English Websites




Booklist  http://www.ala.org/ala/booklist/booklist.htm

Provides access to reviews of books for adults young adults and children written by librarians.


Bookwire   http://www.bookwire.com/   

Searachable by author, title, or publisher name, and the individual review sources can be browsed. 


A Celebration of Women Writers  http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/writers.html

Women writers throughout history—from 3000 B.C. to the 20th century.  Provides comprehensive biographical and bibliographical information and links to other related material.  A fantastic site,  there is information about almost any female author that has ever existed. 


Internet Public Library  http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/

Contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, title, nationality or by literary period. 


American Authors  http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/AmeLit.html

A literature site dealing with American Authors from 1550 – 1950.  Has extensive collection of web links.


British and Irish Authors on the Web http://lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/UK-authors.html   A literature site that deals with British and Irish authors on the Web.


Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site  http://www.carolhurst.com/   This is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.


Critical Reading:  A guide   http://www.brocku.ca/english/jlye/criticalreading.html

Guide to what a student should look for when analyzing literature, especially poetry and fiction. 


English and Its History   http://www.bluerider.com/english/

Gives a tour of the English Language and some of the changes that have occurred.


Forest of  Rhetoric: silva rhetoricae   http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/   a guide to the terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric. Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest (the big picture) of rhetoric because of the trees (the hundreds of Greek and Latin terms naming figures of speech, etc.) within rhetoric.

Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with Examples http://www.uky.edu/AS/Classics/rhetoric.html   Great site for terms relating to Plato, Socrates, etc.  


Graduation Speeches   http://dir.yahoo.com/Education/Graduation/Speeches

Gives college graduation speeches by famous people plus links to writing a graduation speech.


Grammar Bytes http://www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm

Index of grammar terms.  Interactive exercises, student and teacher handouts, grammar rules, etc.


Great Writers and Poets http://www.xs4all.nl/~pwessel/writers.html

Nobel, Pulitzer, Amazon.com award winners.  Homepage links for writers from A-Z.


History of Mystery  http://www.mysterynet.com/timeline/  Meet the great crime solvers of the world. 


If you Like  http://www.hclib.org/pub/books/iyl

Links readers to fiction books.  If you like a particular type of book or a title, the site offers you other books of similar format. 


Internet Classics Archive   http://classics.mid.edu    Select from 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors. 


Internet Speculative Fiction Database  http://www.sfsite.com/home.htm

Homepage for Science Fiction and Fantasy


Library Spot Writing a Paper  http://libraryspot.com/

Step by step help in writing a paper.  A site full of links to reference sources. 


LitEngine.com   http://www.litengine.com  For information on literature and Franz Kafka


Literature:  What makes a good short story?  http://www.learner.org/exhibits/literature/

This workshop will help teachers learn effective practices and strategies to use with middle school students in writing instruction.


Literary Index   http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/english/flackcj/LitIndex.html

Literary Index provides both an overview and a review of the more significant collections of Internet literary resources of interest to scholars, students, and lovers of literature.


Modern English Collection    http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/modeng/modeng0.browse.html

A fairly large collection of “fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present.  Browse by author or title. 


PAL:  Perspectives in American Literature   http://web.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/TABLE.HTML  A large site of information on specific authors by period of American history form the colonial period to the present.  Also essays about different periods such as the Harlem Renaissance, etc. 


Novel Guide-Novel Resource Guide and Literary Analysis 


 Ed supplement for a better understanding of classic and contemporary Lit. Profiles; Metaphor analysis, Theme analysis and Author biographies


Pink Money   http://www.pinkmonkey.com/index2.asp

Large Library of Literary Summaries.


Pulitzer Prizes  http://www.pinkmonkey.com/index2.asp


Random House Reading Group Guide   http://www.randomhouse.com/rgg/

Designed to enhance a reading groups discussion of a book-includes description of each book, questions, discussion topics, author biography.


