The Online Books Page
At over 10,000 books listed to date, this is THE site for finding full text books on the Web. It is now updated at the University of Pennsylvania.
Includes over 600 books and over 900 short stories. for the most part fiction, short stories, and children's literature
The English Server Fiction Collection
Full text of books "of and about fiction". Includes short fiction, novels, magazines, other sites, criticism, awards, drama, and poetry
Banned Books On-Line
Censored or challenged books selected from the On-Line Books Page (see above).
The American Verse Project
" The American Verse Project is a collaborative project between the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative (HTI) and the University of Michigan Press. The project is assembling an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920."
"Scribbling Women, a project of The Public Media Foundation, dramatizes stories by American women writers for national radio broadcast." Listen to: "A Wagner Matinee" by Willa Cather, "The Yellow Wallpaper"by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and "A Jury of her Peers" by Susan Glaspell. Curriculum materials for these and other stories are available on a fee basis. No fee sign up required the stories and lesson plans.
Full-text of nursery rhymes, some with illustrations, and links to other Mother Goose sites.
Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening
This site comes from a Louisiana Public Broadcasting production about the life and work of Louisiana writer Kate Chopin. "Kate Chopin scandalized the 19th century and triggered a revolution in the 20th. She set her stories in New Orleans and in the bayous and backwaters of Louisiana-a lush Creole world that awakened desire and longings for freedom. Lost for over half a century, her fiction has been unearthed and rediscovered for our time." The site includes the full-text of her most popular work, The Awakening and many short stories.
Emily Post's 1922 Etiquette in Society, in Business, in
Politics and at Home.
A fun selection from the Bartleby Library with chapter headings like: "One's Position in the Community," "The Chaperon and Other Conventions," and "The Growth of Good Taste in America." Indeed, in a quotation from this last chapter, Miss Post's perky optimism shines through, "The present generation is at least ahead of some of its "very proper" predecessors in that weddings do not have to be set for noon because a bridegroom's sobriety is not to be counted on later in the day!"
My Hideous Progeny: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
This Website, part of a Master's thesis project in English literature that focused on Information Sciences, offers an electronic version of the original 1831 edition of Shelley's Frankenstein. The text is fully annotated, including discussion of literary allusions, character analysis, thematic content, and historical references. Also included is a brief biography of Mary Shelley with additional references, a literary analysis of the book's subtitle, "A Modern Prometheus," and annotated links to sites with related materials on Shelley and the circle of romantic poets with whom she was involved and who, apparently, inspired her "hideous progeny." -Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture [QuickTime,
This site from the Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities at the University of Virginia contains a plethora of materials concerning Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and the nation's response to it. The site features a complete electronic edition of the first published version of the novel along with the various prefaces Stowe wrote for different editions as well as audio versions of most of the Christian hymns presented in the text. Users can also examine and compare different published editions of the text using 3-D applications as well as view selected manuscript pages and sheets from the novel's original newspaper serialization side-by-side. The site's unique value, though, lies in the documents it presents that elucidate the novel's historical and cultural context. Included here are anti-slavery and Christian abolitionist texts, materials on Sentimental Culture in the nineteenth century, newspaper reviews of the text, articles and notices, and both African-American and Pro-Slavery responses to it. The subsequent media history of the novel's adaptations in songs, children's books, plays, and films is also represented here. As if that isn't enough, the site offers "an interactive timeline, virtual exhibits to accompany the primary material, and lesson plans for teachers and student projects." The entire site--including the individual text of Uncle Tom's Cabin--can be easily searched or browsed. -Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/