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The Great Books Index - "The 54-volume set of Great Books of the Western World was first published in 1952 by Encyclopaedia Britannica, under the editorship of Robert Maynard Hutchins and Mortimer J. Adler. It was revised and reissued in 1990, with some changes in the selections and translations and with the addition of six new volumes of shorter selections from a large number of 20th century authors. These two publications are significant attempts to bring together, in English, many of the works which contribute most directly to the ongoing discussion of the great ideas in Western thought. This index is a union list of the works which appeared in the original 1952 edition and in the updated 1990 edition of the Great Books of the Western World. Many of these works are available on the Internet, though perhaps not in the same translation as that published in the Great Books set. This great books index is a personal interest project, and is not sponsored by or associated with the Encyclopaedia Britannica corporation."

The Online Books Page - “The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet.” The site is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Library and the site is edited by John Mark Ockerbloom, digital library planner and researcher, at the University of Pennsylvania. There are 17,000+ listings of books online. You can browse or search by author or title and you can browse by subject. There are listings of banned books online and prize winners online. Archives listings for general, specialty, and foreign language are provided. In addition, the site provides information on how to find out if a book is in the public domain in various countries.

A Online Library of Literature - Includes the full text works of authors in the public domain from Aesop to Voltaire.

Bibliomania - This site is an entryway to full text documents including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and reference works.

The Internet Book Information Center - "IBIC is an enthusiast publication intended to serve the global community of book-lovers." This site, maintained by a single person, Frederick Zimmerman, has links to all sorts of interesting sites about books and publishing.

The Internet Classics Archive - An online archive of 441 works by 59 classical authors (as of 6/1/01), provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The texts are in HTML format, but raw text files are also available. Each work has been segmented into the different books, sections, parts, etc. whenever possible.

The Modern English Collection - Includes online access to a wide variety of books in English published since 1500, and also magazine fiction by noted authors. One can browse the list alphabetically by author as well as by the following areas of interest: Texts by and about African Americans; Texts by and about Native Americans; Texts by Women Writers; Texts about the American Civil War; Texts by and about Thomas Jefferson; Alexander Hamilton; Texts for Young Readers; Literature in Translation; Best Sellers, 1900-1930; and Items from UVa Special Collections. (University of Virginia)

The On-line Books Page - This is the front page for an index of 13,000+ on-line books. It also points to some common repositories of on-line books and other documents.

The Oxford Text Archive - Contains a vast number of texts and documents from the great writers of the English language. Not very easy to use, so please look carefully at the pages for their instructions. Not all texts are currently online and downloadable, so you may not retrieve all that are listed. Searchable by author and title.

Project Bartleby - Imagine borrowing a book from the other side of the planet without leaving your desk. This happens every day thanks to Project Bartleby. Browse by Reference, Verse, Fiction and Non-Fiction. You can also search by author, title or subject. All of Bartleby's books are in the public domain which means they are free of copyright restrictions.

BookWire - BookWire is a comprehensive guide to the book-related resources of the Internet. Book reviews, author information, book-related events, links to publishers and booksellers, a book-related cartoons gallery, and other related topics are to be found here

Eighteenth Century Studies - This collection has archived many works of the eighteenth century, from the perspectives of literary and cultural studies. Novels, plays, memoirs, treatises and poems of the period are kept here (in some cases, influential texts from before 1700 or after 1800 as well), along with modern criticism.

Eighteenth-Century Internet Resources - Professor Jack Lynch's thorough collection of Internet resources related to the 18th century. Many full-text documents are available here.

ARTFL Project: Bibles - Allows you to search several versions of the Bible.

BookWeb Home Page - Comprehensive site of the American Booksellers Association. Nice page layout makes this a very easy place to use.

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EServer.Org - "The EServer, formerly at Carnegie Mellon, is now based at the University of Washington. We are increasing efforts to publish new works (30391 so far). Browse our public collections, including: Books--Book-length nonfiction and miscellaneous literatures and Reference--Select reference materials useful for research.."

Reference Sources at the Marin County Free Library - Log in with your library card number to the Literature Resource Center from Gale Group for "... biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Also includes 15-20 page essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres and 600 full-text literary criticism titles."

Literary Resources on the Net - This website allows general searches through its database as well as providing links to the following categories: Classical & Biblical; Medieval; Renaissance; Eighteenth-Century; Romantic; Victorian British; Twentieth-Century British & Irish; American; Theatre and Drama; Theory; Women's Literature & Feminism; Ethnicities & Nationalities; Other National Literatures; Bibliography & History of the Book; Hypertext; and Miscellaneous.

English Literature Main Page - This Web page on the Voice of the Shuttle site has links to Web sites on all aspects of literature in English. "'English Literature' includes works written in English taught in departments of English and American literature. Some authors are also cross-listed under separate national, regional, or ethnic categories (e.g., "Irish," "Australian," "Afro-American") on the other

Literatures Written in English and Minority Literatures pages."

Cliffs Notes - Long the leader in producing notes for classic works of literature, this site also provides links to all sorts of help for high school and college students. The Cliffs Notes books are available for purchase or download from this site. Also available are links to: Commmunity Service; Extracurriculars; Internet Plagiarism; Lit Videos; Book Club Help; Shakespeare Glossary; Teachers Petting; Plagiarism: On Guard!; and CliffsComplete™; Between Jobs?; Work-at-Home Test; Career Switch; as well as various quizes and a Car Payment Calculator.