Reading Group Choices   http://www.readinggroupchoices.com


Resources for Writers and Writing Instructors  http://www.readinggroupchoices.com/

Miscellaneous groups of writing style guides, grammar rhetoric and much more.


SAC Lit Web  http://www.accd.edu/sac/english/bailey/litindex.htm

Produced by San Antonio University,  this site provides infor about and links to sites regarding major literary figures.


Society for the Study of American Writers   http://www.lehigh.edu/~dek7/SSAWW


This Day in Literary History  http://www.history.com/tdih.do


Women’s Studies Resources:  Literature http://bailiwick.lib.uiowa.edu/wstudies/literature.html

A Wonderful Academic site with many links.



                                     POETS, POETRY AND SONNETS




Poetry 180:  A Poem a Day for American High Schools    http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/

Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year.


Academy of American Poets  http://www.poets.org/

Includes bios, photos and other info.  Was founded to support American poets and to foster an appreciation of contemporary poetry.


Aha! Poetry   http://www.ahapoetry.com  This is a site where you can publish your own poetry.


American Verse Project   http://www.hti.umich.edu/a/amverse/

This is a project to assemble an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920.


Bartleby Verse:  American & English Poetry: 1250-1920  http://www.bartleby.com/verse/


Bibliomania:  Poetry    http://www.bibliomania.com/0/2/frameset.html

Provides complete text for William Blake, Rupert Brooke and some Walt Whiteman  and Oscar Wilde.


British Poetry 1780-1910: a Hypertext Archive of Scholarly Editions



Favorite Poem Project  http://www.favoritepoem.org/

Site dedicated to celebrating, documentary and promoting poetry’s role in American lives.


Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers   http://www.pbs.org/wnet/foolingwithwords/


Haiku for People! http://www.toyomasu.com/haiku/

Examples of haikus by notable poets as well as many written by everyday people.  Discusses how one writes haiku poetry and has links to related sites.


Dhugal J. Lindsay’s Haiku Universe   http://www.cyberoz.net/city/dhugal/haikuhome.html



Index of Poets in Representative Poetry On-Line  http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display/index.cfm

Indexes the poets, by last name or chronologically, their poems by title, timeline of poets and poems and events and much more.


Knopf Publishing Group Poetry Corner  http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/poetry/index.pperl

Works of those authors published by Knopf Publishing Group.  All kinds of information. 


Modern British Poetry  http://aol.bartleby.com/103/

Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, Yeats, Kipling and many more poets. 


Modern American Poetry:  A Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry.  http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps  An on-line journal and multimedia companion to “Anthology of Modern American Poetry.”











Poetry Archives  http://www.emule.com/poetry     Poems, brief biographical sketches of over 200 poets.  Searchable by author’s name.


Poetry Archives : Poetry through the Ages.  


Poems of well known classical authors.


Poetry Magic   http://www.poetrymagic.co.uk/

A resource center for the theory and craft of writing poetry. 


Poetry Portal   http://poetry-portal.com

   A directory of world wide poetry online.


Poetry Previews  http://www.poetrypreviews.com


Poetry Society of America   

http://www.poetrysociety.org/    Whether you write, read or simply want to expand your horizons the Poetry Society has readings, seminars and competitions intended to challenge. 


Poets & Writers Online  http://www.pw.org/

Resources for Creative Writers  


Poet’s Corner  http://www.gale.com/free_resources/poets/index.htm

Collection of activities and information to complement classroom topics. 


Rhymezone     http://www.rhymezone.com/    (A rhyming dictionary)


Shakespeare Quiz   http://www.shakespeare-online.com/quiz/

Quiz tests your skill at finishing the couplet of one of many of Shakespeare’s sonnets.


Sonnet Central http://www.sonnets.org

  An archive of English sonnets, commentary and relevant web pages and a forum for poets to share and discuss their own work. 


Voices and Visions    http://www.learner.org/catalog/extras/vvspot/

Explores the work and lives of 13 of America’s most well known poets.  Based on the PBS program. 


United States of Poetry  http://www.worldofpoetry.org/usop/index.htm

Official web site for the award winning PBS TV series. 


