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A vast collection of online resources on literature, and downloadable clasics and literary texts - Updated on 8/30/2013.

What is Literature?

Broadly speaking whatever the human mind can conceive and express as words can be considered literature. A more specific definition of literature could be that which is produced by literate people as their literary expression. However, the classical definition includes only such works that have great artistic and creative value such as poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction.

Literature arises from education and learning, and contributes to them as well. In literature, people expresses the creative powers of the human mind in best possible terms. Literature makes writing both an art and a craft. It also records the story of the mankind, and the progress of the human languages, in bits and pieces from the earliest to the present.

In literature, the emphasis is both upon how you truly convey the meaning of an experience or an idea and how aesthetically you express it. Literature helps us know the world and other people, how they live, what they think, feel, struggle, or manage the complexities of life. With the help of literature we not only express our thoughts, ideas and emotions but also connect to the world at a much deeper level. Literature also helps us understand the subtle nuances of the language, people, culture and society. Jayaram V

Websites on Literature

An Online Library of Literature : The mission of the Electronic Literature Foundation (ELF) is to produce advanced electronic texts for the benefit of students, scholars, and admirers of literature around the world. Our goal is to provide free access to a variety of texts from world literature available in several languages and/or editions for all types of readers. Their current works online include The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Dante's Divine Comedy, Milton's Paradise Lost, the novels of Jane Austen, and more. There are 129 works by 20 authors in the library. Want to know more? See our slideshow about our mission (at 800x600 or 1024x768), or check out what we have in development.

Free Language Arts Website: This is set up by a group of 17 teachers to make usable free high quality language worksheets available for teachers for free. Every month they create new worksheets for you to enjoy. All of their work is directly created in response to the English Language Arts Common Core Standards.

Poetry.com : Poetry.com welcomes all amateur poets and wants to encourage your participation in the world’s largest and most vibrant poetry community. We have established a system of points and badges which you’ll earn for every different type of action you take. For example, you will receive points for each poem you write, each poem you review, etc.

The Electronic Literature Foundation : It aims to provide free access to a variety of texts from world literature available in several languages and editions to be used by students, scholars, and admirers of literature around the world and for all types of readers.

Electronic Literature Organization The Electronic Literature Organization was founded in 1999 to foster and promote the reading, writing, teaching, and understanding of literature as it develops and persists in a changing digital environment. A 501c(3) non-profit organization, the ELO includes writers, artists, teachers, scholars, and developers.

The Academy of American Poets : The Academy is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Poets.org is one of several programs presented by the Academy of American Poets. For more information, see our Annual Report.

The Poetry Foundation: The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

Electric Literature's Recommended Reading: An informative literature website that showcases outstanding stories.

The Poem Hunter: PoemHunter.Com aims to spread the effects of poems in the social and individual life of people, where a continuous change is undergoing with the Internet. PoemHunter.Com without a pause, continues its activities with the active participation of thousands of members.

Electronic Literature Foundation: The mission of the Electronic Literature Foundation (ELF) is to produce advanced electronic texts for the benefit of students, scholars, and admirers of literature around the world. Our goal is to provide free access to a variety of texts from world literature available in several languages and/or editions for all types of readers.

ESL Gold: ESLgold provides hundreds of pages of free English teaching materials for ESL students and teachers.

Guide to Grammar and Writing: Easy to use resource for questions about grammar and working on a research paper.

Literay History: Academic articles and literary criticism for English and American authors of the 19th and 20th century, open access research

Literary Resources on the Net: Index of literary resources available on the Web, focusing on those of interest to scholars. Searchable and organized by period and topic.

Poets Archive: The Poetry Archive aims to bring the widest possible audience to the fullest possible range of English-language poetry being published around the world, and to complement that poetry with educational material of value both to the specialist and to the general reader. It has no editorial agenda except to demonstrate the range and richness of poetry in all its forms.

Litvillage: English literature resource features author interviews and reviews of quality free book-related websites.

Project Guttenberg: Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.

Sanskrit Literature: Virtual e-Text Archive of Indic Texts in Sanskrit, Palit and Prakrit

Sanskrit Library: The Sanskrit Library is a digital library dedicated to enhancing online access to the cultural heritage of India by facilitating education and research in Sanskrit, one of the world’s richest culture-bearing languages, providing access to digitized texts and manuscript images, lexical resources, linguistics software, and computerized research and study tools that analyze and maximize the utility of digitized Sanskrit materials.

Online Sanskrit Texts: Indology, Buddhism and others maintained by Universität Heidelberg. Impressum

Pulitzer Prizes: The Pulitzer Prizes site contains the complete list of Pulitzer Prize winners from 1917 (the first year the Prizes were awarded) to the present.

Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon: Electronic access to Sanskrit Buddhist texts, with its profound possibilities for enhancing the depth, scope and subtlety of research, has been a desideratum of the field for some time.

Representative Poetry Online: Representative Poetry Online, version 3.0, includes 3,162 English poems by 500 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today.

POETS ONLINE offers you the opportunity to try writing a poem to their current monthly writing prompt. Write it for yourself, or submit it - and if it is selected, you'll share it with the online world. Poets Online will only consider poems that are in response to our current writing prompt.

Using English: Resources to learn the English language for ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP students and teachers.

Call for Papers: CFP Website is maintained by The University of Pennsylvania Department of English

The Bartleby Collection of Fiction : Bartleby.com provides the best works of fiction from a wide range of classic authors. Also available from here

The Bartleby Collection of Non-Fiction consisting of a diverse and intelligent nonfiction corpus, including many works of political and social history.

Alex Catalogue of Etexts: The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.

