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General Pages

The British Book Trade Index (Univ. of Birmingham)
"An index of the names and brief biographical details and trade details of people who worked in the book trade in England and Wales and who were trading by 1851." Admirably scholarly.
The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes (1907-21) (Bartleby)
Full text of the old history of English literature. Relevant volumes:
A Dictionary of Sensibility (McGann and Spacks, Virginia)
Class project from a course on "The Novel of Sensibility." Includes primary and secondary bibliographies along with short essays serving to define terms such as "benevolence," "character," "virtue," "sense," and "imagination." Attractive but graphics-heavy.
EDICTA: Early Dictionaries/Dictionnaires Anciens (Early Dictionary Centre, Univ. of Toronto)
Links to a number of early dictionaries in electronic form. In English and French.
Eighteenth-Century Studies (Geoff Sauer, CMU)
Alphabetical metapage of 18th-c. resources; incomplete, and has not been updated in a long time.
Essays on Epistolary Literature (Ellen Moody)
A series of original essays on epistolarity, especially (but not exclusively) in the nineteenth century.
I now have an up-to-date and nearly comprehensive list of available on the Internet.
Ffugiadau Llenyddol / Litterære Falsknerier / Literary Forgeries (Johan Schimanski)
Bibliographies, biographies, essays, and links on a few forgers at the end of the eighteenth century, including Iolo Morganwg (Edward Williams) and Macpherson. With a handy chronological table of forgers around 1800. In Norwegian, Welsh (!), and English.
The Financial Fiction Genre (Roy Davies, Univ. of Exeter Library)
Brief discussions of literature from the 17th century to the present with attention to banking and finance.
Freedom of Press (Ralph McCoy, Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale)
A large annotated bibliography on censorship, including Milton's Areopagitica, Cleland's Fanny Hill, John Wilkes, Thomas Paine, and others.
Handwriting & Script
A big collection of links on deciphering older hands.
The Horatian Voice: Horace, Boileau, Pope (W. C. Dowling, Rutgers)
A project linking Horace's Ars Poetica, Boileau's Art poetique, and Pope's Essay on Criticism. Gives very valuable insight into the 17th- and 18th-c. interpretation and application of one of the most influential Latin critics.
Long s and f
I've collected a list of words where confusing the long s (in typography before 1800) with the letter f will result in a word that will sneak past a spelling-checker.
Pictures of the Past — The 17th and 18th Centuries in Film (Sabine Biebl)
A very fine searchable filmography of movies on the period.
The Voice of the Shuttle
The Voice of the Shuttle, especially the pages on the Restoration and Eighteenth Century and Romantics, is by far the best collection of links.


XVIIIe siècle: bibliographie (Benoît Melançon, Univ. of Montreal)
A superb current bibliography of mostly secondary sources on French literature.
XVIIIe siècle, bibliographie (Bibliothèque nationale du Canada)
A bibliography of current studies in 18th-c. French-language literature.
Bibliography of Regency Romances (Catherine Decker, UCR)
Publication information on several hundred recent romance novels set in the Regency.
Bibliography of Works on Romantic Drama and British Women Playwrights (British Women Playwrights around 1800)
Long enumerative bibliography of scholarship. No annotations.
Bibliography on 18th-c. English Studies (Carole Meyers, Emory)
A list of (mostly) secondary sources on 18th-c. studies. The works listed are useful, but the selection principle is not clear. Not annotated.
c18 Bibliographies On-Line
A growing series of annotated bibliographies on eighteenth-century authors contributed by specialists, providing guidance on standard editions, bibliographies, biographies, and criticism.
Jim May's Bibliographies
"Recent Sources for 18th-Century Studies," a superb collection of extensive, scholarly bibliographies by James E. May of Penn State – Dubois. All are extensive and scholarly, with headnotes and some brief annotations. The current list includes:
Selected Readings (Kevin Berland, PSU)
A series of monthly bibliographies coveringrecent research in all eighteenth-century areas.
Women and Eighteenth-Century English Literature (Martin Maner, Wright State Univ.)
A helpful bibliography of bibliographies, anthologies, journals, and reference sources on 18th-c. English women.

