World Literature II

Helpful and Entertaining Links for Selected Authors
(listed alphabetically by last name)

General Interest
Chinua Achebe (b. 1930)
  • Achebe Overview -- From the Post-Colonial African Literature site at Brown University

  • Achebe Web Index --  An extensive list of links on Achebe and related subjects (Cora Agatucci, Central Oregon CC)

  • Nigeria Page -- Learn more about Achebe's homeland and the setting of Things Fall Apart (Ali B. Dinar, Univ. of Pennsylvania)
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)
William Blake (1757-1827)
Robert Browning (1812-1889)
Octavia Butler (1947-      )
Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)
  • Daniel Defoe Page -- Bibliography and short bio.  Roger Blackwell Bailey, San Antonio College

  • Alexander Selkirk --Defoe's model for Crusoe was Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor stranded for four years on Juan Fernandez Island off the coast of Chile.  This is an account of his rescue in 1709.

  • Robinson Crusoe Island -- Yes, you can tour Crusoe's island.  Just don't tell them Defoe made the whole thing up

  • Castaway -- The Tom Hanks film based on the tribulations of a modern-day Crusoe
Don DeLillo (1936-     )
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
  • The Dickens Page -- The most comprehensive Dickens page on the web, created and maintained by Mitsuharu Matsuoka

  • Charles Dickens:  An Overview -- A store of information on Dickens, from one of the first literature sites on the Internet, George Landow's The Victorian Web

  • The Dickens Project -- A site prepared by Dickens scholars promoting "the study and enjoyment of the life, times, and works of Charles Dickens"

  • Dickens Concordance -- Who drinks "negus"?  How many times does Mr. Micawber say "pecuniary"?  Use this on-line concordance to find where and how often Dickens used a particular word in his works.

  • David Copperfield on TV-- Official sites for two recent television productions of the novel.  December 2000 TNT version featured Seinfeld's Michael Richards as Wilkins Micawber.  PBS aired a three-part BBC production in April 2000 starring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame.

  • Greenwood's 1827 Map of London -- Blackfriars?  Lincolns Inn Fields?  Camden Town?  Use this map to explore London as it would have appeared during the time period in which David Copperfield is set.  John Snow's 1859 Map of London, printed around the time Dickens was writing Great Expectations, bears witness to the dramatic expansion the city underwent.  Also of interest is Charles Booth's 1889 Map of London, which indicated the standard of living in different sections of the city. 

  • A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations -- From magic-lantern shows to Hollywood, this site explores the many attempts over the past 150 years to adapt Dickens's story to other media. 

  • John Leech's Original Illustrations for A Christmas Carol -- As with most of his novels, Dickens worked with an illustrator for the first edition of Carol in 1843. 

  • A Tale of Two Cities:  The Musical -- Information about a recent musical production of Dickens's novel
James Dickey (1923-1997)
  • James Dickey Society -- Scholarly organization devoted to the study of Dickey's life and works
  • James Dickey Page -- Helpful background and links.  Maintained by Eric Stamey. 
  • Dickey's Poetry -- Although he is most well-known for his novel Deliverance, Dickey devoted most of his attention to poetry.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
  • Emily Dickinson International Society --  Background and useful links.  In their own words, "a forum for appreciation of Emily Dickinson's life and writings and for scholarly research on Dickinson and on her relation to the tradition of American poetry and women's literature." 

  • Emily Dickinson Homestead -- Dickinson's home in Amherst, Massachusetts is now a historic landmark.  Learn more about where and how she lived. 
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  -- Biography with         illustrations and a bibliography of works  (Jane K. Brown, University of Washington) 

  • Goethe Page  -- Links to texts in English and German, biography, bibliography, and chronology (Gonçalo L. Fonseca, Johns Hopkins University)
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
  • Hawthorne Home Page -- Comprehensive site containing all of  Hawthorne's works, annotated editions, and links to many useful sites (Eric Eldred, Edritch Press)

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Society -- Scholarly organization devoted to the study of Hawthorne's life and works

  • Salem, Massachusetts -- Notorious for witch trials, Salem is also Hawthorne's birthplace and was a thriving colonial port.  Worth a visit the next time you are in the Northeast.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
  • Views of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris -- Photographic tour of Notre Dame.
  • Gothic Novel Page
  • Brief History of Photography -- Hugo's interest in historic preservation and the "picturesque," shared by other writers and artists of the Romantic movement, in many ways anticipated the invention of photography in 1839, eight years after the publication of Notre-Dame de Paris.  This daguerreotype of a Paris boulevard is believed to be the first photograph ever taken (look for the person getting his shoe shined in the lower left corner). 
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
  • Soma Web -- All kinds of information and links related to Huxley and Brave New World

  • Out of Sight -- A recent profile of Huxley by Clive James in the New Yorker.
  • A Defence of Paradise Engineering --  This critical response to Brave New World calls it "one of the most bewitching and insidious works of literature ever written."

  • Metropolis -- Informative site devoted to Fritz Lang's 1926 cinematic vision of the future.   Considered by many to be the first science fiction film.   
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Toni Morrison (1931-    )  
V. S. Naipaul (1932-    )  
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
  • Gulliver's Travels -- Prepared by Lee Jaffe, an excellent site devoted entirely to Swift's Gulliver's Travels

  • Jonathan Swift  -- The Swift page at Brown University
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
  • Tennyson Overview -- A store of information on Tennyson from The Victorian Web (George Landow, Brown University)

  • The Tennyson Page -- Many useful links, including musical settings of Tennyson's poetry (Andrew Chandler)

  • The Pre-Raphaelite Critic -- A comprehensive site devoted to the Pre-Raphaelites, an influential group of Victorian artists who found inspiration in Tennyson's works.  Well-known paintings include John Everett Millais' "Mariana", and two versions of "The Lady of Shalott", by William Holman Hunt and John W. Waterhouse.
H. G. Wells (1866-1946)
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
  • Virgina Woolf Links -- A comprehensive list of links on Woolf and modernism (Elisa Kay Sparks, Clemson Univ.)

  • Virginia Woolf Webring -- Created by Rose Norman to "bring together sites that deal with Virginia Woolf or her work, and to provide an easy and fun way to navigate through them"
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884-1937)

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