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LITERATURE {Electronic Texts, Books Online}

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts Full-text electronic books

Verse: Poetry Anthologies and Thousands of Poems. Bartleby.com

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive: Biographies and poetry by poets including Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, Edward Thomas, and Siegfried Sassoon.

The Literature Page: your place to read classic books, plays, stories, poems, essays, and speeches online
{Recommended by Jessica B.}

Project Gutenberg: a library of 20,000 free e-Books

Representative Poetry On-Line Excellent resource for full text poems.
 
The Poetry Foundation  Search for a poem or poet (provides biography and links to poems by that author)
 

BRITISH HISTORY and LITERARY MOVEMENTS

BBC British History This is not a literary site. Use it for historical background information for your time period and connect to the literary movement. There is a British History Timeline. (Rec. by seniors)

BBC History: "Overview: Victorian Britain, 1837-1901" by Professor Eric Evans

Choose a Period {Information about Literary and Historical Movements} from the Norton Anthology of English Literature :  Middle Ages, 16th Century, Early 17th Century, Restoration & the 18th Century, Romantic Period, Victorian Age, 20th Century

English History and Heritage  Browse by Time Period, Biographies

MODERNISM (The Modern Era)  
         
         "The Movement: Origins and Influences: The Movement: British Poets of the 1950s" Twayne's Authors SeriesThe Movement comprises authors and poets , i.e., Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin, and John Osborne. The Movement is also known as Angry Young Men.   Password for home is PL2439
 
            "Gallery: 100 Years Later, Still Making Sense of Modernism" by John Timpane. Inquirer 20 Oct. 2013. OpinionTopics include: 1913 Armory Show, the artist Marcel Duchamp, "The Rite of Spring" by composer Igor Stravinsky, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, poet Ezra Pound, "In a Station of the Metro" one of the most famous poems of the century by Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Henry Ford, and the World's Fair of 1939-40.

POSTMODERNISM (c. 1950)  

         Wilson, Colin. "Introduction." Interviews with Britain's Angry Young Men"  Literature Resource Center. Web. Password for home is PL2439

Victorian Period - A Time of Change (1837-1901)  

 
LITERARY CRITICISM

TIME Magazine's Choice of 100 Best Novels from 1923 to the Present: includes original reviews

            Brave New World, Aldous Huxley / 1984, George Orwell / To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf / Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut / Animal Farm, George Orwell / Go Tell It On the Mountain, James Baldwin / Lord of the Flies, William Golding / The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton / A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess / Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad / Sons and Lovers, D. H. Lawrence / The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck / A Passage to India, E.M. Forster / Animal Farm, George Orwell / On the Road, Jack Kerouac
           The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2

ALICE MUNRO, Canada
            Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literatureby Julie Bosman. New York Times 10 Oct. 2013.  Ms. Munro, a Canadian author, was honored for work that explores the relationships between men and women, small-town existence and the fallibility of memory.

ARTHUR MILLER: Featured Author from the archives of The New York Times 
         
Reviews of Arthur Miller's Plays from the archives of The New York Times.  Reviewed plays are The Man Who Had All the Luck, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View From the Bridge, A Memory of Two Mondays, The Price, The Creation of the World and Other Business, and American Clock. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2
         
"Two Fathers are Learning Lessons of 'All My Sons'" by Patricia Cohen. New York Times 11 Nov. 2008. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2

AUGUST WILSON
         
"August Wilson, Theater's Poet of Black America, Is Dead at 60" New York Times 3 Oct. 2005, late ed.: A.1. ProQuest. From Home: User Name is lions. Password is welcome.

DORIS LESSING
         
Featured Author: Doris Lessing with News and Reviews from the archives of The New York Times plus audio.  The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2
         
Doris Lessing, Author Who Swept Aside Convention, Is Dead at 94 by Helen T. Verongos. New York Times 17 Nov. 2013.  Ms. Lessing was an uninhibited and outspoken novelist who produced dozens of novels, short stories, essays and poems.  Her most famous novel is The Golden Notebook.
            