World of Poetry  http://www.worldofpoetry.org

Digital poetry anthology.  A follow up to and an expansion of the United States of Poetry.




Academy of American Poets—Maya Angelou    http://www.poets.org  Type in name of poet or name of poem. 


Academy of American Poets—W. H. Auden   http://www.poets.org   Type in name of poet or name of poem


Academy of American Poets—William Blake   http://www.poets.org  Type in name of poet or name of poem.


Academy of American PoetsElizabeth Browning   http://www.poets.org   Type in name of poet or name of poem.


Academy of American Poets—Robert Browning   http://www.poets.org  Type in name of poet or name of poem


Academy of American Poets—Gwendolyn Brooks  http://www.poets .org  Type in name of poet or name of poem


Academy of American Poets—e.e. cummings  http://www.poets.org  Type in name of poet or name of poem


Academy of American Poets—Emily Dickinson  http://www.poets.org  Includes biography and links to all her works. 


Emily Dickinson   http://www.bartleby.com/113   online text of all her poems


H. D.  (Hilda Doolittle)    http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/g_l/hd/hd.htm  Includes biography, bibliography, links to related sites.


Robert Frost   http://www.bartleby.com/people/Frost-Ro.html

Includes index of titles and one of first lines


Academy of American Poets—Gerald Manley Hopkins   http://www.poets.org  Contains biographical information and links to his work.


Academy of American Poets—Robert Lowell   http://www.poets.org  Has biographical information and links to his work.


Academy of American Poets—Edgar Lee Masters   http://www.poets.org  Has biographical information and links to his work


American Academy of Poets—Edna St. Vincent Millay  http://www.poets.org Has links to her works along with biographical information. 


A Biography of Pablo Neruda  http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1971/neruda-bio.html

A biography of the Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971


Robert Pinsky   http://www.ibiblio.org/ipa/pinsky.php

A collection of the poetry of Robert Pinsky, U.S. Poet Laureate.  Includes a picture.

American Academy of Poets—Edgar Allen Poe   http://www.poets.org

  Has biographical information and links to his works.


American Academy of Thoreau—Henry David Thoreau   http://www.poets.org   Has biographical information and links to his work.


William Butler  Yeats     http://www.bartleby.com/people.Yeats-Wi.html

Text of the poems published in his collections The Wind Among the Reeds,  Responsibilities and The Wild Swans at Coole. 


                                           WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE



Absolute Shakespeare   http://absoluteshakespeare.com Absolute Shakespeare, the essential resource for William Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, biography and the legendary Globe Theatre.

All Shakespeare  e.notes.com    http://www.enotes.com/william-shakespeare/


Authorship Debate http://absoluteshakespeare.com/trivia/authorship/authorship.htm


Shakespeare and Renaissance Sites    http://web.uvic.ca/shakespeare/Annex/ShakSites1.html 


Globe Theatre  http://www.enotes.com/william-shakespeare/shakespeares-globe-theater/


Internet Shakespeare Editions   http://ise.uvic.ca/index.html   Site includes old-spelling of texts of his plays, his life and times and many links to sites relating to Shakespeare and the Renaissance time period. 


IPL Shakespeare Bookshelf  http://www.ipl.org/div/shakespeare/

All of his works are full text at this site.


Literary Criticism Collection –Internet Public Library  http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/


Literary Index:  Internet Resources in Literature http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/english/flackcj/LitIndex.html

Provides both an overview and a review of the more significant  collections of Internet Literary resources.


Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet   http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/

Covers his works, life and times, criticism, Renaissance period, list of best sites and much more. 


Shakespeare and Renaissance Sites     http://ise.uvic.ca/index.html  


Shakespeare Birthplace Trust  http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/

Provides for the use of a library and archive collection with particular emphasis on Shakespeare and the history of Stratford-upon-Avon


Shakespeare’s Globe Research Database   http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/


Shakespeare Illustrated http://www.english.emory.edu/classes/Shakespeare_Illustrated/Shakespeare.html

Explores 19th century paintings criticisms and productions of Shakespeare’s plays and their influence on one another. 


