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English and American Literature on the Web

This list provides links to sites discussed in an essay entitled "Literature in Electronic Format: The Traditional English and American Canon," by Joanne Gates, published in the April 1997 issue of Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, v. 34, no. 8, pp. 1279-1296. The original version of this information, as created by Dr. Joanne E. Gates, Associate Professor in English at Jacksonville State University, can be found at http://www.jsu.edu/depart/english/choice.htm.

This list has been edited and adapted for use for the Capella University Online Library by David P. Moore, Reference Librarian at the M. Louis Salmon Library.

Overview: click on a menu item to jump to that section of the list.

  • Publishers of Electronic Literature
  • Library Sites: Repositories
  • Web-accessible Gopher Lists
  • Lists of Electronic Lit Resources
  • Resources by Period or Nationality
  • English Literature to 1800
  • English Literature after 1800
  • Pre-20th Century American Literature
  • 20th Century American Literature
  • Multi-Cultural Literature
  • Individual Author Sites, alphabetical by last name of author
  • Publishers of Electronic Literature: Selected On-Line Sites

    1. Cambridge University Press at
      1996 Titles include World Shakespeare Bibliography, The Works of John Ruskin, Samuel Johnson: A Dictionary of the English Language, Chaucer: Wife of Bath's Prologue.

    2. Chadwyck-Healey at http://www.chadwyck.co.uk/
      Products include: Early English Prose Fiction, 1475-1700, Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare, Eighteenth Century Fiction, The English Poetry Full-Text Database, English Prose Drama, English Verse Drama, and (forthcoming) Romantic Literature in Context.

    3. Eastgate Systems at http://www.eastgate.com
      Includes samples of Hypertext Fiction by Moulthrop and Larsen

    4. G.K. Hall at
      Includes: Black Studies on Disc: Catalog of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and G.K. Hall's Index to Black Periodicals on CD-ROM
      DiscLit: Twayne's American, British, and World Authors on CD-ROM
      Women's Studies on Disc: G.K. Hall's Women's Studies Index on CD-ROM

    5. Penguin USA at
      Includes titles by Shakespeare, Joyce, and many American authors, links to Penguin Electronic Products

    6. Queue, Inc.'s Catalog (formerly UpData's Catalog), at
      Search for CD ROMS from many distributors, or browse by title within convenient category. The site lists itself as "The Best in Educational Software." Note: This is a change from the URL listed in the printed version of this bibliography published in Choice.

    7. Voyager Company at
      Publishes the Complete Maus and the Orson Welles Macbeth

    Library Sites: Repositories

    1. Biblomania, hypertext classics, at

    2. Book Stacks Browsing Room at

    3. A Celebration of Women Writers, Carnegie Mellon (by Mary Mark), at

    4. Christian Classics Ethereal Library, Wheaton College at

    5. Columbia University: Bartleby Library, at

    6. The Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia at

    7. The Internet Public Library: The Reading Room at

    8. The On-Line Books Page, Carnegie Mellon at

    9. University of Toronto English Library at

    Web-accessible Gopher Lists

    1. Standard Tool & Die: The World, On-line Book Initiative at

    2. Trent University's gopher of Electronic Sources at
      Choose from book list, journals, etc.

    3. UU Net's ftp site of Electronic Lit at

    4. Wiretap, a Gopher Site at
      Also a gopher, alphabetized by first name

    Lists of Electronic Lit Resources

    1. CD-ROMs, Laserdiscs, and Videos: Sources, by Carol Kotlas at [address updated from print version]:

    2. English Literature and Composition Resources on the Internet: Selected Sites by Carolyn Kotlas at [address updated from print version]:

    3. English Teachers' Links (Literature): Links to Literature Related Web Pages by Mark Dobbins (University of Melbourne) at

    4. Galaxy's Literature List by Tradeway.com at
      With separate page for single authors. Many University Libraries also listed

    5. INFOMINE, U.C. Riverside Library's List of On-Line Resources; subjects organized using Library of Congress subject headings at

    6. Literary Resources on the Net by Jack Lynch at U. Penn at
      Searchable, and subdivided by period and nationality.

    7. Literature Related Links, University of Idaho's hyperlink to Electronic Lit at

    8. Sources for Reviews of Educational CD-ROMs and Software by Sara Ivey and Carolyn Kotlas at [address updated from print version]:

    9. Voice of the Shuttle, English Literature at
      By Alan Liu at University of Calafornia, Santa Barbara. Subdivisions very well organized by period and nationality, with cross listings for Minority Studies.

