Essential Links

A small collection of book-related sites that I find useful/interesting.


General bookish sites:

  • Project Gutenberg – Free, public domain e-books for all! Also check out their sister site Librivox, which hosts free public domain audiobooks.
  • The Literature Network and Bartleby – Two more databases of public domain literature, for those odd instances when Project Gutenberg doesn’t have the exact poem, essay, or short story you want.
  • Luminarium – A collection of the major works of over sixty British authors, from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. This is where you go to find all those Fulke Greville poems that The Poetry Foundation neglected to catalog.

Author-specific sites:

C. P. Cavafy

  • The Cavafy Archive – Contains hundreds of Cavafy’s poems (in both the original Greek and in English translations), plus transcripts of Cavafy’s letters and images of his manuscripts.

Emily Dickinson

Neil Gaiman

Allen Ginsberg

C. S. Lewis

  • Essential C. S. Lewis – In which author William O’Flaherty blogs on all things C. S. Lewis, including investigating the sources of Lewis quotes and misquotes. Also check out William’s podcast All About Jack.

William Morris

  • The William Morris Archive – A compilation of writings by the Pre-Raphaelite poet, artist, and translator William Morris. Hosted by the University of Iowa.

 Sylvia Plath

William Shakespeare

  • Folger Digital Texts – Full texts of Shakespeare’s plays and poems (with line numbers) to read online or download.
  • Hamlet Conundrums – A series of essays on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, hosted by the University of California at Santa Cruz.
  • Shakespeare’s Words – Also provides the full texts of Shakespeare’s works, but with glossaries too. Created by linguist and Shakespearean scholar David Crystal.

J. R. R. Tolkien

  • Lord of the Rings Project – Includes maps of Middle Earth, character genealogies, and virtually every other statistic on The Lord of the Rings that you could possibly want to find.

Charles Williams

  • The Oddest Inkling – Sørina Higgins’s online textbook about everything Charles Williams, including book synopses, biographical articles, analysis of his major themes, on and on.
  • Grevel Lindop – The author blog of Charles Williams’s biographer. He also blogs about the Lake Poets, Thomas de Quincy, and salsa dancing.

W. B. Yeats

Miscellaneous:

  • PennSound – The audio archives of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Programs in Creative Writing. Features recordings of Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, and the like.
  • The Victorian Web – A collection of essays and articles on all aspects of Victorian-era life, including Victorian literature.

Poetry links:

  • The Belfast Group – A site focusing on the work of fifteen writers who belonged to the Belfast Group, among them Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Ciarán Carson, and Paul Muldoon. Curated by Emory University.
  • Locus Solus – A blog dedicated to the New York School of poets (Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, James Schuyler, and others) and their work.
  • VOCA – From the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, a collection of a few hundred recordings of poets reading their work.