The Novel

18th-Century English Novel Research Guide (WVU)
A good collection of electronic and print resources useful in research on the novel. Links to Web resources are good but not complete.
The Novel in Europe, 1670-1730 (Olaf Simons et al.)
A thorough and scholarly guide to the early novel, sorted by date and topic, with contemporary maps. Thumbs up.


The BCMSV (Univ. of Leeds)
A searchable database of 17th- and 18th-century English verse.
English Poetry 1780-1910
Hypertext editions of English poems at Virginia — Very well edited, although the catalogue is very small now.
Representative Poetry Database (Toronto)
Well-edited electronic texts. Start with the index by dates.

Theatre and Drama

Restoration Atalantis — A Resource for Literature and the Arts of the Restoration (Lynn Eckersley)
A fledgling, but impressive and scholarly, site on the Restoration, especially the drama. Includes E-texts, a bibliography (especially strong on feminist criticism) and links.
Women Playwrights around 1800 (Thomas C. Crochunis and Michael Eberle-Sinatra, Stanford)
An extensive and scholarly archive of Romantic women dramatists, including E-texts, bibliographies, and original essays. Requires frames.
The World of London Theater, 1660-1800 (Patricia Craddock, Florida)
A general view of 18th-c. theatre, asseembled by Craddock and her students. Includes biographies, commentary on works, illustrations, chronologies, bibliographies, a map of London, &c. A work-in-progress.


Attributions of Authorship in The European Magazine, 1782-1826 (Emily Lorraine de Montluzin; Studies in Bibliography)
A companion to her similar bibliography for the Gentleman's Magazine. A searchable list of over 2,000 attributions of anonymous or pseudonymous contributions to the eighty-nine volumes of the magazine. Thoroughly scholarly: O si sic omnes!
Attributions of Authorship in The Gentleman's Magazine (Emily Lorraine de Montluzin; Studies in Bibliography)
Three searchable databases: "An electronic version of James M. Kuist's The Nichols File of the Gentleman's Magazine," "Attributions of authorship in the Gentleman's Magazine, 1731-1868: A Supplement to Kuist," and "A synthesis of finds appearing neither in Kuist's Nichols File nor in de Montluzin's A Supplement to Kuist."
The Quarterly Review Project (Jonathan Cutmore)
Abstracts of all the articles in the QR from 1809 to 1824, along with attributions, bibliographies, and other resources. O si sic omnes! Down as of 20 October 2002: does anyone have a new URL?


Annotated Bibliography on Augustan Satire (Jack Lynch, Rutgers)
Coverage of the most important general accounts of satire in the last half century and some of the most influential treatments of the two most important early eighteenth-century satirists, Pope and Swift, especially since the late sixties.
Theorizing Satire — A Bibliography (Brian A. Connery)
Connery notes that his bibliography "is not intended to be exhaustive and does not pretend to be objective. I've tried to include works which offer general insight into the nature and dynamics of satire, or its tropes and strategies, or which offer an example of the application to satire of a theory of reading or interpretation." Sports several hundred entries, not yet annotated.

The Gothic

Gothic Literature (AOL)
"The Gothic Literature Page is devoted to study of Gothic Literature which flourished in England from 1764 to 1834. This site is intended to provide students and scholars of the Gothic novel access to the growing number of resources available on the web. An introduction to the Gothic novel, collected summaries, papers, critical and bibliographical information and related sites are assembled together to expedite research." Newly reorganized. A good place to start.
Gothic Literature: What the Romantic Writers Read (Douglass Thomson, Georgia Southern Univ.)
"A list of Gothic works read by the major writers of the period 1780-1830." Gothic reading lists for Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, with evidence that the authors read the books in question.
The Gothic: Materials for Study (McGann and Spacks, Virginia)
One of two class projects from a course called "The Novel of Sensibility." Discussions of Gothic psychology, female Gothic, the supernatural, and Gothic drama. Includes an annotated bibliography of several dozen secondary items, most published since the seventies.
The Literary Gothic Page
"A Web site for all things concerned with literary Gothicism, which includes ghost stories, 'classic' Gothic fiction (1764-1820), and related Gothic, supernaturalist, and 'weird' literature prior to the mid-twentieth century." Includes links to other Gothic sites, reviews of books on the Gothic, and a great many links to E-texts. Extensive, but not always scholarly.
The Sickly Taper (Fred Frank, Allegheny College)
Primary and secondary bibliographies on the Gothic, with links to other Web sites. Not strictly 18th-c.

