Books & Libraries
Online Books Page
Provides access to more than 20,000 public domain texts by an immense range of writers, searchable by author, title, or subject. Special features include "A Celebration of Women Writers" and "Banned Books Online". A large collection of foreign languages resources are also available.
A "literary smorgasboard of the best current titles," this informative site offers users excerpts from current titles, reviews, author interviews and biographies. Titles can be browsed by genre, title and author.
An ambitious scholarly undertaking, involving entries on 5,500 writers, 17,000 works and 1,400 topics. Major emphasis is on writers of fine fiction, although some philosophers, musicians and artists are also included. Searchable by people, works, topics or timelines.
This is a one-stop shop providing links to multiple, full-length reviews of recent fiction and non-fiction, collected from major online media sites such as the New York Times, salon.com, The Guardian, and many others. Searchable by keyword, and dressed up with images of the book covers, making it visually browseable as well.
Offers searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast, along with some brief biographical information. To find the work you're looking for, start by looking through the author index. The site currently has over 300 full books and over 1000 short stories and poems by over 90 authors, as well as a quotations database which has over 8500 quotes.
In addition to including the full texts of Shakespeare's recorded output, analysis, and links to essays, this fully searchable site features an extensive miscellany of Shakespeare resources. Created by Amanda Mabillard of About.com, Shakespeare Online includes information on Shakespearean actors, quizzes, and a guide to the Bard's language.
Shakespeare Resource Center
The Shakespeare Resource Center includes biographical information, analysis of all the bard's plays, background information on Elizabethan England, and an extensive list of links to other resources. The site is fully searchable.
This website provides access to several thousand poems through its special Poetry Tool, which allows for searching by title, author, category, school or period and geographical location. Other resources including articles, news, information on readings and book reviews are also included.
Are you looking to see if a book has been translated? This online database updated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has over 1.6 million records of books translated from one language to another since 1979. You have many searching options, including by author, title, and language. Content is available in English, French, and Spanish.
Folger Shakespeare Library
This library in Washington D.C. is an internationally known research institute on Shakespeare and his times. Their fully searchable website is chock-full of information and images of the Bard’s life. Features include interactive portals for all ages and links to other resources from around the world.
Looking for information on a poem or for ways to publish your own poetry? Poets.org, maintained by the Academy of American Poets, collects thousands of poems--many as audio clips--as well as biographies.For poets, a writing forum and numerous essays on the craft are included. Searchable.
Stop, You're Killing Me!
A killer site for tracking characters in your favorite series. Books are arranged by author, series character, and by date written. Useful lists in the author section feature characters' jobs, locales, time periods, etc., and also include the ever-helpful "If you like...you might like..." classifications.
Subjects: Popular Fiction