodical publishes fiction and poetry, drawing some of its material from the Mississippi Review archives. Early issues include pieces by established writers such as Ann Beattie, Margaret Atwood, Barry Hannah and Joyce Carol Oates, but the majority of contributions are from less established writers and include many of the finalists for the Mississippi Review Prize in fiction and poetry. Recent issues have had a guest editor and an individual theme, including a Music issue, a Discovery issue and a Television issue.
Mistress of the Vatican: The true story of Olimpia Maidalchini: The Secret Female Pope is a website about the popular social history of the same name by Eleanor Herman, which was published by William Morrow in 2008. The site provides a history of and historical context of Olimpia Maidalchini (1594-1657), who was the sister-in-law of Pope Innocent X (reigned 1644-1655). Maidalchini became Pope Innocent X's de facto advisor after the death of the pope's brother, her husband. The site's historical content, particularly its short biographical sketches of relevant historical contemporaries and its overview of seventeenth century Rome, is sufficient enough to warrant the site's merit as a introductory study aid for undergraduates. The site also provides further information about Eleanor Herman.
Located on the website The Literature Network, this is the full electronic text of the novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Information is provided about the historical influences surrounding the novel, including events in Melville's early life. Many of his most notable novels would draw from his days at sea, and from his experiences as a result of those voyages. Included is a discussion of the characters and plot sequence of the novel. Links are provided to each individual chapter of Moby Dick. There is advertising on this site.
This website contains the full text of Moby Dick by Herman Melville, the novel about one man's obsessive hunt for a white whale. The online text appears on the site americanliterature.com, which is maintained by an enthusiast, with links to each chapter. The site contains advertising.
The Modern British Literature Index is part of the San Antonio College British Literature Index and provides an overview of the principal poets, novelists, essayists and short story writers of the Modern period, from Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) to Ted Hughes (1930-1998). The website acts as a gateway, providing general links (to two substantial resources: Twentieth Century British and Irish Resources which is part of the Literary Resources collection maintained by Jack Lynch, and the Modern British and American Literature pages from the Voice of the Shuttle) and links relating to individual authors. Over twenty-five writers are listed including: G. K. Chesterton; George Orwell; Virginia Woolf; James Joyce; and Samuel Beckett. Each writer's section details their major works, online texts, and brief bibliographies. The site is more useful as an overview of the major writers as a group rather than providing critical material on their individual work.
Mohsin Hamid is a contemporary writer whose novels 'Moth Smoke' (2000) and 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' (2007) are considered to be critically acclaimed international best-sellers. The online resource Mohsin Hamid is the author's official website, and it has been created and administered by the writer himself. It includes a very brief biographical note, bibliographical information, full texts of interviews with the writer, his articles, and reviews of his books. Originally from Pakistan, Hamid had spent 15 years in the USA before he moved to London in 2001. He is thus regarded as a representative of both American and British literary tradition, including postcolonial literature. Hamid's works tackle important questions of national and cultural identity, subjectivity, representations of history, religion and tradition, as well as tease out contemporary novelistic approaches to characterization and narration. He has also published widely on a variety of political and cultural topics, his articles appearing: in The New York Times; The Independent; The Washington Post; and Time Magazine (international editions). The Web page Mohsin Hamid is an easy to navigate, reliable, and well-maintained resource. It may be of interest to students of American and British literature, researchers and general readers.
'Moving Manchester : mediating marginalities' is the website of a three-year AHRC and Arts Council England-funded project hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies at Lancaster University. Subtitled "How the experience of migration has informed the work of writers in Greater Manchester from 1960 to the present", the Project's aim is to bring creative writing on the topic of immigration to the attention of the public and academics. The website provides: an outline of the project; profiles of research team members; details of publications and a link to its electronic catalogue of relevant items recovered from the archives of Manchester's independent publishers and local libraries. There is also a 'Writers' Gallery' available, which comprises a number of original works by writers associated with Manchester, accompanied by short biographies. At the time of writing the project had reached its final stages, but the information remaining on the site would interest those studying creative writing or migration.
This is the full electronic text of Mr Midshipman Easy, published in 1836 and written by Captain Frederick Marryat, a naval captain turned novelist. A summary of the book is provided along with a link to a biography of the author and to each chapter. The novel is about Jack Easy, who finds himself part of numerous adventures on board ship and discovers the inevitable and crucial hierarchy of a sailing vessel. Other books by the author include The Naval Officer and Peter Simple. This is located on the website Project Gutenberg.
'Mr. Bauld's English' is a website by a retired English lecturer from Nova Scotia, who offers open access to his years of experience in English studies. His site is a useful resource for English students up to undergraduate level. While some of the material on the site is aimed at Canadian students, the general content is suitable for any student beginning advanced study. The site may be browsed by headings including: 'Books'; 'Education'; 'Grammar/Language'; and 'Literary Criticism'. Advice is included on: writing essays; choosing texts; developing a personal philosophy towards one's own learning; and along with the good practical advice, there are some gems of wisdom that give this site a very personal voice. There are examples of student essays as well as links to essays by scholars and a wealth of general advice on approaching criticism and interpretation. This site is primarily about approaching the task of analysis and criticism and is very much a lesson from the favourite teacher that everyone goes back to visit long after they have left his classes. It's easy to navigate and full of the relaxed comforting wisdom every undergraduate needs from time to time. Users of the site should note that a few of the links on the site are broken.
Part of the MusicWeb site, this database by music and literature critic Philip Scowcroft has a large number of articles arranged as an untitled list. Each article opens on a new scroll-down page and titles include 'British Composers in Literature', 'Crime Fiction and Music', 'Music inspired by Sherlock Holmes', 'Music and the Brontes', 'The Cafe Orchestra in Fact and Fiction', 'Jane Austen and Music' and 'Elgar in Crime Fiction'. The articles vary in length and detail but are all fully referenced and offer an excellent starting point for research on the broad subject of music in literature, as well as more focused analysis of particular genres and authors. The garlands almost reach 380 (May 2003) with many still in manuscript awaiting transcribing. There is a search facility.
The is the full electronic text of Mutiny of the Elsinore, a sea tale by Jack London. Surrounded by madness, murder, and mutiny, John Pathurst finds himself being transformed into a being as hard as the men and the sea around him. There are links to each chapter and the text is searchable. It is located on The Literature Network, which provides searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast. There is advertising on this site.
The is the full electronic text of the novel The Mysterious Island, by Jules Verne, with English translation by W.H.G. Kingston, published in 1875. The novel is about a group of castaways who build a community on an uninhabited island, manage to fight off pirates and encounter Captain Nemo, a character from Verne's earlier novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea and are finally rescued by a passing ship. This is located on the website of an enthusiast.
Mystery Ink is an online crime fiction resource, offering reviews, interviews and articles of interest to researchers in contemporary popular fiction. The site is divided into sections headed: Book Reviews; Author Interviews; Reference; Links; and Awards. The book reviews are regularly updated and archived in alphabetical order. Titles reviewed in 2007 include 'Bad Luck and Trouble' by Lee Child, and 'What the Dead Know' by Laura Lippman. Authors interviewed include Barry Eisler and Harley Jane Kozak. The interviews are useful in offering insights into the authors' motivations and technique and cover authors writing in a wide range of styles within the crime fiction genre. The reference section has an article by Elmore Leonard and features on writing and genre, as well lists of titles within genres and locations favoured by particular authors. The site is a useful starting point and straight-forward to navigate.
Mystery Short Fiction: 1990-2006 is an index to mystery magazines, anthologies and single author collections. The resource is an ongoing project by William G. Contento, aiming to list all short fiction in the mystery genre published in English from 1990 onwards. Part of the project is the ongoing search for missing items and new material so the resource is regularly updated and suggestions for inclusion are welcomed. The layout of the site is along the lines of a printed catalogue, so is very plain and straightforward to use, offering information for researchers in the mystery genre at all levels. Under the Table of Contents are an Introduction and subheadings including Books, Magazines and Stories. These are listed by title and author for ease of location. Other features include chronological and series listings and information relating to the index itself, such as Statistics, Known Missing Books, Known Missing Magazines, and a bibliography. Some of the pages cover up to 2004 at the time of cataloguing. There are links to other online indexes in which William G. Contento has an involvement.
The Mythopoeic Society is a scholarly "organization for the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythic literature, especially the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams." The Society publishes the monthly newsletter 'Mythprint', and the irregular peer-reviewed scholarly journal 'Mythlore'. Tables of contents, submission and subscription details are available for 'Mythlore', which is only available in print form. The Mythopoeic Society has held an annual conference since 1970, and details of these are available. There are external Web links to useful websites, including the websites of members. The website contains a concise 'Beginner's Bibliography of the Inklings'.
'The Nabokov Online Journal' is a full-text ejournal devoted to discussion of the works of the author Vladimir Nabokov . The Journal is freely published by the Department of Russian Studies at Dalhousie University, and the editors have the permission of the Estate of Vladimir Nabokov to use extracts from Nabokov's works. At February 2009 there are two issues online, offering scholarly articles, interviews, multimedia, and book reviews. Articles are freely offered in PDF format. Example article titles include: 'Staging Nabokov'; 'The Lolita Effect: Sexy Girls in the Media'; and 'In Search of a Mailbox: Letters in The Gift'; among many others. The website has a statement of the aims and purpose of the journal, details of the editor and Editorial Board, and the submissions process.
The blog Nabolog is dedicated to the life and works of the Russian and American writer Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977). Nabokov belongs to a small number of bilingual writers, as he wrote in both Russian and English. He became famous with his best-seller Lolita but is also known for other novels including: Pale Fire, Ada, and Pnin in English and Invitation to a Beheading, The Defense and The Gift in Russian. Nabolog includes a link to the The Fulmerford Site by Juan Martinez, that offers samples of Martinez' own writing as well as other publications. He provides his commentary on various aspects of Nabokov's work, news on Nabokov studies, quotes from the author's fiction and his lectures, as well as information about certain of Nabokov's idiosyncrasies like synesthesia and the use of index cards. This site might be a helpful for anyone interested in Nabokov and his writing.
Narratorial strategies in British fiction of the 1990s is an online version of the article originally published by Brother Anthony of Taize (aka An Sonjae) in The Journal of English Language and Literature - ISSN (printed): 1016-2283. Unfortunately, the journal is not available in electronic format. This hypertext publication is a part of the author's website which further includes a professional profile of Brother Anthony, as well as a number of links to his essays and articles on literature. This particular page offers a discussion of key issues regarding British fiction of the 1990s. In particular, the article focuses on various narratorial strategies, such as first person unreliable narration, multiple narratorial voices and mixed narration (third person and first person). Whilst assessing the function and significance of each strategy, the author discusses the questions of nationhood, identity, authority, Diaspora, hybridity, private memory and national history. Examples illustrating the argument are drawn from the works of critically acclaimed writers, including: Salman Rushdie; Kazuo Ishiguro; Caryl Philips; Ian McEwan; Martin Amis; Graham Swift; and Tibor Fischer. To sum up, the website provides a concise, accessible and reliable online resource for students, researchers and general readers interested in twentieth century and contemporary fiction.
Nasty was a free online journal devoted to creating "a forum for the promotion and dissemination of new, controversial and challenging cultural and academic thought across the humanities". The journal is peer reviewed. At the time of writing, Nasty has run into 13 editions, each containing an eclectic mix of articles (both scholarly and essayistic), fiction and poetry. The fiction and poetry attempts to cross the divide between the experimentation of high modernism and the popular culture of post-modernity. The articles include some of the following subjects: good and evil in Harry Potter; Djuna Barnes; the work of French feminist and psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray; Hellraiser; and James Joyce.
Nasty ceased publication in 2006 and this record now refers to an archived version of the site. Contents of back issues may be accessed via the links at the bottom of the front page to issue 14.
The Eldritch Press website Nathaniel Hawthorne is an information-rich website for researchers of this nineteenth century American author. From a comprehensive collection of biographical material to downloadable HTML texts of Hawthorne's novels and short stories, the site either includes or offers links to an impressive range of resources. Novels available for download include: The Scarlet Letter; The House of the Seven Gables; Twice-Told Tales; Tanglewood Tales; and The Life of Franklin Pierce. The site also includes online editions of lesser known material, such as Passages from the French and Italian Notebooks of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1883) and Passages from the English Notebooks of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1870), both edited by his widow, Sophia Hawthorne. The biographical material consists of a collection of essays, reflections, articles and bibliographies, while the Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne lists all first editions and magazine publications, early and recent criticism and a wide range of what is termed Hawthorneana. There are resources for teachers, links to related material in other media and fun stuff, such as parodies, frequently asked questions and suggestions for locating material. This site is very straightforward to use and offers advice on the best way to download large files and to cite material to MLA guidelines. A very enjoyable and lively site.
The website of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society is a useful starting point for research into Hawthorne's life and work, even though it is not a comprehensive resource in itself. It is divided into the following sections: News; About the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society; How to become a Member; Nathaniel Hawthorne Review; Other Websites of Interest; and Calls for Papers. The site includes advance notice of international conferences on Hawthorne, while the membership section provides background information and details of meetings for those interested in attending live events. Details of the Society's journal, the Nathanial Hawthorne Review, include guidelines for submission. The links to other sites of interest include a mix of academic and location-based resources and illustrate the strong importance of Hawthorne's own homes in his work, as well as some interesting publishing links which may be useful for accessing editions of lesser-known works by Hawthorne. A little more online content would increase the usefulness of this site, but it offers a good range of contact information for more detailed study.
nd[re]view is designed as an online companion to the printed Notre Dame Review, which describes itself as an 'independent, non-commercial magazine of contemporary American and international fiction, poetry, criticism and art'. The online companion provides: interviews; critique; and commentary on authors and artists featured in the print magazine, and sometimes also extra: fiction; poetry; or art. Writers featured in past issues include: Seamus Heaney; Czeslaw Milosz; Charles Simic; and Michael O'Leary but the journal and its companion also introduce lesser-known authors producing innovative work. Although a subscription is necessary for the Notre Dame Review, there is free access to one issue of the journal, as well as present and past issues' table of contents and some poems and commentaries. The site also provides an introduction to both Notre Dame Review and nd[re]view, and details on how to submit and subscribe. Both the magazine and its online companion would be of interest to creative writing students, secondary school and undergraduate students researching writing and literature as well as those in the general public who are interested in writing fiction stories and poetry and interested in contemporary literary criticism.
This site is devoted to Neil M. Gunn (1891-1973), a Scottish novelist and playwright well known among specialists in twentieth-century Scottish writing but little outside. It is a comprehensive, professional compilation of recordings, criticism and bibliography which serves as a substantial introduction to those unfamiliar with Gunn's work, but it will also interest the specialist. The front page contains a long list of links to: a searchable bibliography; a searchable database of criticism and reviews; a chronology of the writer's life and career; a list of his major works and criticism; some recordings in RealPlayer format of Gunn reading his work; the full-text (in Acrobat PDF format) of an article from the journal Studies in Scottish Literature entitled Choosing a play: a critical survey of Neil M. Gunn's drama; a list of translations of Gunn's work; information about the Peglet Press, which is dedicated to publishing books about Gunn's work; information about Caithness and Sutherland, where Gunn lived and wrote; and links to online bookshops which stock editions of Gunn's work. The site functions well, and the recordings of Gunn are easy to listen to, provided the user's computer has the right software (which can be downloaded free). The site has been set up by the Neil M. Gunn Society, whose (unnamed) members put together the information. The range of information provided here is an exemplary illustration of what can be done with authors' websites, and the site will interest a wide range of users.
This website, maintained by the publishing company Random House of Canada, provides information about the newest contributors to the Canadian literary scene to be published by Random House. It would be useful for students of recent Canadian literature. Authors featured in recent years include: Yann Martel, author of the Man Booker prize winning novel The Life of Pi; Eden Robinson, First Nations author of Monkey Beach; Dionne Brand winner of the Governor General's Award for Poetry with Land to Light On; and Ann-Marie McDonald, author of Fall on Your Knees and The Way the Crow Flies. A short biography for each writer is provided, along with a list of books they have published, literary awards they have won or been nominated for, and quotes from book reviews.
New Writing anthology is an online resource presenting the works of new authors from the UK and the Commonwealth. It is subsidised and administered by the British Council. The New Writing homepage provides links to current and previous issues of the anthology, interviews with contributing writers, as well as teacher's and reader's notes designed to encourage further studies of selected texts. New Writing has already promoted several prize winning authors whose works were first printed between its covers, e.g.: David Mitchell, Trezza Azzopardi, and Charlotte Mendelson. Other contributors include: Julian Barnes; Anita Desai; Doris Lessing; Michael Faber; Esther Freud; Ian McEwan; Graham Swift; and Salman Rushdie. The website is reliable, easy to navigate, and user-friendly. It may be of interest to students, individual readers, and reading groups, as well as those researching contemporary fiction, and teachers of literature and English. Each annual edition of New Writing is also issued in hard copy. The only drawback is the fact that due to copyright regulations texts are available online only for six months, and after that period readers are referred to the print publication.
