1001 Nights Cast is the official website of a text-based webcast project which was devised and performed by an Australian artist Barbara Campbell. This online resource provides all the necessary details regarding the project itself, the performing artist and the participating writers. The 1001 Nights Cast began on 21 June 2005 and continued to appear daily for the remaining 1000 nights, that is until 17 March 2008. Campbell prepared her webcasts by selecting a prompt word or phrase from newspaper reports about events in the Middle East, rendering it in watercolour, and publishing it on the website. Each prompt was a source of inspiration for a participant who would write a story of up to 1001 words. When a story had been written, Campbell would perform the story as a live webcast at sunset that night from wherever she was in the world. All these stories are currently published online in the section Search the Archive. Further details of the participating writers can be obtained through the Links page. The project has been inspired by the Arabian Nights collection of stories, centred on the figure of Scheherazade who 'narrates to keep herself alive'. This online project 'is generated by the forces of The 1001 nights: the theatrics of the voiced story, the need for framing devices, the strategies for survival, the allure of the Middle East and its contrasting realities'. This website will be of interest to researchers and professional writers alike. It is also a commendable resource for performance artists and enthusiasts of new media collaborative projects.
The Able Muse Review, edited by Alexander Pepple, hails from San Jose, California and is a journal of poetry, prose and art published online quarterly. The first issue appeared in the autumn on 1999. It "predominantly publishes metrical poetry complemented by art and photography, fiction and non-fiction including essays, book reviews and interviews with a focus on metrical and formal poetry". Submissions are invited. Each issue presents the work of featured poets, writers, artists, photographers and/or musicians. The site features the current issue but all previous volumes are archived and searchable. Images of artists' work, audio readings by featured poets (Real Player required) and mp3 music recordings are provided.
The website 'Aelfric's Homilies on Judith, Esther, and the Maccabees' makes available Stuart D. Lee's electronic edition of these Old English texts. The texts themselves are reproduced in PDF format. The site also contains introductory materials including: notes; a glossary; and an extensive bibliography. The editor describes the manuscript sources for Aelfric's Homilies and also discusses questions of: authorship; style; and date of composition. There is a section on the themes of the homilies, which locates the texts in their historical and intellectual contexts. Users may need to download Anglo-Saxon fonts in order to display some of the resources correctly (a link is provided to a free source of such fonts). This site would interest those studying Old English language or religious texts.
The website of the American Chesterton Society is dedicated to the promotion and revivification of the thought of G.K. Chesterton. The site hosts a wealth of information on Chesterton and will be of considerable use to all those interested in the life and works of this prolific and popular: philosopher; novelist; poet; theologian; and social critic. Among the resources provided are: a bibliography of Chesterton's works; a brief biography; memorable quotes; and the full-texts of many essays and poems by Chesterton. These last are arranged under headings including: 'The Essayist'; 'The Poet'; 'The Artist'; 'The Murderer'; 'The Distributist'; 'The Historian'; 'The Critic'; 'The Philosopher'; and 'The Theologian'. The site also provides helpful synopses of Chesterton's views on: consumerism; the family; puritanism; pacifism; and crime and punishment among other topics. Sample articles from the Society's 'Gilbert Magazine' are also available via the site. The site is extremely well presented and accessible.
The American Time Capsule website has been developed by the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress to provide access to texts in its printed ephemera collection. The documents included on the site have been digitally scanned to create facsimile images, which can be viewed in different sizes and formats. The site currently provides access to over 10,000 digital images, and all of the online documents will, on completion of the project, be accompanied by transcriptions. Much of the collection is made up of information from broadsides, although leaflets and pamphlets also feature, and the material is notable for its great variety. The type of material available from the site includes posters, notices, advertisements, proclamations, leaflets, propaganda, manifestos and business cards. It is possible to search or browse the collections, and it is also possible to browse by author, title, genre or geographic location of printing. A final release is planned, and this will include many of the oversize items in the collection.
The Anna Laetitia Barbauld website offers electronic hypertext editions of the poetry and prose of the 18th-century and Romantic era British writer Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825). The project is intended to explore the ways in which hypertext might extend editorial opportunities beyond those available to printed editions, as well as to enable free access to this increasingly studied author. The site hosts an annotated edition of Barbauld's 1773 edition of poetry, and a facsimile edition of her 1825 two-volume "Works", with a memoir by Lucy Aikin. Several of the texts feature hypertext glosses, whilst some of the poems are accompanied by more detailed critical notes that offer contextual readings. The poem, "Washing Day", for instance, is accompanied by: a critical essay; a contemporary account of washing day from James Woodforde's "Diary of a Country Parson"; a 1739 account of washing day from Mary Collier's "The Woman's Labour"; an engraving by Thomas Rowlandson; and other complementary materials. The site also includes: some of Barbauld's prose texts; 19th-century biographical accounts; a chronology of her life; a 1776 article on 'female literature' from the Westminster Journal; and some secondary critical essays. Links are provided to related resources. This well-designed and informative website should definitely appeal to students and researchers interested in Romantic literature and Barbauld more specifically. Users should note that links to external sites have not been maintained.
The 'Anna Letitia Barbauld prose works' website hosts electronic texts of the: letters; essays; 'civic sermons', and prose works for children of Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825). Barbauld is generally regarded as one of the most important 18th-century and Romantic-era British women writers. More widely remembered as a poet, her prose essays nonetheless cover a wide range of literary, philosophical, and cultural topics. The texts provided here address such issues as: education; evil; sensibility; prejudice; monasticism; romances; and the Corporation and Test Acts. Barbauld's response to Mark Akenside's 'Pleasures of Imagination' is also included, as are her fables for children. Each text may be viewed as HTML, or as a facsimile image of the print original in PDF format. The site features a brief biography of Barbauld, written by Molly Beverstein, and a short list of links to other relevant Web resources. This site would be of use to those studying Romantic period literature. Users should note that, at the time of writing, this site has been listed as a work in progress from some years, with additional materials such as secondary essays yet to be added.
AnsaxDAT is a searchable full-text database of postings to the Ansaxnet (Ansax-l) email discussion list. ANSAX-L is the listserv discussion group for ANSAXNET, the Anglo-Saxon Network. Discussions cover not only Old English language and literature, but also Anglo-Saxon archaeology, history, philosophy, and the arts. The archive contains postings from 1991 to the present day. Postings of interest can be marked for later printing or downloading. Unfortunately the pages surrounding the search engine are all empty so, for example, there are no instructions given for joining the Ansax-l email discussion list.
Anthem for doomed youth: Twelve Soldier Poets of the First World War is a virtual exhibition commemorating a major exhibit of manuscripts, letters, diaries, artworks, photographs and personal mementoes which was held at the Imperial War Museum from October 2002 to April 2003. The site provides brief biographies and photographs of twelve British poets who wrote about their experiences during World War I: Edmund Blunden; Rupert Brooke; Robert Graves; Juilien Grenfell; Ivor Gurney; David Jones; Francis Ledwidge; Wilfred Owen; Isaac Rosenberg; Siegfried Sassoon; Charles Sorley; and Edward Thomas. Users can download PDF versions of the exhibition catalogue and of major British newspaper reviews of the exhibition. Scholars in Great War History and English Literature will find posted captions from the exhibition to be useful for their research. One internal link was broken at the time of review.
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.
This is a straightforward, no-frills, electronic-text version of George Puttenham's 'Arte of English Poesie'. The site consists of a scanned copy of the 1569 primary source, in the original spelling. This may be accessed through the Contents page, which has links to each chapter of the text, or through a single page which scrolls down through the whole 258 pages. No additional information is given about the text. The scan was made from a 1968 Scholar Press reprint. This text is a publicly-available part of the University of Virginia's Electronic Text Centre, much of the contents of which are restricted to Virginia University and its associates. The site links to the E-Text Centre's home page and a list of their online databases.
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.
Mark Ynys-Mon's website, Brief Lives, offers selections of the work of the seventeenth-century biographer and antiquarian, John Aubrey (1626-1697). The resource includes Aubrey's lives of: Thomas Allen; Elizabeth Broughton; Thomas Harcourt; Mary Herbert, countess of Pembroke, and William Shakespeare. There is also a small amount of background information about Aubrey and an account of his method of writing. Aubrey was a man of eclectic interests and also wrote a 'Natural History of Wiltshire' and a 'Perambulation of Surrey' as well as having an interest in prehistoric sites such as Stonehenge. Ynys-Mon is a former student of Lancaster University and produced this resource independently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
Bede Net, developed by Stephen J. Harris (Department of English, University of Massachusetts), provides access to a selection of academic resources for the study of the Venerable Saint Bede (673-735). Probably the most useful resource is an extensive bibliography which details works by and about Bede published before 1995. The bibliography is divided into the following sections: primary sources; translations; Bede scholarship; Historia Ecclesiastica [Ecclesiastical History of the English People]; homilies and commentaries; and hagiographies. The site also contains a short overview of Bede's life, and an address book of scholars specialising in Bede and Anglo-Saxon studies. (There are also pages for information about conferences and events relating to Bede studies and a list of briefly annotated links, but unfortunately these do not appear to be updated very frequently.) This site would be of use to researchers and students studying Bede or medieval theology.
Legends is a website devoted to the enduring influence of myths and legends. It is likely to be of interest for research at all levels into story telling, fairytales, hero figures and many other aspects of 'heroism, romance and adventure', in literature, history and oral tradition. The site's mission statement promises: 'guided access to primary source material and up-to-date scholarship', along with essays, reviews, historical surveys and commentary. It fulfils this promise admirably through headed pages on Robin Hood, King Arthur and Beowulf, amongst others. These include writers and artists who have drawn on mythical source material, such as Shakespeare, William Morris and J. R. R. Tolkien. Each page has an overview and history of the subject with annotated links to further resources. Essays and secondary source content include the essay 'Into the Woods' by Donald G. Keller. The whimsical nature of the homepage does not immediately suggest that this is an academic resource, but the material is presented to a high standard and the content is comprehensive and thoughtful in its analysis. This is an attractive and user-friendly site with a large amount of very useful material.
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.