Doris Lessing Nobel Prize in Literature Nobel to Lessing, Incisive Voice of Womens Fate New York Times 12 Oct. 2007. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2

DYLAN THOMAS
         "Following Dylan Thomas in Wales" by Ondine Cohane. The New York Times 20 Mar. 2014.  
A century after the late Welsh poet was born, visiting places where he lived, wrote, and stopped in for a pint. View Slide Show.  The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org  Password is lions2 

ELIE WEISEL
         
Night by Elie Wiesel About Elie Wiesel and his book, Night, from Oprah's Book Club

E. M. FORSTER
         
Criticism on A Room with a View: Health, Jeffrey. "Kissing and Telling: Turning Round in A Room with a View."  Twentieth Century Literature 40.4 (1994): 393-433. ProQuest (subscription database in periodicals - read more articles under Scholarly Journals) From Home: User Name is lions. Password is welcome.

GEORGE ORWELL
         
"Why Orwell Endures." By Geoffrey Wheatcroft. The New York Times 12 Feb. 2010. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2

GRAHAM GREENE
         
Graham Greene as Featured Author in The New York Times on the Web: reviews, articles, and audio. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org  Password is lions2
         
THE QUIET AMERICAN (Criticism): “In Our Time No Man Is a Neutral” by Robert Gorham Davis. The New York Times On The Web 11 Mar. 1956.

Internet Public Library's Online Literary Criticism
(ipl2.org)


JANE AUSTEN 
         
Jane Austen: An Overview  (before Queen Victoria but still included in The Victorian Web) 
         The Victorian Web  Literature, Gender, Political and Social History, Technology, Science, Philosophy & Culture in the Age of Victoria. Refer to "How do I Cite the Victorian Web" (on their homepage). 

J. D. SALINGER
         
"Featured Author J. D. Salinger" New York Times on the Web. News and reviews from the archives of The New York Times. Reviews on The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, Nine Stories. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2
         
"Of Teen Angst and an Authors Alienation" by Michiko Kakutani. New York Times 28 Jan. 2010. With his unerring radar for the feelings of teenage angst and vulnerability, J. D. Salinger remains one of the writers adolescents first fall in love with. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2

JOHN UPDIKE
         
John Updike: Featured author with news and reviews from the archives of The New York Times. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2
         John Updike News: obituary (28 Jan. 2009), archived articles about Updike and his works. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2

JOYCE CAROL OATES
         Joyce Carol Oates as Featured Author in The New York Times on the Web: reviews, articles and audio. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2

KURT VONNEGUT
         
"Kurt Vonnegut" updated from The New York Times' Times Topics. 
         
Review of Slaughterhouse-Five: Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher. Books of the Times: At Last, Kurt Vonneguts Famous Dresden Book. New York Times Book Review 31 Mar. 1969: 35. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2 
         Review of Cat's Cradle: Southern, Terry. After the Bomb, Dad Came Up With Ice. New York Times Book Review 2 June 1963: 288. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2
         Obituary: Smith, Dinita. Kurt Vonnegut Is Dead at 84; Caught Imagination of His Age. New York Times 12 Apr. 2007, late ed.: A1. ProQuest. From Home: User Name is lions. Password is welcome.

LEWIS CARROLL
(Charles Dodgson)
         
"Algebra in Wonderland" by Melanie Bayley (Op-Ed Contributor and doctoral candidate in English literature at Oxford). New York Times 6 Mar. 2010. The other-worldly events in Alices Adventures in Wonderland can be interpreted as satire on 19th-century advances in mathematics. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2 

LUMINARIUM:  English Literary Criticism from Middle English, Renaissance, 17th century, and the Restoration
         Medieval (Middle English Literature) (1350-1485): Chaucer, Gawain, Malory, etc. 
            
16th Century Renaissance (1485-1603): Marlowe, Shakespeare, Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More, Elizabeth I, etc. 
            
17th Century (1603-1660): Francis Bacon, Donne, Ben Jonson, Robert Herrick, Andrew Marvell, John Milton, James I, Thomas Hobbes, Cavalier Poets, Metaphysical Poets
            
18th Century (1660-1785): Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Thomas Gray, Samuel Johnson, etc.

MARY SHELLEY and Frankenstein
         
"Conceiving 'Frankenstein' : 'The Lady and Her Monsters
,'" by Roseanne Montillo.  Book review.  The New York Times 1 Feb. 2013. Grave robbers, ghoulish scientific experiments and the Romantic age: Roseanne Montillo traces the origins of Mary Shelley's masterpiece.