This is a useful website for anyone interested in critical writing by the author J.M. Coetzee (born in South Africa, 1940). The site has an up-to-date biographical note and bibliography, and lists Coetzee's many essays/ book reviews published in the New York Review of Books, including the most recent of these. Some of the reviews have been collected and published in Coetzee's Stranger Shores: Essays 1986-1999. The site enables access to the first paragraphs of Coetzee's reviews appertaining to the following: W.G. Sebald; Italo Svevo; Joseph Roth; Sandor Marai; V.S. Naipaul; Paul Celan; Walter Benjamin; Robert Walser; Anita Desai; William H. Gass (translations of Rilke); Breyten Breytenbach; Robert Musil; Jorge Luis Borges; Franz Kafka; Amos Oz; Aharon Appelfeld; Caryl Phillips; Cees Nooteboom; Harry Mulisch; Josef Skvorecky; A.S. Byatt; Salman Rushdie; Joseph Brodsky; Joseph Frank (on Dostoevsky); Doris Lessing; Naguib Mahfouz; Helen Suzman; Noel Mostert (history of the Xhosa people); Mary Benson (biography of Nelson Mandela); Winnie Mandela (autobiography); Nancy Harrison (biography of Winnie Mandela); Richard John Neuhaus; D.H. Laurence; Sheila Fugard. The full-text of each article is available through online subscription to the New York Review of Books.
The Nineteenth Century English Novel Bibliographic Resources Web page is a comprehensive bibliography for research on 19th-century novels. Types of resources listed include: online electronic texts; websites about authors and literary movements; and printed texts. Beginning in the Romantic period with authors such as: Jane Austen; Mary Wollestonecraft; Mary Shelley; William Cowper; William Blake; Sir Walter Scott; and William Wordsworth, the site works its way through the 19th-century. The largest section of the site is devoted to the Victorian novel, and is divided into by genre and author (including: Wilkie Collins; Charles Dickens; the Brontes; and George Eliot). This site is recommended for undergraduate and postgraduate research. Users should be aware that the links section does not appear to be maintained.
'Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies' is a full-text online ejournal. The menu navigation uses Flash, and so any Flash-blocking software will need to be disabled in order to use the website. At January 2009 there are ten issues online, with articles in HTML format. Two issues are themed, as: 'Disability and the Body in Nineteenth-Century Britain'; and 'The New Woman and Sexuality'. Example article titles include: 'Fanged Desire: the New Woman and the Monster'; 'Sexing the Aesthete: the Autobiography and Apostasy of Edmund Gosse'; and 'Reader, Beware: Images of Victorian Women and Books', among others. The website also has details of the Editorial Board and submission procedures.
The website 'Nuclear holocausts : atomic war in fiction' is a free full-text book-length work by Paul Brians, Professor of English at Washington State University. The online book surveys the 'History of Nuclear War in Fiction' and examines the causes, short-term and long-term consquences of nuclear war, as imagined in fiction. The final chapter is on how fiction dealt with the topic of 'Avoiding Nuclear War'. There is a very comprehensive annotated bibliography, including a set of 'Supplementary Checklists' for fiction on related topics such as nuclear bomb tests. The website is not illustrated.
This website contains the full text of Homer's 'Odyssey' (written 800 BC), in a prose translation by Samuel Butler (1835-1902) first published in 1900. The epic is a mythical narrative of Odysseus' ten-year long voyages and adventures after the Trojan War, which influenced all subsequent maritime literature.
This website contains the text of the first twelve books of George Chapman's rare translation of Homer's Odyssey, published in 1614. The epic is a mythical account of Odysseus' ten year long voyages and adventures after the Trojan War. The site also contains a bibliographic record, a reproduction of the title page, and the original Introduction. Chapman's footnotes are also included. The text is part of Bartleby.com, an Internet publisher of literature.
The Official Website of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Literary Estate provides information on the life and works of the Conan Doyle, as well as licensing information to those who wish to make use of his works. The site includes a specially written illustrated biography of the author, and a comprehensive bibliography, including the author's: pamphlets; plays; and short stories, in addition to his better-known novels. Conan Doyle's more famous characters: Sherlock Holmes; Brigadier Gerard; and Professor Challenger are given outlines on separate pages, with links back to their incarnations in the bibliography. There is also a page detailing the copyright restrictions on Conan Doyle's work and characters, providing contact details for those with enquiries on the subject. This is an interesting introduction to Conan Doyle and his works, with the bibliography making a good reading list for those unfamiliar with anything outside the Sherlock Holmes novels.
Old Junk is a collection, by Henry Major Tomlinson, of stories of travel and chance have been selected from writings published in various periodicals between January 1907 and April 1918, and are arranged in order of time. Included in these stories are 'Old Junk', 'The Derelict' and 'The Voyage of the Mona'. Tomlinson was an English novelist who had previously been a dock worker. He is also the author of Gallions Reach and The Sea and the Jungle. The text is located on the website Robroy, which contains online literature.
"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.
A project supported by Bucknell University's Faculty Development Committee, The Online Archive of Nineteenth-Century U.S. Women's Writings is a resource which aims to provide scholarly editions of previously unreliable or inaccessible texts by 19th-century American women authors. Featured authors include: Lydia Maria Child; Elizabeth Stuart Phelps; Harriet Prescott Spofford; Sarah Orne Jewett; Kate Chopin; Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Victoria Earle Matthews; Willa Cather; and Zitkala-Sa or Gertrude Bonnin. The texts presented include: 'Slavery's Pleasant Homes'; 'The Angel Over the Right Shoulder'; 'Circumstance'; 'A White Heron'; 'The Vogue Stories'; 'The Giant Wisteria'; 'The Yellow Wallpaper'; 'Aunt Lindy: a Story Founded on Real Life'; 'The Night Express'; and 'Impressions of an Indian Childhood'. The texts range from poems to magazine articles and while some, such as 'The Yellow Wallpaper', are well known, others have been out of print since their initial publication. The texts can either be viewed electronically or printed free of charge for personal or teaching use. Although not standardised in presentation, all texts are easily readable and maintain original spelling and punctuation. Any typographical alterations made to the original texts are noted and explained in a textual notes section. All but one of the authors' works are accompanied by critical readings or biographical information, including bibliographies for suggested further reading. The ease of accessibility coupled with the critical material makes this a very useful site for initial research, and is an invaluable resource for students and teachers.
Consisting of primary texts that range from "Aesop's Fables" to "The Invisible Man" by H.G. Wells, The Online Literature Library is a large resource of important texts in Western literature. These are primarily examples of anglophone literature. Designed to make essential texts available to a wide readership, the site is not only concerned with fiction and poetry, but also includes an excellent version of Darwin's "Origin of Species". By presenting the texts chapter by chapter, rather than in a single chunk, searching is simple and fast. Links to other chapters are at the top and bottom of each page, thereby further aiding navigation. Unfortunately, The Online Literature Library contains only about 50 texts. However, all these texts are available in full length. Certain users may also appreciate the fact that it is a fast loading site, as opposed, for example, to books.google.com. Thanks to the foregoing characteristics, The Online Literature Library remains one of the most important literary resources on the Internet. This website will be of interest to students of literature, researchers and general readers.
Only Connect is an unofficial site devoted to the English novelist and critic Edward Morgan (E. M.) Forster (1879-1970). The website, written and maintained by a self-confessed 'Forsterite', includes: a brief biography; an index of works by and about Forster; selected quotations; and information on film adaptations of Forster's novels. There are useful links to critical material and online textual versions of Forster's work.The site is for fans of Forster's work rather than scholars, but the set of links is a useful gateway to relevant online resources.
Opticon1826 is an full-text postgraduate ejournal, published from University College London. At July 2009 there are six issues online, freely offering editorials as HTML files and articles as PDF files. Creative work, commentaries, and research notes are also published. There is no statement of scope, but judging by the first six issues the journal mixes literary and film analysis with examinations of the ethics inherent in biomedical technology, third-world development, and the contemporary workplace. Example article titles of interest to those in the humanities include: 'Writing the Unthinkable: Narrative, the Bomb and Nuclear Holocaust'; 'It’s all about the Money? Issues for the Regulation of Genetic Testing'; 'A Spectral Turn around Venice: following in the footsteps of John Ruskin'; 'Monstrosity, Anxiety and the Real: Representations of the Victorian Metropolis in David Lynch's 'The Elephant Man'; 'Scopic Regime and Organised Walking: A Typological Study on the Modern Museum'; and 'Multilingual London and its Literatures', among others. There are details of the editors and Editorial Board, the faculty reviewers, and the submissions process.
This online resource is the official website of The Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and The Orange Broadband Award for New Writers. The former has been awarded annually since 1996 for a single piece of fiction by a woman writer. The website provides basic information on the purpose of the prize, its origins, sponsorship and a listing of all winners. The Award for New Writers was launched in 2005, and its aim is to celebrate 'emerging female literary talent and potential'. Relevant Web pages provide more detailed information on shortlisted titles for the current year. This includes information on the judging panel, key dates in the judging process, bibliographic information, brief extracts from each of the shortlisted titles, and links to their press reviews. The page 'Behind the Scenes' provides interesting downloadable information about the research carried out on reading habits, gender preferences, as well as a general book choice and changing reading interests in the society. Reading groups have been organised around the site for both adults and younger people. For budding creative writers there is information about other Orange competitions. This online resource will be of interest to general readers, researchers and professionals alike.
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.
Our Mutual Friend : The Scholarly Pages is an electronic archival resource that gathers in a single location scholarly information on Dickens's final novel. It also acts as a gateway to off-site Web pages that might be of interest to Dickens researchers. The site includes the text of the Our Mutual Friend (with reproductions of illustrations and advertisements from the original serial parts); sources and history of composition; contemporary reviews; essays on London as it was in 1865 (including 'Charles Dickens and Victorian Education'); a collection of thematically-related photographs; and a small number of scholarly articles. The site is part of the Dickens Project (University of California) and has been developed in conjunction with the BBC's 1998 dramatisation of Our Mutual Friend.
The Oxford Companion to American Literature is an online reference source, published here by eNotes. A monthly or annual subscription to eNotes is required in order to view this resource. The version offered appears to be the full version of the 6th Edition, dating from 1995 and containing over 5,000 entries presented in a simple A-Z manner. The Companion offers short author biographies, summaries of stories and novels, excerpts and outline descriptions of various movements and genres in literature. The Companion is also available, along with all the other Oxford reference works, at Oxford Reference Online, for which an additional username and password would be required for British residents, who have a local library or university library card, but for which a subscription would be payable by non-British residents.
'The Oxford Companion to English Literature', is a full text reference source, offered online by eNotes. The version offered appears to be the full version of the 6th Edition edited by Margaret Drabble, dating from 2000 and containing over 8,300 entries presented in a simple A-Z manner. It can also be searched by keyword. The Companion offers short author biographies, summaries of stories, novels and poems, and outline descriptions of various movements and genres in literature. No user registration appears to be required to use this resource, but only part of entries is available free. For full access to the content of the Companion a monthly or annual fee is required; access is in plain HTML format.
The Oxford Text Archive hosts the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) Centre for Literature, Languages and Linguistics, one of the five Subject Centres of the AHDS. The Archive holds several thousand digital resources of interest to researchers, teachers, and learners working across the range of literary and linguistic disciplines. Its holdings include electronic editions of works by individual authors, standard reference works, and a range of language corpora. Searches can be executed by author, title, or language, and other criteria will be added over time. Users can also use these criteria to browse the catalogue. The resource is freely available.
The Archive also provides support for the creation and use of electronic texts, including guides to good practice, and advice and tools for using the Text Encoding Initiative's Guidelines for encoding texts in SGML and XML. The Oxford Text Archive receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Description based on that supplied by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The P. G. Wodehouse Society (UK) website promotes and celebrates the writings of the "greatest humorous writer in the history of the English language". Wodehouse is probably best known for his series of novels about Bertie Wooster and his Butler, Jeeves, although he also wrote: plays; libretti; lyrics; over 300 short stories; and published over 70 novels in total. The Society provides its members with: information sheets; news circulars; discounts on commercially published materials; and Wodehouse-related activities on a local basis. The website also provides the texts of the Society's detailed information sheets detailing Wodehouse's various publications (themed by type of publication). News of upcoming events is also provided, along with reports of recent meetings, many of which seem to involve cricket matches and pig racing. There is a weekly quiz for Wodehouse aficionados. Full membership details are provided on the site, and there is a list of links to other Wodehouse societies around the world. There is a separate section devoted to the wartime controversy - Wodehouse found himself resident in occupied France in the 1940s. The Society defends Wodehouse against rumours of complicity. This site would be of interest both to students studying Wodehouse and fans wanting to know more about the author.
Pamela: Economy, the Novel, & Women, is a website consisting of a short article on the subject of the eighteenth-century marriage market from the women's point of view, using Samuel Richardson's novel as a starting point. Some hypertext links to comments on this article are provided, and, more importantly, there is an extensive annotated bibliography of secondary works touching on the subject in hand.The website is well presented, and would provide a good starting point for anyone studying Pamela, or women's rights in the eighteenth century.
'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.
The University of Virginia Library acquired its major collection of material relating to the American novelist John Dos Passos (1896-1970) from the author and his family over a period of nearly forty years. This site offers a brief introduction to the collection which leads to an Online Guide. This provides further background to the collection, details of its organisation, and a detailed listing of the contents. Apart from the manuscripts of a number of Dos Passos's novels, including Manhattan transfer and the trilogy USA, the collection has many letters to his friends (who included Hemingway, E.E. Cummings, and Edmund Wilson) as well as family papers. This is a valuable introduction to the papers of a major American writer.
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.
This is the website of 'The Paris Review', one of the leading literary magazines in the U.S.A. The website provides tables of contents for the magazine from 1953 to 2009. After around 2006, tables of contents begin to provide a significant number of links to some free full-text items. The website also provides a free full-text 'Interview Archive' organised by date and by A-Z. Not all interviews are in full-text form, but those that are include interviews with: E.M. Forster (1953); Allen Ginsberg (1966); Jack Kerouac (1968); Ezra Pound (1962); Vladimir Nabokov (1967); and Philip Larkin (1982), among others. There are also free audio readings of work that has appeared in the Paris Review, although at April 2008 none of the sample Flash-based audio files tried by this reviewer would play in either Firefox or Internet Explorer. The website also has details of back issues for purchase, the Paris Review book series, the Plimpton Circle and other ways to support the Review, subscription and editorial details, and other details about the magazine.
A part of the W.W. Norton (publisher of the Patrick O'Brian novels) website, these pages contain information about the author and a brief synopsis of each of the novels in the Aubrey/Maturin series along with other novels written by the author and books about O'Brian himself (which can be ordered online). There is a Reading Group Guide, a Frequently Asked Questions page and links to other websites about the books.
This online compendium, compiled by an enthusiast, provides information about the twenty Aubrey / Maturin books written by Patrick O'Brian. There is a combination of information located on the site itself and links to relevant details on other sites. Included are links to maps, companion guides, electronic mailing lists, forthcoming films, timelines for the books, and a list of characters. There are also suggested links for other Web resources on Patrick O'Brian.
The Patrick O'Brian Web Resources website is maintained by an enthusiast and provides a list of resources on the World Wide Web relating to author Patrick O'Brian, his novels, and life in the Royal Navy during the Age of Sail. These include links to tributes and obituaries that followed the author's death in January 2000, which discuss the books and their impact. There are links to the Patrick O'Brian pages on the website of the publisher, WW Norton, as well as The Gunroom, an Internet mailing list created by other enthusiasts. Also included are links to information about The Age of Fighting Sail, The Cast of Characters and Aubrey-Maturin Miscellanea.
Jim Manis' online collection of 'original work published in hard copy by Pennsylvania State University and classical works of literature in English' provides access to a mixture of resources of interest to students of English, and the general public looking for an interesting read. As the range of works on the website is vast, there will certainly be something of interest for any English Studies scholar. Among the selection of literary classics are: Shakespeare (there are links to his tragedies, comedies, sonnets and romances), Dante ('The Divine Comedy' translated by Reverend H.F. Cary which includes all Cary's notes), Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (a selection of the sisters' works such as 'Agnes Grey', 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Jane Eyre'), Kate Chopin (there are links to 'The Awakening' and selected short stories), and many more classical writings. There are also links to more contemporary writers like Virginia Woolf, Bram Stoker ('Dracula') and Somerset Maugham. At the bottom of the page there are even more links leading to 'Bibliomania', an external website with more than 2000 free literary texts, as well as to the websites 'The Voice of the Shuttle' and 'Project Gutenberg'. This online resource provides lots of information, and its array of texts is vast. All texts are downloadable in the PDF format, which means that the users must have Adobe Acrobat to be able to read these files.