The 'Boethius in early medieval Europe' website provides an overall view of a project based at the Faculty of English, University of Oxford. The project aims to investigate understanding of late Roman culture as appropriated by Anglo-Saxons. In particular the project will focus its attention on Anglo-Saxon versions of the 'De Consolatione Philosophiae' (On the Consolation of Philosophy), by Boethius (480-c.524) and aims to publish a new edition of the Alfredian Boethius complete with glossary, commentary, and translation. The website gives details of: the project's aims; the makeup of the advisory board; and contact details for project staff. This project has received funding from the Leverhulme Trust. This site would be of interest to those researching Boethius and the transmission of his work.
'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 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 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.
Ritva Raesmaa's Charles Dickens website contains links to e-text versions of Dickens' works, such as "A Tale of Two Cities", "Oliver Twist", "Hard Times", "Sketches By Boz", "A Christmas Carol", "Bleak House", and many others. The site also offers reviews and criticism on these works. There are several links to pages with the original illustrations.There is a substantial amount of information on Dickens' home life such as Dickens' comments on his father who was imprisoned for debt in 1824 to the great embarrassment of his family. There is information on his wife, children and pets. There is also a version of Dickens' journal (more like a day-book, than personal diary). At the time of last review, the site contained some broken links.
The website 'Chronicles and Society in Northern England in the Fourteenth Century' provides a one-page introduction to this Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project. The project's main aim is to produce a new translation of the fourteenth-century work 'Salacronica', written in French, by Sir Thomas Gray. The team will also seek to produce scholarly articles relating the work to other contemporary writing in the North of England. This new edition will supersede those of Joseph Stevenson (1836) and H.E. Maxwell (1907), neither of which contains a full text. The project team intends to examine the text within its linguistic, historical, and historiographical contexts. In particular, issues such as local attitudes to the Scots, cross border conflicts, and Edward III's wars in France will be addressed. This project received funding from the AHRC within the Research Grants scheme. This resource, when available, will be of interest to students of medieval languages and history, as well as researchers in those fields.
The Corpus of English Dialogues (CED) is an electronic resource comprising dialogues from 1560 to 1760. It can be downloaded from the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) website: however, access to the material is restricted, and users are asked to complete a short Web form to apply for a copy. To give a picture of spoken interaction of the past, as mediated through written records, the CED contains 1.2 million words drawn from both texts which include constructed dialogue and those which purportedly record language from authentic speech situations. There are five main text types in the CED: drama comedy; didactic works (language manuals and other handbooks); fiction; trial proceedings; and witness depositions. The corpus texts have been coded to indicate features such as: foreign language; narration; compilers' comments; editorial comments and emendations; and font changes. The CED comprises 177 text files, and is distributed in plain text and XML formats, accompanied by a PDF guide to the corpus.
This website, which is made available by the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, Queen Mary, University of London, is the home page of the Francis Bacon Correspondence Project. The aim of this project is to produce a new critical edition of the correspondence of the natural philosopher and politican Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban (1561-1626). This edition will be published as part of the new Oxford edition of Bacon's works, which is supported by the British Academy. The site includes information about the project, and two papers available as PDF files: "The Design of the Francis Bacon Correspondence Project Database"; and "The Editing of Francis Bacon as a Man of all Parties". The site also makes available a calendar of Bacon's correspondence, including some 200 letters that have not previously been published. These have been located through an initial census of library and archival holdings carried out as part of the project. The catalogue can be browsed as a chronological list of letters, or using the alphabetical index of correspondents. It can also be searched by name. Each entry contains information in the following fields: date; author; recipient; first line; summary; manuscript reference; and references to printed versions of the letter. This material will be of great value to researchers working on Bacon or on the intellectual world of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, especially as it collects material that has previously been scattered.
The Corvey Project at Sheffield Hallam University is researching the holdings of the Corvey Library (Höxter, Germany), a library which holds an extensive collection of writings from the Romantic-era, including a rare collection of popular fiction between 1798 and 1834. The Corvey Project's particular area of interest is women's writing in the collection. The Project, which has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB), has made available a number of resources. The Corvey Women Writers on the Web resource is a database of over 1,000 writings by 417 women writing in the late eighteenth - early nineteenth centuries. The database can be browsed by author (in alphabetical order) or searched. The search interface permits detailed searching. Fields available for searching include: title, author, publisher, date range, genre and specified keywords. A typical author's page includes a bibliography of works, refereed contributions made to Corvey Women Writers on the Web, and related contemporary material. A page for any given work will usually include an image of the title page, publication information, and details of refereed contributions. The Corvey Project has also made available catalogues relating to the library's holdings for belles-lettres, general women's writing, and travel. The Project is integrated into the University's undergraduate teaching programme. The CW3 online journal is a peer-refereered forum of articles on Romantic-era writing by women. Details are also included on 'Corinne', the project's hard copy journal of original undergraduate research . The website includes details of articles about the project (some online), and recent updates.
'Creative Nonfiction' is hard copy journal dedicated to the art and craft of creative non-fiction writing. The journal's website provides supplementary online material which offers a useful starting point for researchers in creative and critical writing and literature, including a link to the Creative Nonfiction podcast and a monthly newsletter (archives available from 2007 onwards). The website also features tables of contents for back issues, with online extracts from selected articles, and related links. A profile of editor Lee Gutkind and his work is also on the site, which offers a user-friendly taste of the journal's interests.
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.
The website " The Diary of Samuel Pepys" is an interesting project by Phil Gyford, to turn Samuel Pepys' diary into a Weblog, with the first entry posted on 1st January 2003 and one each day after that. Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) commenced his diary in 1660, and it provided one of the most interesting portraits of seventeenth century London and of his own personal dilemmas and married life. Pepys lived through some of the most tumultous events of the period, including the Great Fire of London. The Weblog format allows for readers' annotations. Daily entries from the nine-volume work are also available as RSS news feeds for inclusion on external websites. The text of the diary is derived from an edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley in 1893 and obtained in electronic form from Project Gutenberg. The site also includes further information about the text, an encyclopedia of seventeenth century Britain , a brief biographical note, and further reading. Hypertext annotations makes the text easier for the user to read. A search through the entire text of the diary is possible.
This site is a guide to the Donne Variorum Project, which since 1981 has been in the process of producing a new critical text and variorum commentary of the complete poetry of Catholic turned Protestant poet and priest John Donne (1572-1631), who is famous for his metaphysical love poetry and his sermons. Much of the site is devoted to weighty explanations and analyses of purpose of this project and the history of the editing of Donne; and a comprehensive list of the editors and consultants involved in the project. Perhaps most usefully, the site contains other resources which can be downloaded and used by other scholars, under certain conditions. These include: several textual collation programmes and file frame generation programmes; many first line indexes of seventeenth-century sources of Donne's poetry; and a number of transcriptions of copies of Donne's poems, made by editors in preparation for the Variorum editions. In due course every transcription made for these editions will be posted in this way.The site claims to be of interest to students and members of the public as well as postgraduate researchers, though this does not seem to this reviewer to be probable, since most of the information provided is of a very specialist nature. However, for professional researchers and especially fellow editors, the site is a useful guide to an ambitious and important project.
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.
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.
'Eclipse' is an elegantly-presented open archive offering... "digital facsimiles of the most radical small-press writing from the last quarter century". The website is free and offers full-text items. The extensive archive can be browsed by title or author, and items may be read online (as scanned images in TIF format) or downloaded in PDF format. Each item is usually accompanied by very short biographical and contextual details. Eclipse is made freely available by the Department of English at the University of Utah, and the website states that the project also aims to publish new book-length works. This will be a useful website for those engaged in areas such as artists' books, performative writing, literary criticism, book design and typography.
This site is devoted to Edmund Carpenter's 1972 pocket-sized tour de force, Oh, what a blow that phantom gave me! Carpenter, an associate of Marshall McLuhan, explored the anthropology of communications and wrote on film, animation, jazz and folk music, as well as more conventional anthropological subjects. In 1969-70, he was hired by the Australian government to study the effects of electronic media on tribal peoples - and from this came Oh, what a blow that phantom gave me! The hypermedia edition of the text, edited by Michael Wesch, includes the full text of all three parts (arranged by part and chapter), maps and pictures, a handful of video clips, and the opportunity to add commentary to the text. It utilises the full capacity of the Internet to foreground the role of electronic media in altering communication.
This Website provides information about the British poet and essayist Edward Thomas (1878-1917). The site provides a brief biography on Thomas's life and career as an acclaimed writer before he died in action at the Battle of Arras during the First World War. There are extracts posted here of Thomas's prose and poetry. Along with a good links list, there is a bibliography of Thomas's books which are currently in print and of publications about Thomas's work and his era. The site is run by the Edward Thomas Fellowship, which was instituted to increase knowledge and appreciation of the poet. There are details posted on how to join and support the Fellowship. The site makes available CDs regarding the poet and his writing as well as other sale items such as notecards. The Fellowship also arranges walks and related annual events in Thomas's remembrance.
'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.
The online electonic edition of volume one of Modern Painters by John Ruskin includes: some 2,500 facsimile pages from the significant editions published in Ruskin's lifetime (1843, 1846, 1851, 1873, 1888); digitized copies (from microfilm) of manuscripts of Modern Painters held in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York; a full introduction to the electronic edition and project; a series of short essays contextualising the publication of Modern Painters; and contemporary reviews and reception of Modern Painters. The website also includes: biographical information; a collation of textual variants; and extensive annotations (only available alongside the third, 1846, edition). The annotations provide more information about the painters and their works and are sometimes accompanied by illustrations. Page images include: notes, collations, synopses, and navigation tools. Owing to the high-resolution scanning technique used, loading can be quite slow. But in its sheer scholarly excellence, this site is an invaluable contribution to Ruskin studies.
The Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) is an online collection of information on the electronic publishing enterprise which serves UNB and the wider academic community. The website outlines the Centre's objectives and services, as well as containing information on standards in electronic publishing, and a number of online resources for the humanities. The site includes: pages on the Centre's image metadata scheme (based on Dublin Core); document imaging standards; and Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines. Links are provided to other sites concerned with such encoding standards. The online collections hosted at the site include several items likely to be of interest to literature and history scholars. These include: ACTS (Atlantic Canada Theatre Site), for information on Canadian theatre, particularly nineteenth-century Atlantic theatre; the Canadian poetry database; selected letters from the Rufus Hathaway collection of Canadian Literature; the development of education in New Brunswick, 1784-1900; the diaries of the eighteenth-century Loyalist adventurer, Benjamin Marston; the New Brunswick commission reports 1784-1950; records of land settlement in New Brunswick in the period 1765-1900; digitised records and transcriptions of eighteenth-century Canadian documents; the Ward Chipman Slavery Brief of 1800; and a collection of full-text works of poetry and prose by early Canadian women writers. The site also hosts a number of journals and includes links to projects and journals at other sites.
