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Bartleby.com Great Books Online
Full text books of verse, fiction, essays, and literary analysis
Los Angeles Review of Books
Reviews, essays and interviews
Modern American Poetry
Online journal and multimedia companion to the Anthology of Modern American Poetry
The Modern English Collection
Free, full text of historical literary works from the University of Virginia electronic text center
PAL: Perspectives in American Literature
A resource and research guide from Prof. Paul P. Reuben at California State University, Stanislaus
PBS American Masters: Literature
Companion pages for PBS's American Masters series
PBS Newshour: Poetry Series
Poetry, poetry news, and readings of poetry from PBS
Information about poets and poetry from the Academy of American Poets, including full text of poems and essays on poetry, as well as audio recordings and video files
Full text of over 57,000 free electronic books
Representative Poetry Online
Includes poetry by over 700 poets spanning the last 1400 years, as well as biographical information and criticism
The Victorian Web
Information about literature, history, and culture in the age of Victoria
Writing in Literature
Resources on literary terms, literary theory, schools of criticism, and much more
C.K. Williams: Poetry for all seasons of life
Poet C.K. Williams reads his work at TED2001. As he colors scenes of childhood resentments, college loves, odd neighbors and the literal death of youth, he reminds us of the unique challenges of living (23:18).
For more information about this subject or this speaker, visit this talk at ted.org.
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