English Literature Links

A guide to internet resources for studying or teaching English Literature. Links marked 'DVD' indicate that work by that author has been filmed and is listed on the Books on Film site. Links to books are intended to assist anyone wishing to find or purchase books. The Google search box will help you search this site, or the web. To suggest sites or authors to add to the lists, report faulty links or give feedback on the site please contact me.

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English Literature Essays

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Author Pages:

T S Eliot | William Golding | Thomas Hardy | Ernest Hemingway | Ted Hughes | James Joyce | D H Lawrence | John Steinbeck | Tennessee Williams

 Introduction to the author with useful links

Glossary of Literary Terms

 Definitions of terms frequently encountered in the study of English literature

Modern Literature Time Chart

  Publication dates of works of modern literature shown in the context of historical and cultural events

Books on Film

  Many great books have been made into films. Here you can browse an illustrated list of novels and plays which have been filmed and are available on DVD

Short Story Writing

 Advice for aspiring writers
 

Useful links for literature students

Literature study notes

BBC GCSE Bitesize English Literature | SparkNotes | Novelguide | GradeSaver | crossref-it.info | eNotes | Shmoop | BookRags | Pink Monkey | The Student Room, Forums & Revision Notes | York Notes

Author studies

Literary Encyclopedia | Literature Network | British Council Contemporary Writers | Cambridge History of English & American Literature

Literature web directories

Literary History | University of California | Rutgers University | Internet Public Library | Geometry.net | English Literature On The Web

GCSE Exam Boards


Check your course specification to see what you are expected to do and how you will be marked

AQA Assessment and Qualifications Alliance
CCEA Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CIE Cambridge International Examinations
OCR Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations
SEG Southern Examining Group - part of AQA

English literature terms

Glossary of Literary Terms | Rutgers University | Cyber English |  Books on Literary Terms

Study & essay writing help

Getting an A | Englishbiz.co.uk | GradeSaver | Teaching Resources | Homework Center | Interpreting Literature | Spelling Course | Books: Grammar Guides | Books for GCSE

Literary theory

Rutgers University | Uinversity of California | About.com | Books on Literary Theory

Ebooks

Free Kindle Books | Project Gutenberg | ManyBooks.net | MobileRead | Internet Archive | On-line Books | Bartleby.com | University of Oxford | University of Toronto | Online Library | Literature Post | Calibre - convert and manage ebooks

Reference

Wikipedia Literature | Literary Encyclopedia | Cambridge Encyclopedia | Factbites | Biography.com | IngentaConnect Scholarly Research | Find Articles | The Free Dictionary | Dictionary.com | WordZone | Merriam-Webster Online | Online Translation | Google Book Search

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Historical periods of English literature, with recommended links

History of the English language

University of Toronto | The Routes of English | Books on History of the English Language

Old English literature (pre-1100)

Anglo Saxon | Books on Old English Literature

Middle English literature (1100-1500)

Luminarium | Rutgers University | Uinversity of California | Medieval Literature Web Search | Books on Medieval English

Renaissance & early C17th (1425-1660)

Luminarium C16th | Luminarium C17th | Rutgers University | Uinversity of California | Books on Renaissance Literature

Restoration (1660-1702) & 18th century (1702-1784)

Luminarium | Rutgers University | Uinversity of California | The Age of Reason | Books on Restoration Literature | Books on Restoration Satire | DVD (drama) | DVD (fiction)

Romantic literature (1760-1850)

Uinversity of California | Rutgers University | Romantic Circles | Romanticism On the Net | British Library: Romantics and Victorians

Gothic literature (1764-present)

University of California | Rutgers University | Books on Gothic Literature

Victorian literature (1819-1901)

The Victorian Web | Political and social novels | Literary History | Rutgers University | Uinversity of California | Victorian Women Writers Project | British Library: Romantics and Victorians

The War Poets (1914-1918)

First World War.com | Lost Poets | WorldWar1.com | Poets of the Great War | The Georgians and The War Poets | Books on The War Poets

Modern & postmodern (1914-present)

Literary History | Rutgers University | Uinversity of California: modern | Uinversity of California: contemporary | Modern Literature Time Chart | Books on Postmodern Literature

The Beat writers (Mid-20th century)

Literary Kicks | Dharma Beat | SparkNotes on Kerouac | Books on The Beat Writers | Recordings on CD | DVDs

Postcolonial literature (Mid-C20th-present)

Postcolonial Studies | Books on Postcolonial Literature

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Regional sites

Canadian literature

National Library | Northwest Passages | Writing in Canada | Canadian Writers | Canadian Theatre | Books on Canadian Literature