'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.
This website is dedicated to the American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1955 (the volume 'North and South'). She also worked as a translator, publishing an English version of the famous Brazilian diary, 'The Diary of Helena Morley', and editing an 'Anthology of Contemporary Brazilian Poetry'. The website provides a biography, a bibliography, and a guide to library collections of Elizabeth Bishop materials. There is a page about the Elizabeth Bishop Society (with membership details), and a page of links to related websites. The section which is likely to be of particular interest to Bishop scholars is that containing selected papers from a symposium held at Vassar College in 1994. This contains the full-texts of eleven papers, and it informs an important resource for future critical work.
The English Emblem Book Project was set up with the aim of making full-text emblem books from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries available online. Nine books are currently available online. Full bibliographical details of the original source of each book is provided. The full-text of each book has been scanned. Details of the optimum viewing requirements for each book is available from the technical information section of the site. This section also provides further information on the numbering, scanning and physical condition of the original works used for the project. The website also provides details of what emblem books are and general information on the project. The website has a bibliography of printed sources and a list of other emblem book websites.
'English Literature: early 17th Century (1603-1660)' is part of the Luminarium web pages and contains a wealth of material relating to seventeenth-century writers active between 1603 and (approximately) 1660. Writers represented on the site include: John Donne; John Milton; George Herbert; John Webster; and Francis Bacon among others. For each author the site includes: links to online editions of their works; a biography and timeline; a selection of their more famous quotations; links to related materials; and related student essays and published journal articles. These online articles are particularly useful and noteworthy, and set this site apart from its rivals. The information given about each writer is comprehensive, and the original sources are cited. Where several different biographies are available online, links are given to each. In addition to the author-specific material, the site provides short histories of the 'Cavalier' and 'Metaphysical' poets. The site has a good search engine and is superbly presented, being illustrated with contemporary paintings and designs, including portraits of most of the authors. This resource should be bookmarked by every student of pre-Restoration 17th-century literature.
'English literature and culture from medieval period to the eighteenth century' is the work of Professor Cecilia H. C. Liu (Fu Jen University). The site compiles a wealth of introductory material on: medieval; sixteenth-century; seventeenth-century; and eighteenth-century literature, aimed explicitly at an audience of undergraduate students. Included here are resources relating to many different works and authors, such as: 'Beowulf'; Geoffrey Chaucer; William Langland; 'Sir Gawain and the green knight'; the 'Morte d'Arthure'; Thomas More; Edmund Spenser; Christopher Marlowe; William Shakespeare; Robert Herrick; John Dryden; Daniel Defoe; Jonathan Swift; and Samuel Johnson, as well as: medieval drama; ballads and lyrics. The site contains Liu's own research on the above works and authors, with some background on genres and history, and also notes and short essays written by her students. This site would be a useful tool for students learning how to read, summarise and interpret literary texts from these 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.
Ephemera from the Age of Victoria : Printed and Manuscript Artifacts from the Collection of Barbara Rusch is an online exhibtion hosted by the E. J. Pratt Library, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The site commemorates an actual exhibition held at the Library in early 1998. The website explains that ephemera are defined "as the documents of everyday life intended for short-term use and disposal." The term -- and exhibition -- include: pamphlets ; newspapers ; calendars ; greeting cards ; posters ; advertising novelties ; and consumer product packaging. The site underscores the historical immediacy that these items donate to the study of Social and Cultural History. And the online display confirms the sentimentality, love of glowing colour, and widespread consumption of bizarre medicines associated with common Victoriana. Among these, a section entitled How to be a Proper Victorian is most revealing, including pamphlets entitled 'From the Ballroom to Hell : Facts about Dancing. A Dancing Master's Experience' and 'The Enterprising Housekeeper.' An added feature allows users to click to see the front and back of several items. Visually attractive and easy to navigate, the site should serve as a teaching tool and a starting point for researchers to assess the content of University of Toronto's impressive archival collections in the fields of Victorian and British Imperial History.
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.
'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.
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.
'Geoffrey Chaucer: a treatise on the astrolabe' is a web page hosting an electronic text of Geoffrey Chaucer's unfinished Treatise, written around 1391 and believed to be the earliest extant 'technical manual' in English. The text is in HTML format and is adapted from F. N. Robinson's 1933 edition of Chaucer's poetical works. It is presented in its original unmodernised Middle English. There is little commentary, but the opportunity to access the original text would be of use to students of Chaucer's works.
Geographies of Orthodoxy is the website of an AHRC-funded project that aims to chart the: literary; linguistic; and theological effects of pseudo-Bonaventuran English vernacular lives of Christ circulated in the period 1350 - 1550. At the time of writing the Project is still in its early stages, and the content of the site reflects this. Eventually the Project aims to digitise all the remaining manuscript pseudo-Bonaventuran works and make them openly accessible. By examining the content and context of these manuscripts, the Project hopes to shed new light on the nature of pre-Reformation devotional thought. Eventually, the Project also aims to provide a record of the various scribal hands involved in the preparation of the manuscripts in question. The website describes the Project and its aims in some detail, together with the makeup of the Project team. Also provided is a blog containing related items of interest, including book reviews and articles on topics such as the nature of 'vernacular theology'. This site, and ultimately the work of this Project would be of interest to students and researchers working in the fields of: medieval theology; manuscript studies; English literature; and history.
This section of the Dictionary of Victorian London website contains the full-text of 'Gaslight and Daylight with Some London Scenes They Shine Upon' by George Augustus Sala (London: Chapman and Hall, 1859), a first person narrative that takes the reader on a journey through Victorian London streets, society and politics. The book, a combination of architectural description, social commentary, and journalistic investigation, is accessible chapter by chapter from the main menu; the original page number references have been inserted in the text. Its 34 sections cover several geographical and cultural areas and bear titles such as 'Things Departed', 'Phases of Public Life', 'Arcadia', 'Tattyboys Rents', 'Down Whitechapel Way', 'The Musical World', 'Fashion', and 'The Sporting World'. There is also a link to the Web editor's, Lee Jackson's, blog, The Cat's Meat Shop, a Victorian blog. A further subsite here is the Victorian Dictionary, with information on Jackson and his fiction works on the Victorian era.
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.
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 site contains Martin Guy's 1996 online edition of 'The Golden Asse' by Lucius Apuleius and is published by EServer, a Web archive of arts and humanities texts, based at the University of Washington. Though characters have been modernized, spelling contemporary to the late 16th century has been preserved within the text which has been made freely available for the use of undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars. Guy's edition is based on the London : Simpkin Marshall, 1933 reprint of the 1639 edition, and provides, in addition, direct access to translator William Adlington's 1566 dedicatory epistle, the Notes to the reader, the Preface, each of the text's eleven chapters, and 'The Life of Lucius Apulius', as well as Guy's brief 20th century bibliography of the title.
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.
“Hap Hazard” is a useful web resource primarily aimed at scholars studying the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser (1552-1599). In this website, users will find full electronic transcriptions of all known diplomatic and state documents, and other papers relating to Spenser’s life in Ireland between 1580 and 1599. As such, the site may also be of interest to scholars studying Elizabethan Irish history. The site also contains a transcription of Spenser’s 1596 “View of the Present State of Ireland”, including textual notes and supplementary materials. A third section, entitled “Other Materials” hosts transcribed manuscripts, including poetry and prose, relating to the Irish political and literary context in which Spenser worked and wrote. Many of the letters transcribed on the site were written by or to Lord Arthur Grey, the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland under whom Spenser worked. In addition, users can also find background information about this online resource.
Hillman's Hyperlinked and Searchable Chambers' Book of Days is an online version of Chambers' book, subtitled, 'A miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar, including biography, anecdote and history, curiosities of literature and oddities of human life and character'. The website is the result of scanning the original printed version, from which the site takes its form, arranged into sections, one for each day of the year. Each section provides information on a number of famous literary and historical figures who were born and died on each day in previous years, along with: the saints connected with that particular day of the year; biographies of some of those who were born and died on the day; relevant calendar customs, stories, and superstitions; and descriptions of historical events. The website can also be browsed by: biographies; calendar customs; wars; historical events; and oddities, among other topics. There is also a keyword search, which is useful in bringing up fascinating items of information that might otherwise be missed. The site is an interesting work of reference of its time (1869), and would be a good introduction for students and interested readers to folklore and customs which have long since gone out of use, or to the way history was represented during the 19th century. The site is not a scholarly work, but is well presented and easy to use.
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.
"The Hunterian Collection" website provides a brief overview and guide to the vast library of rare books collected by Dr William Hunter (1718-1783), doctor to Queen Charlotte and eminent anatomist. The collection, housed at the University of Glasgow, is one of the most significant in the UK, and contains over 10,000 printed books and 650 manuscripts. The manuscript collection includes substantial medieval and Renaissance materials, and over 100 Persian, Arabic and Sinilogical documents. The printed books include 534 incunabula (ten Caxtons) and a vast quantity of sixteenth century volumes. Unsurprisingly, a large proportion of the materials are of a medical nature (including editions of Hippocrates, Galen and Harvey), however literature is also well-represented, as is travel. There are materials on the East Indies and the South Seas. The Hunterian Collection also contains Hunter's own materials as well as those of his mentor James Douglas. The site lists finding aids and descriptions, with links to the online exhibitions or to the library catalogue for some of its holdings. Also, the items from the collection featured in the "book of the month" articles on the main page of the University of Glasgow website are listed separately with their respective links.
Ian McEwan is a contemporary British writer. The online resource Ian McEwan is the author's official website, and it has the approval and cooperation of the writer himself. This site provides a full bibliography of McEwan's works, and a comprehensive list of reviews and criticism of these works, including A-Level guides to some of his novels. A news section provides advanced warnings of McEwan's public appearances, whilst another section provides transcripts of interviews given by the author. The website also features a links section and a discussion forum. McEwan is the author of novels, short stories, children's fiction and screenplays. Some of his most famous works include 'Enduring Love', 'Atonement', 'On Chesil Beach', 'In Between the Sheets' and 'Soursweet'. His books have attracted a lot of critical attention due to their exploration of issues such as class and gender identity, or social politics. The website Ian McEwan is highly commendable as an exceptionally comprehensive and ample resource. This website is a useful academic resource as well as a decent fan site. It is reliable, well-maintained and updated on a regular basis.