This is the website for Persuasions: the Jane Austen Journal, which is dedicated to the life and times of the English novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817). Persuasions is a hard-copy journal, but it has a sister publication which is available online at this site. Both journals are published by the Jane Austen Society of North America and contain papers relating to the society's annual conference. The online journal has been published biannually since 1999 and full-text is available. The hard-copy version was established in 1979, and it is possible to view tables of contents and some issues full-text.The Society also produces a newsletter, JASNA News, three-times a year. Book reviews from this publication are made available on site. The site also provides access to a related series of publications, called Occasional Papers, on special topics in Jane Austen studies. A recent edition of the publication on film versions of Jane Austen's novel Emma is available online.There is also information for prospective contributors about the submission of articles for both the online and the hard-copy editions of Persuasions.
Rebecca J. Vaughan's Peter Carey website offers a diverse range of resources for researching the work of the Australian metafictional novelist and 1988 Booker Prize winner. The site provides: synopses of Carey's fiction; biography; bibliography; and reference sources. The site is potentially of interest to anyone studying or researching Australian or Commonwealth literature, as well as those interested specifically in Carey himself. The bibliography of writings about Carey and his work, both academic and journalistic, is extensive, and is broken down into the following categories: books; interviews/ profiles; academic papers/ chapters; reviews of Carey's major works; personality pieces; news articles; editorials and literary columns. The site also links to Peter Carey's own website. Users of this resource should note that it has not been updated since 1997, and all information relates to Carey's life and work up to that date. The links in the 'Other Sites' section are also out of date and many of them no longer work.
'Philip K. Dick: the official site' is a vast enterprise set to inform, entertain, and inspire lovers of one of America's best known science fiction writers. Philip K. Dick is most famous for his novel, 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' (1968), the inspiration behind the film 'Bladerunner'. The website, devoted to Dick's life and work, offers features such as: biographies and bibliographies; interviews; essays and articles; games; reviews; artwork; and press releases. Of interest to fans and those studying his works is the exclusive content on this site, which includes: a two-page synopsis for a novel that was never written; the text of a number of Dick's personal letters; and extracts from his personal diary. This is a website for the newcomer as much as the officionado and an invaluable resource for students of science fiction writing.
The American writer Philip Roth (born in 1933) is best known for Portnoy's complaint (1969) and for other novels of Jewish-American life. The Society is devoted to the study and appreciation of Roth's works by means of conference presentations and publications, and intends to publish a scholarly journal Philip Roth studies, details of which are available here. It has published a Newsletter, the inaugural issue of which is available via PDF. There is a brief biography of Roth and a list of his awards, and a listing of his works, including uncollected stories, essays, and reviews. The site has a substantial bibliography and a research guide compiled by Derek Parker Royal, which includes references to dissertations, interviews, and conversations. This site is a significant resource for the study of Roth and his works.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" website contains an e-text version of Oscar Wilde's novel of that title. The text is divided into chapters for convenience. Bibliographical information is provided for the first published edition, although the text presented at the site is from an edition published in 1995. There are various links to sites containing further information about the fin-de-siècle writer and his works. The site links to an online bookseller. Also included is a dissertation exploring the relationship between Wilde's aestheticism and postmodernism. This site would be a useful starting point for students studying this particular text.
'Pif Magazine' is an online literary magazine which aims to use the Internet, as the 'world's most provocative publication medium', for its abilities to large audiences. As a free, quality online magazine, Pif has earned praise from the media and its loyal following of readers since it started in 1995. Its resources are of use to: general readers; creative writers; and English researchers interested in new writing. The magazine is divided into various sections, including: poetry; 'Macro Fiction' (short stories); 'Micro Fiction' (flash fiction); memoirs; music and songwriting; film and screenwriting; craft articles; and art work. The magazine is keen to promote new work, not only to readers, but to publishers and agents and by taking up a free membership, writers and artists can submit their work to Pif for consideration. The magazine also offers a full archive, which can be searched by keyword or browsed by year or subject. This is a highly impressive website, with a clear agenda to raise the profile of quality new writing and art through print-standard presentation and a confident profile.
The Pittsburgh quarterly describes itself as 'a small press literary magazine that grew out of the community writing workshop movement'. The print issue is not currently in regular publication and the magazine maintains its presence with this online version. The Contents page for the current issue links to full-text contributions from contemporary writers of poetry and fiction. The Archive gives access to a substantial number of pieces selected from the last five years, including essays and reviews. There is a link to a detailed calendar of literary events in the Pittsburgh region and to Web pages based at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh listing related resources in that library and beyond.
'Place and Location: Studies in Environmental Aesthetics and Semiotics' is a full-text ejournal and associated conference, published annually from Estonia. The journal is published in English, jointly by the The Research Group of Cultural and Literary Theory, Estonian Literary Museum Institute of Art History, and the Estonian Semiotics Association (Estonian Academy of Arts). At June 2009 there are nine issues online, with eight of these freely offering full-text articles as PDF files. Among the articles are: 'Cultural Natural Signs: Conviviality, Conquest or Conception?'; 'Real Places and Countries in the Fairy Tale World'; 'Visual Post-Folklore in Post-Soviet Space-Time'; 'How Spatial is a Whale? Places and Processes in Zoomusicology', and 'Accidental Tours and Illegal Tour Guides: Taking the Textbook out of the Tour', among many others. Those interested in space/place - and its representations in literature, film and music - will find much of interest in this journal.
'Ploughshares' is the website of a literary journal dedicated to bringing new writing to a larger public. The journal publishes: fiction; poetry; book reviews; and occasionally non-fiction. Ploughshares has a good record of 'discovering' important writers, and has attracted a number of well-known guest editors since the journal began in 1971, including: Seamus Heaney; Derek Walcott; Raymond Carver; Tobias Wolff; and Richard Ford. The website contains a database of over 3,000 stories, poems and articles from the journal, with the exception of the most recent (to encourage people to subscribe). The site also provides biographies of authors and news of upcoming readings (mostly in New York State or Massachusetts). Submission and subscription details are also given, as well as a page of related links. This site would be of interest to anyone studying creative writing, or researching any of the authors involved in this publication.
The Poe Decoder is a website devoted to criticism and interpretation of the works of American novelist Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). The site is divided into pages on Poe's works, including: "The Fall of the House of Usher"; "The Cask of Amontillado"; and "The Raven", and essays on themes in these works. The pages on each work provide a basic overview of each work, its setting, symbols and context and related links. The pages on Poe's thematics include essays on the relationship between Poe's work and psychology and cosmology. There are useful general links to other Poe resources, including online texts.The site will mainly be of interest to Poe enthusiasts, but students may also find some useful introductory content.
This is the website of the Poe Museum, in Richmond, Virginia, where the American master of gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe, lived and worked for most of his life. The site covers the story of Poe's life, provides a timeline of current events of the time, and gives details of news and upcoming events at the museum. Opened in 1922, the Museum is a short distance away from Poe's first home and from his first place of work, the Southern Literary Messenger. Known as the father of detective fiction, Poe was both a poet and the pioneer of the short story form - the site offers full-text access to his famous poem, The Raven (1845), and to five of his stories: The Masque of the Red Death (1838), The Cask of Amontillado (1847), The Tell-Tale Heart (1843), The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841), and The Fall of the House of Usher (1839). A museum guide can be downloaded as a PDF file and an audio tour is available in mp3 format. The link to educational resources within the website has sections for teachers and students, including a sample lesson on Poe, and an online quiz for students. Additionally present are links to other online resources on Poe and his literary output.
A Poe webliography is a meticulously annotated and well organised bibliography of electronic resources which concern the nineteenth century American writer of gothic short stories and the supernatural, Edgar Allen Poe. The site references secondary research, commentaries and literary indexes which appear on the Web and CD-ROMs; and includes links to electronic texts, HTML-encoded texts and hypertexts of original Poe works. The appendices are more eclectic, and potentially could be of use to inter-disciplinary scholars. The appendixes include Poe websites in languages other than English; links to digital media and performances; links to historical sites, exhibits, associations; parodies and miscellanies of Poe; and Poe humor and oddities. This website's simple navigational structure makes it an excellent gateway for students of Poe, of all levels: from general interest to those doing scholarly research. There is a printed version of this digital document (current at May,2002) in 'Poe Studies / Dark Romanticism', 30 (1997), pages 1-26; but this hardcopy version is now superseded. An edition of the site with frames is also available.
This is the website for the feature-length American Documentary, Inc. / PBS arts documentary In The Realms of the Unreal (2005), about the life and work of U.S. outsider artist and author Henry Darger. The website contains interactive audio tours of some of his large paintings. There are extracts from the longest work of fiction ever written - Darger's 15,000-page Realms - and from the book Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings. There are also interviews with the documentary film makers, and a trailer for the film which can also be purchased on DVD (a region-free player will be needed by those in the UK). This website is a compact and reliable source of information about Darger and his works.
This section of the website of the independent booksellers Powell's City of Books provides transcripts of interviews with an extensive range of contemporary English speaking authors, along with extracts from reviews of their work. The list of authors is impressive and includes: Peter Carey; Michael Ondaatje; Roddy Doyle; Sarah Waters; Martin Amis; Ishmael Beah; Helen Fielding and Phillip Pullman. Before the transcript of each interview, useful background information about each author is provided, with links to synopses of their novels which also give the option to buy. Despite this commercial aspect of the site, these interviews are a useful open access free primary resource for the wide range of readers, enthusiasts and researchers of the authors included.
'Power Moby-Dick: the Online Annotation' contains the full text of 'Moby-Dick' (1851) by Herman Melville (1819-1891) with explanatory sidenotes, by scholar Margaret Guroff, that can be turned on and off. Because no manuscript of 'Moby Dick' has ever been found, the text is based on the first American edition of 1851. A glossary is provided plus a list of the main sources used. The website also supplies scholarly resources for readers, students and teachers; a message board; and a weekly update on the novel's ongoing cultural impact. Website extras, such as a link to the full-text search of 'Moby Dick', provided by Princeton University, are useful additions. Many interesting and bizarre cultural references to the novel are included on the website: such as how to make a Moby-Dick cocktail from Aquavit, Sambuca and anchovy!
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.
Pynchon notes is a scholarly journal, published twice a year, devoted to the study of the work of Thomas Pynchon (born 1937), best known for his complex novels Gravity's rainbow and Vineland. This site lists the contents of the current issue and records the availability of the back issues. The most important resource is the Cumulative Bibliography, which is in effect an index (arranged alphabetically by author) to all the articles and notes included in Pynchon notes to date. There is a useful preview of articles in future issues, a section of Announcements, covering forthcoming conferences, and a page of links to other Pynchon sites. Although currently the site does not give access to full-text materials, it is an important key to Pynchon scholarship.
The Queer Cultural Center is "a multiracial community-building organization that fosters the artistic, economic and cultural development of San Francisco's LGBT community", based in San Francisco, and organises the U.S. National Queer Arts Festival (1998-). The organisation's website has a good overview of post-1970 queer visual artists and HIV/AIDS protest graphics, with a large number of online exhibitions and PDF copies of the annual Festival archives. There are also full-text essays and interviews (for these, see 'Gallery 6' on the main menu), and a 'Queer Art Timeline'. There are 30 full-text interviews conducted by Owen Keehnen, with creatives such as Quentin Crisp, David Wojnarowicz, and Alan Hollinghurst, among others. There are five full-text scholarly essays by Jonathan Katz, such as "The Silent Camp: Queer Resistance and the Rise of Pop Art" and "John Cage's Queer Silence or How to Avoid Making Matters Worse". Additionally there is some information about the organisation, its mission, history and staff.
The Rakes and Libertines website was produced to accompany an undergraduate course at the University of Southampton run by Stephen Bending. The course surveys English literature from the publication of William Wycherley's 'The Country Wife' to Lord Byron's 'Don Juan', focussing on the figure of the rake or libertine. The site provides: general background information; suggested reading; and issues to consider when studying particular texts. The course covers: Restoration comedy (William Wycherley, George Etherege, Thomas Shadwell, and Aphra Behn); the novelists Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson, Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, and Jane Austen; and the poetry of Lord Byron and the libertine archetype John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. The philosophy of Thomas Hobbes is referenced to give a sense of intellectual context. The site also provides: essay questions; links (some broken at the time of writing); and a bibliography of secondary texts. The presentation of the site is slightly marred by the background picture from the Rake's Progress, which is a little too vivid and distracts from the text.
This is the online version of an exhibition held in the Alderman Library of the University of Virginia from February to June 2002. It celebrates 'the fiction Americans actually read', and is based on a collection of books amassed by Lillian Gary Taylor. The site has an introduction to the exhibition and to the Taylor collection itself. The exhibition consists of five sections covering aspects of the history of the bestseller from the end of the eighteenth to the end of the twentieth century. Each section is illustrated by thumbnails of many of the exhibits, and these expand to images of a useful size for viewing. One section, Bestsellers beyond the book, deals with the relationship between bestsellers, including Gone with the wind, and the equally successful films based on them. Another section allows readers to report their responses to various fictional works to the site. The final section consists of a useful reading list. This is an important resource for the study of publishing and reading in America, although it has not been updated since 2002, as the Current Bestseller Reading Corner page here suggests.
The Ray Bradbury website is devoted to the the author best known for two early science fiction novels 'The Martian chronicles' and 'Farhenheit 451', but who has also written some five hundred published works and is considered to have had a significant influence on contemporary American literature. This official site offers: brief biographical details; a chronology of his major works; texts of articles about Bradbury; and links to related sites. A section on Bradbury's books gives: summaries; excerpts; and quoted comments, as well as a number of audio clips of Bradbury's readings. There is the option to subscribe to a 'Ray Bradbury Newsletter' and to register with an active Ray Bradbury Message Board. The site also includes photographs and video clips. This is a well-constructed site providing basic information about Bradbury and his major publications, which would appeal to students of American literature and fans of science fiction.
The Raymond Carver Review is a full-text ejournal published from Kent State University. At April 2010 there are two issues online, and details of two forthcoming issues. Articles are freely offered in PDF format. The articles include a variety of scholarly investigations into aspects of the writings of Raymond Carver. Example titles include: 'Raymond Carver and the Temperance Tradition'; 'Existential Connections: The Influence of Raymond Carver on Haruki Murakami'; 'Masculinity as Homosocial Enactment in Three Stories by Raymond Carver'; and 'I Don’t Do Motion Shots: Photography, Movement, and Change in Raymond Carver’s Stories', among others. There are also short reviews. The website has full details of the editors, Editorial Board, and submissions process. The journal is published with the help of The International Raymond Carver Society. This will be a vital free resource for those interested in the fiction and influence of Raymond Carver.
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), the American writer of hard-boiled detective fiction, introduced his famous character Philip Marlowe in The big sleep (1939). This site provides a chronology of Chandler's life and a checklist of his works (based on Matthew J. Bruccoli's Raymond Chandler: a descriptive bibliography (1979). There is a section on Chandler's early poetry and prose which includes full-text versions of some of his poems and early essays, and a well-illustrated page listing films for which Chandler wrote the screenplay as well as films based on his books. A section of criticism and scholarship contains the text of a number of essays and reviews by Robert F. Moss and others. Other features of the site are a page of Chandlerisms, a section on Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, and links to other related sites. This site is a useful introduction to the work of a major writer in an important genre, although it has not been updated since 2003.
Red room is a website that provides space for writers and aspiring authors to promote themselves and their work and connect with readers. Writers; agents; book lovers; and book clubs can join the site and use the site's social-networking facilities to interact. Authors and members can both be browsed alphabetically by name or by subject, or searched by name. Members can keep their own blogs and upload videos and pictures to their pages, as well as biographies. There are a mixture of authors on the site, including world-famous writers such as: Amy Tan; Candace Bushnell; and Daniel Handler. Students and researchers would find this site of interest as it contains author-generated content that is not necessarily available elsewhere.
'Representations of Antarctica' is the online result of a research grant from the University of Tasmania, and it offers a free bibliography of items that feature the substantial depiction of the continent of Antarctica. The website is easy to navigate, and contains every known item of fiction from 1750 to the present day. Also covered are poetry, drama, fictional film and TV. However, comics, graphic novels, animations and BBC radio plays appear to have been excluded from the bibliographies. There is also a bibliography of the literary criticism on the subject. Some of the bibliography entries are annotated. This will be a useful starting points for those researching the representation of Antarctica in fiction.