Women Writers

See also several of the bibliographies, above.
Corvey Women Writers on the Web (Sheffield-Hallam)
The goal is "to make fully searchable, peer-reviewed research available to all interested academics, scholars and researchers. ... Focuses on the 1,065 English belles-lettres titles — around 3,000 volumes — by women authors," 1796-1834. Now just bibliographical information, no full-text. Still, very extensive, very scholarly.
The Bluestocking Archive (Elizabeth Fay, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston)
"This archive assumes a deep relation between the intellectual and social movement of the Bluestockings, the culture and cult of Sensibility and High Romanticism. It is an archive of texts by or relating to the eighteenth-century British Bluestocking Circle and the second generation Blues, including predecessor texts, and literature of sensibility as it is derived from the Bluestockings' concerns with aesthetics, and with women's aesthetic achievements."
The Other Eighteenth Century: Women's Poetry and the Canon (Patricia Craddock, Univ. of Florida)
A course page, with links and original materials for many women poets, including Behn, Montagu, Carter, Leapor, Mulso (Chapone), Lennox, Baillie, and Robinson.
British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832 (BWRP) (Nancy Kushigan)
A library of electronic texts edited from originals in the Shields Library, Univ. of California, Davis. Texts are in SGML.
Works by Women and Anonymous Writers, 1770-1830, in the Rare Book Collection of Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania (Judith Pascoe, Univ. of Iowa)
A useful index of late-century and Romantic women authors in one of the best collections of fiction of the period.
British Women's Novels (Cathy Decker, UCR)
Brief annotated guide to some important late-century and Romantic novels by women.
Women Romantic Writers (A. Craciun, Loyola Univ., Chicago)
Catalogue of electronic texts, cultural and visual resources, and relevant Web sites.
Women of the Romantic Period (Texas)
"This interactive hypertext uses Richard Polwhele's poem 'The Unsex'd Females' to introduce students and scholars alike to some of the British Romantic Period's foremost female contributors." Heavily glossed text of Polwhele's poem, with biographical material on the women mentioned in it.
The Lady's Magazine; or, Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex
Selections from the magazine from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

French Literature

ARTFL Project (Chicago)
The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language, a cooperative project of the Institut National de la Langue Franaise (INaLF) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Divisions of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Chicago. A database of nearly 2,000 texts available to subscribers only, and a great many other resources on French literature.
ARTFL Encyclopédie
The complete text of the Encyclopédie (1751-1772). Available only to ARTFL subscribers, but absolutely indispensable.
La Litterature française du XVIIIe siècle (UTM)
A big collection of (unannotated) links.
Textes et études en français
Confessions de Rousseau, Châtiments de Hugo, Spleen de Paris de Baudelaire, Sonnet, Maupassant, and others.
Le Théâtre de la foire à Paris (Barry Russell, Oxford)
French fairground theatre of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Calendrier des spectacles sous Louis XIV, 1659-1715 (Barry Russell)
An in-progress catalogue of all performances — theatre, opera, ballet — in Louisquatorzean France. Very impressive.
Textes Rares
A collection of images and transcriptions of rare French texts from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Impressive.
Théâtrales (André G. Bourassa, UQAM, and Barry Russell, Oxford)
Extensive information on French theatre.
Soleinne: Table des pièces de théâtre décrites dans la catalogue de la bibliothèque de M. de Soleinne par Charles Brunet (1914)
An index to the large collection of early French theatrical resources.
Enlightened Discourse: 18th-Century French Writings (David Gatwood, UTM)
A big but unannotated list of links on 18th-c. French literature.
Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française (ARTFL Project, Chicago)
Several editions of the Dictionnaire (in French).
Académie Desprez
Information on the Académie: "Since 1999 its mission consists of contributing to the international development and the range of influence of Drottningholms Slottsteater and its museum." Largely concerned with 18th-c. French-Swedish relations. Pages in English, French, and Swedish.

