Famous American authors and poets, a list of websites

American literature; famous American authors and poets. A website reference list

See also the general Author Index



Angelou, Maya

Maya Angelou official website.
Maya Angelou. Wikipedia
Maya Angelou. The Poetry Foundation
Maya Angelou. Poem Hunter

Ashbery, John

John Ashbery online poems. EPC
John Ashbery. Modern American Poetry
John Ashbery. The Poetry Foundation
Poems, translations, articles, readings.
John Ashbery, Wikipedia entry.
John Ashbery. Academy of American Poets

Auster, Paul

A Paul Auster website.
Paul Auster article, The Guardian, UK.
Paul Auster Wikipedia entry.


Baldwin, James

James Baldwin. Wikipedia entry.
James Baldwin’s American Masters page. PBS.

Barth, John

Paris Review. John Barth, The Art of Fiction No. 86
John Barth: An Introduction by David Morrell
John Barth. The New York Times
John Barth. Oxford Bibliographies
The Story of a Storyteller: On John Barth’s Collected Stories. Quarterly Conversation
John Barth. Wikipedia entry.

Bathelme, Donald

Donald Barthelme. Wikipedia
Donald Bathelme.  A dozen Barthelme stories, reprinted by permission, including biographical information and web links.
Jessamyn’s Barthelme Page
A Donald Barthelme Collection

Bellow, Saul

Saul Bellow. Nobel Prize Archive
Saul Bellow. The Saul Bellow Society
Saul Bellow, Wikipedia entry.

Bishop, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Bishop. Poems and links to Elizabeth Bishop websites. Academy of American Poets
Elizabeth Bishop Wikipedia entry.

Bowles, Paul

The Authorized Paul Bowles Web Site

Bukowski, Charles

Charles Bukowski Wikipedia entry.
Charles Bukowski. Bukowski.net, a comprehensive resource.
Poems by Charles Bukowski and biography. PoetryFoundation.org
Bukowski at Boston University

Burroughs, William

William Burroughs. RealityStudio fan site with texts, community, scholarship and criticism.
William S. Burroughs. Internet Movie Database
William S. Burroughs, Outlaw and Beat. The New Yorker
William Burroughs – the original Junkie. The Guardian
Paris Review – William S. Burroughs, The Art of Fiction No. 36
William Burroughs multimedia directory.
William Burroughs, Wikipedia entry.


Capote, Truman

Truman Capote. Wikipedia entry.
The Self-Destructive Spiral of Truman Capote. Vanity Fair
Truman Capote. The New York Times
Paris Review – Truman Capote, The Art of Fiction No. 17
On the threshold: The Early Stories by Truman Capote. New Statesman
Truman Capote – Interview Magazine

Carver, Raymond

Raymond Carver, Wikipedia entry.
Raymond Carver. Guardian Unlimited Books
Raymond Carver. The New Yorker
Raymond Carver. Poetry Foundation
Paris Review – Raymond Carver, The Art of Fiction No. 76

Chabon, Michael

Michael Chabon. Wikipedia entry.
Michael Chabon. Harper Collins
Michael Chabon. The Guardian archive or reviews and articles.
Michael Chabon. The New York Times archive of reviews and articles.

Chandler, Raymond

The Raymond Chandler website
Raymond ChandlerInternet Movie Database
Raymond Chandler’s LA: In A Lonely Place tour from L.A.
Raymond Chandler. Thrilling Detective
Raymond Chandler, Wikipedia entry.

Chapman, John Jay

John Jay Chapman. 
Emerson and Other Essays by John Jay Chapman. Project Gutenberg etext.

Cooper, James Fenimore

James Fenimore Cooper etexts. The Last of the Mohicans, The Prairie
Cooper’s Indians
James Fenimore Cooper, Wikipedia entry.
Works by or about James Fenimore Cooper at Internet Archive. Scanned illustrated books.
James Fenimore Cooper. Online texts at Project Gutenberg.
James Fenimore Cooper in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
James Fenimore Cooper Society Homepage

Crane, Hart

Hart Crane. Wikipedia entry.
Hart Crane. Poems
Hart Crane. The Poetry Foundation
The Terrible Details of Hart Crane’s Life. NY Times
The Air Plant by Hart Crane. The Poetry Foundation
James Franco Spotlights Hart Crane. Vanity Fair
Hart Crane. A Hart Crane webpage.

Creeley, Robert

Robert Creeley Homepage. Online poems, biography, information, audio, writings.
Robert Creeley poems at PoetryFoundation.org.
Works by or about Robert Creeley in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
CRobert Creeley. Buffalo’s Electronic Poetry Center
Kerouac Alley: Robert Creeley. Selected poems, a multimedia & internet directory, live feeds, and other resources.
Creeley interview. The Paris Review
Robert Creeley Wikipedia entry.