The Republic of Pemberley website is a collection of resources for the study of Jane Austen (1775-1817) and her works. The site is maintained on a volunteer basis, and is not primarily academic in orientation. It does, however, feature many useful components of Austen study. For example, the page 'Jane Austen's texts on-line', in 'Archives and Information' section, links to full-text electronic versions of "Mansfield Park", "Pride and Prejudice", "Emma", "Persuasion", "Sense and Sensibility", and "Northanger Abbey", as well as Austen's juvenilia and her private correspondence. The 'Links' page, in the same section, lists a number of resources providing information on the Regency period, including fashion and arts, as well as further resources for the study of Jane Austen, in the UK and abroad. A discussion group is also available, and users are welcome to post there any comments or questions they may have, regarding the author and her work. The site contains as well some images of Jane Austen and other miscellaneous materials such as her family's coat of arms. This generally interesting fan site has one drawback, as the navigation between pages seems to be obstructed by a rather random organisation of sections and topics.
'Review Americana: A Literary Journal' is a full-text online ejournal published by Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture. It is a creative writing literary review that publishes poetry, short fiction, short drama (for both stage and screen), essays about the art of creative writing, and essays about the reaching of creative writing. At January 2009 there are six issues available online. Articles are presented as HTML pages. Examples of article titles are: 'Peyote Field of Dreams: Carlos Castenada and the Cultivation of Family Therapy'; 'The Art of Change in the Personal Essay'; and 'Memory Lost, Memory Regained: The Memoirist's Power in Shaping Truth', among others. The website contains details of the editor, the Advisory Board, and the submissions process.
This is a website dedicated to the life and work of Richard Aldington, 1892-1962 who, alongside his wife H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) and Ezra Pound, was one of the first three Imagist poets.The site, maintained by Paul Hernandez, has four major sections. The first provides a short biography; the second: a detailed bibliography. 'Other resources' has links to archives with holdings, and libraries with collections, of Aldington's work; it also includes a copy of his birth certificate. The fourth section takes the form of a Richard Aldington Newsletter. Aldington married H.D. in 1913 and together they edited the Imagist magazine 'The Egoist'. His first volume of poetry 'Images 1910-1915' was published in 1915 and his first novel 'Death of a Hero' (1929) achieved popular success. Aldington spent more than two years on active duty during World War One, and 'Death of the Hero' is described by Norman Gates as 'one of the best novels about World War I and a savage satire of the society that RA felt was responsible for it.' His most immediate literary response to the war was his collection of poetry Images of War, such as the poem 'The Lover'. He was a friend of D.H. Lawrence and wrote his biography 'Portrait of a Genius, But...' in 1950.
The Richard Stockton Text Project is an online sharing of research by students on the Richard Stockton College's 'Introduction to Literary Research' course. It is a useful resource for early research, locating secondary source material and models for critical analysis. It also provides helpful background information for the broad range of texts studied, although some of the essays are rather subjective. All, however, offer some useful starting points for further study. This is a developing site to which annotated texts will be added with each new semester. Featured texts include: 'The Deserted Village,' by Oliver Goldsmith; 'A Grammarian's Funeral' and 'Caliban upon Setebos' by Robert Browning; 'Heart of Darkness' by Joseph Conrad; 'Ulysses' by James Joyce; and 'Leaves of Grass' by Walt Whitman. There are also annotated transcriptions of 'The American Weekly Mercury,' Philadelphia's first newspaper, which was originally published in 1719. The main page of this site is simply a list of the material included with links, but each featured text is addressed in detail in a manner which is user-friendly and easy to follow.
This site is a source of basic information about Richard Wright (1908-1960) the black American novelist and social critic. The home page offers a brief outline of his life linked to a number of pages giving further background on particular topics, and a Resources section which links to other relevant sites. There is a fairly detailed chronology of his life and a section on his works, giving brief details of his major publications and his contributions to periodicals. A section entitled Work on Wright provides a substantial bibliography of criticism. The entries are arranged alphabetically by author, but also appear in other sections arranged according to Wright's individual works. The site is well organised, with multiple links between the various sections. At the time of review the site hadn't been updated since 2001.
The Richmond Review is an online literary magazine, the UK's first to be published exclusively on the Internet (in 1995). The magazine is no longer in production, but the website hosts a great deal of archived material. Among the items written by past contributors are: reviews; interview transcripts; short fiction; and poems. Fiction and non-fiction writers have been highlighted in the magazine over the years, including: Martin Amis; Saul Bellow; Anita Brookner; A.S. Byatt; Jackie Kay; Hanif Kureishi; Harold Bloom; Umberto Eco; and Frank Kermode, and poets including: Helen Dunmore; W.S. Merwin; and Derek Walcott can also be found in the archives. The interviews feature a disparate group of authors including: Alexei Sayle; James Ellroy; and Iain M. Banks. This would be a useful resource for English literature undergraduates and those more generally interested in creative writing.
This is the home page of the Robert Graves Archive: a subject gateway for the poet, novelist and scholar Robert Graves (1895-1985). This site collects together the available poetry, audio files of Graves reading, multimedia resources, and the scholarly materials on the web for the study of his work. In addition it attempts to map and archive significant Robert Graves reference and quotation. The site is compiled by Philip Hunter and hosted by UKOLN at the University of Bath. Despite most pages not having been updated since 2000 (including the News section) this still remains an impressive resource for Graves scholars. Robert Graves was born in London but lived most of his life on the Balearic island of Majorca. His most famous works include the critical study 'The White Goddess' (1948) and the historical novels 'I Claudius' (1934) and 'Claudius the God' (1934). He published over fifteen volumes of poetry, 'Collected Poems, 1959' contains many of the best. His autobiography 'Goodbye to All That' appeared in 1929.
This biography of Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and many other works, is situated on the website Books and Writers. Stevenson's father invented, among others, the marine dynamometer, which measures the force of waves. Although it was intended that Robert Louis Stevenson followed his father's profession, he studied law, but then decided instead to become a writer. Much of his writing is influenced by his own travels in Europe and the South Seas. This biography also includes suggestions for further reading and a bibliography. There is advertising on this site.
The Robert Louis Stevenson Web Site provides a comprehensive source of information about the Victorian writer and his works. Stevenson is probably best remembered for his novels 'Treasure Island', and 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'. The site includes a brief description of Stevenson's life, as well as a full bibliography of published biographies. There are also annotated bibliographies of recent critical works dealing with Stevenson, and a full publication history of his works. The site provides links to freely available texts of most of Stevenson's primary works, including some unfinished pieces. There is a large image gallery and an index to Robert Louis Stevenson iconography. The history of Stevenson's critical reception is summarised, tracing the fluctuations in his appeal to different generations. Web pages on derivative works describe the film and stage adaptations of Stevenson's stories and the musical settings of his poems. There are also links to comic-book and graphic-novel illustrations of his texts, with bibliographic details. News of forthcoming conferences, details of clubs and societies, and links to other Stevenson websites round off this useful resource, which would appeal to fans and students alike.
This website honours “Robert Penn Warren” (1905-1989), the distinguished academic, poet and novelist, author of “All the king’s men” (which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1946), and a major figure in Southern literature. This online resource contains a miscellany of information about Warren, including a short biography, bibliographies of his works and works about him, essays, and reviews of books about him. The site has many links that include the Centre for Robert Penn Warren Studies at Western Kentucky University and the Robert Penn Warren Circle. The latter pages include full-text versions of recent issues of the Circle’s “Newsletter”. In addition, there are links to specific works by Penn, such as “Flood”, “Brother to dragons” and “Errata-Collected poems”, and other general links to numerous literature and poetry websites.
This website provides the full text of the novel Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, published in 1719. This is located on The Literature Network, a website containing online literature. A summary is provided which includes information about the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe, which was based on the real life experiences of William Selkirk, who was left alone on an uninhabited island at his own request and lived there alone for many years before being rescued. There are links to each chapter. This site contains advertising.
This site, created by J. Larry Voyer, is self-described as a "definitive reference for published editions, in English, prior to 1970 of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe containing images of over 2100 unique editions." First published by W. Taylor in 1719, Robinson Crusoe has become one of the famous stories, and is considered by some to be the first novel, produced in the English language. The site offers comprehensive lists of editions in two periods: 1719-1800, and 1800-1850. It provides online access to an advertisment introducing the first edition, and also features pictures, covers and title pages used in various editions. This extensive graphical bibliography is complemented by a list of further bibliographies and critical works, which has been compiled by Alexander Selkirk. Unfortunately scanned images cannot be enlarged and images vary in quality. Nonetheless, this site provides a very interesting and continuous publishing history of this famous book.
The 'Romantic Prose Fiction' website is part of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA) Comparative Literary History Series. The site should be of particular interest to Romantic studies students and offers information for English Literature students. The site offers a table of contents of the upcoming journal series with titles of articles and authors. To view entire articles, users must have a subscription to the print version of the journal. There are also links to current calls for papers in Romantic studies; an in-depth bibliography of the Romantic period (the exact dates of which are widely disputed) which is divided by time and by country; links to past and upcoming workshops via the ICLA homepage (the website also carries a sample list of Romantic prose fiction in Europe and the Americas); an introduction to Romanticism; links to other Romantic studies resources and to other volumes in the same series. The background of the homepage is covered with graphics so can take a while to load.
This website is an online resource for the comparative study of Gothic and Romantic literature. By studying the Gothic literature that the Romantics read, the connection can be established between the two genres. The website contains pages for William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Gordon Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats. Each page contains references to the Gothic texts read by the poets, as well as comments regarding the evidence of their readings. There is also a large reference guide for further study in eighteenth-century literature including primary and analytical material of Gothic literature, such as the psychology behind the Gothic, or the female element in Gothic. In addition, the resource includes 'A Glossary of Literary Gothic Terms' and a section in progress 'The Term "Gothic" in 1790s, Early 1800s'. Considering its range and focus, this site will be of interest both to students and researchers of Gothic and Romantic literatures.
Rossetti Archive is an online resource collection of resources devoted to the pre-Raphaelite poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882). Maintained by Jerome McGann and the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, the site intends to provide complete hypertextual access to all of Rossetti's works, both verbal and pictorial, and all of his: manuscripts; proofs; and editions. It also provides contextual materials and contemporary secondary materials on Rossetti. The site contains: a bibliography; chronology; and biography, as well as: nine sections of material: double works; pictures; poems; prose; translations; manuscripts; periodicals; books; and contexts. The texts are encoded in SGML, and the site provides a search engine to find specific items in the archive. There is also a page of links to other Rossetti sites and materials on the web. The website also features many articles on humanities computing and the digitisation process, with special features on its redesign of 2004, and a 'guided tour' of its previous interface available.
The website of the Ruskin Library at Lancaster University provides details of the Library's: collections; access; and catalogue. Illustrated details of current and past exhibitions at the Library are given, as well as links to the Lancaster University Library catalogue and images relating to Ruskin and his work. The site also provides access to a Ruskin Bibliography (1939-2009 at the time of writing) in PDF format and links to Lancaster University's Leverhulme-funded online electronic edition of Ruskin's 'Modern Painters' and AHRC-funded electronic edition of Ruskin's Venetial notebooks (1849-50). This site would interest students of: art history; architecture history; and English literature.
This is a wiki concerned with the American writer J. D. Salinger (1919 - 2010). It contains articles written and edited by the community of users. This is a useful source of information about the famous author.
'The Thomas Pynchon Home Page', originally a project of Penny Padgett, was taken over in 1995 by staff of Pomona College in Claremont CA, under the name 'San Narcisco Community College'. Pages cover each of the works of the American novelist Thomas Pynchon (born 1937) and include useful summaries and illustrations. There is a brief bibliography, which has links to the full-text of introductions, reviews, and blurbs relating to Pynchon's works. A biography gives the few known facts about Pynchon, and includes an interesting article on his literary sources. There are also two pages exploring 'Themes' (the first on 'entropy', the second on Pynchon's musical allusions), and a page of 'Pynchonian links'. The site is well organised and provides a helpful general introduction to Pynchon and his works.
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 resource Sarah Waters presents the works and a literary profile of this contemporary British writer. It is the author's official website created by her publisher Virago Press. The website includes bibliographical information, a short biographical note, news about latest publications, an interview with the author, as well as her contact details, links to reviews, other interviews and book excerpts. Sarah Waters debuted in 1998 with her best-selling novel 'Tipping the Velvet' which earned her critical acclaim (recipient of the 1999 Betty Trask Award and many others) and won her a wide readership. Her works have received a continuous scholarly and critical attention ever since. The novels of Sarah Waters are praised for their Dickensian fidelity to detail and intricate plots. Scholarly and academic interest in her works has also been provoked by their engagement with the burning issues of sexuality, gender identity, and historical representations of lesbian culture, particularly in the context of Victorian England. In fact, the very presence of the resource publisher Virago Press is enough to associate Waters' writing with the tradition of feminism. For years Virago has been famed for promoting women novelists, their authors including: Margaret Atwood; Angela Carter; and Maya Angelou. A serious drawback of this resource, however, is the lack of critical perspective on the books it introduces. Despite its commercial character this website is commendable to students, general readers and researchers, as it provides important information on the author and is the most comprehensive online resource presenting the literary worlds of Sarah Waters.
This Saul Bellow Journal website serves as a comprehensive introduction to the works of the American novelist Saul Bellow, winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Canada in 1915, Bellow has since the 1940s produced a series of novels, including Herzog (1964) and Mr Sammler's Planet (1964). The site features a definitive annotated bibliography of Bellow's works and works about him compiled by Gloria L. Cronin and Blaine H. Hall. The site also includes full-text access to the Society's Newsletter (in Adobe Acrobat format) and to the contents pages of the Saul Bellow Journal from 1981 onwards. Gloria Cronin has also written an introduction to Saul Bellow which includes a useful chronology and relevant links. There is also an important section of Critical overviews to Saul Bellow's novels. The site is well organised and searchable.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database is a freely available online resource designed to help students and researchers locate secondary sources for the study of this genre. These include: historical material; books; articles; news reports; interviews; film reviews; commentary; and fan writing. Book reviews are not indexed here, nor are novels and short stories of this genre. The database, compiled by Hal W. Hall, a librarian at Texas A & M University, draws and expands upon the Science Fiction and Fantasy Reference Indexes of 1878-1985; 1985-1991; and 1992-1995. The scope of the database is intentionally inclusive, covering science fiction; fantasy; horror; gothic; utopian; supernatural; and weird fiction, although science fiction receives the greatest coverage. Most of the entries are in English, although the database does hold a representative collection of non-English material, particularly from Europe. Simple and advanced searches may be conducted with full guidance provided on how to get the best results from the database: it may be used as a current awareness tool, for example, by conducting an advanced search using the imprint field and entering a specific year. A list of the magazines and journals surveyed in order to compile this index is available, together with a thesaurus of science fiction and fantasy indexing terms. Users are invited to suggest additions to the database. Continually updated and expanded, this is an excellent online tool for those interested in science fiction and fantasy.
Science Fiction Citations website has been launched as a pilot for an Oxford English Dictionary (OED) project under the guidance of Mike Chrisitie, an OED volunteer, and Sue Surova, an independent researcher for the OED. Words associated with a special area of interest - in this case science fiction - are being collected so that experts in particular fields can help the OED collate their origins and meanings. Science Fiction Citations aims to include all words that are frequently used in science fiction, and attempts to find the earliest example of every sense of every word listed. The editor of the site Jesse Sheidlower requests that enthusiasts help with the project, as it needs earlier examples of terms already included, early examples of terms that have been slated for future inclusion, and any overlooked terms that are common in science fiction. Words used infrequently, words associated chiefly with a single author, or words so specialised that they are found only in a single sub-genre, are not high priorities for inclusion. A very simple interface makes this site a fast and simple specialist resource.
The Science Fiction Foundation website is the home of an organisation founded in 1970 by writer and social activist George Hay, as an association of writers, academics, critics and others interested in science fiction writing. The Foundation, whose patrons are Neil Gaiman, Professor David Southwood and Ursula K. Le Guin, aims to promote science fiction by bringing together readers, writers, students and teachers worldwide. The Foundation's website reflects its academic approach to the genre, and details the means by which it pursues its aims, including publication of the journal 'Foundation: the International Review of Science Fiction' and the support of the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, housed at the University of Liverpool. 'The Foundation offers a bursary scheme to enable visits to use the research collection, together with other awards detailed on the site. Contents for issues of the journal from number 21 (February 1981) to the present day are provided. For science fiction researchers, a number of critical essays are available on the site, covering topics such as, ''Parsifal' as proto science fiction' and 'Postcolonial Science Fiction'. The website also provides details of: related conferences and events; Foundation publications; how to join; and recent news. The site is updated regularly and also offers some useful links to related sites. This resource is very well-presented and straightforward to use.