German Literature

Projekt Gutenberg — DE
Several hundred German E-texts in plain text form. Includes Bürger, Eichendorff, Goethe, the Brothers Grimm, Hölderlin, Herder, Kant, Klopstock, Kotzebue, Lavater, Leibniz, Lessing, Novalis, Schiller, the Schlegels, and Tieck. Requires frames.
Zedler, Lexikon: Stichwortsuche und Images
In-progress set of page images from Zedler's Universal-Lexikon (1732). In German.
Retrospektive Digitalisierung wissenschaftlicher Rezensionsorgane und Literaturzeitschriften des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem deutschen Sprachraum
Page images from sixteen 18th- and 19th-c. German periodicals. In German.

Italian Literature

Associazione di Studi Sismondiani
Information on the Association in English, French, and Italian.


Joseph Addison

The Latin Prose and Poetry of Joseph Addison: A Hypertext Edition (Dana F. Sutton, Univ. of California, Irvine)
An extensive edition of Addion's Latin works.
The Spectator Text Project (Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities, Rutgers University)
Text of The Spectator (so far incomplete), with extensive commentary, contexts, and links to other contemporary periodicals. Very ambitious.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen Info Page (Henry Churchyard)
The most extensive Austen page on the Web, including texts (many with rudimentary annotations), a biographical sketch, a few images, a selected bibliography, as well as some jokes and other jeux d'esprit.
American Society of Jane Austen Scholars (Univ. of Georgia and Univ. of Wisconsin-Whitewater)
Includes the on-line journal Austen Quarterly (in fact semi-annual) and links to other Austen resources.
Jane Austen Society of North America
An extensive site on Austen for both scholars and Janeites. Includes the on-line journal Persuasions.
Guide to the Jane Austen Collection, Goucher College
A list of items in the extensive collection at Goucher College.
The Jane Austen Homepage (Geocities)
A fan page, more popular than scholarly. Like all Geocities sites, irritatingly commercial.
Calendars for Jane Austen's Novels (Ellen Moody, GMU)
Handy and extensive chronologies to the novels.
An attractive and extensive guide to Austen resources, with E-texts, introductory commentary, bibliography, links, and more. Very well done.
Jane Austen (Mitsuharu Matsuoka, Nagoya Univ.)
An extensive collection of Austen links.
Jane Austen's House
Information on the house in Chawton, with visitor's information.
Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England
Information on the Centre and its publications, with a few links to other resources and a chat group.
Jane Austen Society of the United Kingdom
Information on the Society, with a brief biography, images, discussions of costume, and links.
Jane Austen Society of Australia (JASA)
Information on the Society and its publications and events.
Jane Austen Society of Melbourne
Information on the Society.

Joanna Baillie

Joanna Baillie: An Annotated Bibliography (Ken Bugajski, Romanticism on the Net)
A very extensive annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Very impressive.

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

The Anna Laetitia Barbauld Web Site (Lisa Vargo and Allison Muri, Univ. of Saskatchewan)
Hypertext editions of Barbauld's poetry and prose, with a chronology and several works of criticism from the eighteenth century to the present. Requires frames.
Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld (1743-1825) (Celebration of Women Writers, Penn)
A brief but intelligent biography, with selections from her works and a bibliography of primary texts.
Anna Barbauld, Prose Works (Molly Beverstein and Laura Mandell)
Primary texts, with a very rudimentary biography and critical essay. More is promised.

Pierre Bayle

Pierre Bayle Home Page (Gianluca Mori, Italy)
An extensive collection of material on Bayle in French, English, and Italian. Includes primary and secondary bibliographies, E-texts, news, and links.


The Beaumarchais Page
A brief biography and chronology. In English.