Cummings, E. E.

E E Cummings. Poems and links to Cummings websites.
E. E. Cummings. Poetry Foundation
E. E. Cummings. Wikipedia


Danielewski, Mark

Mark Danielewski.  House of Leaves. House of Leaves homepage.
Mark Danielewski  Guardian Unlimited  interview.
Mark Danielewski interview from  Bold Type, Random House.

Dickinson, Emily

Works by Emily Dickinson at Project Gutenberg
Emily Dickinson. Wikipedia entry.
Works by or about Emily Dickinson in libraries.
Dickinson Electronic Archives
Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Emily Dickinson at Modern American Poetry
Emily Dickinson International Society
Emily Dickinson Museum
Emily Dickinson. Complete poems on a searchable database. Bartleby

Doty, Mark

Mark Doty, contemporary poet. Academy of American Poets


Eliot, T. S.

T S Eliot. Academy of American Poets
T. S .Eliot. Exploring  The Waste Land.  Part of the site uses a framed presentation of the poem with hyperlinked notes, definitions, translations, cross references, texts of works alluded to, commentary, and questions to the reader.
T S Eliot, Wikipedia entry.
Works by T. S. Eliot. Project Gutenberg
What the Thunder Said: T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot. Etexts at Bartleby.com
T. S. Eliot Society Home Page
T. S. Eliot Hypertext Project
Nobel prize
The Composition of The Waste Land

Ellison, Ralph

Ralph Ellison, Wikipedia entry.
Ralph Ellison Paris Review interview.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Internet guide to the works and life of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Ralph Waldo Emerson. The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Poems and essays.
Ralph Waldo Emerson texts. Emerson Central
Ralph Waldo Emerson. Wikipedia entry.
Ralph Waldo Emerson. The Academy of American Poets

Faulkner, William

William Faulkner on the Web. Places, biography, Oxford Mississippi, library commentaries, plot synopses,’what’s new.’
The Faulkner Journal
William Faulkner. The Mississippi Writers Page
The Faulkner Journal
The Paris Review Interview (1956)
Nobel Prize in Literature Acceptance Speech (text and audio)
William Faulkner, Wikipedia entry.
A Rose for Emily


Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Home Page
Scott Fitzgerald, Wikipedia entry.
Scott Fitzgerald, etexts from Project Gutenberg.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers, Princeton University.
Annotated Bibliography

Frost, Robert

Robert Frost. Editions, early editions in English. An exhibition.
The poetry of Robert Frost. Etexts.
The Robert Frost Web Site

Gaimon, Neil

Neil Gaiman. The Neil Gaimon website.
Neil Gaiman. Wikipedia entry.
Neil Gaiman’s Journal
Neil Gaiman (neilhimself) on Twitter

Grisham, John

Grisham, John. John Grisham. The John Grisham Archive
John Grisham. Wikipedia entry.
John Grisham official site.


Hass, Robert

Hass, Robert. Robert Hass. Academy of American Poets
Robert Hass, a biography.
Robert Hass. The Poetry Foundation
Robert Hass. Wikipedia

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wikipedia entry.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864). Nathaniel Hawthorne: links to texts, bibliographies, study questions, information.
Nathaniel Hawthorne. Biography and Works
Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Scarlet Letter. Wikipedia entry.
The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Etext.

Hecht, Anthony

Anthony Hecht. Reading on internet audio.
Anthony Hecht. Academy of American Poets
Anthony Hecht. Wikipedia entry.

Hemingway, Ernest

Ernest Hemingway Resource Centre
Ernest Hemingway. Timeless Hemingway. An award-winning web site devoted to Ernest Hemingway showcasing unique educational material: a free Hemingway quote finder service, the largest Hemingway FAQ available on the Web, a messageboard, and chat opportunities with Hemingway’s nephew,  John E. Sanford.
Ernest Hemingway, Wikipedia entry.
Ernest Hemingway, home and museum,  Key West, Florida.
Hemingway-Pfieffer Museum and Educational Center.
Wikipedia entries:
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
The Old Man and the Sea
The Sun Also Rises
A Farewell to Arms
For Whom the Bell Tolls

Howard, Richard

Richard Howard. Academy of American Poets
Richard Howard. Wikipedia entry.

