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American Literature and Authors

Search our Books/Literature Databases under the Research tab for additional resources.

American Authors on the Web

This site features an extensive list of web resources related to American authors (created by Professor Matsuoka from Nagoya University.)

American Literary Classics

This site has links to 35 complete novels (each chapter linked separately).


Free online literature with more than 2000 classic texts, study guides, literature book notes, and summaries.

A division of A&E Network, search for biographical information on various individuals.

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature

The Cambridge History contains over 303 chapters and 11,000 pages, with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing.

Modern American Poetry

This site provides basic information and links to 161 modern American poets.

Perspectives in American Literature – A Research and Reference Guide

This site has individual pages on over 430 American authors. Most pages have a listing of primary works, a selected bibliography, links to relevant sites, brief introductions, and brief biographies. (Created by Paul B. Reuben)

Project Gutenberg

“Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks.”

Timeline of American Literature and Events (Pre-1620 – 1920)

“Important events in U.S. History are linked to important literary developments. Each author page contains a picture (if available), a bibliography (if available), links to major sites about the author, and links to works online.”