Indian English Literature

Wikipedia | Books on Indian English Literature

Irish literature

Luminarium | Island Ireland | CELT Corpus of Electronic Texts | Books on Irish Literature

Scottish literature

The Association for Scottish Literary Studies | Books on Scottish Literature

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Authors A - Z, with recommended links

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Chinua Achebe (1930-)

BBC News - A Hero Returns | Chinua Achebe Infosite | Wikipedia | SparkNotes | GradeSaver | BookRags | Literary History | Books by Chinua Achebe

Sir Kingsley Amis (1922-1995)

Kingsley Amis and the Era of Lucky Jim | Lucky Jim | Books by Sir Kingsley Amis

Simon Armitage (1963-)

Simon Armitage study guide | Books by Simon Armitage

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

The Victorian Web | Cambridge Encyclopedia |  Literary History | Regarding Matthew Arnold | Matthew Arnold Web Search | Matthew Arnold as a Critic | Books by Matthew Arnold

Margaret Atwood (1939-)

Home site | Writing in Canada | Handmaid's Tale | Gertrude Talks Back | The Treatment of Female Protagonists | Books by Margaret Atwood

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

The Victorian Web | Literary History | SparkNotes | Jane Austen Information Page | Persuasion | British Library: Jane Austen

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Julian Barnes (1946-)

Julian Barnes.com | Guardian Reviews | Books by Julian Barnes

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

Samuel Beckett. An Introduction | The Role of Comedy in Beckett's Plays | Waiting for Godot | Samuel Beckett Resources | Nobel Prize Internet Archive | Literary History | Books by Samuel Beckett | DVD

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

Elizabeth Bishop and her influence | Literary History | Poets.org | Books by Elizabeth Bishop

William Blake (1757-1827)

Blake study guide | William Blake page | British Library: William Blake

James Boswell (1740-1795) & Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

The Victorian Web | Rutgers University | Boswell ebooks | Books by Boswell | Books by Johnson

The Bronte sisters.

Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848), Anne (1820-1849)

Bronte Sisters Web | The Victorian Web | Literary History | The Cambridge History | SparkNotes | Charlotte Bronte and Jean Rhys: doubleness | Charlotte Bronte and Jean Rhys: symbolism | Books: Bronte sisters | British Library Authors

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

Online library | Pilgrim's Progress | Books by John Bunyan

Anthony Burgess (1917-1993)

Introduction | A Clockwork Orange | GradeSaver | Books by Anthony Burgess

Fanny Burney (1752-1840)

Burney Society | Bartleby | Evelina | Books by Fanny Burney

Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Lord Byron | Don Juan | Letters and Journals Vol 1 | Vol 2 | British Library Authors

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Morley Callaghan (1903-1990)

The Short stories of Morley Callaghan

Angela Carter (1940-1992)

Books by Angela Carter

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400)

Luminarium | SparkNotes | GradeSaver | The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale | Christian Literature: Chaucer vs Bunyan | Books by Chaucer | Wife of Bath Study Guide

By Adrian Fox. Free program to download and run on your computer. The guide contains detailed notes with associated questions in various formats, generate quotes at random, and a series of resequencing and 'cloze' (missing word) formats.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Introduction | Ancient Mariner | Wikipedia | Romantic poets and opium | Literary History | Coleridge and Becoming: Kubla Khan and Dejection: an Ode | The British Library: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Literary History | GradeSaver | NovelGuide | SparkNotes | Heart of Darkness | The Secret Agent | Books by Joseph Conrad

Robert Cormier (1925-2000)

SparkNotes | Books by Robert Cormier

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Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

SparkNotes | GradeSaver | Literary History | Books by Daniel Defoe

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

The Victorian Web | Gad's Hill Place | 42 explore | Literary History | SparkNotes | GradeSaver | Novelguide | Dickens's Narrative Technique | Books by Charles Dickens | DVD

John Donne (1572-1631)

Cambridge History (section X1) | Luminarium | SparkNotes | Metaphysical Poems | John Donne's Love Poetry | John Donne's Valedictions | Religious Poetry | Books by John Donne

Carol Ann Duffy (1955-)

Books by Carol Ann Duffy

Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990) 

Lawrence Durrell, an Introduction | International Lawrence Durrell Society | Books by Lawrence Durrell

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George Eliot (1819-1880)

The Victorian Web | Literary History | Political and Social Novels (section X1) | British Library Authors

T S Eliot (1888-1965)

The T S Eliot Page | Books by T S Eliot

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William Faulkner (1897-1962)

Faulkner on the web | Literary History | SparkNotes | Sartoris | Books by William Faulkner

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

<Fielding's Morality | Books by Henry Fielding

 

F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

Literary History | SparkNotes | Novelguide | Books by F Scott Fitzgerald

E M Forster (1879-1970)