The Index of the Literature of the English Renaissance and Early Seventeenth Century is useful as a general introduction to the works of the major writers of the period. It opens with a brief bibliography of general studies on the literature of the English Renaissance and links to Internet resources including one to an excellent, comprehensive site of Renaissance e-texts. The index lists over fifty writers of the period including: playrights William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and John Webster; poets John Milton and Edmund Spenser; and the essayist Sir Francis Bacon; and less well known figures such as the poets Thomas Traherne and Thomas Carew. Links are provided to full online texts of some works by each writer, as well as to biographical information.
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 Literary Quarterly is a full-text online review featuring: prose; poetry; critical articles; interviews; and artwork by a guest artist. All issues from number 1 (November 2007) onwards are available for users to view, along with: short biographies of contributors; a related blog; and editors' contact details. Contributors at the time of writing include authors and critics such as: Gillian Beer; Marina Warner; George Szirtes; and Andrew Motion, as well as artists: Calulm Colvin; Arturo Di Stefano; Tom Phillips; and Lydia Rubio. Issues are genuinely international, with literature from various countries translated into English. This is an ambitious and wide-ranging review, which would be of use to those studying or reading contemporary poetry and fiction.
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.
'The Internet Writing Journal' is a free online magazine for readers and writers, established in 1997. The journal is issued monthly and provides a combination of: reviews; interviews; and articles. An archive is provided, and content can also be searched by keyword. Submission guidelines are also included, and contributions of 'how to', informative and journalistic articles are welcomed. The magazine does not publish fiction or poetry, but does actively seek articles of 750 - 1750 words on: developing writing skills; publishing; journalism; screenwriting; markets; Internet writing; and writing plays and songs. This site is regularly updated, with current, topical content and is straightforward to navigate and user-friendly. Writers and literature students would find this resource of interest.
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.
The official website of the Ivor Gurney Society, this resource is dedicated to Ivor Gurney (1890-1937), who was an English poet and composer who fought in the First World War and later succumbed to mental illness, spending the last 15 years of his life in institutions. He wrote war poetry and composed hundreds of songs and pieces of instrumental music, mostly for the piano. The website contains biographies of Gurney and of some of his musical contemporaries and personal friends, including the Australian composer Arthur Benjamin, Joy Finzi (artist, sculptor, poet, musician and wife of Gerald Finzi) and critic, musician and musicologist Marian Scott. Some of his poems and song lyrics are reproduced, but often over garish backgrounds that distract from the text itself. Critical and theoretical essays written by Gurney, such as 'The Springs of Music', are included with the site. There are also some recordings of his works, which may be played with the QuickTime plug-in. There are sections on Gurney's music and poetry and the 'bibliography' area includes recordings, books and articles pertaining to Gurney, scores of music by Gurney and a published music works list. Links are provided to other websites with material on Gurney and his contemporary British composers. An email discussion list enables users to exchange views and information about Gurney.
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.
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.
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 Donne online' is a website dedicated entirely to this 17-century English metaphysical poet. It contains electronic texts of most of Donne's poetry, and a few of his sermons. An interesting search engine enables users to quickly locate particular words or phrases in any of the listed works by Donne. The site also features some audio recordings of his poems. The drawback of this resource is the size of the collection it presents; it is far less substantial than, for example, the one at luminarium.org. The resource is a part of the Global Language Resources site, which also offers a special illustrated edition of Shakespeare's work, and other collections, such as Blake's poetry or different editions of the Bible. These, however, are available mainly in DjVu format, and relevant software is required (DjVuLibre) to view those pages. 'John Donne online' is essentially a nicely presented fan-page, and consequently, it lacks the bibliographical references and textual notes required for serious scholarly research. It may, however, prove useful to students and enthusiasts of Donne's work, who are in search of copies of individual poems.
This website contains the complete texts of all 161 extant sermons by the English poet and churchman John Donne (1572-1631). The sermons were written and delivered between 1615 and 1629, and are characterised by their figurative language and Donne's rich literary style. The sermons may be searched by keyword, scriptural source, or location, or browsed alphabetically. They are displayed in PDF format, appearing in a frame with a page index to the left. The copy-text used for the electronic version is Potter and Simpson's unmodernised ten-volume edition of the sermons. The site also offers a very brief introduction to the sermons and an equally brief biography of their author.
This is the website of the John Donne Society, which exists to promote and discuss Donne's life and writing. John Donne (1572-1631) was a metaphysical poet, best known today for his bold and innovative love poetry, who later became a priest, and ended his life as Dean of St. Paul's, a very famous preacher and sermon-writer. The website's home page contains a brief history of the society and contact details, with links to pages with details of its annual conference, other relevant conferences, the Donne Variorum Project and the John Donne Journal home page. There is also information on the history of the society, a list of its officers and a list of links to other similar resources for researchers in the Early Modern period. The site is hosted by Oakland University and run by a very reputable team of scholars. It is clearly designed and runs smoothly. It is mainly of interest to postgraduate researchers but undergraduates with a particular interest in Donne may also find it useful.
The John Foxe Web pages are part of the Luminarium Sixteenth Century Renaissance Literature website. John Foxe (1516-1587) was a martyrologist whose book was originally published in 1570 as 'Acts and Monuments' although it became known almost immediately as the 'Book of Martyrs'. It tells the story of the persecutions of reformers beginning with Wycliff and ending with Cranmer, and profoundly influenced early Protestant sentiment. The website acts as a gateway to resources about Foxe, and online texts and illustrations of his work, with links to various sources including: the 'Catholic Encyclopedia' and 'The Cambridge History of English and American Literature'. Links to four online versions of the 'Book of Martyrs' are presented but unfortunately none of them are in the original Early Modern English. Students wanting an introduction to Foxe and his work would find this a useful resource.
The John Lyly Web pages are part of the Luminarium Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature (1485-1603) website, and provide an introduction to the life and works of this Elizabethan poet and playwright. John Lyly (1554-1606) became instantly famous with the publication of the prose romance 'Euphues, or the Anatomy of Wit' (1578) and its sequel 'Euphues and His England' (1580). The elaborate prose style that was modelled on Lyly was called Euphuism and became the fashion of the 1580s. Lyly gained control of Blackfriars Theatre and wrote a number of prose comedies including 'Endymion: The Man in the Moon' (1586-7) and 'Love's Metamorphosis' (1589). The website provides a brief biography of Lyly, as well as links to online texts of his works and related essays and articles. Students and researchers working on the period would find this resource of interest.
The John Milton Reading Room has been developed since 1997 as a collaborative venture between Thomas Luxton (Associate Professor of English at Dartmouth) and his students. The works available in electronic form are extensive. Poems include: Poems (1645 and also the additions from Poems, etc. Upon Several Occasions (1673)), Latin Poems from Milton's Commonplace Book, Paradise Lost (1674), Paradise Regain'd (1671), Samson Agonistes (1671). Prose includes: Areopagitica, Colasterion, The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, Of Education. Many of the texts include hypertext links to brief commentary or glossary. There is also an extensive bibliography of recent Milton criticism. The site has recieved a number of awards, including the Bess Award and the Swan Award.
The John Muir Exhibit forms part of the Sierra Club website and offers material of interest across a range of disciplines, including: English; History; North American Studies; Ecology; and Conservation. Scottish born John Muir (1838 - 1914) moved to America with his family as a boy. He became one of the first conservationists and dedicated his life to preserving the natural environment of his new homeland. Muir founded the Sierra Club in 1892, and helped to inspire the innovative conservation programme of President Theodore Roosevelt. This online exhibit on the Club's founder is a comprehensive resource, including a number of biographies available in a range of languages. Also included are pages dedicated to Muir's writing with full-texts of his prolific output of books, articles and letters, with detailed bibliographies of primary and secondary sources. There are also links to the wider interests of the Sierra Club aimed at a broad audience. The resource offers an insight into the importance and influence of Muir and his writing on current debate, and the site is uncompromising in its attitude towards the need for conservation. The site is generally easy to navigate, although a reasonable amount of time is needed to explore all its various features.
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?"
'The Johnson Society (Lichfield)' is dedicated to promoting interest in Samuel Johnson, (1709-1784), usually known as Dr. Johnson, and most famed for his 'Dictionary of the English Language' of 1755. The Society's website provides information on: membership; the foundation of the society and its aims; events; and related websites. A brief biography of Johnson and various papers from the Society's yearly publication 'Transactions' are also available. The site is easy to use and offers a useful starting point for further research on Johnson and for current and potential members of the Society.
The website of The Johnson Society of London is devoted to an organisation which was founded in 1928 as a focus for students and researchers interested in the life, writing and milieu of one of the key figures in eighteenth century literature. Dr Johnson (1709-1784) is most famous for his 'Dictionary of the English Language' (1755) and as the subject of a biography by James Boswell which was published in 1791 but he was also a prolific essayist, poet and political satirist. The website provides: details of membership; a Johnson bibliography; related links; and the tables of contents for editions of the 'New Rambler', the annual journal of the society. The select annotated bibliography offers useful information on the various editions of Johnson's works, journals dedicated to his writings, and contemporary and current biographies.
"Julian of Norwich's 'Christ as mother' and medieval constructions of gender" is the online version of a paper presented by Professor Thomas L. Long (Thomas Nelson Community College) in 1995. Long's main argument is that whereas Christianity today still displays a great amount of patriarchal anxiety about the idea of Christ as a mother, medieval religious texts did more freely allow the trope of a feminine God. The focus of Long's paper is the transgendered image of Christ in 'A Revelation of Love' by the 14th-century female mystic Julian of Norwich. This resource is clearly written and contains endnotes and a bibliography. This paper is one of a number on medieval topics on Long's homepage, and would be of interest to medieval studies or religious studies students.
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.
The Lampeter Corpus of Early Modern English Tracts is a collection of non-literary prose texts covering the period between 1640 and 1740. The period is enclosed between the outbreak of the Civil War in 1642 and the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century and is marked by the standardisation of British English. The corpus consists of 120 texts (tracts, pamphlets). The texts are subdivided into ten decades and six domains: religion; politics; economy; science; law; and miscellaneous. Each domain is represented by two texts in each decade. The total comes up to 1.1 million words. The texts are encoded according to the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) and use of the Standard Generalised Markup Language (SGML). They are available free of charge for scholarly research and are aimed at linguists and historians.