    10. webCATS: Library Catalogues on the World Wide Web, a List of US University Libraries with Web Search access at

    11. World Lecture Hall, a list of course material on the World-Wide Web at

    12. Yahoo! Arts:Drama:Plays:Playwrights at

    13. Yahoo! Arts:Humanities:Literature:Electronic Literature at

    14. Yahoo! Arts:Humanities:Literature:Genres:Literary Fiction:Authors at

    15. Yahoo! Reference:Libraries:University Librariesat

    Resources by Period or Nationality

    English Literature to 1800

    1. Anglophilia: Literature and Language, Namarie's list of sites for English Lit Lovers at
      Includes major sites related to entire canon of English Lit

    2. Anthology of Middle English Literature (1350-1485), at
      Note: this is an updated link from the printed version of the "Works Cited" list of web pages in Choice.

    3. Bargona's Medieval Drama Home Page, Virginia Military Institute at
      VMI has other good English class pages, listing Net resources

    4. British and Irish Authors (a list arranged chronologically by date of birth by Mitsuharu Matsuoka, Nagoya University), at

    5. A Dictionary of Sensibility, at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/~enec981/dictionary/intro.html

    6. Eighteenth-Century Studies (by Geoffrey Sauer, Carnegie Mellon), at

    7. The Labyrinth: A World Wide Web Server for Medieval Studies, Georgetown University at
      A very complete site for Medieval Studies and links to texts in several languages, Old English and Middle English included

    8. Middle English Text Collection, University of Michigan at

    9. Restoration and Eighteenth Century Studies by C. Eric Hoffman (Stony Brook), at

    10. Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature (1485-1603), at
      Note: this is an updated link from the printed version of the "Works Cited" list of web pages in Choice.

    11. The Text of Magna Carta, British Museum at

    English Literature after 1800

    1. The Canadian Literature Archive at

    2. Lost Poets of the Great War A Hypertext Document by Harry Rusche, Emory University at
      Featured Poets: Rupert Brooke, John McCrae, Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Alan Seeger, Edward Thomas. With supportive documents, bibliography.

    3. The Victorian Web (by George Landau, Brown University), at
      Click on Literature and then Authors to see the hypertext treatment of the major writers.

    4. The Victorian Women Writers Project (Indiana University), at

    Pre-20th Century American Literature

    1. American Studies Web by David Phillips, at

    2. Electronic Archives for Teaching the American Literatures at
      Sponsored by D.C. Heath Publishing Company and Georgetown University Center for Electronic Projects in American Culture Studies (CEPACS), Randy Bass (coordinator).

    3. Nineteenth Century American Women Writers Web at

    20th Century American Literature

    1. Anti-Imperialism in the United States, 1898-1935 (by Jim Zwick, Syracuse University), at
      A rich resource for cultural studies, with writings by Americans Mark Twain, Howells, Moody, Masters, and the text of Kipling's "White Man's Burden" with editorial responses.
      Note: this is an updated link from the printed version of the "Works Cited" list of web pages in Choice.

    2. An Index of Web Sties on Modernism (mostly American authors, with European composers, painters, and English writers as well, from Brown University), at

    3. Literary Kicks (Beat Generation Poets by Levi Asher), at

    4. Twentieth-century Poetry in English, at

    5. Viet Nam Generation, Inc. Home Page (with good links to the war-related literature of the 'Sixties), at

    Multi-Cultural Literature

    1. The Asian American Writers' Workshop, at

    2. Indigenous People's Literature (by Glenn Welker), at

    3. Isis, The Written Word at
      Guide to the many pages related to African-American Women Writers, including Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Terri McMillan.
      NOTE: This has been recently shifted to "forbidden" access. Send any information on an updated listing to web master listed at bottom of list.

    4. Native American Literature Online (by Karen Strom, U Mass) at

    5. Native American Stories -- Books and Etexts (Paula Giese's list of links), at

    6. SAWNET: Books by and about South Asian Women (University of Maryland), at

    7. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, at http://web.nypl.org/research/sc/sc.html

    8. Writing Black USA at
      Links to the works of Chestnutt, Douglass, Du Bois, and many 20th century African American Writers

    9. Yahoo! Arts:Humanities:Literature:Countries and Cultures, at http://www.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/Literature/Countries_and_Cultures/

    Individual Author Sites

    (Arranged alphabetically by author's last name)

    1. Angelou, Maya. Maya Angelou at Michigan State University's Lecture Series (1990) at

    2. Asimov, Isaac. Isaac Asimov Home Page at
      List compiler, Ed Seiler includes both a straight catalog and a "big list" of all known editions of Asimov's books, in order of publication. Also a number of other guides, to Asimov's essays, to bookshops on line.

