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Authors List Biographical information about classic and contemporary authors of children's literature. New York State Literary Tree Provides biographical and historical information along with lists of literary works under two areas: Browse alphabetically by last name.

Provided by the Nobel Foundation. The Pulitzer Prizes Current and past Pultzer Prize winners for fiction, drama, nonfiction, and other categories. Awarded Books Lists Links to major awards websites and winners. Includes "Award Winners in the Library Catalog," where you can instantly locate and request items to be reserved for you in the online catalog.

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Includes monthly title selections and other news of interest to readers. Classic Literature From About. Contemporary Literature From About. Includes direct links to RSS feeds for blogs offering them. Anthology of Middle English Literature Topics include: Includes full text original and translated of the Infero, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, and other writings.

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Essays on Poetic Theory "Famous historical essays about poetry that have greatly influenced the art. Written by poets and critics from a wide range of historical, cultural, and aesthetic perspectives, the essays address the purpose of poetry, the possibilities of language, and the role of the poet in the world. They are arranged in chronological order. Eliot as well as his essay on Hamlet , and more. From The Poetry Foundation. Browse by author, title, country, or year. From the course description: Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: Provided by Mount Mary College.

Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism Topics include: Theory Provided through Rutgers University. What Is a Classic? Literary Theory Websites Wikipedia: Literary Criticism Definition and related web links. There is also a list of literary critics. Literary Theory Definition and related web links.

Drama Criticism DC Database of play analysis and drama criticism. Available to members of Thrall. Drama for Students Database of play analysis and drama criticism. Drama Study Guides Character lists, analysis. Drama Study Guides Includes information on plays, their plots, characters, and themes, along with key facts, study questions, topics for essays, quizzes, and suggestions for further reading.

Middle English Plays Topics include: Monologue Archive Contains a variety of comedy and dramatic monologues. Drama Electronic texts etexts , eBooks of plays, drama criticism, theater, and more. Plays and Drama Topics include: Playwriting "This playwriting tutorial was written by playwright and screenwriter Jonathan Dorf, whose plays have been produced in more than 45 states and on five continents. From Central Washington University. The Basics Includes information on Aristotle's Poetics.

From Grand Valley State University. Bibliomania Over 2, classic texts in electronic form. The Camelot Project Arthurian texts, images, and bibliographies. Provided by the University of Rochester in collaboration with several other universities. Eserver Poetry Collection A variety of classical and contemporary verse in electronic form.

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The Online Books Page Listing over 30, etexts on the web. Hosted with the University of Pennsylvania. Also contains a list of Banned Books Online. Project Gutenberg Search or browse by author name or title. One of the most popular and oldest sources of electronic texts on the web. New e-texts are added regularly. The Project also provides information on the history of this important but long neglected medium, along with biographies of pulp authors, artists, and their publishers.

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Literary Fiction Classic stories and literary novels narrated by volunteer readers. See also their "Computer-Generated" audiobooks. Works of Great Literature Audio recordings of literary works being read by various readers. See also their William Shakespeare and their other playlists. English Literature by Period Websites arranged chronologically by the following periods: Provided by the Voice of the Shuttle website.

Harvard Classics Search or browse the context of this multi-volume text at Bartleby. History of English Literature Literary movements and more. Also includes these topics: Shakespearean Literature Explore the life and writings of the Bard. English Literature Definition and related web links. Essays Downloadable electronic texts e-texts of famous literary and historic essays.

Types of Essays A brief guide to various types of essays, including persuasive, descriptive, and narrative essays. Essay Definition and related web links. See also this list of essayists. History and Criticism Electronic texts relating to various times and aspects of literature through history.

Directory provided by The Online Books Page. Arranged by year reverse chronological order. Literary Movements Definitions of a number of literary movements. See also the timeline at this website. Jane Austen Lives On! From Skokie Public Library. The Republic of Pemberley Includes discussion groups, a Jane Austen Information Page, the Pemberley Literary Companion a "compilation of literature mentioned in Austen" , electronic texts e-texts of Austen's writings, and more.

Jane Austen Biography, writings, and related web links. Paris Review News and events, interviews, select articles and full text poems, as well as electronic audio feeds from various authors. Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms A clickable list of literary terminology. Provided by Jack Lynch of Rutgers University. Poetry Words Worth Learning An easy, one-page glossary of poetry terms.

Academy of American Poets: Poetry News and Press Releases Recent award winners and more. Booklovers Blog Monthly titles, literary news, and more. Blog by Middletown Thrall Library. The New York Times - See topics below: Based on the Book A "compilation of over 1, books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures. The Nineteenth Century English Novel Educational resource initially developed as part of a college curriculum.

Also contains information on Austen and other notable writers from this period. Novels Definition and related web links. Quotations Famous Literary Quotes. The Columbia World of Quotations Search or browse 65, quotations. Over 5, authors are included. Handy for locating quotes in major classic texts. One Hundred Best First Lines of Novels Provides quote, author, title of work quoted, and the year the novel was published.

Available at Thrall and to Thrall members at home. Shakespeare for Students In the Literature for Students database. Folger Shakespeare Library Described as "the world's largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.

Books by or about William Shakespeare Includes many older "full view" works anthologies, criticism, essays, etc. Google has scanned from libraries. In Search of Shakespeare "While much is known about the works of William Shakespeare, information about the man behind the words can be hard to find.

Separating fact from rumor can be even harder. Shakespeare Central - The Works of William Shakespeare "Understand Shakespeare's plays and poetry with free CliffsNotes summaries, character analyses, glossaries, quotes, essays, filmography, and more.

Read Shakespeare's biography; explore themes, symbols, and motifs. Shakespeare and the Internet Biography of Shakespeare, study guides, criticism, reviews, a blog, and more. No Fear Shakespeare "No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare's language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English - the kind of English people actually speak today. Phrases from William Shakespeare Includes phrase and quoted text from the plays.

William Shakespeare Brief biography as well as poems. From the Academy of American Poets. Shakespeare Authorship Coalition "The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition runs this website so anyone who cares about Shakespeare, as we do, can easily see why his identity has long been in doubt, and sign a definitive declaration addressing the issue - the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare, located on this site.

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Contrast allegory with fable, parable, and symbolism, below, or click here to download a PDF handout contrasting these terms. Cf. charactonym.. ALLIOSIS: While presenting a reader with only two alternatives may result in the logical fallacy known as false dichotomy or either/or fallacy, creating a parallel sentence using two alternatives in parallel .

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“This dictionary’s virtues and its plain-spokenness make it as apt to the bedside table as to the desk: Dr Baldick is a Brewer for specialized tastes” - Times Literary Supplement The best-selling Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (formerly the Concise dictionary) provides clear, concise, and often witty definitions of the most troublesome literary terms . CONNOTATION: The extra tinge or taint of meaning each word carries beyond the minimal, strict definition found in a instance, the terms civil war, revolution and rebellion have the same denotation; they all refer to .

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The following is a list of literary terms; that is, those words used in discussion, classification, criticism, and analysis of poetry, novels, and picture books. New Criticism. A literary movement that started in the late s and s and originated in reaction to traditional criticism that new critics saw as largely concerned with matters extraneous to the text, e.g., with the biography or psychology of the author or the work's relationship to literary history.