Databases to Use
Bloom's Literature Reference Center (Opens in a new window)
Bloom's Literature Reference Center examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.
JSTOR (Opens in a new window)
Offers scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated (PDF files). JSTOR covers a vast area of disciplines, including literature, science, history, foreign languages, and education.
Twentieth Century African-American Poetry (Opens in a new window)
A database of modern and contemporary African-American poetry featuring almost 9,000 poems by 62 of the most important African-American poets of the last century.
Twentieth Century American Poetry (Opens in a new window)
This unparalleled collection includes 50,000 poems drawn from 750 volumes by over 300 poets.
Faber Poetry Library (Opens in a new window)
A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. The Faber list spans the seventy-year history of this major publishing house.
Websites that highlight Individual Authors
The Emily Dickinson Collection from Harvard University
Harvard University and Amherst College hold a majority of the manuscripts to Dickinson's work. Harvard and digitized some of those manuscripts and you can find them here.
The Mark Twain Papers and Project
A comprehensive archive of Sam Clemens’ personal letters and papers.
The Kate Chopin International Society
From the Kate Chopin International Society comes this website that encompasses her two novels and a dozen or so of her more popular short stories. The site also covers information about when each work was written and published and basic facts about setting and characters, plus a list of articles and books about the work.
Compiled by David Kresh from the Library of Congress, this collection of material on Langston Hughes contains links to Library of Congress material as well as other websites that can help you track down literary criticism.
The Hemingway Society
Home of the Hemingway Society and the Hemingway Review. The journal specializes in researched scholarship on the work and life of Ernest Hemingway including criticism.
Faulkner at Virginia: An Audio archive
Here you can listen in on William Faulkner’s sessions with audiences at the University of Virginia in 1957 and 1958, during his two terms as UVA’s first Writer-in-Residence.
The F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary
This is a collection of articles and other material on F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Robert Frost taught at Amherst College, off and on, for over forty years. He first came to campus to give a reading of his poetry in April 1916 while he was working on his third book of poetry -- Mountain Interval. His major works are archived at Amherst College. This site details that work and the current holdings.
From the Steinbeck Center in California, this informative website links to information, biographies and other sources.
Websites to Use
Finding those books in the library "dungeon"
This index will help you find out if the library has any print literary criticism in the books in the archive. When you search for your author, scroll down to their list of works and see if the works you are studying and enclosed in the books. Look for works that are cited in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism and Contemporary Literary Criticism. We also have Children's Literature and Drama and Poetry Criticism.
Literary Resources — Feminism and Women's Literature
This page is devoted to sites on women's literature, feminist criticism, and gender studies generally.
Voice of the Shuttle; American Literature
Voice of the Shuttle emphasizes both primary and secondary resources, and defines its audience as people who have something to learn from a higher-education, professional approach to the humanities.
Modern American Poetry
Modern American Poetry Site includes criticism, excerpts from previously published analyses of poems, biographical information, relevant illustrations (such as book jackets, broadsides, paintings, drawings, comics, and photographs) and more.
Internet Public Library -- Literary Criticism
The ipl2 Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.
Perspectives in American Literature
Fans of various periods in American Literature (including novels and drama can spend hours browsing this extensive resource on the subject.
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