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.
Science Fiction Studies is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. Published three times per year by DePauw University, it covers literary science fiction. Abstracts of articles from the most recent issues are provided online. One year after publication the full-text contents become freely available online. These include reviews as well as the main articles. As of May 2007, full-text contents are available for issues running from the year 1973 until March 2006. The website has a simple keyword search option. The website also has a selected bibliography of science fiction criticism. There are full details of the Editorial Board, policies, subscription rates, and submission details.
This is a comprehensive bibliography of theses and dissertations written about science fiction, fantasy, horror, utopian, and dystopian literature. The bibliography was compiled by Leslie Kay Swigart, a librarian at California State University, Long Beach. The bibliography was last added to in September 2004, when it was said to contain around 2000 entries. Entries are short and basic, and are not annotated. The bibliography was compiled from authoritative sources, and the author claims to have personally examined about one fifth of the works listed. The bibliography is listed by author name, in an A-Z system. There is no search option, and keyword or keyphrase searching is probably best done via an advanced Google search.
The Scribbling Women site is an online resource for teaching American women's literature which is maintained by the Public Media Foundation. It provides access to a collection of audio dramatisations of plays and stories by leading American women writers of the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries. They include works by Rebecca Harding Davis; Louisa May Alcott; Mary E. Wilkins Freeman; Willa Cather; Charlotte Perkins Giman; Harriet Jacobs; Caroline Kiekland and Susan Glaspell. Also accessible are a wealth of associated teaching materials. They include biographies of the authors; summaries of their historical and literary contexts; suggestions for futher reading and lesson plans. Newsletters of forthcoming additions to the site are also available.
This website provides the full text of The Sea and the Jungle, by Henry Major Tomlinson, published in 1912. Tomlinson was an English novelist who had, among previous jobs, been a dock worker. Other works by the author include Galleon's Reach, Pipe All Hands and London River. The text is located on the site Robroy, which contains online literature.
This Web page on the author J.M. Coetzee (born in South Africa, 1940), posted by Seattle Arts & Lectures, provides details regarding Coetzee's biography, selected works and a few useful links. Coetzee, who has been acknowledged as one of the finest novelists alive, published his first novel, Dusklands, in 1974. His fiction subverts colonial history, and explores radical philosophies of ethical responsibility. In 1999 he became the first author to win the coveted Booker prize twice - for Life & Times of Michael K (1983), and for Disgrace (1999). The Seattle Arts and Lectures Web page on Coetzee features an extract from his Booker prize-winning novel Disgrace. It also provides several links, one of which is a link to Coetzee as featured author on the New York Times website (though free online registration with the New York Times is necessary in order to access this), and another one refers the user to a list of book reviews by Coetzee published in the New York Review of Books. The latter link is particularly useful, as it also gives access to a brief up-to-date biographical note and bibliography.
This is the official website of the English author Sebastian Faulks (1953- ) administered by his publishers the Random House Group Ltd. Although the site already contains a great deal of information about its subject, it was still under construction at the time of review. There are plans to add a FAQs page and a research feature to inform readers how Faulks researches his novels. Already available is a detailed biography; a bibliography; and a page of news with details of his public appearances. A separate page is dedicated to his James Bond novel 'Devil May Care', published in 2008. The section on his other writings includes bibliographical details about his articles in newspapers; a selection of his verse; and some of the parodies he has written and performed on the Radio 4 programme 'The Write Stuff'. Sebastian Faulks' first novel 'A Trick of the Light' was published in 1984. Since then he has written, most notably, 'Birdsong' (1993), 'Charlotte Gray' (1997), 'Human Traces' (2005), 'Engleby' (2007) and 'A Week in December' (2009). Extracts from his novels and non-fiction book 'The Fatal Englishman' (1996) are provided on this impressive site.
'Secreted Desires: The Major Uranians, Hopkins, Pater and Wilde' is a 500-page ebook on literary homosexuality in the British Isles. The book is freely available online as a full-text PDF file, an exact version of the print edition (Masaryk University, 2006). The book examines "Gerard Manley Hopkins’s eroticism" and offers a "close reading of Hopkins’s ‘Epithalamion’", then examines "the breach between Pater and Oscar Wilde". The final section examines the possibility of a "Uranian continuum" that stretches to the present day. The author states that the work is free "to redistribute, [and] include in databases". The author teaches at the Department of English and American Studies, Masaryk University.
Selected Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance, created by Jill Diesman, is a bibliographic resource dedicated to a group of American women writers from the period of the flowering of African American intellectual life during the 1920s and 1930s, called the Harlem Renaissance: Gwendolyn B. Bennett, Marion Vera Cuthbert, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Jesse Redmon Fauset, Angelina W. Grimke, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larson, Esther Popel, Anne Spencer, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. The website lists primary and secondary bibliography for each author. Additional links are provided to resources exploring the cultural background and history of the Harlem Renaissance. Altogether, the site is a useful source of references to the works, and accompanying scholarship, for this unique group of artists. It will be of use to students and researchers.
The SF Hub website provides various resources likely to be of interest to those researching science fiction, including an online catalogue of the archives held at the Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool. Liverpool's Science Fiction Foundation Collection was founded in 1970 and is one of the world's leading repositories of science fiction material. It contains books, magazines, fanzines, and academic journals. Other holdings include the archives of notable British sci-fi authors such as John Wyndham, Brian Aldiss, Stephen Baxter, John Brunner, Eric Frank Russell, Olaf Stapledon and David Wingrove. The website enables the individual or combined searching of the science fiction catalogue and the special archives. Various browse options are also available. Results return full bibliographic details including shelf marks and archive references. Archival descriptions are detailed. Besides the catalogues, the SF Hub also offers various research tools and links to other significant Web resources. There is: a guide to UK academic courses in science fiction; information on upcoming conferences; an A-Z of significant scholars in the field; and a link to an index of theses and dissertations on science fiction, fantasy, horror, utopian and dystopian themes. An 'SF Research Directory' links to other collections, databases, journals, and specialised websites. This resource will provide an excellent starting point for anyone undertaking higher research in science fiction, whether as a literary genre or from a popular cultural studies angle. The hub is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The 'SF Timeline' is an incredibly detailed online timeline of science fiction literature, created by Magic Dragon Multimedia initially in 1996, but still updated until 2006. The timeline is as part of the 'Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide' and is divided into centuries until the 19th century, after which it is organised by decade. For each decade a comprehensive list of further reading is provided at the foot of each page. Some technological and political context is provided alongside events in SF literature and the book and magazine trade. Some key film and television material is also included, although this is listed separately from the literature. This timeline appears to be exhaustively complete, and would therefore be a very useful resource for those seeking to understand the development of science fiction, and the interaction of science fiction with other arts and media. The author states that it "may be posted electronically provided that it is transmitted unaltered, in its entirety, and without charge".
Sherlockian.net is a website designed for those interested in all aspects of the great Victorian detective Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). The site provides a comprehensive gateway to Holmes-related resources, under headings that include: 'The original Sherlock Holmes Stories'; 'Arthur Conan Doyle, the author'; 'England and the Victorian era'; 'Teaching Sherlock Holmes'; and 'Pastiches, parodies, new stories' . There are also links to: pictures; games; Sherlockian items for sale; and societies and events. There is also a certain amount of original material on the site itself, in the form of short essays from contributors, as well as a FAQ which answers questions such as: 'Did Holmes use drugs?'; ''Did Holmes have love interests?'; and various other questions about film versions and adaptations of the stories. This site would interest anyone studying or researching Conan Doyle's works, as well as those studying Victorian English literature.
Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941), the American novelist and short-story writer, is best known for Winesburg, Ohio (1919). The collection at Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) consists of printed books, photographs and manuscripts. This site provides an extensive list of the printed materials held in the library, including a number of foreign-language publications. A section of Pictures offers thumbnails of photographs and drawings of Anderson, which expand to good-sized images. The Manuscripts section consists of three thumbnails of Anderson letters. While this site gives some indication of the important Anderson material held in this institution, it does not provide a history of the collection and it offers no background information to the items on view.
Short Stories at east of the web is a website that offers full electronic texts of a variety of short stories, both classic and contemporary. The site showcases previously unpublished works, ensuring a good general level of quality through the site's editors. The stories can be browsed by genre, including: children's; crime; fiction; horror; nonfiction; humour; and romance, and can be: read online; downloaded for use on handheld devices; saved for future reading; or printed out. A random story can be produced by clicking on a link on the homepage and stories may also be searched by keyword. In addition, the website provides information on: reading; writing; and teaching stories as well as a comprehensive links page. The design of the site makes navigation simple, and the word games provided for English teachers are also easy to use. The site would be useful: to students studying at undergraduate level; as an outlet for students of creative writing and unpublished writers; or for teachers of: English; creative writing; and new media.
'Shots' is a free online magazine for enthusiasts of crime and thriller novels, and is also an excellent resource for writers and researchers interested in popular fiction. The site is regularly updated with current news, from recent awards to significant events in the personal lives of famous authors. The ezine provides: details of crime and mystery writing awards; book reviews; author profiles; interviews (which can be browsed alphabetically by author); short fiction; and an archive. Submission guidelines for fiction, reviews and articles are also given. Past interviews have included authors such as: Andrew Pyper; Joan Brady; Ian McDowall; and Carol Ann Davies. A useful links section offers information on author sites, publishers and writing groups. The site is well-presented and serious in its approach to a popular genre, with good visuals and easy navigation.
Silksoundbooks is a commercial website that features the work of a group of noted British actors, who have banded together to create high-quality downloadable audio books of "the greatest works of classical literature". Books are unabridged, and on payment are delivered as standard MP3 audio files without DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection. Since these are full books, users will require a fast broadand connection to download the files. 60 books are currently available, and the website states that 1,000 more audio books will be created before 2010. Actors are said to take shares in the venture, in lieu of performance fees. Recordings are made at a professional London recording studio, and Silksoundbooks says it seeks to cast "the perfect voice" for any particular book. A free email newsletter is available, for details of new audio books.
The Sinclair Lewis Society website gives details of a society formed to encourage interest in the work and career of the American author best known for his novels 'Main Street' (1920) and 'Babbitt' (1922). This site gives details of the Society, including a listing of the contents of all the issues of its Newsletter (to Spring 2006). There is also: a brief biography and Time Line of Lewis's life; a basic bibliography of his publications (with links to brief extracts from some of the main works); and a more extensive listing of secondary material relating to individual works and to his work in general. The FAQ section offers information on various subjects relating to Lewis, including the location of his literary archives and and the reasons that he declined a Pulitzer Prize. A Links section gives access to other Sinclair Lewis resources, including full-text articles about him (although at the time of writing a few of these were broken). A simple site, which offers a useful introduction to Lewis and his works.
The 'Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton' website is part of the comprehensive Victorian Web, and provides an overall assessment of the life and work of this undeservedly neglected writer. Once a giant of Victorian literature, Lytton (1803-1873) was a politician and critic as well as a poet and prolific novelist, writing historical romances, and arguably inventing the detective and science fiction genres. The site offers: a detailed biography; a chronology; and lists of Lytton's works. There is a section entitled 'Literary Relations' which is comprised of essays on various themes such as: Lytton's political life from a Whig Radical to a Progressive Conservative; his dramatic works including 'Richelieu; or, The Conspiracy' (1839) and 'Money' (1840); and his literary relationship with contemporaries George Eliot, Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray. Students working on VIctorian literature would find this site of use in their research.
The Sir Walter Scott Web pages are part of the pre-Victorian pages of the comprehensive 'Victorian Web' website, and offer a biographical and critical introduction to the author. A Romantic novelist, poet, translator, editor, critic and biographer, Walter Scott pioneered the form of the historical novel and exercised a profound influence on the fiction of the 19th century. Achieving fame initially as a poet with works such as: 'The Lay of the Last Minstrel' (1805); 'Marmion, A Tale of Flodden Field' (1808); and 'The Lady of the Lake' (1810), Scott's literary standing reached new heights with the publication of 'Waverley' in 1814, a landmark of world literature, followed by novels such as 'Rob Roy' (1817) and 'Ivanhoe' (1819). The Web pages provide essays and other resources, divided into sections: 'Biographical Materials', including a biographical essay which sets Scott's work in the context of the early 19th-century literary climate; 'Literary Relations' (more contextual information); 'Artistic Relations' (Scott's influence on art and literature); 'Cultural Contexts'; and related links, including the excellent Scott Digital Archive at the Edinburgh University Library. Students of Romantic and Victorian literature would find this resource of interest.
The Smartboard website is the work of Philip Atkinson and is designed with the primary purpose of publishing and publicising his own work 'A Study of our Decline' and to make available those pieces of literary criticism that Mr Atkinson feels are worthy of preservation. He has therefore made available full-text versions of some notable examples of criticism, including: J. H. Fowler on Joseph Addison (including Samuel Johnson's essay on the English dramatist and essayist, plus Addison's own essays for the Tatler and the Spectator); Jocelyn Brooke on John Betjeman and Ronald Firbank; Derek Hudson on Lewis Carroll; H. S. Davies on both De Quincey and Anthony Trollope; James Sutherland's preface to 18th-century poetry; J. B. Priestley on William Hazlitt; Ernest J. Simmons' Introduction to Tolstoy's Works; John Ruskin's 'Of the Pathetic Fallacy' and A. A. Tilley's 'The Essay and the Beginning of Modern English Prose'. Articles can be browsed by title. Many of the longer works are given tables of contents for ease of navigation. Although the content has no apparent common unifying thread apart from Mr Atkinson's personal preferences, Smartboard's collection of literary criticism does have the benefit of providing the research student with access to difficult to find and out-of-print works, and hence would be recommended as a resource.
'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 contains a study guide to Ernest Hemingway's novel The Old Man and the Sea, including a summary of the context for the book as well as a plot overview, a character analysis, a quiz and suggestions for further reading. Some parts of the site are for registered users only, but registration is free. The Old Man and the Sea is the story of an aged fisherman who, having not had a successful catch for eighty four days, sets out to the Gulf Stream, where he catches a huge marlin. This is part of the wider SparkNotes website, which contains study guides and some classic texts online. The site contains advertising.
'Spread the Word' is the website of a literature development organisation working to support new writing and live literature events in London. The site is a useful resource for English and writing studies, providing information on: creative writing workshops; poetry readings; and other live events in London. For those not living in the London area, there is also a very useful resources section, providing pieces on: getting started as a writer; editing your first novel; and writing a CV and synopsis, among others. For readers, there is also advice on starting a reading group, with links to websites for resources offered by other organisations. At the time of writing the site's forum had been suspended, pending future developments to the site. The website is easy to use, and while it is clearly of most use to London based writers and literature enthusiasts, it also provides more general information and useful advice for those beyond.
The Squeezing the Orange website is an online learning resource that draws on the materials held in the Stanley Kubrick Archive at University of the Arts London. It explores themes that run through Kubrick's film 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971), which was based on Anthony Burgess's novel of the same title (1962), and includes modules on violence in the novel and film, social inclusion, and Nadsat, the constructed language used by the teenage subculture in both the book and the film. As the film is classified as an '18', the resource has been carefully constructed and is aimed at school children over the age of 16 or students in further education. Only the home page is publically available, while, for image licencing reasons by Warner Bros, the educational resource pages are strictly for use with the schools and further education institutions that the archive works with. In order to gain full access to the website, you will need to apply for a login from the university's Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design (CLTAD) department. Squeezing the Orange is an interesting example of how an archive based in a higher education institution can be interrogated, explored and analysed by other areas of the educational community.
Steampunk magazine is a fan magazine devoted to the steampunk literary genre, to steampunk crafts, and to neo-victorian clothing and grooming. It is available in print form, or online as a free full-text PDF journal. As of May 2007, two substantial issues are available for download. Notable articles in issue two include an interview with art robot maker I-Wei Huang (Crabfu Steamworks), and the article "A history of misapplied technology: exploring the history of the steampunk genre". The focus of Steampunk magazine is on literary steampunk rather than on steampunk in films, animations, comics or videogames. Short original fiction is also published. The magazine is licenced under a Creative Commons licence.