Literary History | SparkNotes | Books by E M Forster

Brian Friel (1929-)

Wikipedia | Emory University | Books by Brian Friel

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Literary History | Modern American Poetry | Books by Robert Frost

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William Golding (1911-1993)

The William Golding Page | Books by William Golding

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)

Luminarium | Cambridge History | She Stoops to Conquer |  Books by Oliver Goldsmith

Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

Thomas Gray Archive | Books by Thomas Gray

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Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965)

A Rasin in the Sun | GradeSaver | The Ghetto Trap

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

The Thomas Hardy Page > | British Library: Thomas Hardy

Seamus Heaney (1939-)

Seamus Heaney Study Guide | Literary History | Books by Seamus Heaney

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

The Ernest Hemingway Page > | Books by and about Ernest Hemingway

Barry Hines (1939-)

bbc.co.uk | Books by Barry Hines

Ted Hughes (1930-1998)

The Ted Hughes Page > | Books by and about Ted Hughes

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John Irving (1942-)

John Irving | Books by John Irving

Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986)

All the Conspirators | Books by Christopher Isherwood

Kazuo Ishiguro (1954-)

Books by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Henry James (1843-1916)

SparkNotes | GradeSaver | Literary History | The Turn of the Screw | Books by Henry James

Ben Jonson (1572-1637)

Cambridge History | Luminarium | Volpone | Ben Jonson Unmasked | Books by Ben Jonson

James Joyce (1882-1941)

The James Joyce Page > | Books by James Joyce

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John Keats (1795-1821)

John Keats.com | The Victorian Web | Literary History | SparkNotes | Poems | British Library: John Keats

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)

Literary Kicks | Dharma Beat | SparkNotes on Kerouac | On the Road review | Books Jack Kerouac | Jack Kerouac CDs

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

The Victorian Web | Literary History | Nobel Prize Resources | The Kipling Society | Kipling's Kim | Books by Rudyard Kipling

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Ring W Lardner (1885-1933)

Lardnermania | Books by Ring Lardner | DVD

 

Philip Larkin (1922-1985)

Philip Larkin Society | Literary History | Books by Philip Larkin

D H Lawrence (1885-1930)

The D H Lawrence Page > | Books by D H Lawrence

Harper Lee (1926-)

SparkNotes on To Kill a Mockingbird | NovelGuide on To Kill a Mockingbird | Books on Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

Doris Lessing (1919-)

Doris Lessing | Books by Doris Lessing

C S Lewis (1898-1963)

C S Lewis | GradeSaver |  SparkNotes | Literary History | Books by C S Lewis

The Liverpool Poets

The Liverpool Poets, an Introduction | Brian Patten: Life, Love, Death, and Poetry | Books by Brian Patten

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Bernard Malamud (1914-1986)

Miscellany | SparkNotes | Books by Bernard Malamud

Frank McCourt (1931-)

Angela's Ashes | Books by Frank McCourt

Ian McEwan (1948-)

Ian McEwan.com | The Guardian Unlimited | Books by Ian McEwan

William Topaz McGonagall (1825-1902)

McGonagall Online | Wikipedia | Books by McGonagall

Arthur Miller (1915-2005)

SparkNotes | GradeSaver | Literary History | Books by Arthur Miller

John Milton (1608-1674)

Luminarium | SparkNotes | GradeSaver | BookRags | Books by John Milton

Toni Morrison (1931-)

Anniina's | Toni Morrison Society | SparkNotes | GradeSaver | Moral ambiguity | Books by Toni Morrison

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Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)

Lolita | Pale Fire | Gradesaver on Nabokov | Essays on Nabokov | Literary History | Books by Vladimir Nabokov

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Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)

Literary History | Good Country People | Books by Flannery O'Connor

George Orwell (1903-1950)

George Orwell | Literary History | SparkNotes | Books by George Orwell

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Brian Patten (1946-)

Brian Patten Home Page | Brian Patten: Life, Love, Death, and Poetry | Books by Brian Patten

Harold Pinter (1930-2008)

Harold Pinter Official Site | Literary History | Psychological Warfare in Pinter | Books by Harold Pinter

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath | Literary History | Books by Sylvia Plath

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Knowing Poe | SparkNotes | Literary History | Books by Edgar Allan Poe | DVD

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

The Victorian Web | A Heroic Poet | SparkNotes | The Rape of the Lock | Books by Alexander Pope

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Introduction to Ezra Pound | Ezra Pound pages | Literary History | Books by Ezra Pound

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J K Rowling (1967-)

J K Rowling | Harry Potter | Harry Potter Video Game | SparkNotes | Harry Potter Books

Salman Rushdie (1947-)