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 website for the Lewis Carroll Society, a registered charity based in the UK but with international membership, provides biographical and bibliographical information relating to Lewis Carroll (1898-1932). Carroll's works are listed under the sub-headings: childhood compositions and magazines; major works; miscellaneous works; and posthumous publications, with sections on the publishing of Alice in Wonderland and Caroll's illustrators, among others. The site also provides information relating to Carroll's Diaries, summarising the diaries volume by volume, as well as a link to the website of The Carrollian, the journal of the Lewis Carroll Society. Information on how to become a member is also given, as well as many links to related sites of interest. This site would be useful to those studying Carroll's life and works, as well as the interested reader.
The Lindisfarne Gospels website is the work of the British Library, and gives a brief introduction to the Gospels manuscript. The manuscript was created between 715 and 720 on the island monastery of Lindisfarne, and is written in Latin but also includes the oldest surviving translation of the Gospels into Old English. The site gives a brief overview of the Gospels and their history, and some contextual historical information. There is also a link to the British Library's 'Turning the Pages' Web pages, where users can access high quality images of some pages from the Gospels. This last involves the use of Shockwave, and knowledge of connection speed in order to work effectively. This resource would be of interest to beginners studying medieval manuscripts, or the more general reader.
Literary Traveler, founded in 1998 by Linda and Francis McGovern, invites readers to 'explore your literary imagination' and publishes articles on the influence of travel and place on a wide range of authors from world literature. It includes articles on the New York of John Steinbeck, the influence of travel on the writings of D.H. Lawrence, and Jane Austen in Chawton and Bath. There is a substantial archive of articles from previous issues, many of which contain links to relevant web resources. There is a index of authors and places covered. The site also contains links relating to tours and literary events and offers a free email newsletter on these topics. Despite its commercial orientation, this site provides a useful introduction to an important influence on the lives and writings of many writers.
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 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 Litline website is dedicated to the Independent Literary Community, defined here as non-commercial literary presses and magazines, and the writers who publish with them. It is based on the work of the Unit for Contemporary Literature at Illinois State University. Established in the 1994-1995 academic year as a National Center for the Literary Arts, this vast and comprehensive resource will be of interest of English and American Studies students studying contemporary poetry, prose and fiction. The website is divided into different sections, each of them linking to a variety of publications. These include: FC2 - Black Ice Books, which is an author-run 'not traditional fiction' collective; the Dalkey Archive Press which makes available to readers 'the finest works of world literature from the past 100 years'; the Dalkey Archive Press collection of author interviews; Context, which is another online journal dedicated to the study of contemporary literature; The Review of Contemporary Fiction which proclaims itself as a journal that publishes authors who defy convention; the American Book Review; the Spoon River Poetry Review, which offers access to excerpts from recent issues in PDF; and, finally, Mandorla which is a journal publishing 'innovative writing in its original language - most commonly English or Spanish - and high-quality translations of existing material' alongside critical commentary and visual art. In addition, the Illinois Writers' Directory offers information on writers based in the state, and Writers in Your Own Backyard is an educational project involving local writers. Although some of the journals require a subscription, each site has links leading to free sites with reliable information, and most of the journals provide substantial free excerpts.
The Manitoba author publication index was created by the Manitoba Writers' Guild to provide information about Manitoba writers and their books for the use of creative writers and students of Canadian literature. The site is divided into contemporary authors, historical authors and different genres including: Aboriginal writing; children's literature; illustrators; drama; fiction; French language; young adult literature; poetry; the spoken word; technical texts; and non-fiction. A profile is provided for each contemporary author which includes: a biography; comments from the writer on the craft of writing; advice to new writers; and an annotated bibliography of published works. Notable writers include: Di Brandt; Carol Shields; Dennis Cooley; Sandra Birdsell; and Patrick Friesen. Amongst the historical writers, biographies are provided for Grey Owl a.k.a. Archibald Stansfield Belaney, Margaret Laurence, Frederick Philip Grove and Marshall McLuhan. The site is comprehensive and updated regularly. It also provides links to The Manitoba Writers' Guild, The University of Manitoba Press and The Manitoba Arts Council.
The 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.
This site is an online edition of Mary Shelley's 'Life of William Godwin' (written between 1836 and 1840). Shelley never finished this biography of her late father, but the exisitng text has been edited by Judith Barbour, and this version is now available online in its entirety, and free of charge. It consists of the Introducion by Barbour and six chapters: Literature; Politics; Law; Pedagogy; Women; Writing. There is also a Bibliography page and Bodleian Rubrics. All material is available only in the PDF format. A keyword search of full text can also be performed. The resource is part of the Sidney Electronic Text and Image Service pages, published and maintained by the University of Sidney Library. The primary sources for the formation of this critical edition lie within the Abinger Shelley-Godwin Manuscripts, deposited in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. This website will be of interest, and use, mainly to researchers of Shelley and 19th-century literature.
Ben R. Schneider Jr. provides this online electronic database of early modern books, and older school-book texts popular with early modern readers. These all engage on some level with the subject of moral philosophy. Included are: conduct books such as Sir Thomas Elyots' 'The Boke Named the Governour' (1531) and Count Baldassare Castiglione's 'The Book of the Courtier' (1528; trans. Thomas Hoby 1561); biographies such as Plutarch's Lives; and works dealing with moral philosophy more directly, such as Bishop Joseph Hall's 'Characters of Virtues and Vices' (1608). Transcriptions appear to be fair, although authoritative hardcopy editions should be consulted for research purposes. Useful indices to the texts are provided and the site also features a links page focussing upon online resources dedicated to Stoic philosophy. Schneider is Emeritus professor of English at Lawrence University.
The Medieval Bestiary website is an attempt by an independent scholar (David Badke) to assemble a database of information about: medieval bestiaries; their antecedents; and the medieval view of animals in general. Useful aspects of the site include: a list of manuscripts by institution and shelf-mark (for each there is a brief description and bibliography); an alphabetical listing of animal names together with a brief description of their attributes and a representative image; and a small encyclopaedia of short articles on topics relating to bestiaries and their authors. The site also offers a small "digital text library" of full-text articles (PDF) and digital copies of: 'The Bestiary of Philippe de Thaon' (Cotton Nero A V, ff 41r-82v. edited by Thomas Wright, 1841); 'Physiologus: A Metrical Bestiary Of Twelve Chapters' by Bishop Theobald (1928 facsimile of that published in Cologne, 1492); and 'Symbolism of Animals and Birds Represented in English Church Architecture' by Arthur H. Collins (New York 1913). A lengthy bibliography (with notes) can be viewed by subject and the site includes a search engine. This site is an excellent resource for medieval scholars.
Merrie Haskell's King Arthur site is a website devoted to Arthurian history and literature. The site is divided into three main sections: 'Frequently Asked Questions; 'The Basics'; and 'Additional Information'. Under these headings, the author outlines some of the main: characters; locations; legends; and historical sources connected with Arthur. There are also short bibliographies relating to fiction and non-fiction Arthurian books, and links to more extensive external bibliographies. The site is the work of an enthusiast, but would make a good introduction for students new to Arthurian literature.
This is the website of the second series of the Mickle Street Review whose mission is "to provide common ground for poets, writers, teachers, students, and readers with an interest in Walt Whitman [1819-1892] or the subjects that he wrote about". The journal was first published, by the Walt Whitman Association, out of Whitman's house on Mickle Street in Camden, New Jersey and is now revived as a project of the Walt Whitman Program in American Studies at Rutgers University in Camden. Full text is available online and there is an archive covering Issue 1 (1979) to date. A 'Listening Room' provides audio clips of Whitman's poetry. In the 'Viewing Room' video films about Whitman and his work can be viewed. Sign-up to receive regular news and events updates.
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.
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.
'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.
'Mslexia' is a high quality hard copy magazine aimed at women who write, from professionals to complete beginners. Its aim is 'to tell you all you need to know about exploring your creativity and getting into print'. The magazine's website is a useful resource for writers as it provides details of the magazine's submission guidelines, current calls for material and other writing projects, as well as subscription information. It also includes extracts of writing from the current issue and full samples of archive material. The writing is of a consistently high standard and each issue has a theme which may be found well in advance on the website. Recent themes have included 'God', 'Dogs', 'Shoes', 'Horror' and 'Ice' and selections from material submitted for the feature magazine are made by guest editors, who have included Hilary Mantel, Fay Weldon, Michele Williams and Muriel Gray. The presentation of the website, like that of the magazine, is of a very high standard, it is straightforward to navigate and has a large amount of sensible, practical and inspirational content.
This is the homepage of National Book Critics Circle, an organisation originally established in 1974. The Circle is an American group of over 700 book reviewers who have set up this website in order to communicate with one another about reviewing and editing concerns. Students and enthusiasts of contemporary literature and criticism would find this website interesting, as it contains full-length articles about issues surrounding reviewing, publishing and editing. It also contains information about the books and authors to which awards have been honoured, such as William Gass and Ian McEwan. Postgraduates and researchers wishing to get book reviews published would also find this site useful, as it provides the opportunity to submit work. Finally, a page of links to other pages involved with books and criticism. These links are up to date and of good quality.
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.
The Old English Martyrology website contains an extensive annotated bibliography for use in the study of the 9th-century text of the same name. The site includes: indices for saints, feasts, and persons named in the manuscript; criticism on the dating and sources of composition for the text; and research on its language, style and historical importance in terms of earlier Anglo-Saxon hagiography. It was originally compiled as a guide to the extensive work on the sources of the Old English Martyrology by the late James E. Cross, of the University of Liverpool, but the bibliography now supersedes his work, covering publications on all aspects of the text. It should be noted however that the compiler of the bibliography suggests that it be used in conjunction with the 'Fontes Anglo-Saxonici' database, which gives more detail on specific saints. This resource would be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of Old English, manuscript studies and the history of religion.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
The Philological museum is a library of online humanistic texts published by the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham. Its sizeable collection of letters, plays, poems and essays are principally written by British humanists in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Authors include Sir Francis Bacon, George Buchanan, William Camden, Sir Francis Kynaston and John Milton, among others. The hypertext editions used are prepared specifically for the online library by Professor Dana Sutton of the University of California. In addition to this excellent collection, the site contains a bibliography of neo-Latin texts publically available on the web with hyperlinks. There is a search engine for the entire site.
'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.
'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.