The online resource 'Stephen King' is a comprehensive fan site dedicated to the life and work of this popular American writer, author of horror, science fiction and fantasy books. Among King's best known titles are Carrie (1974), The Shining (1977), Misery (1987), Dolores Clairborne (1993) and The Green Mile series (1996). Apart from numerous nominations, the author is the recipient of many international literary awards, such as, to name just a few, the Canadian Booksellers Association Award for Lifetime Achievement (2007), British Fantasy Society Award For Outstanding Contribution to the Genre (1981), Horror Writers Association Best Novel Award for 'Misery' (1987). This website provides biographical information (The Author), an extensive bibliography of King's works, literary and other (The Library), and news about publications and promotional events (News) as well as the author's public appearances (The Author). There is also an interesting section 'The Dark Tower', dedicated to this particular book series. 'Dark Tower' pages provide synopses, illustrations, and a glossary of words used in the stories. Another section, 'The Office', takes King's fans on a tour around a virtual office which reproduces the writer's actual work place. This page is still under construction (November 2009). The resource 'Stephen King' also includes links to online resources for artists, such as the website for the Haven Foundation that supports free lance artists. As a source of bibliographic material, 'Stephen King' website will be of use to students of contemporary and horror or science fiction literature. Broadly informative and abundant in trivia, it will be also interesting to all enthusiasts of King's literary worlds.
This website was created for the promotion of Bram Stoker, nineteenth-century writer, most famous for his fin de siècle novel Dracula. The Irish organisation places Stoker into his Irish context, and claims the author for Dublin. Within this site there are various bibliographical pages about Stoker's birthplace - Clontarf, a timeline of his life, and Irish influences. There are many interesting facts such as the success of Stoker's novel, selling second only to the Bible, and Stoker's friendship with Henry Irving, the celebrated Victorian actor. For those Stoker academics, there is news about upcoming events, and information about the Bram Stoker Heritage Centre.
'Story' is the website which grew out of the success of 'Save our Short Story Campaign' and aims to promote the short story as 'one of the most exciting and important literary forms.' In order to increase the profile and recognition of the short story, the site addresses readers and writers at all levels, as well as literature professionals in libraries, schools and reading groups. The site combines the promotion and the enjoyment of the short story form. It includes information on the campaign's projects, but also has short stories which may be freely downloaded, and advice on how to write and publish them. The downloads include stories by Trezza Azzopardi, Jackie Kay, Katherine Mansfield, Ian Rankin, and Gerard Woodward. A searchable collection of recommended short story anthologies is also available, with authors such as J. G. Ballard, Ursula K. le Guin, Edgar Allan Poe and Joseph Conrad. 'Story thoughts' is a collection of short essays from professionals such as radio producer, Di Spiers, Matthew Perren, a manager at Ottakar's in Edinburgh and publisher Ra Page. The pages 'For Writers' have information and advice, with links to online tutorials and competitions. There is also information and regularly updated news of 'Story' projects. This site is easy to use, with a main page, highlighted links and a menu of subheadings. It offers a useful live resource full of current content.
Studies in English Literature is the online version of the well-known and respected journal from John Hopkins University Press, which is a mainstay of research in English. The coverage of the journal rotates according to the time of year: in winter it covers the English Renaissance; in spring Tudor and Stuart Drama; in summer Restoration and the 18th Century; and in autumn the 19th Century. Access to the full-text of issues from volume 39, number 1, onwards is available through subscription or institutional provision. Submission guidelines and editorial policy are also available on this site. This resource would mainly be of interest to graduate students and established academics, but undergraduates may occasionally wish to consult articles electronically via their institutional libraries. The site is simply laid out and very easy to navigate.
Although somewhat limited in the questions it poses, and therefore only partly suited for undergraduate use, this chapter-by-chapter study guide for Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' will certainly be of great help to those studying for their A levels, as it brings to the reader's attention the main narrative and stylistic issues associated with this novel. This website also provides a brief but useful overview of mid-20th-century women's issues from both a general historical and a feminist perspective, and makes explicit a significant number of the many biblical references that are present in this book. Unfortunately the link it provides to a searchable electronic edition of the Bible is broken. The guide itself is accompanied by a short document detailing the terms and conditions of use, by a list of study guides by the same author, an annotated Science Fiction research bibliography, and a link to the Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy and Utopia website.
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.
This is the website of the Susan Sontag Foundation. Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was a writer of criticism and fiction and as a public intellectual, she was trained in literature and philosophy. Her first novel, The Benefactor, was published in 1963, and her ground-breaking works of criticism include Against Interpretation (1966); the award-winning On Photography (1977); Illness as Metaphor (1978); Aids and its Metaphors (1989); In America (2000); Where the Stress Falls (2001); and Regarding the Pain of Others (2003). The site features a brief biography, reviews of, and information on, Sontag's books, and a press room, which provides online access to video interviews and lectures, obituaries, and some of her more recently published articles and interviews.
This website has been developed by a German Plath enthusiast, and is targeted at anyone interested in learning about the American poet Sylvia Plath, who committed suicide in 1963 aged just 30. Plath was married to Ted Hughes, who edited and published her Collected Poems. The website contains a guide for students just starting work on Plath. This recommends which primary texts should be read, and which critical texts are of most use to younger students. It essentially acts as a short annotated bibliography. There is also a biography of Plath's life and a longer bibliography that lists the various editions of Plath's published works in both America and Britain. This bibliography includes rare editions, audio tapes, and videos. The texts are not themselves available from this site, although there are links to Amazon.com for those wishing to purchase hard copies, and links to other Web pages containing the texts of the poems. Another bibliography lists secondary works. The site does contain some secondary critical essays, which have mostly appeared previously in journals such as 'Women's Studies' and 'Modern Language Studies'. There are further sections on translations of Plath's work; pictures; and poems inspired by her. There is also a good list of links to external sites devoted to Plath.
T. E. Lawrence and the Book : Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 1926-1996 is an online exhibition on Lawrence hosted by the E. J. Pratt Library, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The site gives an account of the writing and complex printing history of Lawrence's book, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which appeared in its currently well-known edition in 1926. There were several earlier versions, some read only by a limited private audience which included Bernard Shaw; E. M. Forster; Thomas Hardy; Rudyard Kipling; and Siegfried Sassoon. The site provides thumbnail images of drawings and satirical cartoons of important historical figures who were noted in the book. The site also refers users to relevant outside links which will be useful for historians. In terms of historical content, the site itself is simple, and should be of most interest as a starting point for teachers and students of British Imperial History in the Middle East.
'Tales from the Vault!' is an online exhibition of visual material from Libraries and Archives Canada, and it is drawn from "one of the very few known pulp magazine holdings in Canada". There are nine sections, eight with a scholarly text and large clear scans of pulp front covers. There is also a discussion of the effects of the pulps on contemporary culture. There is a Flash-based gallery of front covers, which has the ability to zoom in to see a reasonable amount of detail. The website has six full-text 'facsimile' magazines that can be read online. There is a very short bibliography. The website is also available in French.
'Text: journal of writing and writing courses' is a full-text refereed ejournal. The journal is published twice a year, and at February 2009 the website offers an archive of back-issues that run from 1997 to 2008. The journal offers academic articles, plus poetry and book reviews. Example article titles include: 'Conceptualising creative writing practice using Pierre Bourdieu's framework '; 'Creative writers on campus/at universities' (a history); 'The Holocaust in fiction for young people'; and 'Draining creativity: the teacher-writer in the vampire academy', among others. Articles are available in plain HTML format. There is a useful "Index by Subject". The website has details of the editors and submissions process.
The Victorian Web, a website devoted to nineteenth-century British literature and history, has a section dedicated to the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). The main menu page is divided into the following categories: Biography; Works; Economic Contexts; Politics; Science; Literary Relations; Visual Arts; Religion; Genre and Mode; Themes; Imagery; Characterization; Related Resources; and Leading Questions. Clicking on a category opens a sub menu comprising of contributions from various scholars, a major contributor being Philip V. Allingham of Lakehead University. A biographical timeline of Hardy is provided, and amongst the Hardy works considered in the various essays are Tess of the d'Urbervilles; Jude the Obscure; The Mayor of Casterbridge; A Pair of Blue Eyes; The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid; and The Return of the Native. There is also a comparative study of imagery in both the works of Hardy and Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), as well as an interesting section devoted to the illustrations of Hardy's novels. In addition there is a photo-gallery of places associated with Hardy's life and works. However some of the links, although excellent in themselves, are of minor relevance to Hardy and lead back to broadly contextual essays from The Victorian Web with only a few passing references to Thomas Hardy.
Theory and Practice in English Studies (THEPES) is a full-text ejournal published in English by Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. Issues from 2003 and 2004 are freely available online, in PDF format. Example article titles on topics in British literature are: 'A Barking Dog?: Manchester Writing and English Regional Culture'; 'Patterns of Crossdressing in Shakespeare’s Comedies'; 'Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine: Social Thriller, Ethnicity and Englishness';''The Divine Friend, Unknown, Most Desired’: The Problematic Uranian Poets'; 'The Czech Reception of Irish Literature: the 1930s'; and 'Scottish National Identity in the Works of James Kelman', among others. There are also a notable number of articles on aspects of linguistics, and pedagogy. The journal is published by the Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University.
The website of the Thomas Hardy Association (TTHA) is an extremely impressive project run by academics across the globe. It offers a multitude of resources devoted to the life and works of the novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), as well as an opportunity for TTHA members to participate in discussion groups. There are sub-sections devoted to Hardy's: life; novels; poetry; and short stories. A chronology of Hardy's life is also provided, with links to related extracts from various biographies. A bibliography and reviews of the major biographies are available. The picture gallery offers images of the author and his family. Other resources available include: primary and secondary bibliographies; original illustrations; and Hardy's prefaces to his novels including: Jude the Obscure; Tess of the d'Urbervilles; Far from the Madding Crowd; The Mayor of Casterbridge; and The Return of the Native. There is also a section devoted to dramatic productions of Hardy's works staged during his lifetime. Members can order any of the association's publications, and view updated lists of recent Hardy criticism. Details of up-coming conferences and events are given, and Hardy-related websites are listed and reviewed.
The Thomas Hardy Resource Library is a gateway of links and resources devoted to the English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). The site provides links to e-texts of works including: 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'; 'Return of the Native'; 'Far From the Madding Crowd'; 'Jude the Obscure'; and many others, including Hardy's poetry. Links to a number of articles on Hardy's works are also provided, as well as links to reviews on recent publications about Hardy, and to collections of texts useful for further study on the author. In the last thirty years, there has been great interest in Hardy film adaptations, and these web pages recognize this interest with a selection of links to: articles; film sites; photos; and sound clips. There is also a section on sites relating to Dorset, also including Hardy's map of 'Wessex', and a comparative map of Dorset and Wessex. This site would be a good starting point for the study of Hardy's life and works.
Thomas Pynchon.com is a website devoted to the work of the American novelist Thomas Pynchon (born 1937). The site focuses on three of Pynchon's major novels: 'V'; 'Gravity's Rainbow'; and 'Mason & Dixon', and for each of a 'web-guide' is provided (an alphabetically arranged series of annotations (with links to related websites) together with annotations arranged by theme). The site also provides: an excellent section illustrating the artwork used on the covers of Pynchon's works in various countries; a 'Newbies Guide' to Pynchon; a 'Pynchon Wiki' which covers all of Pynchon's novels; and a bookshop. The site also contains a section of 'Pynchonalia' (links to articles about Pynchon) and links to other sites of interest. The wealth of information contained in this site makes it an important resource for the study of Pynchon's work.
The “Thomas Wolfe” (1900-1938) website contains a detailed history about the life and works of an American author best known for two autobiographical novels – “Look homeward, angel” (1929) and “Of time and the river” (1935) – and a number of short stories. Users will find that the homepage has an inbuilt flash plug-in. This online resource has a brief but useful biography and a substantial bibliography of his works, including a Publishing Chronology, a list of relevant dissertations, and sections on critical work, and biographies and memoirs. There is a Photo Gallery with a number of annotated illustrations relating to Wolfe and places with which he was associated. The site has pages relating to the Thomas Wolfe Society and its publication “The Thomas Wolfe review” (including tables of contents going back to 1977) and links to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial at Asheville, North Carolina, and the North Carolina Writers’ Network. This is a significant resource for the study of Wolfe and his works.
This important site for the study of the American novelist Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) draws together detailed descriptions of the major collections relating to Wolfe housed in sections of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University Library. The catalogue is in three parts. The first contains brief bibliographical descriptions of editions of Wolfe's works, including many foreign language editions. It also includes a detailed listing of his contributions to books and articles in magazines. The second part, listing works about Wolfe, deals with books and articles about him, and also with books inspired by him, as well as a range of ephemeral and miscellaneous materials. The part relating to manuscripts comprises descriptions of many of Wolfe's writings, some correspondence and drawings, and a number of photographs.
The Thomas Wolfe Society was founded in 1979 to encourage scholarly study and general interest in the life and works of the American novelist Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938). The Society publishes The Thomas Wolfe review and a number of monograph publications relating to Wolfe, details of which are available on this site. There is also information on grants and prizes for which the Society is responsible. A useful section of Questions & Answers provides basic information about Wolfe, while a Details & Trivia section consists of a short biography of Wolfe by Ted Mitchell, illustrated by a number of photographs. A Links section provides a comprehensive guide to Wolfe resources on the Internet. This site provides a basic introduction to Thomas Wolfe and his works.
Timeless Hemingway is an extensive resource for photos, quotes, and information on Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), author of 'A Farewell to Arms' (1929), 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' (1940), 'The Old Man and the Sea' (1952) and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. It contains a biography, a bibliography and a guide to collecting first editions. A Hemingway family tree is provided along with a copy of his last will and testament. FAQs about Hemingway are answered, photographs, quotes and trivia provided. There is also a page of links and a blog. A good site for those just interested in Hemingway's life and work and a handy starting-point for researchers.
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 'Education Home Page' of the Tolkien Society provides resources for 'teachers, lecturers and other facilitators of learning'. The resources are divided into a number of sections, including: 'Ideas for teachers'; 'Help for students'; 'Putting on a Tolkien Event in a library or school'; 'Theses'; 'Study packs'; 'Researching Tolkien'; 'Education bibliography'; and 'Fun projects'. The 'Researching Tolkien' section provides some links, although the links section of the parent Tolkien Society site is perhaps more comprehensive. The pages would also be of interest to students themselves.
This resource is the official website of the writer Tom Wolfe, sponsored by his publisher Picador. Wolfe, born in Virginia in 1931, worked as a journalist before writing a series of books investigating American society, culture and art, which include 'The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby' (1965) and 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test' (1968). He has also written novels including 'The Bonfire of the Vanities' (1987) and 'I Am Charlotte Simons' (2005). The resource provides a basic biography and listing of Wolfe's works. There are summaries of the works and a number of sample chapters. The site is well designed and well illustrated throughout by book covers, and although it is intended for provide publicity, it also offers a useful introduction to the author and his works.
'The Transatlantic 1790s' is database-backed site devoted to the literature and culture of the late eighteenth century, primarily in Britain and the United States. Of use to literature and history researchers up to undergraduate level, it is divided into three main sections, namely 'Projects', 'Bibliography' and 'Chronology'. Within the 'Projects' section are a collection of studies undertaken by the student researchers who designed and wrote the site, with details of the texts used as the focus of the research, a select bibliography and relevant further reading suggestions. The projects include 'Revolutionary Nuptials', which considers the changing nature of marriage under the influence of feminism, 'Conversations in Politics', a study of the views of Thomas Paine on democracy and religion, and 'Gothic Narratives' which explores the function of narrative in 'Edgar Huntley' by Charles Brockden Brown, 'Caleb Williams' by William Godwin, and 'The Italian' by Ann Radcliffe. The 'Bibliography' section is a database of critical works about or relating to the literature and culture of the 1790s. It is searchable by year, author or keyword. This is a developing feature of the site and suggestions for further texts to be included are invited. The 'Chronology' is also searchable by year, category or keyword, and may be customized to generate a chronology of the period according to particular research interests. This is a well-organised and presented site, with valuable practical features, as well as the useful content of the various projects.
This online resource is the official website of Transita Publishing, whose books are aimed primarily at mature women of over 45 years of age, who make up 40 per cent of the UK population, but are, according to this site, under-represented as writers and readers. The website also hosts 'Transita World', a fast-growing online community of women interested in writing and reading. This resource may, therefore, be of particular use to creative writing and literature students who return to learning after a break. Free registration is offered to allow access to online forums, discussions and 'author appearances', as well as special offers, discounts and competition entries. Transita's website also previews forthcoming publications, and showcases one new work in detail each month. For each book presented here, there is a synopsis and an extract available in PDF format. There is also a featured Transita author each month. Submission guidelines are included for contemporary fiction which reflects the lives and perceived concerns of women in the 45-75 years age bracket. This website is positive and enthusiastic, and it offers good visuals of its publications, suggesting a high standard. It is an interesting and user-friendly resource.