William Beckford

The Beckford Project (Kevin Berland, Penn State)
Beckford links and a description of the project to catalogue his massive library.
The William Beckford Website (Dick Claésson, Göteborg University)
An impressive site on Beckford, including biographical and critical information, links, and facsimiles of several of his works. Everything, including the site's text, is done as graphics; pages load slowly and are unavailable to those with plain-text browsers.

Aphra Behn

Annotated Bibliography on Oroonoko (Jack Lynch, Rutgers)
Covers mostly articles since 1985.
The Aphra Behn Society Homepage (Emory)
Information on the Society and newsletters.
The Aphra Behn Page (Ruth Nestvold)
Chronology, links, E-texts, and original essays.
The Incomparable Astrea: An Introduction to Aphra Behn (Susan Harwood Kaczmarczik)
An introduction to Behn's life and work. Includes an original essay, a short bibliography, and Web links.

William Blake

The Blake Archive (Morris Eaves, Robert Essick, and Joseph Viscomi, Virginia)
The most important (and impressive) Blake resource on the Web. Superb reproductions of Blake's engravings and careful transcriptions of his text, with new works and copies of works added regularly. O si sic omnes!
Digital Blake Project (Nelson Hilton, Univ. of Georgia)
A graphics-intensive hypertext edition of the Songs, along with the complete Erdman text of Blake's poems.
Blake eE Concordance
Concordance to the on-line Erdman edition of Blake.
The Blake Multimedia Project (Steve Marx, CalPoly)
Limited demonstration of "a hypertext interactive edition that displays the plates on a monitor or projects them on a screen. It allows the user to call up glossaries, critical intepretations, explications and magnifications of details, comparisons to other plates, and teaching exercises in print and audio modes."
Blake Online Archive (Seth Ross, AlbionBooks)
Web archive of "an electronic conference & mailing list dedicated to the life & work of William Blake."
Blake Web (David W. Downie, Univ. of Nebraska)
Part of an MA thesis on Blake, including a short biography, links to the works, and many color facsimiles of the plates (provenance is not identified). Heavy on graphics and music; requires frames.
Blake Page (Richard Record)
A big collection of electronic texts and color graphics of the plates (the source of the plates is not identified).
Willam Blake Online (Tate Britain)
An extensive and snazzy-looking exhibition on Blake's life and works, both literary and visual.
Annotated bibliographies
A series of annotated bibliographies at the University of Georgia:

James Boswell

Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell
Information on the editorial project at Yale.
James Boswell page (Chris Whiley, Geocities)
Includes a short biography and a shorter bibliography of primary sources, along with links to many bits of Boswelliana on the Net. Like all Geocities sites, irritatingly commercial.
The Sons of Ayrshire (Tom Kinsella, Stockton State)
Brief hypertext guide to Boswell and Burns.
Guide to Boswell and Burns (OGI)
Backgrounds, commentaries, and texts of two short pieces by Boswell and two by Burns.
The Biographer, the Bluestocking, and the Great Cham (
An extensive fan site, with useful bibliographical information. Hosted by Geocities, and like all Geocities sites, filled with distracting commercials.

Sir Thomas Browne

Sir Thomas Browne (James Eason, Chicago)
Texts by Browne and others, with original annotations. Very scholarly, very impressive.

John Bunyan

International John Bunyan Society
Information relating mostly to the society (as opposed to Bunyan himself), with information on forthcoming conferences.

Frances Burney

Cecilia by Frances Burney: A Study Guide (Cathy Decker, UCR)
Brief bibliography, guide to characters, and discussion questions.

Robert Burns

The Sons of Ayrshire (Tom Kinsella, Stockton State)
Brief hypertext guide to Boswell and Burns.
Guide to Boswell and Burns (OGI)
Backgrounds, commentaries, and texts of two short pieces by Boswell and two by Burns.
Robert Burns, 1759-1796: A Bicentenary Exhibition from the G. Ross Roy Collection (Univ. of South Carolina)
On-line catalogue of an extensive exhibition from 1996. The text is limited, but the images are well chosen.
The Vocabulary of Robbie Burns
A simple glossary of Burns's Scots dialect.
Burns Country: The Official Robert Burns Site
Unscholarly and commercial, but bustling with stuff, including the full text of The Burns Encyclopedia (1959).
Robert Burns Tribute: Burns Supper, Haggis, Poems and More
A well-executed fan site.
Robert Burns 1759-1796, A Tribute to Scotland's National Bard
Another fan site, again with original essays.
The Robert Burns Federation
Information on the Federation, with notes for students and an archive of original scholarly papers.