Prose Merlin is an online version of John Conlee's printed edition of this medieval text, presented as part of the TEAMS Middle English Texts website. The original 'Prose Merlin' survives in one manuscript (Cambridge University Library MS Ff. 3. 11). The text covers the history of Merlin and the rise of King Arthur. The manuscript is thought to date to the mid-fifteenth century, predating Thomas Malory's 'Morte d'Arthur', making it possibly the earliest Arthurian text written in English prose. The reproduction of the printed edition of the text is provided for individual use only; permission from Medieval Institute Publications must be obtained before downloading and copying for course use. This site would be useful for students of medieval English or history.
Ralph Waldo Emerson : texts contains the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82), the nineteenth century American transcendentalist poet, essayist and philosopher. The site was created by Jone Johnson Lewis, who also maintains a site devoted to the transcendentalist movement.Emerson's works are displayed in HTML format which allows them to be browsed by chapter. The site also features a user-friendly search engine which allows users to search Emerson's texts by keyword. The search engine is particularly useful for locating the sources of Emerson quotations. The site also hosts a bulletin board for discussing Emerson's works and his relevance to contemporary American culture. The bulletin board has tended to be used by American high school students who have queries relating to their school papers.
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.
The Renaissance Electronic Texts website is an online resource that publishes a series of selected English Renaissance texts of printed books and manuscripts. The texts are in plain text, and use the original spelling of the works. The site is published by the University of Toronto Library Web Publishing Group, with Professor Ian Lancashire as the general editor. The site was developed to support Professor Lancashire's English Renaissance courses offered at the University of Toronto's English Department, and is an excellent example of coordinating library publishing to support departmental curriculum. Several of the works represented as new editions in e-text include The Elizabethean Homilies, such as "Certaine Sermons Or Homilies appointed to be read in Churches, In the time of the late Queene Elizabeth of famous memory" (London, 1623), written by Edmunds Bonner, John Harpefield, and Thomas Becon; The English School-maister by Edmund Coote; and Shakespeare's Sonnets.
This account of Richard Henry Dana Jr's return voyage from Boston to California between 1834 and 1836, as a sailor on board the brig Pilgrim and returning on board the Alert, which led to the voyage narrative Two Years Before the Mast, appears on the website of an enthusiast. It includes a discussion of the book's importance as an account of the common sailor's wretched treatment at sea and an accurate picture of the life of seamen of that time. There is a description of the Pilgrim and biographical details of the author's life. There are also images and photographs along with quotes from the book and other sources. A list of links to further information on Richard Henry Dana Jr is also provided.
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.
American author Robert Winkler's Nature Writing website is an excellent example of the links between factual and creative writing which is a strong feature of material on ecology. Winkler sees himself as writing 'creative nonfiction that follows the tradition of New England nature writing perfected by Thoreau' and the great enthusiasm for his surroundings is a strong feature of the sample material on the website. The site contains a large amount of Winkler's work, laid out in a magazine format, with an introduction, followed by a long list of articles. Titles include Places: Call of the Black Spruce Bog, Rarities: Little Wanderer and Why I watch Birds. As well as articles on the natural world, particularly birds, there are also a series of essays on the practicalities of wildlife photography, extracts from critical reviews of Winkler's publications and a collection of quotations on nature and the environment from a diverse range of sources from Thoreau to John Burroughs. This site suffers a little from the promotional needs of the author, with links to articles in the New York Times and booksale sites, and the list of critical reviews somewhat labours the point that the work is valuable. There is enough of it on the site to make this clear to any reader, but it can seem a little lost amid all the razzamatazz. However, this is a very useful resource for researchers interested in creative non-fiction on nature and the author's knowledge and love of his subject outweighs some of the irritating features of his site.
Roger Ascham (1515-1568) is part of the Luminarium Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature website, and provides an introduction to the life and work of this Renaissance scholar and writer, described by George Saintsbury as 'the first Elizabethan prosaist'. Tutor to Lady Jane Grey and Princess Elizabeth and later Latin secretary to Mary I and Elizabeth I, Ascham published a treatise on archery, 'Toxophilus or the Schole of Partitions of Shooting' (1545) and 'The Scholemaster' (1570). The website draws on biographical details from various standard sources, and reproduces a number of images, such as Ascham's portrait and the frontispieces and title pages of his publications. Links are provided to online texts of Ascham's works including excerpts from 'Toxophilus' in modern English, and the complete online edition in Early Modern English of 'The Scholemaster'. Students would find this a useful resource and pointer to further reading.
The 'Samuel Johnson' website is maintained by Jack Lynch, associate Professor at Rutgers-Newark, State University of New Jersey, and provides an informal introduction to the life and works of this key 18th-century literary figure. The subject of an acclaimed biography by James Boswell published in 1791, Dr Johnson was himself a biographer, political satirist, poet and essayist. The only extended work of prose fiction he wrote was 'Rasselas' (1759), and he is chiefly remembered as the compiler of the famous 'Dictionary of the English Language' (1755). The site begins with a brief guide to Johnson and his works from which follows: more detailed information on the editions of his writings; a list of Johnson biographies; a bibliography; and selected works of criticism. A link to Johnson's complete works online is provided from Jack Lynch's 'Eighteenth Century E-Texts' as well as links to other sites of interest, such as the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum at Lichfield. This would be a very useful guide to Johnson for students.
The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page is a website that claims to be "the most comprehensive collection of Samuel Johnson quotations on the web". The site is the work of Frank Lynch, an enthusiast and admirer of the poet and essayists works. At the time of writing, the site contains over 1800 quotations, which can be searched by text or browsed by topic, and for those who are not searching on a particular word or theme, there is a 'sampler' which give a flavour of Johnson's work. All quotes are referenced, and a bibliography is provided. Also available on the site are: a brief biography of Dr Johnson; a timeline of his life and works; an outline of Johnson's political beliefs; and a page of links to other Johnson-related and more general online resources. This site is a useful place for students and researchers to begin sourcing Johnson quotes, and forms a good introduction to the man and his works.
The Samuel Taylor Coleridge archive, maintained by the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia, brings together digital versions of some of the author's works and letters, secondary material relating to his life and work, and a few related resources, such as a short 'dictionary' of terms and phrases used by Coleridge, whose meaning may not be entirely obvious to the contemporary American reader, a brief directory of Coleridge-related material on the Internet, and an index of topics. The primary texts are grouped in the following main categories: Poetry; Literary theory and criticism; Political commentary and journalism; Science; Philosophy, Theology, Psychology; and Letters. Unfortunately, the excerpts are not referenced comprehensively, and often are accompanied by little more than the year of publication, the title of the work, and the chapter number (where apropriate). They are well-chosen, however, and well hyperlinked, and the site can be very useful as a teaching aid. The facility to browse the fragments by subject, across the main categories, and the index of topics, are particularly relevant in this context, as is the detailed time line. One other drawback of this resource is the fact that it does not seem to have been updated since 1999.
This is an online version of the chapter Seafaring and Travel: The Growth of Professional Text-Books and Geographical Literature, from Volume IV of The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, published 1907-1921. This chapter traces the appearance of text books and geographical literature in relation to voyages of discovery. It includes sections on Richard Knolles, Coryats Crudities, Samuel Purchas, Captain John Smith, William Adams, Sir William Monson, Thomas James and Luke Fox. The text appears on the website Bartleby.com, which contains searchable online literature and verse. There is advertising on the site.
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.
The Sidney Homepage, part of the University of Cambridge Faculty of English site, is dedicated to the life and work of the Renaissance poet and essayist Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586). The site provides links to the Sidney Journal, a publication concerned with Philip Sidney and the Sidney family and circle. Unfortunately articles from the journal are not available online but lists of articles published can be found for reference purposes. The site also has a link to the pages of the International Sidney Society, which publishes the Sidney Journal.The site lists details of forthcoming conferences of interest to Sidney scholars and provides online resources, including electronic texts, biographical material and contextual material. In addition to pages on Philip Sidney, the site also features information and resources relating to Mary Countess of Pembroke, Sir Robert Sidney and Lady Mary Wroth.
The Sigurd F. Olson website, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is dedicated to the writing and influence of a pioneer in wilderness education. It has resources for researchers in environmental history, nature writing, media studies, theology and related disciplines. Sigurd F. Olson (1899-1982), received the highest American award for nature writing, the Burroughs Medal, in 1972, and the site's biography details his impressive list of achievements as an educator, writer and conservationist. The site is well-laid out, with attractive images relating to Olson's love of the natural environment. An overall contents list scrolls down to a short overview of each section of the site, which includes open access complete texts of unpublished speeches, letters and other documents by or relating to Olson, as well as a complete bibliography of his published work. Other sections within the site include a monthly feature on unpublished material by Olson, a timeline of events in his life, and a fully referenced article by Professor David Backes, The Land Beyond the Rim: Sigurd Olson's Wilderness Theology, which analyses Olson's philosophies in depth, as well as essays on Olson's journeys and writing. Recent additions include extracts on video from features on Olson's work. This site is regularly updated and laid out with careful thought for ease of use.
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 Philip Sidney World Bibliography is a fully searchable list of printed material by and about the Elizabethan poet Sir Philip Sidney. The site includes: an introduction to the bibliography; a guide for users; and a section where users may submit additions or corrections to the material in the bibliography. The site also provides an accessible essay on Sidney scholarship by Project Director Donald Stump of St Louis University, which introduces the life of the poet and sketches the critical reception of his work over the last 400 years. In addition a short links page directs uses to other sites useful to Sidney researchers. This resource would be invaluable to students and researchers working on Sidney and his era.
'Sir Thomas Browne' is a website that provides a wide assortment of texts by Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), the 17th-century physician and writer best known for his reflective treatise 'Religio Medici'. That work is available here, both as a searchable electronic text and as a facsimile for readers to download (as a PDF file). Most of Browne's other major writings are also presented, among them: 'Pseudodoxia Epidemica' (1646); 'Hydriotaphia' (1658); and 'A Letter to a Friend' (1690). The site, maintained by James Eason of the University of Chicago, also offers valuable supplementary materials including: contemporary responses to Browne's writing; correspondence; and Samuel Johnson's Life of Browne. The site contains about a dozen or so 17th-century texts not directly related to Browne, including works by: Henry Peacham; Richard Jobson; and the translator Philemon Holland. Students and researchers would find this site of interest.