Transnational Literature is a full-text scholarly ejournal. It is published from Flinders University in Australia. The first issue was published in November 2008, and at September 2009 there are two issues online and freely accessible. Issues contain articles, an extensive range of reviews of fiction, review essays, and some poetry. Example article titles include: 'The Way OUT is the Way IN: Junk and the Subversion of the Nation/Symptom in William Burroughs' Naked Lunch'; 'Good Versus Evil in Austen's Mansfield Park and Iris Murdoch's A Fairly Honourable Defeat'; and 'Absence and Presence in Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits', among others. The website has full details of the editor and Editorial Board, calls for papers, and there is also a mailing-list for notification of books available for review.
'Tristram Shandy: An Annotated Bibliography' is an online resource listing articles and books dealing with Lawrence Sterne's masterpiece that were published between 1977 and 1995. Some of the more important works published before 1977 are also listed, although the site recommends consulting Hartley's 1978 'Annotated Bibliography' for a more comprehensive list of earlier publications. The online bibliography is divided into sections covering: editions; bibliographies; serials; biographical works; reference sources; and criticism. Almost 100 separate items are included. The description for each entry is concise, informative, and useful. The approach taken in each work is stated, as well as where the work is situated in the cannon of Sterne studies, and any particular features of note. The format of the site is functional but clear, and the text is easily printable. The site forms part of Jack Lynch's collection of 18th-century resources.
'The Tristram Shandy Web consists of a number of online resources, including a hypertext version of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, by Lawrence Sterne (1713-1768). The text itself is taken from the third and first editions of the book, and laid out as it was in the original print versions. Other resources on the website are divided into categorised sub-sections via which users may broaden their appreciation of the text. These include pages devoted specifically to: Sterne; the novel; context; language and rhetoric; arts; and media. Each of these provides: online essays (some in Italian); links to other Web resources; bibliographies; and images. This is an excellent resource that should appeal to both undergraduates and scholars studying Tristram Shandy. The website also includes digital versions of other contemporary texts, including William Hogarth's 'The Analysis of Beauty'.
'True to life : metatheory and the writings of Nicholas Mosley' is a website dedicated to the English writer Nicholas Mosley. The site is the work of John Banks, an institutionally unaffiliated philosopher and literary critic who has been in a "working relationship" with Nicholas Mosley since 1978. Moseley's output is wide-ranging in genre and of theoretical interest to scholars of: the fiction/faction interface; biography and autobiography; and 20th century English political history and literary history. Nicholas Mosley is most well known for his 1990 Whitbread prize-winning novel, 'Hopeful Monsters'; but is also known as the son of Cynthia Curzon and Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British Union of Fascists and the step-son of Diana Mitford. The site makes available: a Mosley bibliography of primary works; transcripts of Banks's interviews with Mosley between 1991 and 1997; critical essays on Mosley written by Banks; and reviews of Mosley's works.
TwainWeb is the website of the Mark Twain discussion forum. The site also hosts: a number of reviews of Twain's works; essays on Twain; and various other materials relating to the American novelist Mark Twain (1835-1910). Twain is probably best known as the author of 'Huckleberry Finn'. The website provides details on how to subscribe to the 'TWAIN-L' mailing list, and hosts the full, searchable archives of the list, which began in 1992. Also available are an assortment of 'files of interest to Twainians' and an online shop selling Twain-themed merchandise. Links to other Twain-related sites are also provided. This site is much more than a list archive, and it should be of interest to students and fans of Mark Twain's writing alike.
This website provides a full text version of the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne, translated from the original French by F.P. Walter with illustations by Milo Winter. The novel is about the adventures of Captain Nemo and the submarine Nautilus.
The compiler of this glossary is William Denton, who has previously published the work under the imprint of his Miskatonic University Press in 1993. It is based on the writings of major American writers of detective stories: Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Micky Spillane. It consists of an aphabetical listing of words and phrases with brief definitions, sometimes with quotations to illustrate the context. Some words are linked to pages giving more extensive definitions and explanations. The basic bibliography at the end lists works by the major writers in this genre and also includes some of the major dictionaries of slang. While the scope of this glossary is limited, it provides a useful resouce for those interested specifically in the language of American detective fiction.
Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture is a comprehensive Web archive of photos, movie clips, bibliographical, and archival information on Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic anti-slavery novel (based on John P. Jewett's 1852 edition) Uncle Tom's Cabin and its legacy. The text of the first edition has been digitised, and information on several other editions is also provided. Songs from the novel, and contemporary hymns and spirituals may be played from the site with an appropriate plug-in. Other multimedia features include 3D images of Tomitudes (artefacts inspired by Uncle Tom's Cabin), images of stage performances of the story, and video clips of film versions. Similar scenes from different film versions of the novel can be viewed side-by-side.The literary background to the novel is illustrated by the inclusion of assorted early-nineteenth-century Christian and anti-slavery texts and Stowe's defence of the novel, The Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin. Additionally, there is a broad range of reviews, articles, essays, and responses to the novel dating from 1852 to 1930, covering the perspectives of both African Americans and pro-slavery groups. Each of the texts and sub-sections of them are searchable for keywords and for references to persons and periodicals mentioned within them. This is an excellent site that will prove valuable to students studying the book, or looking at the history of the American abolitionist movement in the nineteenth century.
This website describes the special collections and archives held at the University of Leicester Library. There is a particular strength in holdings related to Leicester, from personal papers of local literary figures Sue Townsend and Joe Orton to archives relating to the history of science and medicine in the area. The collection is more wide ranging than this however, encompassing labour history, European history, 12th-20th century manuscripts, 17th century prints, incunabula and early children's books. As well as briefly describing the contents of each named collection, the website includes access information.
The online resource 'University of Toronto English Library' is described as 'the main undergraduate and graduate site for students and faculty of the Deparment of English', University of Toronto. Considering its content and comprehensive character, it will be indeed of use to all students of English language and literature. It includes a sizable full-text collection of poetry, drama, prose and non-fiction works, together with a few items of criticism on George Eliot, and characters in William Shakespeare's plays. Users will notice, however, that access to some of the pages with texts of literary works is restricted to the University of Toronto students, staff and faculty. The website also contains a glossary of literary theory and Linda Hutcheon's essay on 'Irony, Nostalgia, and the Postmodern'. There are pages dedicated to the history of English language and English composition. Each of these pages provides a list of annotated references and links to relevant resources. The site also contains pages of a number of projects and research centres: Epistolarvm - The Evelyn Letters Project; The Northrop Frye Centre. A number of links to faculty home pages are available, along with undergraduate and graduate course pages - often featuring useful bibliographies. The site also hosts the full catalogues of the Toronto University Library.
In his essay "The Vampire Archetype in Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre", Clifton Snider adopts a controversial approach to these two Bronte sisters' novels. The critic focuses on particular folklore motifs in "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte and "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte, as he explores the novels' preoccupation with vampirism. Adapting Freudian and Jungian concepts, Snider shows that the vampire figure symbolises a scapegoat, an outcast from society, or a sinner - in short, 'the other'. It is in this sense that many of the characters in both novels could be termed 'vampires'. These two novels are then approached as narratives of individuation, where the process of familiarising 'the other' is identical with the process of personal, sexual and social maturation. The essay also compares different representations of the vampire appearing in the work of Lord Byron, Bram Stoker and the Brontes, and it indicates the diversity of critical approaches to the work of the Bronte sisters.
The Victorian Detective Fiction pages constitute a section of a much larger academic website, Crimeculture, devoted to the study of literature, film, graphic art and popular culture, which take crime as their subject. Victorian Detective Fiction offers an excellent overview of the genre's origins, and traces its growth during the 19th century, from its official birth at the hands of Edgar Allan Poe to Arthur Conan Doyle's world famous contribution to the genre. The author, Christopher Pittard of the University of Exeter, stresses the genre's debt to the Newgate Calendar and the memoirs of the real life French detective, and former criminal, Eugene-Francois Vidocq. His chief intention however is to foreground the detective novels published between the years of Poe and Doyle's celebrated fictional detectives, and which are now nearly forgotten These are the works of writers such as Mrs Henry Wood, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Wilkie Collins, Fergus Hume, Grant Allen and L. T. Meade. Pittard also dwells on the affinity between detective fiction and the sensation novel. A useful list of the standard secondary sources dealing with the genre is to be found in his references at the end of the page. Altogether, the resource can be a helpful introduction to the topic. The site also provides links to Pittard's other pages on Classic, French, American, or Graphic Crime Fiction.
Professor Mitsuharu Matsuoka's Victorian Literary Studies Archive website brings together several resources of interest to students and researchers of the 19th century in general and of the Victorian period in particular. The site features: a web-based KWiC concordance; a directory of links relating to 19th-century British and Irish authors; 'The Victorian Web' (a mirror of the site at http://www.victorianweb.org/); and a comprehensive list of Victorian websites. The Victorian Web contains the full-text of several dozen articles grouped by focus of enquiry. The hyper-concordance allows users to perform various keyword(s)-in-context searches on a large body of texts by British and American authors and the results page also includes links to the full-texts. In spite of its name, the underlying corpus spans several centuries and includes: the Bible; the plays and poems of William Shakespeare; and works from the 18th, 19th, and 20th century. While not all the resources listed are of a scholarly nature, most of them will prove useful to the researcher, and a significant number are suitable for classroom use.
The Victorian Literary Studies Archive list of e-texts is a website that hosts electronic texts of works by: Charles Dickens; Elizabeth Gaskell; George Gissing; and The Brontë sisters, among others. Almost all of the novels and short stories of these authors may be accessed from the site, with the exception of Dickens, for whom lesser-known works, and studies of Dickens by: George Gissing; G. K. Chesterton; John Forster; and Alan Shelston are provided. Also provided are:an anthology of Dickens Humour; texts of the correspondence between Dickens and Gaskell; and an article entitled 'Dickens and Popular Entertainment', by Paul Schlicke. Other secondary materials on the site include Edgar Wright's 'Mrs. Gaskell: The Basis for Reassessment', and Jacob Korg's critical biography of George Gissing. Links are provided to related websites. This is a useful reference for students studying Victorian literature, but would be best used in conjunction with scholarly editions of these authors works.
The Victorian Prose Archive, maintained by Dr. Alfred J. Drake of the California State University, Fullerton, is a relatively small but very useful collection of online e-texts for Victorianists. Its distinguishing feature is that it focuses primarily on first editions and makes them available in PDF format.The website will be of particular interest for researchers working on texts by Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde, as it contains a number of early versions that were later revised, sometimes extensively. These versions are accompanied by the 1910 edition of Complete Works in the case of the former and a link to the contemporary online edition of complete works for the latter. Also of interest is the 'Links' section, which lists numerous resources grouped by category as follows: conference listings; associations; journals; specialist resources; author-specific sites; Web standards and initiatives; general resources; and Romanticism websites.
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.
This is a website dedicated to the British fantasy writer David Lindsay (1876-1945), who was best known for his extraordinary novels 'A Voyage to Arcturus' (1920) and 'The Haunted Woman' (1922). The site provides an illustrated primary and secondary bibliography with a separate page dedicated to each of Lindsay's published and unpublished works. A biography, timeline and list of influences help to explain the development of Lindsay's somewhat esoteric work. His first novel, the allegorical 'A Voyage to Arcturus' sold badly and, as a result, forced him to spend the rest of his career trying to explore more commercially acceptable ways of communicating his ideas. However, subsequent novels fared no better and he sadly ended his days in obscurity. His work was rediscoved in the 1970s by, among others, Colin Wilson, who described 'Arcturus' as "the greatest imaginative work of the twentieth century." As a result his novels have been reprinted and he is now established as a major writer in the fantasy genre.
The online resource 'Virginia Woolf Research Project' provides information on a project run by Jane Goldman (Dundee University and University of Glasgow), in collaboration with James Stewart (Dundee) and Ian Blyth (St Andrews). The first phase of the project (2005-2007) was supported by an AHRC award. The aim of this research is the preparation of 'The Cambridge University Press Edition of the Writings of Virginia Woolf', eds. Jane Goldman and Susan Sellers. The resource provides 'A brief note on the editing of To the Lighthouse' and 'A Brief Introduction to To the Lighthouse' by Goldman. There is also a page of Goldman's publications on Woolf, a section listing the members of the editorial board and other project officers, and a link to Stewart's staff page. The resource is not very comprehensive in terms of a project description it provides but it can be a useful first point of reference to students and scholars in search of recent and ongoing research projects on Woolf.
The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain website is aimed at the Society's members and anyone with an interest in Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) and her writings. The website includes: membership information; tables of contents of the Virginia Woolf Bulletin and details of other publications; information on Society events; and links to other related online resources. The Society's own selection of resources consists of a range of articles including: a short biography; principal works by and about Woolf; a bibliography of recommended UK editions; "Virginia Woolf's Broadcasts and Her Recorded Voice"; and the locations where Virginia Woolf lived in London. The site is amply illustrated (including a short piece on the illustrations in the first editions of Orlando).
This is a fascinating site which provides a detailed psychiatric history of a well-known English writer Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), author of novels, short stories, essays and other writings. Her most famous works include 'To the Lighthouse', 'Mrs Dalloway', 'Orlando', 'A Room of One's Own', and many other. This online resource has been compiled by a retired consultant psychiatrist and former Glasgow University lecturer Malcolm Ingram. It provides details of Woolf's personality type, sexual history, mental breakdowns, minor illnesses and suicide. These are related to her writings and family history. The site also contains reviews of research relating to the relationship between literary creativity and mental health. In addition, there is an extract from a broadcast Woolf made on 29 April 1937, which is said to be the only existing record of her voice. 'Virginia Woolf's Psychiatric History' is part of Malcolm Ingram's Homepage which contains similar information regarding Thomas Carlyle, Ivy Compton-Burnett, and other figures. The website is an interesting, well-maintained and reliable resource. It uses frames for simplicity of navigation, thus allowing the user to refer to a different section at any given moment. This particular website will be of interest to students and researchers of Woolf's writings.
'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 Vital Science: Biology and the Literary Imagination, 1860-1900' is the online full text of Peter Morton's 1984 work. Morton, an Associate Professor in English at Flinders University, South Australia, writes that the confusion and chaos in the biological sphere following the publication of Darwin's 'The Origin of Species', proved fertile ground for writers such as: H. G. Wells; Thomas Hardy; W. H. Hudson; and Samuel Butler. Morton examines their imaginative responses to such theories as: evolutionism; degeneration; eugenics; and ideas of heredity. The online layout is very easy to navigate, via chapter headings, with notes and references listed separately. Unfortunately there is no index or search facility. An impressive bibliography on Darwinism and literature is appended to the book. This site would interest students of English and also of history of science.
Describing itself as 'expansive, yet wholly unauthorized', this site offers a wide range of information about the American writer Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), best known for his novels Slaughterhouse Five and Cat's Cradle. The resource includes a chronology, a detailed listing of Vonnegut's writings, a substantial Critical Bibliography, and a series of pages offering biographical information, including the personal details and interviews with the author. One of the most useful sections of the site deals with Vonnegut's dramatic works and includes cast lists and reviews. The Archive section provides full-text versions of Vonnegut's articles and essays, published in various magazines and newspapers, which are not included in printed collections of his non-fiction writing. It seems, however, that the site is still under construction and a number of links remains unavailable. One other drawback of the resource is the fact that it has not been updated since approximately 2005, and consequently it does not include the information on the writer's death in 2007, or any of the works published in his last years or posthumously.
This site is primarily an online version of an exhibition 'Walker Percy: From Pen to Print', held at the Wilson Library in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, April-August 2002. Walker Percy (1916-90), the Alabama-born novelist best known for 'The Moviegoer', was an alumnus of the University, and has given to it his manuscripts and his working library. The site contains a brief 'Introduction' to the Exhibition, and an 'Exhibition Checklist' which gives brief bibliographical details of the works on display. There is also a concise note on the writer's life and career in the 'Walker Percy' section. A detailed account of 'The Walker Percy Papers' links to an inventory of the manuscripts, available in HTML or XML format, and further information is provided on the holdings of 'The Walker Percy Library and Related Printed Materials'. Works referred to in these sections are linked to items in the exhibition. This site serves as a gateway to a major collection of materials relating to Percy and his contemporaries.
This is the official home page of the Walter de la Mare Society, which celebrates and promotes the works of the poet, novelist, and essayist Walter de la Mare (1873-1956). The website contains a brief biography and chronology of the author, a bibliography of works by and about de la Mare, and a section on the artwork accompanying his publications. De la Mare's own writings are not reproduced on the site, presumably for copyright reasons, but several academic essays are included in electronic form. The site also gives information as to major library holdings of manuscripts and letters by de la Mare. Details of how to join the Society are given along with news of upcoming conferences, lectures, and events. The site also hosts a discussion forum although most of the entries consist of short queries trying to identify particular poems.This is a straightforward author-appreciation site that caters for academics thinking of researching de la Mare as well as interested members of the public. It would repay a visit by anyone interested in Walter de la Mare.
