American Literature Resources
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Norton Websource to American Literature -
"The Websource is designed as a springboard to help students extend their exploration of American literature and identify and frame topics for writing and research. It includes: Quick reference timelines with historical-literary outlines; Over 400 annotated Web links of quality; 120 author resource pages and 7 period topics providing generative questions and projects that help students to draw connections, close-read texts, and link texts to contexts."
C-SPAN American Writers: A journey through history -
American writers who have been highlighted on C-SPAN programs are gathered chronologically by era from 1600 to 1975. For each featured author, a brief biography, critical assessment of works, and chronological listing of titles published are followed by Web sites about the author. Extended features require free membership registration. (LII)
African American Mystery Page -
"The African American contribution to the world of mystery fiction is alive and kicking: hard-boiled detectives, police procedurals, thrillers, amateur sleuths, romantic suspense, the traditional whodunit, and more." Find out about authors, recent book releases, references about this genre, and links to author home pages.
To Kill a Mockingbird: Then and Now -
"Teachers report that "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a powerful reading experience for many young people. Reading it stimulates discussion of a wide range of topics. This site is mainly for teachers, as it presents learning strategies and exercises that prepare students for reading the book, and helps students to understand the time and place in which the story is set."
To Kill A Mockingbird Index -[index].htm
Links to resources and writings by students on Harper Lee and her famous book. From a Vanderbilt University English class.
The Literature & Culture of the American 1950s -
Extensive collection of links to articles, writings, photographs and literature on and from the 1950s.
Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture -
This site provide access to the famous novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe which is said to have been a cause of the Civil War. Users may browse all the primary material in the archive (texts, images, songs, 3-D objects, film clips, etc.) one at a time. They may also search all the primary material at once and either use or cut across the site's organizational categories. Or they can use the Interpret Mode which includes an interactive timeline, virtual exhibits designed to suggest ways of exploring and understanding the primary material, as well as lesson plans for teachers and student projects. (University of Virginia)
The Psychedelic Sixties -
Emphasis is on the artistic and literary influences on the U.S. in the 1960s. This exhibition is well documented with images from that period, and traces the roots to Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman. (University of Virginia)
Bean Trees: Sights and Sounds of the Novel -
This Web site provides pictures and sound files which explain various allusions in the Barbara Kinsolver novel. (Cathy Decker)
Literary Movements -
This site is one of four from a professor of English and includes information about a variety of literary movements including Calvinism, Travel Narratives, Captivity Narratives, and Domestic Fiction. Information about each includes characteristics, authors, and techniques of the genre. Other sites from this page include an American literature timeline, detailed information on American authors, and links to other American literature sites.
African American Literature Online -
This annotated bibliography is intended to provide "a comprehensive guide to African American Literature during the Twentieth Century. Here, you will find over 75 novels, poems, autobiographies, and essays along with summaries of the selected literature...some significant events of each decade and the literary themes that African American authors were writing about during that decade. This web site is targeted towards high school students...."
African American Resources: A Library of African American Culture, Education, History and Literature -
This categorized directory of briefly annotated links includes general and specific resources. Near the bottom of the page are links to literature resources.
Harlem Renaissance -
Overview of writing and painting from the Harlem Renaissance. Features poetry from Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Angelina W. Grimke, Jessie Redmon Fauset, James Weldon Johnson, Arna Bontemps, Jean Toomer, Claude McKay, Esther Popel, and Anne Spencer. There are nonfiction and short stories from Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Marion Vera Cuthbert, and Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Paintings from the era concentrate on the work of Loïs Mailou Jones, William H. Johnson, and Palmer Hayden.
The Black Renaissance in Washington, DC -
This site demonstrates that the "outpouring of literature by African Americans" during the Harlem Renaissance was also reflected in other communities. Includes biographies, recommended books, related links, and a timeline. From the District of Columbia Public Library.
Language of the Land: Journeys Into Literary America -
Using the metaphor of a journey, this exhibit from the Library of Congress combines images with quotations from American literature to "... present a tapestry of the impressions that endure in our collective imagination of the American land and its culture." The images include prints, photographs, and literary maps (regional and topical); quotes range from classic fiction to poetry and songs. There is also information about purchasing the exhibit book, and a list of all the items in the exhibit. A unique and excellent combination of literature and images for students of American history and writing.