George Gordon, Lord Byron

Byron Chronology (Ann R. Hawkins, Romantic Circles)
Extensive, searchable, hypertext chronology of Byron's life. Scholarly and thorough. O si sic omnes!
Don Juan, or Europe Unmasked
"The site establishes Don Juan as the guiding spirit of a new educational tool for the exploration of European literature, art, religion and society in the 17th century." In French and English.
Lord Byron: A Comprehensive Study of His Life and Work
Far from comprehensive, but not a bad introduction. Biographical sketch, brief biography, images, and selected works.
George Gordon, Lord Byron (Jeffrey Hoeper)
The full text of E. H. Coleridge's biography, with E-texts, facsimiles of Byron's handwriting, quotations, and a few links.
Byron Index Page (L. J. Webb)
An unscholarly fan page, but with useful information on Byron's life and reputation.
Lord George Gordon Byron — Life and Art
Another fan site, with more biographical sketches and links (many obsolete).

Thomas Chatterton

The Thomas Chatterton Society
Information on the Society and its activities, with E-texts and links.
Thomas Chatterton
Unscholarly fan site, with biographical sketch, short E-texts, and links.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

S. T. Coleridge Home Page (Virginia)
An important and extensive archive, mostly of primary texts, but also with chronologies, recommended reading, a glossary, &c.

George Colman the Younger

George Colman the Younger (William Burling, Southwest Missouri State, and Martin Wood, Univ. of Wisconsin – Eau Claire)
Overview of Colman's works, with biography, a bibliography, catalogue of correspondence, and a portrait.

Abraham Cowley

The Abraham Cowley Text and Image Archive (Daniel Kinney, Virginia)
"This archive has been gathered to illuminate Cowley's engagements with various registers of visual imagery and with the complex material culture it did, and still does, much to shape." Centered on the Plantarum libri sex. Two complete texts and dozens of relevant page images — some from Cowley's works, others from books and paintings that may have influenced or inspired Cowley.

William Cowper

Cowper/Newton Museum, Olney
Information on the two hymnodists, their times, and the museum.

Mary Delany

Mary Delany Home Page (Alain Kerhervé, Geocities)
A brief site, in French, on Kerhervé's research on Delany, with a few links to other sites. Like all Geocities sites, irritatingly commercial.

Henri-Joseph Du Laurens

Henri-Joseph Du Laurens (1719-1793)
Biography, bibliographies, and some E-texts. Impressively thorough. In French.

Maria Edgeworth

English Men of Letters: Maria Edgeworth (1905) (Celebration of Women Writers, Penn)
Text of the early study by Emily Lawless.

Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, the African (Brycchan Carey)
The best place to start for information on Equiano. Includes a bibliography, maps of Equiano's travels, selections from his Narrative, portraits, and links.
The Equiano Foundation
Brief biography and information on the Foundation.
Ola udah Equiano (1745-1797) (Angelo Costanzo)
Notes on teaching the Narrative in the context of American literature.

Ann Finch, Countess of Winchilsea

I On Myself Can Live: An Unfinished Study of Ann Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (Ellen Moody, GMU)
Opening chapters of an in-progress biographical study.
Chronology of Ann Finch's Poems (Ellen Moody, GMU)
Short timeline of Finch's life with notes on the poems.
Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (Celebration of Women Writers, Penn)
Short biography and primary bibliography, with links to some poems on-line.