The Walter Scott Digital Archive is a website is designed around the extensive Corson Collection of Walter Scott material held by the Special Collections Department of Edinburgh University Library. The site provides: pages of biographical information; synopses and publishing histories of each of Scott's major works; lists of recent publications; forthcoming events; Scott-related links; portraits of Scott; and some of his correspondence. There are also e-texts of various works by Scott, including the only available e-texts of: 'The Letters of Sir Walter Scott'; 'Tales of a Grandfather'; and 'An Apology for Tales of Terror'. The site also links to a searchable image database of Scott-related visual material, which includes: portraits; illustrations; art inspired by Scott's works; pictures of people related to the author; places; memorabilia; manuscripts; and other correspondence. Those researching or teaching Scott's works, as well as fans of his writing, would find this resource invaluable.
'War, Literature and the Arts' is a full-text ejournal, published from the Department of English and Fine Arts at the United States Air Force Academy. At April 2009 there are 11 issues freely available online, with additional tables-of-contents for issues from 1989-1999. The journal offers scholary articles, poetry, fiction, personal accounts and memoirs, interviews, and reviews. Example article titles on British topics include: 'Henry V: Shakespeare's Just Warrior'; 'Ghost Imagery in the War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon'; 'Victory from Defeat: The War Office and the making of Dunkirk (Ealing Films, 1958)'; ''We Will Remember Them': The Poetic Rewritings of Lutyens' Cenotaph'; and 'Siegfried Sassoon, Fellow-traveler: Poetry, Socialism, and the British Veterans’ Movement'. The website can be searched by keyword. The journal is also available in paper form, and the website has details of back-issues and subscriptions. There are also details of the aims, editors, Editorial Board, and submissions process.
The online version of the Weber journal contains essays and writing "providing insight into the culture and environment of the contemporary western United States". This covers the subjects of the environment, cultural diversity, applied ethics, gender, economics, education and public policy. The genres published in Weber include biography, poetry, fiction, personal narrative and criticism. There is a Reading Room page which contains topically organised archival material, prose and poetry. The West Links section refers the reader to other online resources, grouped thematically as Culture and History, Environment, Government, Politics and Law, News and Information. To celebrate the Sundance Film Festival, Weber's annual winter issue has a film focus. The journal's remit is broad and its strength lies in its exposure of quality writers working away from the mainstream of cultural studies. As a platform for other voices it is excellent, and access to the back issues is unlimited and free, although the material is copyrighted. Altogether, it is a comprehensive and interesting website, and it will be of use to students, researchers, and general public interested in arts, culture and literature of the western United States.
WebLiterature is a digital repository with one of the largest collections of literature classics, offering over 650 titles by more than 350 authors. The collection includes works by Plato, Aristotle, Alexandre Dumas, Honore de Balzac, John Milton, Thomas Hobbes, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Darwin, D. H. Lawrence, Leo Tolstoy, Franz Kafka, Niccolo Machiavelli, Mark Twain, Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, George Orwell, Hermann Hesse, and many others. All works appear in full-text and can be accessed free of charge. The collection is divided into two main sections: the Complete Classic Online Literature Library and the Popular Classic Online Books Section; the former lists authors alphabetically, then linking to individual works, whereas the latter provides one long list of approximately 150 titles. Unfortunately, these titles are not copied across sections, so for example, Hobbes' Leviathan can be accessed via the Popular Classic section, but it will not be listed in the Complete Classic Library. Another problem that the user may be facing is the navigation between pages. Despite these drawbacks, however, and considering the size and range of this collection, WebLiterature is commendable to general readers who will certainly appreciate the choice and accessibility of so many titles. Students and scholars should be aware that the site does not provide details about the editions upon which the texts are based.
Richard Yates (1926-1992) is best known for Revolutionary Road, published in 1961, a brilliant, satirical novel which has come to be regarded as a masterpiece of modern American fiction. This site provides an outline bibliography of Yates's works, and a fuller listing of works about him, including essays, reviews and interviews from major periodicals (most of which link to the full-text versions). There is also a flourishing Discussion Board with a substantial archive of messages going back several years. The News page also links to recent articles and reviews, including notices and reviews of Blake Bailey's A tragic honesty: the life and work of Richard Yates (2003). There is a page of links to a variety of related websites. This site forms a useful introduction to the work of a significant novelist.
'Wells and his Worlds : Wells and his Box' is a website about the British novelist and pioneer of the science fiction genre, H. G. Wells (1866-1946), and about his novel 'The Time Machine' in particular. The site offers a brief account of Wells's childhood and education, which the author uses to explain his later social and political ideas as manifested in The Time Machine. It also discusses the omission of the far future episode of the book from the 1960 film version, reproducing that episode online. Other primary sources on the site include Wells's comments on the book, and two of its contemporary reviews, one positive, the other largely negative. A description of President Teddy Roosevelt's reaction The Time Machine is also included, as is an account of some of H. G. Wells's prejudices. There are links to an essay on Wells as a founder of science fiction, and pages on the Fabian society of which Wells was a member. The tone of the writing is informal rather than scholarly, but the author of the site offers some suggestions for further exploration that should interest undergraduates.
Wilkie Collins (1824-89) is a website compiled and annotated by Mitsuharu Matsuoka of Nagoya University, Japan. The site is a guide to Collins resources on the Internet. The site does not use frames or feature complicated graphics, and as such is fast and easy to navigate. The contents are divided into a number of sections on topics including: Wilkie Collins sites; biographical information; e-texts of most Collins novels and many short stories and essays; mailing lists; and Wilkie Collins societies. This site would be of interest to students studying Collins work at undergraduate level.
The Wilkie Collins Pages has been constructed by Paul Lewis, a freelance journalist and broadcaster. The site is dedicated to the life and work of the popular Victorian English novelist and friend of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins (1824-1889). A brief biographical note is provided, as well as a comprehensive bibliography of other biographical works on Collins. The site offers an excellent range of material, and its collection of images is particularly good. There is a chronological collection of more than one hundred images of Collins, including sketches by members of his family, and early photographic images. There is an extensive range of material on the site relating to the whole of Collins' life and career, including eighty e-texts of contemporary biography. There are hypertext links to a wide range of online texts, including much of Collins' correspondence and letters. This is transcribed, with useful annotations, and is also well-referenced. In many instances, an image of the original manuscript is also featured. There are also links to online texts, including novels, short stories and collaborations with Dickens, as well as scanned versions of works by Collins which have not been re-published since their first edition, a French preface to "The Woman in White", and explanation of his monogram. In addition, the site offers information about Collins' will, his travels in Italy and his friendship with Dickens. There is also a guide to Victorian money and coins which will be of more general interest to historians of the period. In short, the site contains many items that will be of interest to Collins' scholars, students and enthusiasts of his work.
Hosted by the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where Cather herself studied, The Willa Cather Archive contains a wealth of useful information for: students; researchers; and readers alike. The site features e-texts of Cather's fiction (including: 'O Pioneers'; 'My Antonia'; and 'Alexander's Bridge') and non-fiction (featuring various letters and speeches by Cather and interviews with her), each accompanied by a brief contextualising introduction. Users can also view articles written by Cather for the university magazine ('The Hesperian') during her time as a student. The site also offers information on Cather's life including: a chronology; two biographical sketches; and an online version of James Woodress's 1989 biography 'Willa Cather a Literary Life'. The scholarship section of the site offers users access to articles on Cather's work which are not readily available from other sources. It also contains e-texts of 'Cather Studies', a biennial forum for Cather scholarship printed by the University of Nebraska. In addition, the site also offers: a gallery of photographs from all eras of Cather's life; a slide show documenting the country and people she drew upon in her fiction; audio files of a speech made by Cather at the Pullitzer Prize awards in 1933; and the only known moving images of Cather.
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.
This Society was founded in 1993 to further the study and appreciation of the poet and novelist William Gilmore Simms (1806-70), born in South Carolina, and best known for his work 'The Yemassee: A Romance of Carolina'. This site gives information about the Society and its activities, which include the publication of 'The Simms Review' and the sponsorship of the Simms conferences. There is also information about the Simms Summer Research Fellowship at the University of South Caroliniana Library, and the Shared History Project (a family history project founded by one of Simms' descendents). There are links to the South Caroliniana Library (at the University of South Carolina), a Simms bibliography, provided by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, and links to other related sites. Although limited in scope, this site provides some useful pointers for the study of Simms and his works.
The Alpha and Omega Wodehouse Portal is sponsored by The Wodehouse Society (an American organisation) and devoted to the author behind the Jeeves and Wooster novels. The website is divided into a number of sections, covering topics including: information about The Wodehouse Society; biographical and literary pages on the author; and details of Wodehouse Society conventions and conferences. Of particular interest is the section that attempts to clear Wodehouse of sympathising with the Nazis. The site is very basic and brief, but contains useful links to other Wodehouse resources, as well as the worldwide Wodehouse community.
'Women Romantic-era writers' is a well-presented site offering a gateway of links to online texts by around 140 women writers of the romantic period. Each author featured on the page has a link to at least one e-text, and many also have links to related websites and critical commentaries. Most of the online texts are part of larger, University based, electronic document projects. The site also includes sections of links on: anthologies and annuals relating to romantic-era women writers; contemporary responses to the authors; electronic text archives which feature romantic-era women writers; information on contemporary culture; and other related websites. Writers featured include: Jane Austen; Elizabeth Beverley; Mary Hays; Charlotte Lennox; and Frances Sheridan. The extensive number of writers listed makes the site an important initial online guide to romantic-era women authors.
'Women Writers' is an award-winning online, biannual magazine dedicated to women's writing, both fictional and scholarly. The magazine makes all of its articles freely available as part of its aim "to provide independent, print-publication quality scholarship [..] on the Internet" and to make it "accessible to students of all levels". Among the resources available on the site are: critical articles; book reviews; fiction; interviews with women writers; and an extensive 'webliography' of printed texts on feminist theory. Submissions from writers are invited. Materials from previous issues are available and are achived according to whether they are creative or scholarly. Students of English and gender studies will find this an interesting and valuable resource.
Woolf Online is the website of a research project that aims to construct an electronic 'genetic' edition of Virginia Woolf's novel 'Time Passes', which forms part of her work 'To the Lighthouse'. The finished edition will document each stage of the development of the novel, from manuscript to print editions and will contextualise the work by including information such as extracts from Woolf's diaries and details of her family history in order to produce a 'literary archaeology'. The site at present gives an overview of the project's objectives and methods, and offers users the option to subscribe to the project's newsletter. This project, and the final edition, will be of interest to students and researchers alike.
'Working Papers on Design' is an eclectic "peer-reviewed journal for research in visual culture", "published by the Faculty for the Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Hertfordshire". As of August 2007, the journal offers two full-text issues online. Volume 1 examines "The Future of Modelmaking" (in product design), while Volume 2 is titled "Show/Tell" and examines "Relationships between Text, Narrative and Image", particularly in relation to literature. The website has details of the aims of the journal, and of the editorial board.
'The World of Jack London' is a website devoted to the life and literature of author Jack London (1876-1916), said to have once been the "best paid and most popular author in the world". The website is very substantial and contains a wealth of information about the author and his works. There are well-formatted copies of London's original fiction, along with his poetry and journalism. There is a wealth of biographical material and images. The website contains a full index to the Jack London Newsletter. There are bibliographies and timelines. The website has a Google-powered search facility, and a useful page with news about recent website updates and topical news such as calls for papers. The website is free to use and does not require registration.
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.
The Wright American Fiction Project website hosts a digitised collection of 19th century American fiction titles, as listed in the bibliography compiled by Lyle Wright in American Fiction 1851-1875. At the time of writing (April 2009), there are over 2,880 volumes included by over 1,450 authors, who include Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Dean Howells, and Herman Melville, and users can search or browse the database of books. The types of searching available on this website include simple, proximity, Boolean and bibliographic. Browsing options include by author and via a word index. The full texts that are available fall into two groups: page images with searchable OCR text derived from microfilms, and a small subset of texts that have been further encoded in SGML/XML using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines. Also available here are MARC records for the entire collection, help documentation and further information about the project.
'The Writers Post' is an online electronic writing magazine, published biannually, which aims to provide writers with an opportunity for publication and readers with high quality new material. The magazine seeks to raise the profile of high quality Vietnamese writing and to encourage English-speakers to enjoy material from other cultures, and so features Vietnamese writing in translation alongside English material. Featured Vietnamese work includes short stories and poems, many of which first appeared in 'Songvan', a now discontinued magazine of literature and art, or in Vietnamese-language literary magazines. The English section includes: verse; fiction; essays; and artwork. Full submission guidelines are included. The magazine's archive goes back to the original issue in 2000 and there is also information on publications by contributors to the magazine, along with their biographies. The layout of the site means that the content is sometimes difficult to find, but the material is beautifully presented and of good quality. This resource would be of interest to writers and those studying literature in translation.
www.laurahird.com is the website of a successful Scottish novelist, described as one of the 'most accomplished and fresh young voices around' in 'The Times' for her first novel, 'Born Free' (1999). Laura Hird's website features not only information on her life and works but also a large collection of reviews, interviews and new writing. A section of the site headed 'The New Review' features: the 'Showcase' (short stories, poetry and extracts of work by new writers); reviews of classic and new writing; and reviews of films, music and literary magazines. A full index is also provided. While this is Laura Hird's official website, it reads more like a literary e-zine in many respects. Hird's presence is very strong throughout as she offers her favourite: prose; poetry; music; and events, as well as information on: writing opportunities; competitions; and links. The site provides a wide range of useful material for writers and students of contemporary literature.
The Universal Teacher website provides numerous resources for those teaching English literature, language and theatre studies at school and sixth-form levels in the UK. The site is approved by byteachers.com and adheres to the national curriculum as taught and examined. There are good online tutorials for specific texts, grouped according to level, including: Key Stage; GCSE; and A-Level standards. There are also sections for students with special educational needs, and teaching with ITC. Topics covered by tutorials include: researching dialects; language and gender; language change; Shakespeare's plays; Charles Dickens; Jonathan Swift; Arthur Miller; Thomas Hardy; Charlotte Brontë; John Steinbeck; Jane Austen; Geoffrey Chaucer; Ted Hughes; William Blake; Robert Browning; and popular films such as Forrest Gump and Star Wars. The site includes audio files of poetry, and various study guides. Resources for studying scripture are also provided. This is an excellent site that offers a wide range of resources and which has been carefully designed for its intended audience.
The Yone Noguchi website provides an introduction to the works of this early 20th century Japanese novelist, poet and essayist, described by the academic who created the site as a 'pioneering cross-cultural writer'. The home page is deceptively minimalist: the site contains a lot of information, is well cross-referenced with links between sections, and includes electronic full-text versions of some of Noguchi's books and essays, all written in English. The various sections are accessed by clicking on icons, and a little guesswork is needed to work out what these represent. Clicking on the line-drawing portrait of Noguchi leads to a brief biography; others lead to bibliographies of his novels, short stories, haiku poems, and journalistic essays, many of which can be accessed in full electronic or facsimile versions. Among these are the books 'Lafcadio Hearn in Japan' and 'The American Diary of a Japanese Girl', and a newspaper article on 'Mr Yeats and the No'. The site can also be browsed by subject: books; articles; topic (fiction, haiku, drama); people; and reviews and criticism. Finally, there is a short section of links to other relevant websites.
Zembla is one of the finest Internet resources devoted to the Russian / American novelist and poet Vladimir Nabokov. It is organised by the library at Pennsylvania State University, and will be of interest to: students; enthusiasts; teachers; and researchers. Resources available here include: extensive biographical information on the author; excerpts from his work (including Nabokov's own readings from his poetry and his novel Pale Fale); detailed critical essays, bibliographies, creative writing based on Nabokov; and news on Nabokov mailing lists, conferences, summer schools, etc. The site also give information relating to the International Vladimir Nabokov Society and its publication 'The Nabokovian'. The site is refreshing and easy to use.
francesca.net is the personal website of Francesca Myman, a graduate of Yale University. The site provides links to two websites Myman maintains: the Octopia Blog, that tracks "the octopus in art and culture"; and the website "Giant Octopus Pulps", a gallery of science fiction pulp art featuring octopus. Also available on the website are the full texts of two substantial scholarly essays by Myman: "'Skirting the Edge': Costume, Masquerade, and the Plastic Body in Blade Runner"; and "The "Nature" of the Female Cyborg: Evidence of Will in the Mechanical Woman". In addition to these there are also a number of her short fiction pieces, and an illustrated tribute to the ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz. This site would interest students of film and science fiction literature, as well as creative writers and artists.