Forming part of the beautifully presented Luminarium Anthology of Middle English Literature, the Sir Thomas Malory Web page provides links to a number of resources which together make up a detailed overview of the life and work of Sir Thomas Malory (ca.1405-1471). Malory is the author of 'Le Morte D'Arthur', the most influential interpretation of the Arthurian legend, published by Caxton in 1485. The website comprises six sections covering topics including: biographies of Malory; Malory's works; essays and articles on Malory; and additional resources (including images from his printed works). The section on Malory's works includes links to modern English excerpts from 'Le Morte D'Arthur' and to the complete text in Middle English published in 1889 (made available online by the University of Michigan). The additional resources include links to: further essays; a short bibliography; and a substantial collection of images of Arthurian themes. This site would be of use to English and medieval studies students.
'Sir Thomas More and the Art of Dialogue' is the online full-text of a PhD dissertation written by Romuald Ian Lakowski and submitted to the University of British Columbia in 1993. The subject is the English Renaissance humanist and Catholic Martyr, Sir Thomas More, author of 'Utopia' and Chancellor of England under Henry VIII. The author argues that More "was a superb literary artist and a master of the art of literary dialogue" and that beneath the seemingly rambling and digressive surface of his literary works, there is a coherent and tightly organised "deep structure". The thesis attempts to demonstrate that More's use of dialogue in each of the three literary dialogues is genuinely dialectical, with the individual speakers each making a genuine contribution to the development of the argument. This is an extensive and detailed thesis, which would be of interest to students working in English literature and language.
'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.
This is an impressive website published by the Streetprint Engine, a web publishing initiative of the University of Alberta's CRC Humanities Computing Studio. Revolution and Romanticism is an online database of digitised British street literature, published between 1790 and 1840. The collection includes nearly 200 popular ballads, broadsides, chapbooks, political pamphlets, and penny dreadfuls. These can be searched or browsed by title, year, author, type or category, and cover what is recognised as a period of transition from old to new street literature. The topics covered are eclectic and include crime, geography, household business, legends and fairytales, politics, and romance. The quality of the design and digitisation of the site is high, and it is a pleasure to use.
The Swinburne Project is an online virtual archive devoted to the works of Algernon Charles Swinburne. The aim of the project is to make Swinburne's complete works freely available in an accurate and readable form. At the time of writing the archive is undergoing a re-launch using a new framework, and only texts of Swinburne's poems and documents relating to his letters are available on this site. The site does however provide a link to texts of the author's prose works at the website of the previous incarnation of the archive. Currently available on this site are a number of Swinburne's collections of poetry, including: 'Poems and Ballads' (the complete first series and some of the second series); 'Erechtheus'; 'Tristram of Lyonesse'; 'Studies in Song'; and 'Songs of the Springtides'. Among the prose texts available in the old format are: 'A Study of Shakespeare'; 'Four Plays'; 'The Age of Shakespeare'; 'A Study of Ben Jonson'; 'Contemporaries of Shakespeare'; 'John Ford'; and 'Beaumont and Fletcher'. The poetry can be searched by keyword or by bibliographical information. This site would be of interest to Swinburne researchers and students of his works.
'The System of W. B. Yeats's 'a vision'' is a website intended primarily for students, and is devoted to providing background information and commentary on W. B. Yeats' esoteric system, as expounded in 'A Vision' (1925 and 1937). Yeats's occult work grew out of his wife George's attempts at automatic writing shortly after their marriage. It developed into a system of associating traits and roles with people and historical periods according to the phases of the moon, and was based around the symbol of the gyre. The symbolism underlying 'A Vision' is present in much of Yeats' later poetry. The website does not attempt to present a sustained argument but rather explores a number of particular facets of the book and the system, and related topics. The site is divided into sections, including pages on: gyres and geometry; the phases of the moon; the tinctures; the faculties; the wheel; the principles; the notion of the daimon; and the concept of the 'great year'. Alongside the commentary, there are sections on: the editions of the book; automatic script; and other esoteric systems. Some contemporary reviews are reproduced and the site also hosts a good bibliography. Pages are nicely illustrated with relevant images, diagrams, and poetry extracts. The site should prove a useful resource for undergraduate students studying the later poems of Yeats. It may also be of interest to anyone studying aspects of early 20th-century occultism.
T. S. Eliot is a website offering texts and concordances for the poetry of the Anglo-American, modernist poet, T. S. Eliot (1888-1965). The site concentrates on Eliot's work up to and including The Waste Land (1922). The full-texts of Eliot's poetry and his first volume of essays, The Sacred Wood, are available. Useful annotations are provided for "Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar" and The Waste Land. There are plans to annotate further poems.The site also includes a critical bibliography and a list of Eliot links.This is a valuable introductory resource for Eliot's poetry.
The "Texts in Context" website hosts a collection of themed online exhibits created by the British Library. Over 400 'everyday' texts are featured in the collection, which seeks to illustrate the histories of the English language in various social and cultural discourses. The featured exhibits are: 'Books for Cooks: 600 years of recipes and remedies'; 'Experiences of Empire: varied perspectives on colonial life'; 'Shipwrecks and Smuggling: the adventures of thieves, sailors and tradesmen'; 'Taking the waters : cures, quackery and the diversions of the spa'; 'Town and Tourists: travellers in search of sea, scenery and science'; 'Dictionaries and Meanings: a history of word-collecting from spelling lists to slang'; and 'Voices in Time and Place: speaking and writing dialect in England'. Each section includes a wide range of (mostly) British primary resources and spans at least a couple of centuries of history. There are many large digitised images of texts, along with some audio files in the dialects section which can be accessed from the left hand menu under "Sounds familiar?" Most of the books and publications featured are not reproduced in full, however, but rather access is given to particularly interesting pages. Background commentary is provided for each selected text. Playing cards with excerpts from various texts and periods can be printed off by downloading the PDF files added to the site. This resource is intended to benefit students studying the evolution of English language and style, and is designed to support A-Level English Language courses. In practice it is likely to have a far broader appeal, and may be of interest to undergraduates interested in particular aspects of British cultural history.
The Thomas Fredrick Littler website provides access to Littler's First World War diaries and related images. The site is designed and run by Littler's descendent, Chris Littler, who has transcribed Thomas's diary entries, as well as digitising his collection of First World War cartoon and photographic postcards. The diaries themselves are available as extracts, or can be downloaded in full as a PDF file The site also provides: wartime photographs of Thomas and his family; modern family photographs of French battlefield areas; and links to related websites. This site would provide a useful insight into life in the trenches of the Western Front, supplementing more general study on the conflict.
Thomas Usk : the testament of love is an online Middle English edition of Thomas Usk's 14th-century work, edited by R. Allen Shoaf, and based on William Thynne's 1532 edition. Usk was an English politician who was imprisoned in Newgate and executed in 1388. The 'Testament of Love' is a prose allegory written to justify the actions that resulted in his imprisonment. Although not traditionally regarded as a triumph of literary style, the work casts light on the period in which it was written, and mentions contemporary writers such as Geoffrey Chaucer. The edition provides linked footnotes and a glossary to the text, displayed in separate frames from the main text. The site also provides an e-text of Usk's 'Appeal' and some extracts from the inquisitions taken at the trial of John Northampton. Students of medieval English literature would find this site of interest.
The Thoreau Reader gravitates around all things related to the American transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862. The site includes a concise introduction to Thoreau plus a host of essays about him and his work. Full annotated texts of his books and essays are provided including his best known works Walden (1854), an account of his experiment in simple living, and the essay Civil Disobedience (1849), advocating passive resistance, which much influenced Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior. Links to other important Thoreau sites are listed and a page provides help for teachers wishing to introduce their students to Thoreau and his work.
This is the website of the Thoreau Society, a society founded in 1941and dedicated to the promotion of the life and work of the American writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). The Society collects books, manuscripts, artefacts and publishes two journals: The Thoreau Society Bulletin and The Concord Saunterer. The website has a brief biography, a chronology, a page containing his selected thoughts, and a list of references. The Resources page contains links to other important Thoreau sites including the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods and The Thoreau Reader. The regularly updated News and Activities sections provide information about upcoming events organised by the Society and others. Henry David Thoreau is best known for Walden (1854), an account of his experiment in simple living, and the essay Civil Disobedience (1849), advocating passive resistance, which much influenced Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior. He also wrote many essays, poems and reviews, some of which were published in the transcendentalist magazine The Dial.
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.
Twelve Websites on Julian of Norwich is an online resource that makes an immense amount of valuable information available to students and scholars interested in this medieval Anchorite or any aspect of women's lives in the later Middle Ages. Directed by Julia Bolton Holloway, these pages offer a comprehensive introduction to Julian's spiritual and often mystical text, the 'Showing of Love' (also known as the 'Showings' or as 'Revelations of Divine Love'. Contained within are many images and analyses of original manuscript folios, partial transcriptions of the text, and essays. Users will also find many other related Web pages dedicated to the cloister in which Julian lived and the materials to which we suppose she had access. In addition, some resources on the medieval woman's relationship to the Bible are provided, plus information on medieval mystics and theologians who lived both before and after Julian. Special attention is paid to St. Birgitta of Sweden: the complete Latin text of her 'Revelaciones' plus Thomas Gascoine's 'Life of St Birgitta' are included. A Google search utility enables the user to overcome any difficulties in navigating this intricate and colourfully presented website. Lecturers may welcome the wide variety of manuscript images and details on the development of the 'Showing' itself.
This website provides the full text of the book Two Years Before the Mast, Twenty Four Years After by Richard Henry Dana, which is taken from the Harvard Classics. It is a narrative of a sea voyage that the author took between 1834 and 1836 as a sailor on the brig Pilgrim. The route was from Boston to California. There is an introduction to the book, which gives the background to the voyage and information abut Richard Henry Dana, followed by the preface and links to the individual chapters. There is also a facility to search the text. This appears on the site Bartleby.com, which contains online literature and verse. There is advertising on this site.
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.
The Vault at Pfaff's is an online collection of writings and biographies relating to those who were associated with Pfaff's beer cellar in 19th-century New York. Walt Whitman was perhaps the most famous patron but others included: Adah Isaacs Menken; Henry Clapp; John Brougham; and Elihu Vedder. The site contains brief biographies of approximately 150 people who were connected to the bohemian scene at Pfaff's, and an annotated bibliography of over 4,000 texts written by and concerning other Pfaff's patrons. Also included in the bibliography are 19th-century documents by and about the Pfaff's bohemians, as well as 20th-century scholarship. All 157 issues of 'The Saturday Press', the literary periodical associated with the Pfaff's scene, are also available in (searchable) facsimile on the site. The site, run by faculty from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, makes interesting reading for anyone working on American or English literature of the period.
