Lixl-Purcell's German Studies Trails on the Internet includes resources on literature, particularly Goethe.
*On Book will help you upgrade from those 4th grade book reports to the kind of stuff you're expected to produce in high school and college. The site contains definitions of literary terms, brief explanations of a variety of literary theories, directions for doing various kinds of literary analysis, and links to other resources on the Web.
*The Oracle of Ioxias will answer email questions about classical literature (Ask about any Latin or Greek author: recent questions answered on Sophocles, Euripides, Homer, Virgil, Horace, Aeschylus, Theocritus - also comparisons with Shakespeare, Miller. Ask about plots, characters, interpretation - anything!) usually within 48 hours.
The University of Minnesota has put together an excellent site which includes biographical information, portrait, bibliographical information, and a set of related links to women writers who are African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, and Native-American. (America does not just mean United States, by the way.)
Links to children's and young adult literature resources may be found on the Children's Literature Web.
The Internet Poetry Archive
The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250 - 1900 is part of Columbia University's Bartleby Library. Poetry is listed chronologically, by author, title, and index of first lines, and you may search by keyword, also.
All 154 of Shakespeare's Sonnets, searchable by number or keyword.
American Literary Classics: a chapter a day has 25 classics ready to be read on or offline
An Anthology of Medieval Literature 1350 - 1485
The Classics Archive features Greek and Roman texts searchable by author, title, and so on.
The University of Virginia has a collection of Western European Literature in the original languages (Catalan to Swedish...kinda cool, huh?) and some in translation.
This is Legends, exploring the history, literature, and lore surrounding Robin Hood, King Arthur, Pirates & Privateers, and other swashbuckling characters of balladry, fiction, and film, from The Queen of Elfland to Zorro.
The entire works of William Shakespeare are available in hypertext-searchable form. Links to other related sources are provided, too.
The largest public collection of literature online is available from Columbia University's Project Bartleby.
Don't forget Alex, another immense database of online texts.
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