Southwestern Literature -
A background to the literature of the Southwestern United States. Included is information and related sites about Edward Abbey, Rudolfo Anaya, Denise Chavez, Barbara Kingsolver, Cormac McCarthy, John Nichols, and other authors. There is information about topics pertinent to the literature, including Hispanic, Chicano, and Native American cultures as well as environmental issues, "Atomic Southwest," and mining. Largely researched and written by university students, the commentary here is augmented with links to other sites on the authors and region.
Perspectives in American Literature (PAL) -
Subtitled A Research and Reference Guide, this searchable site provides outlines and bibliographies of hundreds of authors, themes, and literary movements in the U.S. from colonial days to the present. There are many appendices, including the elements of poetry, drama, and fiction. MLA style citations for each page are included. Based on the 12th edition of the author's Guide to Perspectives in American Literature.
Project CROW (Course Resources On the Web) -
A directory of American literature web resources, browsable by general resources, and sites featuring syllabi and assignments and author chronologies. Also contains a collection of annotated links, a chronological list of American literature Internet links, and reviews of major sites.
California Literature -
This web page has a short history of California literature, a list of titles that have a California setting, and a list of significant California authors divided by time period. Each author is annotated with the type of literature they wrote and the literary prizes they won. (Northern California Independent Booksellers Assoc.)
An Outline of American Literature -
From the web site "From Revolution to Reconstruction ...and what happened afterwards," this page provides a chronological outline of the entire gamut of U.S. literature. Sections include: Early American and Colonial Period to 1776; Democratic Origins and Revolutionary Writers, 1776-1820; The Romantic Period, 1820-1860: Essayists and Poets; The Romantic Period, 1820-1860: Fiction; The Rise of Realism: 1860-1914; Modernism and Experimentation: 1914-1945; American Poetry Since 1945: The Anti-Tradition; and American Prose Since 1945: Realism and Experimentation.
Wright American Fiction 1851-1875 -
"This is a collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction,   1851-1875. There are currently 2,341 texts included (2,027 unedited, 314 fully edited and encoded) by 1,150 authors." Well-known writers such as Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville are  represented along with forgotten authors. Keyword searchable and browsable by author and significant words. (Indiana University Digital Library Program)
Literary History of the American West -
The full text of the title originally published in 1987. Available in HTML or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. (Western Literature Association)
The George Kelley Paperback and Pulp Fiction Collection -
The Kelley Collection is "comprised of well over 25,000 pulp-fiction books and magazines." 10,000 of these have been catalogued and may be searched in BISON, the library's online catalog. Check The Collection for a list of genres: here you can find separate pages for Adventure, Detective/Mystery, Erotic, Fantastic, Horror, Legal, Science Fiction, War, and Western stories. Each section contains links, bibliographic information, and a guide for searching the specific genre in BISON.  (Lockwood Memorial Library at the State University of New York in Buffalo)
Forward -
Founded in 1897, the Forward is the most distinguished Yiddish publication in the United States. Originally a daily newspaper, it is now published weekly in both Yiddish and English. Its mission is preserving Yiddish literature. Writers such as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Elie Wiesel, and Abraham Cahan began their careers writing for the Forward. The Web site features news related to the American and international Jewish community and links to publications from all over the world that cover Jewish news. Readers may view the current issue of the paper and the archives in English or Yiddish.
Maine Writers Index -
Hundreds of Maine writers listed, with biographical and bibliographical information as well as links to other sites, if available. Excellent example of local content from a library Web site. Well written and researched and being added to at the rate of about four a week. The library's site is searchable and also has excellent material on non-Maine authors and other literature, reading, writing, and language resources. (Waterboro Public Library)
The California Center for the Book -
"The California Center for the Book celebrates California's rich literary heritage and promotes reading, libraries, literacy, and authorship." The Web site includes information about the center and its programs, and has resource directories of links to libraries, literacy programs, and "organizations, study programs, private presses, discussion lists, dealers and more, whose primary focus is book arts."
Unspeakable Visions: The Beat Generation and the Bohemian Dialectic -
Full text of essay by Michael Hayward examining "the history of the Beat writers in print" as well as "the relationship of these writers to the publishing industry." Also a good source for information on alternative literary magazines and presses (e.g., Grove, New Directions, Olympia, City Lights) of the 1950s. Contains a bibliography, and footnotes.

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