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.
The Vintage Mill website, part of the Classical Utilitarianism Web Site, contains a number of complete texts by John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), the great nineteenth-century political theorist. They include his autobiography, which explains the foundation on which Mill became such a liberal thinker. A strong voice and activist in the reform movement for the improvement of women's rights, Mill's "The Subjection of Women" (1869) was a highly influential piece of prose, and is also included on the site, as is "Chapters on Socialism". This appeared in the Fortnight Review in 1879 outlines Mill's ideas on Socialism, which moved away from Marx's socialist ideas, and tended to side with William Morris' 'Utopian Socialism'. "Utilitarianism", Mill's definition of the great Victorian ideology, is also given on this website. This would be a beneficial read for those studying nineteenth-century history. Other of Mill's works on the website include: "Considerations on Representative Government", "Dissertation and Discussions", "On Liberty", "A System of Logic", and "Three Essays on Religion". There are links to further John Stuart Mill websites.
This is the free online magazine of the Visions of the City Project, the first edition of which was produced Winter 2007/8. It contains stories, photographs, poetry and book reviews about creative artists' impressions of urban centres around the world. The project is "...about the city within told by the people without – informants whose stories are used to cast light on the inner landscape of...metropolitan centres and who share three attributes: cultural references from elsewhere; a sense of “otherness”; and a desire to be of the city (if only for a short duration)". The full-text of all articles is downloadable and there is an archive of back issues. Subscribe for free to receive advance information about future issues.
This Web site provides the full text of "Harvard Classics, Volume 33, Voyages and Travels: Ancient and Modern," and contains full text accounts of seven exploratory travels or sea voyages. These include records from Herodotus and Tacitus on Egypt and Germany, respectively; and reports on the great Elizabethan explorers, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Humphrey Gilbert and Sir Walter Raleigh. The accounts include: "Sir Francis Drake's Famous Voyage Round the World," by Francis Pretty; "Drake's Great Armada," by Captain Walter Bigges; "Sir Humphrey Gilbert's Voyage to Newfoundland," by Edward Haies; and "The Discovery of Guiana," by Sir Walter Raleigh. These texts should prove useful for initial research and teaching and appear on the site Bartleby.com, which contains searchable online literature and verse. There is advertising on this site.
The Web pages of 'W. T. Stead resource site' are dedicated to the controversial Victorian journalist and advocate of the social reform, William Thomas Stead. A campaigner on behalf of poor children and demonised prostitutes, he came to prominence during his editorship of 'The Northern Echo'. The site includes a biography (The Great Educator), some images, and a significant number of e-texts of Stead's writings, including his most famous piece, 'The Maiden Tribute to Modern Babylon'. In the sections 'Stead and his Times' and 'Stead and Journalism', there are also texts about his life and work. The site contains as well his journal and some of his correspondence to major figures of the day, for instance, the letters he wrote to Bramwell Booth, the General of the Salvation Army (Writings). There are also articles written by his supporters and adversaries. All material is referenced. In conclusion, this resource can be of interest to researchers and academics studying Victorian journalism and Victorian culture, as well as the figure and writings of W. T. Stead.
This site, 'The Web of American Transcendentalism,' provides a comprehensive overview, with primary sources and recent secondary research, on the literary transcendentalist movement in the United States. Initially a response to organized religion, this short-lived American movement, which flourished in the 1830s and 1840s, advocated a return to the spirit and teachings of Christ. Yet with its romantic and idealistic roots, it has been absorbed into the fabric of American society and become influential in also helping to change the direction of literature, culture and thought. The site is divided into five main pages: 'Authors and Texts' includes biographical readings, texts, criticism and links to other websites, about major and minor transcendentalists; 'Roots and Influences' lists information about transcendental forerunners and its legacy in literature, influencing the work of, among others, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. 'Ideas and Thought' provides an introduction to the movement and links to its major texts on the philosophy of nature, aesthetics and writing, social and political reform, religion and education. 'Criticism' reproduces papers and articles on literary criticism, historical criticism and a history of the transcendentalist journal 'The Dial'. 'Resources and Bibliographies' includes selected bibliographies of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) and Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) and links to other sites on transcendentalism. The site also includes an educational hypertext, administered by the project's director, Professor Ann Woodlief of the Virginia Commonwealth University, which is open to new files on transcendental texts. Scholars are encouraged to submit texts for possible uploading.
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.
What the Thunder Said is a site devoted to the works and life of the Anglo-American modernist poet T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), also known as the author of plays, such as 'Murder in the Cathedral' and 'The Cocktail Party', and a literary critic. The site is organised around four main categories. 'Timeline' offers an overview of Eliot's life and career, The 'Works' pages feature the texts of his early poetry, including 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' and 'Gerontion', as well as 'The Sacred Wood', a volume of early critical essays, and many other. The section 'Resources' provides links to other websites concerned with the work of T.S. Eliot, as well as the full text of Eliot's article 'The Possibility of a Poetic Drama', as it appeared in 'The Dial' in November 1920. 'Etcetera' includes brief information on 'Tom & Viv', the 1994 film about the poet's troubled relationship with his wife. Unfortunately, the site provides little secondary or critical information on Eliot. Also, although it can be useful for those interested in finding online texts of Eliot's poetry, a significant number of works listed here appear only in title, their text not being provided. The user will also observe that, due to copyright problems, for the full text of Eliot's works, and relevant bibliographical information, the site links to other resources. The advantage of this resource is the fact that it brings together what other sites feature separately: the texts of Eliot's poetry and essays, and secondary criticism, even if these can be accessed only via relevant links.
The Spartacus Educational website has a page devoted to the nineteenth century poet, craftsman, designer and socialist William Morris (1834-1896). Although the biography provided gives a brief introduction to all aspects of Morris's diverse life, including links to pages on his mentor John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown, it concentrates mainly on his socialist past and contains extracts from his political works as well as his writings for the socialist journals Commonweal, Socialist League Pamphlet, and Justice. The public events which gave rise to some of Morris's writings are well glossed. Morris's allegiance to and break from the Socialist Democratic Federation and his subsequent founding of the Socialist League is summarised, and there are useful links to web pages on the personalities within Morris's socialist sphere, namely H H Hyndman, Peter Kropotokin, Tom Mann, George Lansbury and Keir Hardie. Although Spartacus generally does not cater for a post-16 year old audience, their William Morris website would prove useful to students in Further Education or first year undergraduates. The site contains advertising.
The website of the International Institute of Social History (IISH) includes in digitised format the archive collection of manuscripts belonging to the writer, designer, and socialist William Morris (1834-1896). The site provides access to digital reproductions of: How shall we live then?; As to bribing excellence; Why I am a communist; as well as a fragment of a letter in French written to May Morris following Morris's death. In keeping with the IISH's area of research, Morris's socialist past is briefly described, but the real value of this resource lies in the possibility to view original drafts of the above lectures, complete with phrases emphatically underlined and his scribbled corrections. The images are easily downloaded and each page is clearly numbered. The website also includes a bibliography focusing on works relating to Morris's socialist years and subsequent legacy.
IThe website "The William Morris Internet Archive" is an enormous project in which the Marxist Internet Archive are making available on the web everything the founder of the arts and crafts movement, writer and socialist William Morris (1834-1896) wrote on politics, art and design, architecture, society, as well as his poetry and novels, including a full-text version of his utopian romance 'News from Nowhere'. Initiated by the late Nicholas Salmon and continually augmented by his colleagues, the archive comprises of his articles on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, his lectures to the Social Democratic Federation and the Socialist League, his tracing of the development of society in 'Socialism from the Root up', his preface to John Ruskin's 'On the Nature of the Gothic' and foreward to Thomas More's 'Utopia' as well as his criticism of Edward Bellamy's 'Looking Backwards'. Clicking on the desired title in the chronologically arranged index brings up a further menu with a listing of chapters, sending the reader to an easily downloadable HTML version of the text, complete with an accompanying Morris wallpaper pattern along the text's margin. From the main menu, readers can also access a brief biography of Morris and a photo-gallery.
A machine-readable version of the botany study 'The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation' by John Ray (1628-1705) 7th ed., corr., printed by R. Harbin for William Innys at the Prince's-Arms, London 1717 (Both 1691 and 1717 editions were consulted for this digitization). This resource is available via the Oxford Text Archive (OTA) website, and can be downloaded as a zipped file in HTML and MS Word format. It is necessary to apply for approval from the OTA before download, and a link is provided to the terms and conditions of use, and a form to apply for permission.
The Write Stuff was an online journal of: book reviews; interviews; articles; short stories; and poetry from Australia and elsewhere, produced from 1995 - 2005. Contributors to the journal include: Richard Flanagan; Freda Briggs: and G. W. Robinson. Edited by Giles Hugo and Anne Kellas, the journal refuses to pay homage to the sacred cows of literary culture, thereby representing a provocative stand against prevailing critical opinion. The site provides access to its archive of material from all the editions, which contribute to cultural debates that go far beyond the merely literary. The site provides details of how to keep in touch with the Write Stuff beyond the journal issues (via Twitter), as well as linking to the Tasmanian Writers Centre. Students of Australian literature, and perhaps more especially its poetry, would find this an engaging resource.
This website describes an AHRC-funded research project into the social and cultural meaning of the domestic garden. Drawing on responses to the Mass Observation Archive, the project aims to chart the way ‘lay’ people write about their gardens – in particular to explore the way that these “everyday landscapes” might be understood differently to more formal, public spaces and how these gardens feature in the memories of so many as special places. The project culminated in an exhibition and conference.
Wulfstan's Eschatological Homilies is a website containing translations of the five eleventh-century Anglo-Saxon homilies on the 'Last Days' by the eleventh-century Archbishop Wulfstan of York. As well as the texts, the site contains critical commentaries, historical material on the genesis of the manuscripts, source information and discussion of related texts - such as those of Augustine, Bede and Aelfric. Users are provided with translations of the source texts, and glossed versions of the homilies. A detailed bibliography of the texts used in the editing process is on the site, and there is also a search tool for textual analysis. This site would be of use to students of medieval theology, manuscripts and history.