In Latin, the word literature means "things made from letters" and generally has two classifications: fiction and nonfiction and two general techniques: prose and poetry.
Literature, which is defined as written works which have artistic value, such as fiction, satire, poetry, and short stories, is the focus of this category. Additionally, topics which are about literature such things as writers' resources, publications, writers' awards, and electronic literature are are also found here.
With a focus on William Shakespeare, the site provides an online resource for Shakespearean plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, summaries and essays. Other content includes biographical information, a glossary of terms, study guides, and trivia, as well as a list of films that have been made of Shakespeare's works.
Provides opportunities for fans of mystery and crime fiction to come together and share their interests. You can register for the association's next annual event, set to take place in Ottawa. Both agents and writers can register to participate at Bloody Words 2009.
CESAR is a British research website dedicated to studying French theatre in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The website offers two main services: a database and an image bank. You can find period reviews of plays and other information on historical French theatre using this website.
Clay Sanskrit Library
Dedicated to promoting knowledge of the classical Sanskrit language and texts. The website offers a search feature which enables users to browse through Sanskrit literature. Users can also order volumes from the Library.
A reference website where you can learn about open access scholarship, online scholarly publishers and more. The website also has bibliographies to help you go deeper in your understanding of digital scholarship. You can also browse for digital scholarly works here.
East of the Web
Contains a collection of short stories, educational games and other interactive contents for kids of all ages. Includes printable short stories, teaching materials and e-books, which may be browsed by genre, author, or rating.
This archive provides a vast collection of fan fiction materials. This website serves as an interactive community for fan fiction aficionados and holds a great number of fan fiction stories on over thirty languages. The website allows you to browse stories by anime/manga, games, books, movies, TV shows, cartoon, comics and miscellaneous items.
Provides information on hundreds of thousands of fiction books and also contains thousands of fiction author biographies. Book information includes cover picture, description and publication details. Site also features the most popular fiction books/series and also previews upcoming additions.
Governor General's Literary Awards
Maintained by the Canada Council for the Arts, the awards are given each year to the best English-language and the best French-language book in each of seven categories: fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (text), children's literature (illustration), and translation, from French to English. Eligibility requirements, deadlines, and application steps are published.
International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) is an organization that is dedicated to studying and enjoying the fantastic arts. You can find out about the association's annual conference - the 2008 guests of honor include Guy Gavriel Kay and Brian Aldiss.
The Literary Gothic is a cultural website that provides information on authors of gothic literary works. You can search for gothic works by author name and title here. You can also find a guide to conducting research into Gothic literature, including references to published works.
The Literary History that provides an index to scholarship on centuries of British literature, as well as post colonial literature, poetry, Filipino-American literature and African-American literature. All of the website's articles are open access and free, a great resource for students.
Literature for Children
This is a collection of children's literature mostly featuring works published in the United States and Great Britain from sometime before 1850 to beyond 1950, including books from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, archived in the special collections area of the University of Florida, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Technical aspects of the collection are discussed, including color management and help files for using the collection.
Featuring beautiful shayries, love stories, jokes and love poems. Registration is free, but required for participation in the discussion forum.
The MoonTown Cafe is dedicated to providing free poetry, for teens, children and others. The website also provides blogging services to make it easier to share your thoughts. The website also has information on online book publishing as well. You can also share your poetry in the form of videos using the YouTube service.
Read an array of mystery novels from famous mystery writers including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allan Poe. Includes online mystery solvers, games, TV shows and movies, and a discussion forum on the subject of mysteries. Registration is required for participation.
Devoted to the heroes, gods and monsters of Greek mythology, the site offers textual and graphical information on Greek mythology, including lesson plans, contests, and illustrated stories of the heroes of Greek mythology, as well as a Greek mythology adventure game, "Wrath of the Gods."
Nobel Prize in Literature
Established by Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize is awarded by the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, to Nobel Laureates each year since 1901. A biography of Alfred Nobel is presented, and Nobel Laureates throughout history are highlighted, along with its nomination policies, and events.
The Northwest Passages website brings you the riches of Canadian literature on the Web. You can find poetry, drama, fiction, multimedia and non-fiction reading material here. The website has a particular strength in the field of hockey literature. You can also find a list of CanLit websites here.
Offering the English translation, alongside the Russian version, of Pushkin's poetry. The available content includes all of Yevgeny Onegin, and other poems, such as 1829, Winter Evening, and The Gypsies, as well as some early Chekhov short stories.
Reading Group Guides
Features an online community for reading groups and reading group resource, with more than three thousand guides from a variety of publishers available. Its content is searchable by author, title, or subject.