Books by Salman Rushdie

 

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J D Salinger (1919-)

Literary History | SparkNotes | BookRags | Novelguide | Books by J D Salinger

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

SparkNotes | Absolute Shakespeare | Resource Center | Rutgers University | Uinversity of California | Shakespeare Facts | PlayShakespeare.com | The Shakespeare Mystery | Shakespeare Searched

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Pygmalion | Books by George Bernard Shaw

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

The Victorian Web | Frankenstein | NovelGuide | Literary History | British Library Authors

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Introduction | The Victorian Web | Literary History | British Library Authors

Richard Sheridan (1751-1816)

 Wikipedia | Books by Richard Sheridan

Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

Astrophil and Stella | Astrophil and Stella at Gradesaver | Luminarium | Sidney Homepage | Books by Sir Philip Sidney

Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

Luminarium | SparkNotes | The Faerie Queene | Books by Edmund Spenser

John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

The John Steinbeck Page > | Books by John Steinbeck

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

SparkNotes | NovelGuide | GradeSaver | The British Library: Robert Louis Stevenson

Bram Stoker (1847-1912)

Bram Stoker | SparkNotes | GradeSaver | Books by Bram Stoker

Sir Tom Stoppard (1937-)

Moonstruck | Tom Stoppard In Search of Reality | Books by Tom Stoppard

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

The Victorian Web | Gulliver's Travels | Books by Jonathan Swift

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)

The Victorian Web | Literary History | Books by Algernon Charles Swinburne

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Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

The Victorian Web | Literary History | SparkNotes | The British Library: Alfred Lord Tennyson

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

Introduction to Dylan Thomas | Literary History | Books by Dylan Thomas

J R R Tolkien (1892-1973)

The Lord of the Rings | SparkNotes | Books by J R R Tolkien

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John Updike (1932-)

Literary History | Books by John Updike

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Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

Slaughterhouse Five | SparkNotes | Books by Kurt Vonnegut

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Alice Walker (1944-)

Anniina's | Living by Grace | GradeSaver | The Color Purple | SparkNotes | Sylvia Plath & Alice Walker | Books by Alice Walker

War Poets (1914-1918)

First World War.com | Lost Poets | WorldWar1.com | Poets of the Great War | The Georgians and The War Poets | Books by The War Poets

John Webster (1580-c1625)

Luminarium | John Webster | The Duchess of Malfi | Books by John Webster

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Poets.org | Wikipedia | Modern American Poetry | Books by Walt Whitman

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

The Victorian Web | Literary History | SparkNotes | Wilde e-texts | Wilde's Trials | British Library Authors

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)

The Tennessee Williams Page | Books by and about Tennessee Williams | DVD

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Mrs Dalloway Through the Lens of 'Modern Fiction' | To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf Society | International Virginia Woolf Society | Books by Virginia Woolf

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

The British Library: William Wordswworth | The Victorian Web | Cambridge History | Uinversity of California | Literary History | The Wordsworth Circle | Concordance to Lyrical Ballads | Complete Works | Memory In Romanticism | Lyrical Ballads | Wordsworth and Lucy

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W B Yeats (1869-1935)

Introduction to W B Yeats | Yeats's 'Last Poems' | National Library of Ireland | Literary History | SparkNotes | Yeats Country (photos of locations of Yeats's poems) | Books by W B Yeats


Sites about poetry

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Modern American Poetry | Cortland Review | Everypoet.com | Famous Poets | Literary History | The Poetry Archive | The Poetry Society | Poetry.com | Academy of American Poets | Sonnet Central | Symbolist Poetry

Literary magazines

 

3 A.M. Magazine | Antigonish Review | Atlantic Online | Books Unlimited | Granta | Literary Kicks | The Literary Review | The London Review of Books | Mslexia | New York Review of Books | On the Page | Salon | Short Stories | Spike Magazine | TLS | Wasafiri | Zoetrope

Prizes and laureateships

 

Nobel Prize for Literature | Nobel e-Museum | Nobel Prize Internet Archive | BookPrizeInfo.com | Booker Prize Reviews | The Man Booker Prize | The Costa (ex-Whitbread) Book Award | The Orange Prize | Pulitzer Prizes

Literature & Film

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Books on Film | All Movie Guide | Internet Movie Database | Cinema Bookshop | Film Studies Books | The Movie Store

Miscellaneous

BBC World Book Club Podcasts | The English collection

humanities audio & video files |

The British Library | The British Library - Turning the Pages - look inside literary manuscript treasures | BBC Historic Figures | The Globe Theatre | The Gutenberg Bible | Yahoo groups on authors | Education Association | Spinebreakers Forum from Penguin Books | Sommer's World Literature To G0

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