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New Orleans Public Library

Local Interest

Louisiana author Lyle Saxon (1891-1946), novelist, historian, and director of the Louisiana Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration, which compiled Gumbo Ya-Ya, a collection of Louisiana folktales, and also valuable and enduring guides to New Orleans and to the state. [Robert Tallant Collection, Louisiana Division]

Non-Local Interest

  • Academy of American Poets
    The homepage of this group "founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry." Includes links to audio clips of poets reading their own works.
  • Alex
    Berkeley's catalog of electronic texts. You can search or browse.
  • Banned Books Week
    Celebrating the freedom to read!
    Full text online books
  • Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
    The 10th edition of Bartlett's online. Search for quotations by keyword or author.
  • Booklist
    The digital counterpart of the American Library Association's Booklist magazine offers current and archived book reviews
  • The Booklist Center
    "The worlds' largest selection of booklists"
  • Building Rainbows
    A site where you can read and discuss book reviews, learn how to write them, and add your own reviews for others to read.
  • CliffsNotes
    "Now that all of the CliffsNotes Literature guides are available free online, there's no reason not to study with the best!"
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
    E-text versions of the author's works, links to critical essays, and information on Poe's life in Baltimore
  • Electronic Text Center of VIRGO
    Digital manuscripts of textbooks and classic teaching works.
  • Encyclopedia Mythica
    "This is an encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, legends, and more. It contains over 6100 definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world."
  • Favorite Poem Project
    What is your favorite poem? Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky wants to know.
  • Greek Mythology Link
    Comprehensive guide to Greek myths, containing sections on major events in Greek mythology, individual entries for divine, mortal, and semi-divine characters, genealogical tables, maps, and a bibliography.
  • Project Gutenberg
    One of the first--and still one of the largest--e-text sites
  • Guys Read
    A web-based literacy program designed to help boys find stuff they like to read.
  • Literary Market Place
    The online directory of the book publishing industry--from Bowker.
  • The Mississippi Writers Page
    The Internet guide to Mississippi writers.
  • The Moonlit Road
    Each month this site will feature new Southern stories of the curious and the paranormal, told by some of the region's best storytellers. If you have the needed software installed, you can listen to the stories. You can also read the text versions.
  • Anniina's Toni Morrison Page
    Links to biographies, bibliographies, and the works of the Nobel Prize-winning American author.
  • Good sites for mystery lovers:
  • The New York Times Book Section
    You must register first, but the Book Review is full text and FREE!
  • Online Literary Criticism Collection
    From the Internet Public Library, 2504 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.
  • The Pulitizer Prizes
    Lists of award winners, information about their award-winning work, and biographical sketches.
    "What we've attempted to accomplish here is to track down book reviews that are available for everyone on the internet, without having to register or pay to read them. We're not interested in just a short blurb or small section of someone else's review. We try to find entire reviews of books that help the reader gather the information they seek to determine if the book is worth their money or not. We prefer reviews that deal with each book at length, but sometimes settle for smaller reviews when lengthier ones are unavailable. For each book listed here, we try to find at least three reviews on different internet sites."
  • The Romance Reader
    Book reviews, features, author interviews--the latest on your favorite romance novels and writers.
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
    All of the plays and the poetry, a search engine, Shakespeare-related links and more.
  • SparkNotes Online Study Guides
    "The only free study guides produced by Harvard students for students everywhere." Guides to Beowulf, The Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet and more.
  • Wright's American Fiction, 1851-1875
    A project to provide full text versions of the nearly 3,000 titles listed in Lyle H. Wright's bibliography of American fiction.
  • Young Adult Books
  • Yahoo's list of literary links

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Updated 4/12/2011