Useful literary websites

Here you will find some useful websites and resources for people studying English and literature related subjects. Please fell free to add to the list as well as structuring the page in a great way. If you spot a broken link, please remove it (or try to find a link to the broken page if it still exists somewhere else)



  • Literature Online Subscription service through the university Athens server (most universities should have an account if you check) This website has digital versions of all out of copyright texts, poems etc, aswell as digitized versions of literary magazines for reading criticism.
  • Early English Books Online Athens Subscription service that contains digital scans of books printed up to 1750 (for scans of shakespeare original folio / quarto etc.)
  • Guardian Books The guardian books website, reviewing contemporary and older literary releases, author biographies and offering discussion boards.


  • Poetry ArchiveReal poets reading their own works. Supported by the arts council of Britain.

A website with formal rhymed poetry on a variety of topics:


Literary Theory, Criticism and Reference

Shakespeare Study notes on Othello, King Lear, Hamlet, Henry IV pt i


Notes on characters, themes, double time scheme, source etc:

Measure for Measure

Medieval Literature

Chaucer Analyses of selected Tales

Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day


Victorian Literature

  • Victorian WebA large, scholarly contributed archive with regards to all aspects of Victorian Literature. Unmissable if you study the period and require everything from quick reference to detailed analysis.

L.P. Hartley

The Go-Between


Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights

Links originally from the thread started by Sehnsucht on TSR Forums.