English literature websites, English authors and poets

Lord ByronEnglish literature; classic English authors and English poets, literary text databases
A comprehensive list of English literature websites

See also the English language authors and poet name index:

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Aesthetes and Decadents  Victorian culture.
Victoria Web (from Brown University).

Anthology of Middle English Literature 

Archives, manuscript archives *

British Library
The British Library catalogue search.

The British Council contemporary literature archive.

Harry Ransom Center
Harry Ransom Center, humanities research library and museum. Manuscripts, annotated typescripts, corrected proofs and galleys, notes, correspondence, diaries, and volumes from the personal libraries of many of the most important twentieth-century authors of North America, Great Britain, and France are the Ransom Center’s special strength.

The Norton Anthology of English Literature

The Middle Ages

The Sixteenth Century

The Early Seventeenth Century

The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century

The Romantic Period

The Victorian Age

The Poetry Archive
A premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work. Listen here, free of charge, to the voices of contemporary English-language poets and of poets from the past.

Authors *

Authors and poets name index

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Beowulf on Steorarume (Beowulf in Cyberspace)
An online edition of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem ‘Beowulf’, with original Old English text, modern English & German translations, notes, glossary, artwork and more based on an examination of the original MS, with supplementary texts including The Fight at Finnsburh, Waldere, Deor, Woden’s Nine Herbs Charm, Bede’s Account of Cædmon. By Benjamin Slade.

Blogs *

Brit Lit Blogs
Brit Lit Blogs is the brainchild of six British literary bloggers. Each working hard at bringing readers to forgotten or overlooked books, BritLitBloggers decided that combining their latest blog entries together in one place would highlight the breadth and depth of British literary blogging.

Literary blogs

The Bloomsbury Group *

The Bloomsbury Group. Resources on the internet.

 

Booker Prize
Shortlisted and Prize Winners. An alphabetical and chronological directory.

British literature, Wikipedia entry. 

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The Cambridge History of English and American Literature
An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes.

Contemporary Poetry Review. UK,
British poets, contemporary British poetry, English poetry news, British poetry articles.

Contemporary Writers
A searchable database containing up-to-date profiles of some of the UK and Commonwealth’s most important living writers – biographies, bibliographies, critical reviews, prizes and photographs. Searchable by author, genre, nationality, gender, publisher, book title, date of publication and prize name and date.

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Early English Books Online
From the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare. Early English books published between 1473 and 1700. Digital images for nearly 125,000 works,distributed under the title Early English Books Online.

Elizabethan drama *

Elizabethan Playhouses, Actors and Audiences

16th Century Theatre Database
An archive of articles on sixteenth century theatre.

Ancient Rome and English Renaissance Theatre
The relationship between the design of performance arenas in Elizabethan England and those of Ancient Rome.

Elizabethan literature Wikipedia entry.

Elizabethan literature
Literature produced during the reign of Elizabeth I of England. TalkTalk

SparkNotes: Elizabethan Literature
A summary of Elizabethan Literature.

The Elizabethan Period
A History of English Literature


English Literature and Religion

English Server Collection
This site offers works of and about fiction collected from its members, contributing authors worldwide, and texts in the public domain.

Journals *

Topic Magazine
A new literary magazine from the U.K.

Granta
British new writing.

Poetry London
Poetry London is a leading international poetry magazine where acclaimed contemporary poets share pages with exciting new names. Published three times a year in March, June and October, each issue contains new poetry, incisive reviews and features.

Neon Literary Magazine
UK-based literary magazine, published online and in print every quarter.

Ambit 
Ambit is one of Britain’s leading literary and arts magazines.

Brittle Star
Brittle Star is an international literary magazine, based in the U.K., dedicated to publishing new poetry and short fiction. It has earned a reputation for providing a platform for writers at the beginning of their careers, many of whom have seen their work in print for the first time.

PN Review
For four decades PN Review has been a place to discover new poems in English and in translation as well as interviews, news, essays, reviews and reports from around the world. Subscribers can explore the complete, uniquely rich digital archive.

British literary magazines.
A list from Wikipedia.

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The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary
The site is written and owned by a global network of scholars and researchers (currently some 670 and rising steadily), all specialists who really know and indeed love their material. 

 

Live texts databases and libraries *

Eserver.org
Poetry, original and classic verse, literary and poetic theory. Sparks, a publisher of fiction, poetry, music, art and spoken word. Includes a variety of literature-related materials, including etext archives of prose, poetry, fiction and criticism.

Literature.org
An online library of literature.

The British Council contemporary literature archive.

The Norton Anthology of English Literature

Live Texts Database Classic texts (Oxford University Text Archive).
Quick search texts downloads.

