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View Resource African-American Poetry, 1760-1900

Utilizing software developed at the University of Chicago, this online database of African-American poetry is a fine resource for people looking for a compendium of poems by numerous notable 18th and 19th century African-American poets. First-time users will want to read the users manual, which explains the software used to design the database, and how to best utilize the available search engine,...
View Resource American Transcendentalism Web

Maintained by Professor Ann Woodlief at Virginia Commonwealth University, this site was created to serve as a gathering place for information and primary documents about the transcendentalist movement in American literature and philosophy during the 19th century. Along with profiles of some of the main persons associated with the movement, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller, the...
View Resource Calls for Papers in English & American Literature

The University of Pennsylvania English Department provides the Calls For Papers mailing list (CFP) to facilitate the announcement of conferences and publishing opportunities in English and American literature. CFP encourages conference or panel organizers and volume editors to post all such announcements to this list, whether or not they subscribe. Announcements can include upcoming conferences,...
View Resource Henry James Scholar's Guide to Web Sites

Maintained and created by Richard Hathaway, an educator at the State University of New York at New Paltz, this site is a compendium of links and writings by and about the American writer Henry James. The site begins with a collection of electronic texts of James' works. Some of the more recent additions include short stories that James wrote specifically for The Atlantic Monthly during the 1860s....
View Resource Opportunity for literary immortality arises online

What if Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights had been named Jimmy? Or can one imagine J.D. Salinger’s Fanny as, say, Sarah? Authors frequently spend long hours determining the appropriate names for their characters and readers often develop a close bond with these personas as they begin to develop throughout a novel or short story. In a very interesting twist, a number of contemporary authors are...
View Resource PEN/Faulkner Foundation Screenshot

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is one of the most prestigious prizes in American letters. It has been known to launch careers and help books that would otherwise languish on the shelves. While there are a few interesting tidbits on the PEN/Faulkner website (News, for instance, provides interesting links to coverage of books, authors, and the awards), the real gem of the site is the...
View Resource The Daily Palette Digital Collection

Every day, the staff members at the Daily Palette Digital Collection at the University of Iowa Libraries put up a new artwork by a different Iowa artist. Since the project was launched in 2004, the collection has profiled over 1,000 artists working in the fine arts, literature, video, and the performing arts. Visitors can scroll through the Highlights of Collection section near the bottom of the...
View Resource The Edith Wharton Society

The Edith Wharton Society has created a Website to promote the study and discussion of the life and work of this major American novelist and short story writer. Wharton (1862-1937) -- author of Ethan Frome (1911) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Innocence (1920), among many other titles -- is highly regarded as a writer of keen insight and polished prose who deftly exposed the social...
View Resource The James Fenimore Cooper Society

This Website is devoted to "encouraging the enjoyment of Cooper's 32 novels, appreciation of his ideas, and providing useful information to students, scholars, and readers." And the site does not disappoint, standing as one of the most comprehensive single-author Websites we've seen. It provides copious text by and about Cooper, including online copies of little-known Cooper texts -- mostly...
View Resource The Moonlit Road

Users who dare to venture down the Moonlit Road will find spooky stories and weird folktales from the American South, told by some of the region's best storytellers. Each month, the site offers several new feature short stories in both text and RealAudio versions. In addition, some stories include a Cultural Background page with information on the history, region, cultures, or peoples behind the...
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