Shakespeare Links on the Internet  


Separate listings—Shakespeare Authorship sites and Mainstream Shakespeare sites.


Shakespeare Magazine  http://www.shakespearemag.com/


Shakespeare Online   http://www.shakespeare-online.com/


Shakespeare Plays:  Lesson Plans  http://7-12educators.about.com/msub109drama.htm


Shakespeare Resource Center  http://www.bardweb.net/

Covers the Man, His works, Play Synopses, Authorship Debate, Globe theater, plus much more.  Each of these areas has additional links. 


Shakespeare Oxford Society Home Page  http://www.shakespeare-oxford.com/

This website is the premier source of information on the Shakespeare authorship issue.

The society attempts to document Edward de Vere 1550-1604 as author of Shakespeare’s works. 


Shakespeare Through Performance:  Folger Institute http://www.tamut.edu/english/folgerhp/folgerhp.html  Provides a complete study guide to  Measure for Measure and the first web-based model of the Globe that uses virtual modeling language.


Sixteenth Century Renaissance English  Literature  



Shakespeare’s Sonnets  http://absoluteshakespeare.com/sonnets/sonnets.htm


Sonnet Central  http://www.sonnets.org/


***TeachersFirst Shakespeare Page  http://www.teachersfirst.com/shakespr.shtml

An EXCELLENT site for bothTEACHERS and students.


                       ROMEO AND JULIET


Rome and Juliet—Full text from M.I.T. Shakespeare Archive http://www-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/Tragedy/romeoandjuliet/romeoandjuliet.html


Romeo and Juliet:  General Analysis 



Study Guide for Shakespeare:  Romeo and Juliet (1591?)  http://www.wsu.edu:8000/~brians/love-in-the-arts/romeo.html


Jottings from Juliet—A Folger Institute Library Lesson   http://www.folger.edu/eduLesPlanDtl.cfm?lpid=550


Lamb’s Tale From Shakespeare—Romeo and Juliet

http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/lambtales/LTROMEO.HTM        The chief families in Verona were the Capulets and the Montagues—this tells their story


Teach with Movies—Learning guide to Romeo and Juliet  http://www.teachwithmovies.org/guides/romeo-and-juliet.html


Romeo and Juliet – Time Stands Still


Eight week unit designed specifically for low-ability learners, though it can be aadapted for other abilities.


Romeo and Juliet Theme Page  http://www.cln.org/themes/romeo_juliet.html  Curricular resources (informational, content)  Instructional materials—lesson plans.





Hamlet Online   http://www.tk421.net/exxays/hamlet/hamlet.html   A directory of web pages devoted to Hamlet 


Hamlet Navigator Home Page    http://www.clicknotes.com/hamlet/index.html


Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark  http://www-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/hamlet/


Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark  http://allshakespeare.com/hamlet/


Home of Macbeth and Hamlet Pages   http://www.falconedlink.com/


Introduction to Hamlet  http://www.littanam.ulg.ac.be/hamlet&co.html  Includes biographical outline, chronologies of the plays, theses, etc.


Tragedy of Hamlet—Teacher Cyberguide   http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/ham/hamtg.html


All Shakespeare Hamlet Guide  http://www.enotes.com/hamlet/   Features summary, essays, etc and links to other sites. 


Hamlet Online  http://www.tk421.net/essays/hamlet/hamlet.html

A directory of web pages devoted to Hamlet.


Lambs’ Tales From Shakespeare—Hamlet   http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/lambtales/LTHAMLET.HTM





Jane Austen Information Page http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/janeinfo.html

Be sure to scroll down the first screen.  Includes biographical info and essays, articles about her and about her writing.


Charlotte Bronte:  An Overview   http://www.victorianweb.org/

Click on Authors, then click on Charlotte Bronte.  Includes biographical information, works, themes, characterization, imagery and much more.