Hughes, Langston

Langston Hughes, Wikipedia entry.
Langston Hughes. Poems by Langston Hughes at PoetryFoundation.org
Langston Hughes on Poets.org


Kerouac, Jack

Jack Kerouac, Wikipedia entry.
Kerouac.com. A Beat Generation website.
Jack Kerouac. Literary Kicks
A hypertext annotated literary biography of Kerouac, with a selection of links to further Kerouac-related resources.
Jack Kerouac News. The New York Times
Commentary and archival information about Jack Kerouac from The New York Times.
Jack Kerouac Papers. Columbia University
Jack Kerouac. Academy of American Poets

Kunitz, Stanley

Stanley Kunitz
Wikipedia entry.
Stanley Kunitz
Poems by Stanley Kunitz, with an introduction. Poets.org
Stanley Kunitz
Poems and an introduction from The Poetry Foundation.
Stanley Kunitz
A video of Stanley Kunitz from PBS.
The Stanley Kunitz Papers at Princeton University
“Pulitzer-Winning Poet Stanley Kunitz Dies”
Washington Post. 16 May 2006.
Stanley Kunitz, The Art of Poetry No. 29″
The Paris Review
Stanley Kunitz “Three Small Parables for My Poet Friends”
The Oxford University Press blog.


Mailer, Norman

Norman Mailer, Wikipedia entry.
Norman Mailer, a dedicated homepage.
Norman Mailer. American Legends
Norman Mailer. The Guardian
Norman Mailer, Towering Writer With Matching Ego, Dies at 84. NYT

Markson, David

David Markson, Wikipedia entry.

Melville, Herman

Herman Melville homepage.
Herman Melville E-Texts
Herman Melville, Wikipedia entry.
Herman Melville. Moby Dick  A searchable etext.
Herman Melville’s Arrowhead
New Bedford Whaling Museum
The Confidence Man: His Masquerade ed. Scott Atkins with critical introduction, historical contexts, and new footnotes.
Billy Budd: Foretopman ed. David Padilla with extensive linked footnotes and glossary of terms.
The Life and Works of Herman Melville
The Melville Society
Works by Herman Melville at Project Gutenberg
Works by or about Herman Melville in libraries (WorldCat catalog).

Merrill, James

James Merrill online poems. Academy of American Poets
James Merrill. Modern American Poetry

Miller, Arthur

Arthur Miller. Biography, notes, pictures, webpage links.
Arthur Miller, Wikipedia entry.
Arthur Miller. A summary of Miller’s life from the Public Broadcasting show. 
Arthur Miller. Biography of, plus links to all of his works currently in print. 
Arthur Miller Centre for American
The Arthur Miller Society

Miller, Henry

Henry Miller Library. Web pages, texts, resources.
Henry Miller, Wikipedia entry.
Henry Miller. A Personal Collection
Henry Miller collection at University of Victoria, Special Collections
Works by or about Henry Miller in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
An Interview with Henry Miller
The Paris Review interview.
Henry Miller Memorial Library

Moore, Marianne

Marianne Moore. Academy of American Poets
Marianne Moore. Web links to articles and criticism on Marianne Moore. 

Oates, Joyce Carol


Papers of Joyce Carol Oates at Syracuse University
Celestial Timepiece: A Joyce Carol Oates Home Page
Joyce Carol Oates. Wikipedia entry.


Paine, Thomas

Thomas Paine homepage.

Patchen, Kenneth

Kenneth Patchen Homepage.
Kenneth Patchen. Academy of American Poets

Pinsky, Robert

Robert Pinsky poems.
Robert Pinsky. Academy of American Poets

Plath, Sylvia

Sylvia Plath homepage, with online poems, articles, pictures, bibliography.
Sylvia Plath Forum
Sylvia Plath. Academy of American Poets
Sylvia Plath, Wikipedia entry. 

Poe, Edgar Allan

Edgar Allan Poe. Biography and Work
Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven
Edgar Allan Poe. Wikipedia entry.
Edgar Allan Poe. The Poe Decoder
Edgar Allan Poe. Poems and prose. Academy of American Poets
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Edgar Allen Poe Society in Baltimore

Pound, Ezra

Ezra Pound, Academy of American Poets
Ezra Pound. Poems by Ezra Pound.
Poems by Ezra Pound.
Ezra Pound, Wikipedia entry.
Ezra Pound and Fenollosa, Beinecke Manuscript Collection.
Eztra Pound. Bibliography, links to Pound webpages.
The Ezra Pound Society

Pynchon, Thomas

Thomas Pynchon, Wikipedia entry.
Pynchon Wiki. A literary Wiki exploring the novels of Thomas Pynchon, with annotated entries.
Thomas Pynchon at 80 – eight reasons to celebrate his birthday
How Thomas Pynchon’s novels can change your life – The Telegraph
Thomas Pynchon, a website with reader’s guides, news and information.


Riding, Laura. Laura (Riding) Jackson

Laura Riding, Wikipedia entry.
Laura Riding. Poetry. Poets.org

Roth, Philip

Philip Roth. Wikipedia entry.
The Philip Roth Society
Philip Roth. New York Times
Philip Roth. Houghton Mifflin Books
Philip Roth. Guardian Unlimited
Philip Roth, video interview. YouTube


Salter, James

James Salter, Wikipedia entry.