EducETH - This site in Switzerland offers information in the English and German languages about  literature in English for teachers and students.

Study Guides for Various Works - Grouped here are study guides prepared by Professor Paul Brians of Washington State University for the use of students in his classes. They include guides to such science fiction classics as War of the Worlds; The Martian Chronicles; A Canticle for Leibowitz; Solaris; The Dispossessed; Blade Runner; The Handmaid's Tale; Neuromancer; and selected stories from The Norton Book of Science Fiction. They also include titles from the professor's 18th and 19th century European classics course: Voltaire, Goethe, Zola, Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, and Marx and Engels are the authors outlined. From his Love in the Arts course classics of love poetry are detailed from Chinese and Japanese love poetry to The Song of Songs, from Classical Greek & Roman love poems to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Bernstein's West Side Story. And finally there are guides to world literature in English of India, Africa, and the Caribbean including Things Fall Apart; Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood; Wole Soyinka's works; Athol Fugard's "Master Harold". . . and the Boys; short stories by Nadine Gordimer's; George Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin; Narayan's The Guide; The Satanic Verses; Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things; and Anita Desai's Baumgartner's Bombay.

The Labyrinth - A very large and elaborate Website for medieval resources. Search by category (from archaeology to women) and sub-category as well as by type of material (archaeological materials to video).

Sci-Fi.Com - The Sci-Fi Channel online. Not just books but science fiction in all media are the emphasis of this Web site

Symbolism Dictionary - Look up a symbol and find its meaning. "his symbolism dictionary endeavors to provide the possible cultural significance of various symbols, and suggest ways in which those symbols may have been used in context." Constructed by Allison Protas, augmented and refined in 1997 by Geoff Brown and Jamie Smith.

On-Line English Grammar - Check here for the mechanics of using the English language. Look up information about parts of speech, and how to properly use them. Includes examples and helpful diagrams.

Authors, Writers, Poets, and Literary People on the Web - An RHS Cybrary collection of links to resources related to the individual people who create literature of all types.

Literature Resources for the High School and College Student - Well organized and thorough collection of links for those studying literature (mostly in the English language) from ancient to modern times. "The intent of this site is to provide a quick reference for my students, and the students of other teachers, to the many literature and writing resources on the world wide web. To do their research my students usually have a class period in the lab; they cannot afford to wait for graphics to download in order to get to the information they want. Thus the graphics on this site have been kept to a minimum."

Literary Resources on the Net - Another superb collection of Internet resources for the study of literature, gathered by Professor Jack Lynch, University of Pennsylvania.. Links are included to sites about classical & biblical, medieval, Renaissance, Romantic, British, American, women's, and ethnic and national literatures.

Online Literary Criticism Collection - "The IPL [Internet Public Library] Online Literary Criticism Collection contains 4492 [6/1/01] critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period."

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature - "Considered the most important work of literary history and criticism ever published, the Cambridge History contains over 303 chapters and 11,000 pages, with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing. The set encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole. This etext version is the 1907-1921 edition.

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Anglo Saxon Culture - Resources such as Beowulf, images from the Book of Kells, and links to other resources related to medieval studies.

Irish Literature from 500 AD to the Present -

Romantic Circles - Web site devoted to the study of Lord Byron, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, their contemporaries and historical contexts. Includes links to: Electronic editions; Features and events; Publications; "RC High School;" Reviews, Praxis series; Scholarly resources; and "Villa Diodati."

Renaissance Forum - Links to Internet information resources related to the English Renaissance (mainly the 16th and 17th centuries.)

Drama Resources (808.82, 812, 822, etc.)
How to Find Plays - http://rhsweb/library/findplay.htm A page which gives advice on how to find plays by title, author, genre or subject in the Bessie Chin Library and the Marin County Free Library.

Dramatic Literature - Plays by the following authors are found on this Web site: Edward Albee, Amiri Baraka, Samuel Beckett, Eric Bogosian  David Henry Hwang, Henrik Ibsen, Tony Kushner, Craig Lucas, Moliere, Eugene O'Neill, Harold Pinter, Luigi Pirandello, Jean-Paul Sartre, Arthur Schnitzler, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Wallace Shawn, Nicky Silver, Neil Simon, John Millington Synge, Jane Wagner, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Luis Valdez, and Kurt Vonngeut.

El Teatro Campesino - Home of El Teatro Campesino, where you can find Teatro's colorful history and optimistic future, its founding director Luis Valdez, and meet Teatro Campesino's newest generation of creative forces, "Chicanos on the Run."

On Broadway WWW - The On Broadway WWW Information Page include On-Broadway as well as Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway plays and musicals.

Screenwriters & Playwrights Home Page - This page, which is frequently updated, is designed to meet the special needs of screen writers and playwrights.

The Drama Exchange - The Dramatic Exchange is dedicated to archiving and distributing scripts, a place for playwrights to "publish" and distribute their plays, a place for producers to find new plays they might want to produce, and a place for anyone who is interested in drama to browse.