Emily Bronte   http://www.victorianweb.org  Click on authors, click on Emily Bronte.  Gives biographical information, works, themes, characterization, etc


The Bronte Sisters  http://www.eagle.co.uk/Bronte/brontes.html  Brief biographical sketches of the three sisters, Emily, Charlotte, and Anne, as well as the text of some of their writings. 


Willa Cather Home Page  http://www.gustavus.edu/academics/english/cather/

Biographical information, photos, critical analysis, many other links and some e-texts of his writing. 


Ralph Waldo Emerson    http://www.transcendentalists.com/1emerson.html  Thorough site which includes biographical information, photos, critical analysis, many other links and some e-texts of his writings. 


William Faulkner Page  http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/~egjbp/faulkner/faulkner.html

Includes information about most of his works.


Thomas Hardy  http://pages.ripco.net/~mws/hardy.html  Biography information and links to related sites.


Nathaniel Hawthorne  http://pages.ripco.net/~mws/hardy.html  Biographical information including many essays, stories by his contemporaries and criticism  of his works. 


Hemingway Resource Center  http://www.lostgeneration.com/hrc.htm

Biographical information, essays by and about him and his works, plus lots of links to other resources. 


James Herriot’s Home Page   http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/3907/herriot.html

Some biographical information plus other information about his actual works.


Aldous Huxley  http://somaweb.org/  Biography, list of works, interviews, links to other cites.


Into the Wardrobe:  the C.S. Lewis Web site  http://cslewis.drzeus.net/

A good source of information about this author.  Includes biographical information, an extensive FAQ regarding his life and work, etc. 


The Jack London Collection   http://london.sonoma.edu/    Biography, some full texts of his works, critical essays, etc. 


The Political Writings of George Orwell    http://www.resort.com/~prime8/Orwell/

A collection of his essays, newspaper articles, letters and editorials. 


George Orwell http://www.levity.com/corduroy/orwell.htm

Brief biography of George Orwell


Complete Collection of Poems by Edgar Allen Poe


Find famous and infamous poems by Poe in full text online.


Chaim Potok   http://www.lasierra.edu/~ballen/potok/index.html

Biographical information, synopses and critical information regarding most work, interviews, etc. 


J. D. Salinger   the Catcher in the Rye  http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/salinger.htm

Biography of his life.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare   http://www-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/works.html  Full text of the complete works of William Shakespeare. 


Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet  http://shakespeare.palomar.edu

An annotated index to Shakespeare-related sites on the Internet.  Many links to other web sites.  This is a scholarly site. 


Mark Twain and His Times  http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/index.html

Includes texts, reviews, biographical information, images and links to related sites. 


Alice Walker http://www.luminarium.org/contemporary/alicew/

Bibliographic information, interviews, links to related sites, essays, criticisms, excerpts.


A Celebration of Women Writers   http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/writers.htm


Internet Public Library—Literary Criticism  http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/


PAL:  Perspectives in American Literature  http://web.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/TABLE.HTML

Excellent source for information on specific authors by period of American history from the Colonial Period to the Present.  (Site is under revision)




Classical Myths: the Ancient Sources  http://web.uvic.ca/grs/bowman/myth/   This site is designed to draw together the ancient texts and images available on the Web concerning the major figures of Greek and Roman mythology


About mythology.com   http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/bl/bl_myth_index.htm?once=true&

Directory of mythology, find names of the deities, their attributes some principal legends, etc.  


Aesop’s Fables    http://www.aesopfables.com/

655+ fables, with morals listed


Arthurian Homepage  http://faculty.smu.edu/arthuriana/  Complete who, when, where etc about King Arthur


The Perseus Project  http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/

This project maintains an extensive collection of classical texts, as well as a new encyclopedia and search engine. 


Greek Mythology  http://www.desy.de/gna/interpedia/greek_myth/greek_myth.html


Carlos Parada’s Greek Mythology  http://www.desy.de/gna/interpedia/greek_myth/greek_myth.html  Provides information about the gods and heroes in brief list form as well as extended entires on the more major deities.