Children's Literature: The Internet has become a great source of information about a great many children's writers and illustrators. The websites listed here include authors' personal websites and websites maintained by fans, scholars, and readers. Also available from this site are useful links to 

Folklore Myth and Legends  This is part of the Childrens' Literature Web Gude, which contains Internet resources related to books for children and young adults.

Online Children's Stories This one is also part of Childrens' Literature Web Gude and contains some well-known books with stories to read or download.

Yahoo Literature: Authors Awards, Banned Books, Art Books, Classics, Comparitive Literature, Creative Writing and more.

European Literature: This page lists Internet sources for literary texts in the western European languages other than English. Translations are mentioned only when they are included in collections of original language texts, or when they are themselves of interest. Collections are listed more or less in order of size; indivdual authors are listed alphabetically.

Literary Resources on the Net: This website, maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers — Newark, is a collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature, excluding most single electronic texts, and is limited to collections of information useful to academics

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: 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.

Great Literature Online: Great Literature On-line, we is dedicated to adding free, HTML formatted e-text for your reading enjoyment. If you are a student, be sure to checkout our links page for each author, especially if you are doing research.

Mitsuharu Matsuoka, Nagoya University: This is a userful resource maintained by Prof. Mitsuharu Matsuoka of Nagoya University

The Electronic Literature Directory: It provides an extensive database of listings for electronic works, their authors, and their publishers. The descriptive entries cover poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction that makes significant use of electronic techniques or enhancements.

Christian Literature on the Internet: Classic Christian books in electronic format, selected for your edification. There is enough good reading material here to last you a lifetime, if you give each work the time it deserves! You can copy them freely for any purpose. Outside of the US, check your local copyright laws.

The Literature Network: Searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast,  with over 200 full books and over 800 short stories and poems by over 70 authors and over 8500 quotes.

Literature of the Holocaust: A great collection of works on Holocaust is arranged alphabetically with search facility. This site is maintained by Al Filreis, a specialist in modern and contemporary American poetry and the literary politics of the American 1930s and 1950s.

LSU - Electronic Texts Archive: Electronic Text Archives - Contents: General Archives | Hypertext and Web Publications | Individual Author Guides

Voice of the Shuttle: Started in 1994 as a suite of static Web pages, VoS has now been rebuilt as a database that Old VoS: Dec. 1994 to Oct. 2001serves content dynamically on the Web. Users gain greater flexibility in viewing and searching, while editors are able to work more efficiently and flexibly.The Voice of the Shuttle began in late 1994 as an introduction to the Web for humanists at the University of California, Santa Barbara. VoS became publicly accessible on March 21, 1995, when the Humanitas server on which it resided opened to global Web access.

Bartelby.com: Bartleby.com publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction"> <META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="Bartleby, Great Books Online, Project Bartleby, Bartleby Archive, Bartleby Library, BartlebyVerse, Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Theodore Roosevelt, Emily Post, Strunk's Elements of Style, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Fannie Farmer, H.G. Wells, Bulfinch, Frazer, Mencken, Sapir, Einstein, Shakespeare, Brewer, Gray's Anatomy, King James Bible, Usage, Harvard Classics, World Factbook, World's Orations

Abraham Lincoln's Papers at the Library of Congress: The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 20,000 documents. Most of the 20,000 items are from the 1850s through Lincoln's presidential years, 1860-65.

Biography.com: Search over 25,000 of the greatest lives, past and present.

Classics Resources: Almost all significant sites in the Classics may be accessed right here.

Department of Classics: Mainatained by Department of Classics in The College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin.

Electronic Resources for Classicists: The Second Generation.A great resource for Classics and Archaeology, and to the many subscribers of the CLASSICS Discussion Group. According to the authors of this pagge, the information included in "Electronic Resources" was obtained mostly through frequent "trips" in the cyberspace. Also check the page: Electronic Resources for Classicists maintained by California University, Long Beach.

The Online Books Page: A comprehensive search resource very useful for students and research scholars and lovers of literature and books. Search over 15000 listings.

Department of Classics: Resources maintained by Department of Classics, Washington University in St. Louis.

Online Resources - Classics: Contatins valuable online resources in Classics for reference, study aid, and research limited to sites likely to be particularly useful to students, including sites that can serve as starting points for further research and exploration. Sites are listed in two categories below: For Students of Greek and Latin and For All Students. Site maintained by Williams College.

The Great Books Web Ring: Anyone interested in the Great Books can find what they need by following the Great Books WebRing.

Great Books Index List Of Authors And Titles ITO does slicing and dicing academic, think tank, government, and historical research into quotes, charts & graphs, commentary, studies, videos, podcasts, primary documents, books, and even links to other sites. They then serve it all up topic by topic in what they call topic overviews

Research Guide to the Great Books National Geographic Book Curriculam is a guide to finding information on Great Books texts and authors in libraries, electronic databases, and on the Internet. The resources listed in this guide can be valuable aids to research, study, writing papers and essays, and teaching the Great Books, and can even help in pinpointing free online versions of Great Books texts.

Classics Resources: A selection of links to resources on classics.arranged in various linguistic categories

Latin Literature: A good collection of Latin works, including some translations into English. The Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum is maintained by David Camden as part of the larger Forum Romanum resource.

Great Books Project Post Index - The Western Tradition The complete seven-year schedule of readings for the Great Book Project

The Latin Library: These texts have been drawn from different sources. Many were originally scanned and formatted from texts in the Public Domain. Others have been downloaded from various sites on the Internet (many of which have long since disappeared). Most of the recent texts have been submitted by contributors around the world.

The Noble Prize in Literature:  Find out facts about all Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature through press releases, biographies, Nobel lectures, interviews, etc.

Latin Studies and Background Essays: Maintained by Middlebury College, Vermont.

The Literature Network: Searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast,  with over 3000 full books and over4000 short stories and poems by over 250 authors and over 8500 quotes.

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