    3. Atwood, Margaret. Margaret Atwood Page at
      With many brief recent publications by the author

      UPDATE: file not found, but see Yahoo's listing of additional Atwood sites at

    4. Austen, Jane. Jane Austen Information Page, University of Texas (by H. Churchyard), at

    5. Behn, Aphra. The Aphra Behn Page (by Ruth Nestvold), at
      Note: this is an updated link from the printed version of the "Works Cited" list of web pages in Choice.

    6. Bishop, Elizabeth. Elizabeth Bishop at
      Maintained by Lou Duggan.

    7. Blake, William. FTP Directory: Willliam Blake (electronic texts, by ftp), at

    8. Blake, William. The William Blake Archive at
      The Institute for Advanced Technologies at the University of Virginia and the Getty Grant Program are sponsoring the production of this electronic archive, the project directed by Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, Joseph Viscomi.

    9. Blake, William. The William Blake Page by Richard Record at
      Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, a hypertext with his engraved plates.

    10. Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Selected Poems, from Sonnets from the Portuguese and Poems of 1844 (by Megan L. Hollman), at

    11. Burroughs, William S. The William S. Burroughs InterNetWebZone at

    12. Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, at
      Classic Texts of Lewis Carroll, (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), with illustrations by Sir John Tenniels.

    13. Carroll, Lewis Lewis Carroll Home Page at
      Includes texts, graphics, and biographical information.

    14. Carver, Raymond. Raymond Carver at
      By Phillip Carson. Bibliography, with links to Carson's graduate paper, photos.

    15. Cather, Willa. Willa Cather at
      Includes biography, photos, primary and secondary bibliography, links to texts online, reviews, and more. Maintained by Scott Newstrom, Harvard University.

    16. Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. S. T. Coleridge (University of Virginia), at
      A Rich hypertext by Marjorie A. Tiefert

    17. Crane, Stephen. Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Publication of Stephen Crane's novel The Red Badge of Courage, 1895-1995 at
      A page set up for a conference to commemorate the 100th year of the novel. Sponsored by The Department of English at The United States Air Force Academy. Includes Crane texts, American Civil War resources, and conference information. Click on Links to Crane Resources for texts and supportive material.

    18. Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe, at

    19. Dickens, Charles. The Dickens Project - University of California, at
      With links to Biblomania's Great Expectations and many resources and teaching ideas.

    20. Dickinson, Emily. Emily Dickinson Page (by Paul E. Black), at

    21. Dickinson, Emily. Emily Dickinson Poems at
      Columbia University's Project Bartleby the electronic edition is based on Poems By Emily Dickinson, 1896.

    22. Dove, Rita. Rita Dove's faculty page at U of Virginia (with a link to "Lady Freedom Among Us," a site commemorating Dove's poem about the Capitol Building statue by Thomas Crawford), at

    23. Doyle, Arthur Conan. A Sherlockian Holmepage by Chris Redmond at
      with Frames, good list of multiple sources for the e-texts.

    24. Ellison, Ralph. Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: Resources on the novel (by Al Filreis, U Penn), at

    25. Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Ralph Waldo Emerson, a student project by Jason Hardesty at CalPoly, with links to other Emerson sites at
      Note: this is now an inactive link. If you can trace the site, e-mail the page editor. It is retained here so that this list conforms to the "Works Cited" list of web pages in Choice.

    26. Faulkner, William. William Faulkner, 1897-1962 (The Faulkner Home Page),at
      Texts, manuscript information, conferences, photos, and more.

    27. Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Nathaniel Hawthorne (by Eric Eldred), at
      Note: this is an updated link from the printed version of the "Works Cited" list of web pages in Choice.

    28. Hemingway, Ernest. The Papa Page (maintained by Marcel Mitran) at

    29. Johnson, Samuel. Samuel Johnson, by Jack Lynch (Rutgers), at
      [Printed in original Choice (http://www.english.upenn.edu/~jlynch/Johnson/) article as and now updated.]

    30. Joyce, James. Work in Progress: A Website Devoted to the Writings of James Joyce by R.L. Callahan of Temple University at

    31. Keats, John. John Keats: A Hypermedia Guide (by Bethany Nowviskie, Wake Forest), at

    32. Keats, John. Web Concordance -- Keats, the Odes of 1819 (by Rob Watt, University of Dundee) at
      A frames edition, requiring Netscape 2.0. Links to explanations of how to use and build concorcances.

    33. Langland, William. The William Langland Home Page (with links to texts of Piers Plowman, by Lawrence Warner, University of Pennsylvania) at

    34. Lear, Edward. Edward Lear Page at
      Created by Marco Graziosi. Texts and original line drawings of the major published limericks and nonsense verse.

