General literature sites offer a variety of online reading material from the classics to short stories, from poems to picture books, as well as book reviews, discussion guides, book talks, and resources about authors and illustrators. Included: A dozen sites to indulge your passion for reading.
Anyone with an interest in books and authors will enjoy the general literature sites featured below. Many include full text versions of major -- and minor -- literary works. Literature teachers, in particular, will find a wealth of resources to enhance the curriculum, whether they're looking for a single literary work, information about the works of a particular author, lesson plans to incorporate into a classroom literature study, or additional resources to enhance their daily lessons.
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Text
The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of digital documents from American Literature, English Literature, and Western Philosophy. Not just a typical collection of e-texts, this site has a number of unique features. For example, not only can visitors locate text by author or title, they also can click the "Use Concordance" link to search the content of the selections. Content also can be searched across several texts simultaneously.
This "Internet publisher of literature, reference, and verse" offers a well-chosen collection of English and American literature for students and teachers. Featuring the works of Dickinson, Keats, Melville, Shelley, Whitman, Wilde, Wordsworth, and more, the collection provides easy access to many timeless works. Line numbering in the right margin makes finding special excerpts for class reading assignments easy as well.
BookBrowse offers excerpts and reviews of selected current books. Hundreds of interviews with authors are available, along with reading guides, visitor reviews, advice on starting and running a reading group, and a free newsletter to keep visitors up to date on interesting and eclectic reading suggestions. Parents and educators will find the sections for teen and young adult titles, and those for children 9 years old and above, helpful for selecting appropriate titles.
Wired for Books
Wired for Books provides a collection of audio recordings featuring authors reading their own works, videos of selected plays, and an archive of author interviews. Visitors to the site can listen to Charles Dickens' classic tale, A Christmas Carol and enjoy such performances as Shakespeare's Macbeth and Homer's The Iliad. The children's section includes an interview with "Mister Rogers" and readings from Grimm's Fairy Tales and Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories.
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This interactive site examines the literature, life, and times of Edgar Allen Poe, and explores nineteenth century Baltimore, where he lived and worked. Classroom resources for teachers and engaging activities for students also are provided. The Classroom Connections section helps teachers effectively utilize the materials and primary resources from the Maryland Historical Society and the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore.
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