MAYA ANGELOU (1928-2014)
           "Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86" by Margalit Fox. The New York Times 28 May 2014. The memoirist and poet’s landmark book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide readership.
            
Poet Maya Angelou, 86, 'An Epic Life'" by John Timpane. The Inquirer 28 May 2014.

NEW YORK TIMES  "Books - Sunday Book Review" section (articles are free)  Use Member ID: nyt@lmtsd.org Password: lions2  
         
SEARCH BOOK REVIEWS SINCE 1981 from The New York Times' archives (located right of Best Sellers). 
         
FEATURED AUTHORS  Articles and reviews from The New York Times' archives.

NovelGuide
 Literary analyses of novels and plays- themes, metaphors, character profiles, plot, quotes from work

PHILIP LARKIN
         
Philip Larkin  (leading figure of The Movement)
 
RAY BRADBURY (1920-2012)
         "Ray Bradbury, Who Brought Mars to Earth With a Lyrical Mastery, Dies at 91" by Gerald Jonas. The New York Times 6 June 2012. The imaginative evocations of the future in Mr. Bradbury's science fiction reflected both the optimism and the anxieties of his own postwar America.
            
Ray Bradbury on New York Times' Times Topics - Biography, see center section "Ray Bradbury Navigator," and many articles

SOMERSET MAUGHAM
            Literary criticism article on The Razor's Edge by Shirley Galloway on ipl2.org (Internet Public Library 2) 
           
TIM O'BRIEN
            Featured Author with News and Reviews from the Archives of The New York Times. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2
         
"A Separate Peace" by Richard Freedman on Feb. 12, 1978 is a review of Going After Cacciato (1978) 
            "Too Embarrassed Not to Kill" by Robert Harris on March 11, 1990 is a review of The Things They Carried (1990)

THE VICTORIAN WEB
Literature, Gender, Political and Social History, Technology, Science, Philosophy & Culture in the Age of Victoria. Refer to "How do I Cite the Victorian Web"
(on their homepage). 
         
Authors discussed in the Victorian WebEmily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Lewis Carroll, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, Rudyard Kipling, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Oscar Wilde 
            
Before Victoria: Selected Authors from the 18th and 19th Centuries: Jane Austen - George Gordon, Lord Byron -Samuel Johnson - John Keats - Alexander Pope -  Mary Shelley - Percy Bysshe Shelley - Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Sir Walter Scott - Jonathan Swift - William Wordsworth - Anne Radcliffe 

VIRGINIA WOOLF
            Virginia Woolf as Featured Author in The New York Times on the Web: reviews, articles and audio. The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2

WENDY WASSERSTEIN
         
"Wendy Wasserstein Dies at 55; Her Plays Spoke to a Generation" by C. Isherwood, New York Times: 31 Jan. 2006. ProQuest  From Home: User Name is lions. Password is welcome.

WILLIAM BLAKE
         
William Blake Archive 

YAHOO!
         
Authors and Literature in the Yahoo! Directory
            Playwrights in the Yahoo! Directory  
            Poetry in the Yahoo! Directory


SHAKESPEARE

Shakespeare Online


"Is This a Shakespeare Which I See Before Me?" by John F. Burns. The New York Times 9 Mar. 2009.  A group of Shakespeare scholars and art historians say that a recently discovered portrait is the only known likeness to have been painted in his lifetime.

Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Elizabethan England & World of Shakespeare: An Internet Hotlist on Elizabethan England & Shakespeare

Elizabethan World from Encyclopaedia Britannica
: Shakespearean World, Elizabeth I, Renaissance period, Elizabethan and Jacobean Periods, Literature, Authors like Francis Bacon, Sir Walter Raleigh
            
From home, insert lions as both User Name and Password

Folger Shakespeare Library

Life in Elizabethan England

Encyclopaedia Britannicas Guide to Shakespeare  From home, insert lions as both User Name and Password

Shakespeare Resource Center 


TOOLS FOR RESEARCH AND WRITING
 
Gale's Literary Index   Search by AUTHOR or TITLE to see how many critical sources are available.

LMHS Library's MLA Guide

OWL's MLA Formatting and Style Guide for Works Cited from Purdue University

OWL's APA Formatting and Style Guide for Works Cited from Purdue University (APA style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences)

Merriam-Webster
Dictionary and Thesaurus

Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases

 

Last Modified on November 4, 2014