The membership site is intended for authors, publishers, editors and readers, offering three different access plans, offering a variety of plan-specific features, such as web hosting space, personal newsgroups, and special offers for professionals. Books by SFF Net members are available for reading, and there are workshops and online critique groups for authors, discussion areas, and other amenities.
A large online library of short stories with monthly features and additions are featured, including classics and new writing, summaries, biographies and analysis, as well as word games. Fully searchable, the site's content may also be browsed by content categories.
SLAINTE is an online service for library and information professionals in Scotland, hosting the combined work of Scotland's two professional bodies for librarians: the Scottish Library and Information Council and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland. As of January, 2013, the site will no longer be updated but will continue as an archive of joint SLIC and CILIPS initiatives.
Online science fiction magazine that is published every week. Columns, articles, fiction, poetry and more. Support the magazine through donations, online bookstore and purchasing merchandise.
The Literary Encyclopedia
LE is an all-new reference compiled by university teachers throughout the world, intended to integrate current knowledge of literature and culture, and to facilitate an understanding of historical contexts and connections. Individual and librarian subscription plans are available.
The Mummery Book
Authored by Adi Da Samraj, The Mummery Book is Book One of the Orpheum, which tells the story of Raymond Darling, who relinquished the awareness of his divine state to enter a lower world of mortality, and which has been made into a movie. The story and characters of the book are outlined, a video trailer is presented, along with a television interview, endorsements, and donor information.
The Norton Anthology of English Literature
Provides historical and literary information on English literature. Site contains multiple choice quizzes and other tools that help explore the Norton Anthology of Literature more deeply. Also offers an alternative to reading in the form of audio.
The Paris Review
Founded in Paris in 1953, the Paris Review offers in-depth interviews with poets, novelists, playwrights, essayists, critics, musicians, and others in the literary fields. The current issue is published online, and an archive of past issues is available. Subscriptions may be made online.
The Pulitzer Prizes
Established in 1917 by Joseph Pulitzer, the Pulitzer is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and music composition, currently administered by Columbia University. Current and past winners and finalists are featured, along with information on how to enter.
The Readers Room
The Readers Room is an online destination that caters to both readers and writers of fiction. The website allows the convergence of the two essential part of any fiction and provides an array of genres from mystery to horror to thrillers to suspense to true crime. The website also provides book reviews and also features quite interesting sections that include Murder with McBain, Coffee Chats, Critical Jim, The Bell, Close Encounters, Dusty Rhodes, Tour of Duty and a lot more.
The SF Hub
Maintained by the University of Liverpool, the SF Hub is Europe's largest catalogued collection of science fiction material, including the Science Fiction Collection and other literary archives, available by search or through alphabetical index. A description of the collections and scholarship information are included.
This I Believe Inc
This I Believe Inc website is dedicated to fostering a public conversation about beliefs through the form of personal essays. The exercise of writing essays to express your beliefs can help you better understand your beliefs. The website also has essay-writing tips as well. You can also read previously contributed essays here as well as essays in Spanish. Anybody can contribute an essay on belief to this website.
Music company that specializes in country music. You can find reviews and other information about the label's artists, as well as music content customized for mobile devices such as the Blackberry. You can also find out the touring schedule of artists such as George Strait and others.
Urban Legends - About.com
This website contains a vast collection of urban legends, email rumors and internet hoaxes from classics to current. The website also contains articles on urban legends basics, quizzes and other information about netlore: online rumors, hoaxes and legends. The website also allows you to browse legends by topics and also contains blogs and discussion forums.
Established in 2001, Warpcore SF covers science fiction, fantasy, supernatural horror, science and speculative fiction in books, film and, on ocassion, television. Reviews of material from the 1950s onward are posted, and users may take part in polls and quizzes, and leave comments about genre books or films.
Online community for book lovers with reviews on a range of genres, from love classics to popular fiction. Allows users to list, rate and write reviews, find readers with similar interests, browse what other readers are reading and look for recommended books.
The Wine Literature of the World website, created by the State Library of South Australia, shows all the wine related publications held at this library. You can find an amusing wine quiz and a history of South Australian wine growing from this website.
A literary community - publish poems, short stories and diary, review something, discuss in our the forum, find others in the groups, have a look in the calendar of cultural events in the United Kingdom.
Your Story Club
A short story publisher that promotes new authors by publishing their literary work. Pays for the stories liked by its editing staff. Offers a huge online collection of short stories in love and romance, moral, kids, friends, school and sollege, sci-fi, funny, paranormal, and many other categories.