    35. Lee, Harper. Harper Lee Page at

      To Kill a Mockingbird Resources from ADAH

    36. Melville, Herman. The Life and Works of Herman Melville (by J. Madden), at

    37. Middleton, Thomas. The Plays of Thomas Middleton (1580-1627), by Chris Cleary at

    38. Millay, Edna St. Vincent. Edna St. Vincent Millay (by Megan L. Hollman), at
      Plain text format of the poems from the 1917 edition of Renascence

    39. Milton, John. The Milton-L Home Page (by Kevin J.T. Creamer, the Listowner of Milton-L), at

    40. Morrison, Toni. The Web Page of Toni Morrison's Beloved (a class project, giving context to Morrison and her novel), at

    41. Naylor, Gloria. Penguin's Guide to Women of Brewster Place, at

    42. Oates, Joyce Carol. Celestial Timepiece: A Home Page for Joyce Carol Oates (maintained by Randy Souther), at

    43. Percy, Walker. The Walker Percy Project (by Henry P. Mills), at

    44. Poe, Edgar Allan. Edgar Allan Poe Organization, at
      Note: this updates the print version of this list, which included The House of Usher: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), by Peter Forrest at "http://www.comnet.ca/~forrest/index.html", apparently no longer stable.

    45. Pope, Akexander. The Rape of the Lock Home Page (by S. Constantine, U Mass), at

    46. Pynchon, Thomas. Thomas Pynchon, at

    47. Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Hypermedia Research Archive (by Jerome J. McGann), at

    48. Salinger, J.D. The Holden Server at
      Luke Seemann's brief account of what became of his on-line Salinger page.

    49. Salinger, J.D. J.D.Salinger "Bananafish" Home, by Stephen Foskett at

    50. Shakespeare, William. The 1994 NEH National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, at
      Also note the "Surfing with the Bard" link

    51. Shakespeare, William. The Bringing to Life of Stratford-upon-Avon, an illustrated tour of Shakespeare's Stratford, at

    52. Shakespeare, William. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, at
      A Comprehensive Site at MIT. Allows for search of the complete works or any individual play. Contains links to other Shakespeare sources on the Web.

    53. Shakespeare, William. FILMOGRAPHY --William Shakespeare (a list of films made of Shakespeare's plays, with sublinks to fuller information, by Internet Movie Database), at

    54. Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare: Annotated Hypertext Edition (a thesarus-linked hypertext edition by J. B. Siedlecki), at

    55. Shakespeare, William. Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet (by Terry A. Gray), at
      Note: this is an updated link from the printed version of the "Works Cited" list of web pages in Choice.

    56. Shakespeare, William. Othello: An Interactive Guide at
      Movie site which includes the full screenplay of Kenneth Branagh's film version.

    57. Shakespeare, William. The Works of the Bard, at
      Matty Farrow's Shakespeare Search Site in Australia.

    58. Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary Shelley's Private Frankenstein Musical, created by Kim Woodbridge at

    59. Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Resources for the Study of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, by Martin Irvine at

    60. Sidney, Sir Phillip. Defence of Poesie (Ponsonby, 1595), at
      Hypertext by Richard Bear, University of Oregon

    61. Spenser, Edmund. The Edmund Spenser Home Page (by Richard Bear), at

    62. Steinbeck, John. Steinbeck Center Foundation (a project of Salinas.net), at

    63. Tan, Amy. Anniina's Amy Tan Page (by Anniina Jokinen), at
      Note: this is an updated link from the printed version of the "Works Cited" list of web pages in Choice.

    64. Tennyson, Lord Alfred. Texts of Tennyson's works, an FTP list, at

    65. Thomas, Dylan. Dylan Marlais Thomas: 27 Oct 1914 - 9 Nov 1953 (by Warrick D. G. Whatman), at

    66. Thoreau, Henry David. Cybersaunter -- Henry David Thoreau (by Sean Mahoney and Joe Smith), at
      With links to many individual's Home Pages on Tolkein.

    67. Twain, Mark. Mark Twain Resources on the World Wide Web (compiled by Jim Zwick), at
      Note: this is an updated link from the printed version of the "Works Cited" list of web pages in Choice.

    68. Vonnegut, Kurt. Kurt Vonnegut Home Page (by Kevin A. Boon), at

    69. Walker, Alice. Anniina's Alice Walker Page at
      Note: this is an updated link from the printed version of the "Works Cited" list of web pages in Choice.
      Frequently updated, links to good resources.

    70. Wilde, Oscar. Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray at
      Biblomania's version, a hypertext index to the 20 chapters.

    71. Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray at
      The extraTEXTure special hypertext serial edition of Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray.

    72. Woolf, Virginia. Virginia Woolf Web at