William Godwin

Go dwin Graphics (Pitzer's Anarchist Archives)
Nine engravings of Godwin and Wollstonecraft.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Jane K. Brown, Univ. of Washington)
Long encyclopedia-style biography with illustrations and a bibliography of works.
Goethe Page (Gonçalo L. Fonseca, Johns Hopkins)
Links to texts in English and German, biographies, chronology, bibliographies.
Faust Study Questions (Paul Brian, WSU)
Long discussion of Faust for students.
Goethe Page (Katharena Eiermann)
An extensive (although not scholarly) collection of Goethe resources, including biography, interpretive essays, and selected works.
Information on the Institute in English and German. Goethe himself is a small part of the Institute's focus on German language and culture.
Faust Study Questions (Paul Brians, Washington State Univ.)
An extensive study guide for students. Introductory, but pleasingly thorough and reliable.
Goethe's Faust (Pam Mack, Clemson)
Class notes. Sketchy (they're notes, not an essay), but useful for students.

Mme de Graffigny

Correspondance de Mme de Graffigny (J. A. Dainard, Univ. of Toronto)
Searchable index of the Graffigny's correspondents with a bibliography.

Thomas Gray

The Thomas Gray Archive: An Interactive Hypermedia Repository (Alexander Huber)
An attractive and scholarly edition of the fourteen poems published in Gray's lifetime, with extensive and collaborative commentary. Also includes biography, a chronology, images, and a bibliography. First-rate: O si sic omnes!

Elizabeth Griffith

Elizabeth Griffith Homepage (Cynthia B. Ricciardi, Bridgewater State College)
Brief biography and bibliography, with more promised.

Mary Hays

Mary Hays Website (Eleanor Ty, Wilfrid Laurier Univ.)
A brief biography, bibliography, extracts from the works, and links by one of Hays's modern editors.

Eliza Haywood

Eliza Haywood (Catherine Ingrassia, VCU)
A chronology and an extensive (but not annotated) bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt (Peter Landry)
Quotations and a the texts of a few essays. Unscholarly but well done.

Felicia Hemans

Felicia Hemans (Celebration of Women Writers, Penn)
Short biography and primary bibliography, with links to some poems on-line.
Bibliography of Felicia Hemans (Nanora Sweet, Univ. of Missouri, St. Louis)
An extension of the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature.
Chronology of Felicia Hemans and Her Milieu (Nanora Sweet, Univ. of Missouri, St. Louis)
A straightforward timeline of the major dates.

William Hone

William Hone BioText (Kyle Grimes, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham)
"William Hone (1780-1842) was a prominent radical writer, parodist, antiquarian and publisher during the early decades of the nineteenth century." The site consists of a biography, E-texts, and several bibliographies of primary and secondary works.

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson Page (Jack Lynch, Rutgers)
An index of Web pages on Johnson, including a comprehensive bibliography of recent scholarship.
A Guide to Samuel Johnson (Jack Lynch, Rutgers)
My own introduction to Johnson's life and works; includes annotated bibliographies.
Johnsonian Bibliography, 1985- (Jack Lynch, Rutgers)
A comprehensive bibliography of studies of Samuel Johnson since 1985. A print version from AMS press covers everything through 1998; the searchable on-line version is regularly updated.
The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page (Frank Lynch)
Hundreds of documented quotations, organized into topical groups and searchable.
Doctor Johnson's Page (SFSU)
Mostly quotations.
Penn State Archive for Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets (Kathleen Kemmerer)
Full texts of the Lives. Not yet complete.
Johnson Society of Australia
Information on the Society.
The Johnson Society of the Central Region
Information on the society, including its newsletter and notices of its meetings.
The Johnson Society of London
Information on the Society.
Dr Johnson's House (Gough Square)
An illustrated guide to the house in London.
Addenda and Corrigenda to J. D. Fleeman, A Bibliography of the Writings of Samuel Johnson, 1731-1984
James McLaverty of Keele University has been keeping track of errors and omissions in Fleeman's monumental bibliography.
The Lichfield Rambler (Johnson Society, Lichfield)
Information on the Society, its publications, and events.

John Keats

Keats-Shelley Journal
Information on the journal (not available on-line), with events announcements and links to other Keats and Shelley resources.
Keats-Shelley Journal Bibliography (Romantic Circles)
Extensive and scholarly bibliography of Romantic-period writers, updated regularly. O si sic omnes!
Keats and Shelley House, Rome
Attractive, but of more use to tourists visiting the house than to scholars. Graphics-heavy, and requires frames.
John Keats: A Comprehensive Study of His Life and Work
A misleading title for an unscholarly, but not bad, introduction. Includes a biography, chronology, images, and selections from the works.
A sharp-looking fan site, with a brief biography, poems, and letters.