Modern English Collection (Electronic Text Center)
This heterogeneous collection contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author’s last name or by category of interest. Each text is encoded in SGML or XML and includes a bibliographic header with details about the creation of the electronic text and its print source. The University of Virginia

Project Gutenberg
Browse By Library of Congress Class: Language and Literatures: English literature

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Medieval literature *

See: Medieval Literature 

Middle English Literature, an Anthology.

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Norton Anthology of English Literature
Prepared by the Norton Anthology editors, this extensive, freely accessible Web resource for The Norton Anthology of English Literature offers twenty-seven topics for study and discussion.

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Periods and movements *

Renaissance literature *

Renaissance, sixteenth century literature.
Luminarium. Internet resources, essays, etexts, etc.

Renaissance and 16th Century Litertaure
A web directory from Voice of the Shuttle.

Seventeenth century literature.
Luminarium. Internet resources, essays, etexts, etc.

Eighteenth Century Literature
Wikipedia entry.

British poetry since 1945.

See also:  Theatre

Wikipedia entries on English playwrights and dramatists.

Poetry; English/U.K. poetry *

See also: Poetry,  aguide to websites.

Contemporary Poetry Review. UK,
British poets, contemporary British poetry, English poetry news, British poetry articles.

Poetry Library of the South Bank/Royal Festival Hall, London.

The Literary Review

Oxford Book of English Verse

Liverpool poets

Essay on Patten with Liverpool poets introduction.

Interview with Adrian Henri

Metaphysical poets

17th Century English Literature Metaphysical Poets
Luminarium website anthology.

Metaphysical Poetry. Timeline, Context, Biographies of Various Poets, Critical Analysis

Wikipedia entry on the metaphysical poets.

John Donne

John Donne at archive.org

Selected audio recordings.
LibriVox.org

John Donne
Luminarium.org

Poems by John Donne
Poetry Foundation.org

Poetry *

Poets read their own work.
Video and audio recordings from the BBC.

The Poetry Archive
a premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work. Listen here, free of charge, to the voices of contemporary English-language poets and of poets from the past.

Poetry Library of the South Bank/Royal Festival Hall, London.

Oxford Book of English Verse

Oxford Poetry journal.

Poetry Book Society UK.
Information on English language poetry and poets in the U.K. T S Eliot founded the Poetry Book Society in 1953 in order to promote a love and understanding of contemporary poetry.

Poetry Olympics

Wikipedia entries on British poets.


Postmodern literature. Wikipedia entry.

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Renaissance English literature *

See also: Renaissance Literature

16th Century Renaissance English Literature

Luminarium: 16th Century Renaissance English Literature (1485-1603)

Renaissance, sixteenth century literature.
Luminarium. Internet resources, essays, etexts, etc.

Renaissance and 16th Century Litertaure
A web directory from Voice of the Shuttle.

Seventeenth century literature.
Luminarium. Internet resources, essays, etexts, etc.

 

Robin Hood Project, University of Rochester.
A database of texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information about the Robin Hood stories and other outlaw tales.

Romanticism *

See also: Romantic Literature

The Royal Society of Literature
The aim of the Royal Society of Literature is to nurture, celebrate and defend Britain’s outstanding tradition of writing. To this end it organises public lectures and debates, makes awards to new and established writers, and campaigns for the encouragement and appreciation of authors.

Schools, courses and workshops *

Anne Aylor’s Creative Writing Workshops
Short courses in creative writing run at various locations around the UK.

Arvon Foundation
With four centres in the UK, runs a wide range of residential creative writing courses.

BBC – The Writers Room
Read a first draft of a script, browse through some notes, watch the writers working at their virtual table, or read transcripts from the chat rooms.

Bomberg Writing
Tutoring, mentoring and workshops in creative writing.

Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York
Offers open access creative writing courses to the local community.

London School of Journalism
Has creative writing courses.

London Writers’ Cafe
We’re an informal group who meet once a month to read out our work to get feedback and inspiration.

London Writing Workshops
Intensive and inspiring short creative writing courses suitable for all levels of experience.

ShawGuides: Writers Conferences & Workshops
ShawGuides: Comprehensive worldwide guides to educational travel and creative career programs.

U.K. creative writing schools and workshops.
A website list from The British Council.

Writers Online Workshops
From Writer’s Digest, offering Iinteractive, instructor-led online creative writing courses in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoir writing.

Writing School East Midlands
Writing School Writing School East Midlands is a specialist creative writing school, with courses in Nottingham and Lincoln, and continuing to run  their well-established courses at Leicester’s Adult Education College.

 

Seventeenth Century English Literature (1603-1660). Luminarium

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T. S. Eliot Prize for Literature

The Times Literary Supplement 

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Victorian literature *

The Victorian Women Writers Project
Browse by author, title and genre.

The Victorian studies hyper-concordance.

Victorian Web
Victorian aesthetes, decadents, Victorian culture.

 

Visual Poetry, Contemporary Poets, Hypertext Poetry.

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Wikipedia entry on English literature.


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