Saroyan, William

William Saroyan, Wikipedia entry.
The William Saroyan Society

Saunders, George

George Saunders. Webpages collated by Open Culture
George Saunders. Wikipedia
George Saunders website.
George Saunders. The New Yorker

Sexton, Anne

Anne Sexton webpage.
Anne Sexton. Academy of American Poets
Anne Sexton. Modern American Poetry

Silliman, Ron

Ron Silliman. A weblog focused on contemporary poetry and poetics.
Ron Silliman. Online works by Ron Silliman.

Snodgrass, W. H.

W H Snodgrass. Academy of American Poets

Stein, Gertrude

Gertrude Stein Online, Gertrude Stein resources, Gertrude Stein website links, biographical information.
The World of Gertrude Stein, an extensive biography site.
Works by Gertrude Stein, Project Gutenburg.
Works by or about Gertrude Stein in libraries (WorldCat catalogue)
Gertrude Stein. Wikipedia

Steinbeck, John

John Steinbeck. Wikipedia entry.
John Steinbeck Collection, 1902-1979
Wells Fargo John Steinbeck Collection, 1870-1981
National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA
The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, San José State University
Bibliography. A searchable database of secondary Steinbeck materials
John Steinbeck. C-Span American Writers Series
The John Steinbeck Collection (papers and manuscripts) at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Nobel Laureate page for John Steinbeck.
National Steinbeck Center

Stevens, Wallace

Wallace Stevens. Texts, biography
Wallace Stevens web links.
Wallace Stevens Wikipedia entry.
Wallace Stevens. Online poems at Modern American Poetry
The Wallace Stevens Journal


Tartt, Donna

Donna Tartt . Wikipedia
Donna Tartt. The Guardian
Interview: The very, very private life of Ms Donna Tartt
Donna Tartt Talks, a Bit, About ‘The Goldfinch’. The New York Times
Donna Tartt: ‘If I’m not working, I’m not happy’ The Telegraph

Thoreau, Henry David

The Thoreau Reader. The works of Henry D. Thoreau, 1817-1862.
Thoreau, Henry David.  Short biography with links to Thoreau texts online. Walking, On Maine, Walden.
Henry David Thoreau – Wikipedia

The Thoreau Society
The Thoreau Edition
The Thoreau Project
The Walden Woods Project
The Thoreau Farm Trust

Twain, Mark (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

Mark Twain in his Times, from The University of Virginia. Pictures, texts, biography.
Mark Twain, Wikipedia entry.
Mark Twain Project Online
Works by Mark Twain
 at Project Gutenberg.
Works by or about Mark Twain
 in libraries (
WorldCat catalog).
Mark Twain texts free to read on a cell phone.
Mark Twain Quotes
Mark Twain Quotes, Newspaper Collections and Related Resources
My Platonic Sweetheart
Punch, Brothers, Punch!


Updike, John

LION author page for John Updike, includes full bibliography, biography, references and access to more than 1000 pieces of Updike criticism.
New York Times: John Updike Life & Times
Updike archive from the New York Times.
Charlie Rose archive. Video interviews.
Times Literary Supplement Archive
Contemporary Literary Criticism: John Updike Criticism


Vidal, Gore

The Gore Vidal Index. Writings by and about Gore Vidal.
Gore Vidal. Wikipedia entry.
Gore Vidal. American Masters. PBS
The Gore Vidal Index. Writings by and about Gore Vidal.
Gore Vidal Now, the official Gore Vidal webpage.
Gore Vidal’s essays, from TruthDig.
Gore Vidal Pages
Gore Vidal. New York Times
Gore Vidal Paris Review interview.


Wallace, David Foster

David Foster Wallace. Wikipedia entry.
David Foster Wallace, a website.
David Foster Wallace news, bibliography, mailing list, message boards.
David Foster Wallace’s struggle to surpass Infinite Jest. The New Yorker
David Foster Wallace. The New York Times
David Foster Wallace. LA Times

Weingberger, Eliot

Eliot Weinberger. Academy of American Poets

Whitman, Walt

Walt Whitman Archive, University of Virginia
Walt Whitman. The Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman, Wikipedia entry.
Walt Whitman Notebooks, 18502-1860s.
Walt Whitman. Leaves of Grass

Wilder, Laura Ingalls

Laura Ingalls Wilder homepage.
Laura Ingalls Wilder. Wikipedia entry.

Williams, William Carlos

William Carlos Williams. Academy of American Poets. Williams texts, essays.
William Carlos Williams Wikipedia entry.
William Carlos Williams. Online poems, from Modern American Poetry

Wilson, August

A Comprehensive August Wilson Website
August Wilson. Internet Broadway Database
August Wilson. Internet Movie Database
August Wilson.Wikipedia