18th - 19th - 20th Century Literature resources
Last updated February 3, 2007

General Resources

As a starting-point, the Voice of the Shuttle's resources.

Jack Lynch's On-Line Literary Resources:

San Antonio College offers a fine page of links for Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature.

Two major sites : The Victorian Women Writers Project and (even more important) The Victorian Web (which includes many other topics besides Literature).

The Humanities Text Initiative (HTI) at the University of Michigan is a large-scale project which includes a useful list of public-domain electronic texts available without restriction, many of them Victorian or modern, some being older.

Carnegie Mellon's English Server offers immense resources (26,695 works at present) in every kind of literary and cultural area.

For American Studies, there is a very rich site at the University of Virginia.

For Art, in addition to the links to Art sites listed in my General Resources, there are 20,000 pictures of London, mostly from the 19th century, at the Collage site.

Some additional links : Eighteenth-Century Studies at Carnegie Mellon's EServer.

The "Graveyard School" is an unhelpful name given to various 18th-century poets of a melancholic bent. Useful links can be found within The Literary Gothic pages. It includes poets such as Mark Akenside and Thomas Parnell as well as William Collins, James Thompson, Edward Young who are poorly covered on the internet.

My list of the main pre-1900 novellists and their works.

Special Projects

The Thomas Gray Archive contains almost everything you could hope for.

The Poems of Ossian are available online. Did James MacPherson translate them or compose them?

Chawton House once belonged to Jane Austen's brother. It has very recently been restored and become a major study center devoted to early women writers, with a magnificent library. They have put online a number of extremely rare early novels by women.

The William Blake Archive at the University of Virginia. A remarkable project designed to give access to the entire Blake corpus with high-quality facsimiles of all the copies of each work.

Lyrical Ballads : A splendid new site giving digitalized images and searchable text of the different versions of the First Edition of the Lyrical Ballads (1998 is the bi-centenary of their publication). There is also a Complete Poems of William Wordsworth at Columbia University.

The overall picture for Romantic poetry would best be found at Romantic Circles.

Good news for lovers of the Preraphaelites! The Rossetti Archive: the Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, at the University of Virginia.

The Wilfrid Owen multimedia digital archive at Oxford offers a complete set of facsimiles of manuscripts of the war poems, letters, photos as well as film and audio clips and other materials which may help teach a course on War Poetry.

The Irish Times's Dyoublong offers playfully rich resources on Joyce's works and today's Dublin.

A variety of interesting resources is available on the home page of ProfessorMitsuharu Matsuoka at Nagoya University, especially good is his list relating to American Authors.

Individual writers, prose and verse

A list of Classics Online

Gulliver's Travels

The Jane Austen Home Pages

The Samuel Taylor Coleridge Archive at the University of Virginia.

Alice in Wonderland

The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

All the Sherlock Holmes stories and much more

The Thomas Hardy home page

The E.M. Forster Pages

T.S.Eliot's Four Quartets online.

The Bartleby Archive at the University of Columbia offers a wide selection of works by a considerable number of 19th and (early) 20th-century poets including Keats, Wordsworth, Yeats, Lawrence, Hopkins, Whitman, Frost...

British Poetry since 1790 at the University of Virginia.

James Fenton writes about W. H. Auden in the Guardian

Modern and Contemporary Poetry

There is probably nothing on the British side that can compare with the American Verse Project at the University of Michigan. Take a look at the Contents page.

Also a Must if you are interested in contemporary American poetry is the Museum of American Poetics which includes a splendid set of Links to other sites.

The Electronic Literature Directory provides very full access to the many experimental works of literature now being composed for the multimedia environment of the Internet.

You might enjoy reading a new poem each day on Poetry Daily.

For British poetry take a look at the Poetry Society site (very good set of resources); the Poetry Society of America has a similar site (including a little set of resources), it is interesting to skip from one to the other and compare them.

Modern poetry books often go out of print. Such texts are made available to readers on the Contemporary American Poetry Archive.

Evergreen Review is a well-established and highly reputed online magazine descended from Grove Press, who published Beckett, Kerouac, Genet, Burroughs, etc in the 1950s. They offer a small set of distinctive links.

Do not forget that Australia is home to a great literary culture, with the wonderful Ozlit waiting to guide you.

For more immediate pleasure, I recommend Gary Gach's What Web? which is an online extension of / introduction to his Buddhist poetry anthology What Book? (Parallax Press). Gary's entire site is well worth a visit, especially for would-be writers.

Also worth a visit: A huge collection of Poetry Resources by Alan L. Pope.

Visit Carnegie Mellon's Poetry Index of Canonical Verse.

The Electronic Poetry Center at the State University of New York at Buffalo gives you access to texts of poems by many contemporary poets.

Or a 20th-century Poetry Resource very well worth looking at, by Professor Michael Eiichi Hishikawa at Kobe University, Japan.

Other 20th Century links :

The On-line Books Page (A vast array of titles)

Britannia : a lively introduction to Britain past and present. It has a literature section.

Or spend hours in the extraordinary 19th and 20th Century Art resources in the Harcourt Brace Art Page links.

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