Anne Killigrew

Anne Killigrew (Celebration of Women Writers, Penn)
Brief biography.

Letitia Elizabeth Landon (LEL)

Letitia Elizabeth Landon Page (Glenn Dibert-Himes, Sheffield-Hallam Univ.)
An extensive collection of material on LEL, including a biographical sketch, critical essays, a few texts, and a large bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Mary Leapor

The Poetry of Mary Leapor (1722-46) (Laura Mandell, Miama Univ. of Ohio)
Electronic texts.

Charlotte Ramsay Lennox

Charlotte Ramsay Lennox (Devoney Looser and George Justice, Missouri)
Biographical sketch and bibliographies of primary works, early reviews, and recent scholarship. Well done.

Edmond Malone

The Malone Society
Information on the Society and its publications.

Pietro Metastasio

Metastasio Website Home Page (Don Neville, Univ. of Western Ontario)
A guide to Metastasio's works, with several bibliographies and an extensive database.

John Milton

The Milton-L Home Page (Kevin Creamer)
A site to support Kevin Creamer's excellent mailing list. Includes chronologies, E-texts, book reviews, events, &c.
Milton Review (Kevin Creamer)
on-line review of Milton studies.
John Milton Reading Room (Thomas Luxon, Dartmouth)
Good, reliable E-texts of Milton's works, some with commentary and textual variants, along with a Selected Bibliography of Criticism, 1987-1996.
Milton's Works and Life: Select Studies and Resources (R. G. Siemens, Univ. of Alberta)
iEMLS reproduces Siemens's extensive bibliography, with useful commentary, from The Cambridge Companion to Milton, 2nd ed. Over 300 items. Mighty impressive.
John Milton Website (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil)
Information on Milton, including biography, bibliographies, events, and original essays, in both Portuguese and English.
Milton at Otago (John Hale)
Some resources local to Otago, but a good miscellaneous collection of Milton material.


Site Molière (Philippe Parker)
Complete texts in French, along with links. The host fills the site with terribly irritating and intrusive commercials.

Thomas Love Peacock

Thomas Love Peacock Society
A great many E-texts of Peacock's novels and poetry, a complete list of works, biographical and critical excerpts, a chat group, and links. Very extensive.

Katherine Philips ("Orinda")

Poetry of Katherine Fowler Philips (
Very brief discussion of her life and several poems.

Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi

Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi (Devoney Looser and George Justice, Missouri)
Biographical and bibliographical information by a pair of authorities.

Alexander Pope

The Rape of the Lock Home Page (S. Constantine, Univ. of Massachusetts)
Brief biography of Pope, background on the Rape, Pope chronology, and a sparsely annotated E-text of the poem.
Alexander Pope's Homepage: Your Connection to 18th Century Literature, Travel, and Suicide Prevention (Geocities)
Chatty page providing portraits and a few works for Pope, Behn, Cibber, Gay, Dryden, Hogarth, and Swift. Like all Geocities sites, irritatingly commercial.
Engraving from Pope's Rape of the Lock (Jeffrey Barr, Univ. of Florida)
Images from two editions of The Rape, which can be compared in frames.

Matthew Prior

The Matthew Prior Project (H. Bunker Wright, Richard B. Kline, and Deborah Kempf Wright, Miami Univ.)
A major scholarly project to produce a searchable index of all of the 3,000 letters to and from Prior. They hope to add transcriptions as they become available.

Ann Radcliffe

The Life of Ann Radcliffe (Rictor Norton)
Synopsis of Mistress of Udolpho, the first full-scale biography of Radcliffe.

Mary Darby Robinson

Mary Robinson — Bibliography (Laura Runge)
"An unofficial list of all works by and about Mary Darby Robinson, divided into Primary Texts, Biographical Works, Critical Discussions and Other." Admirably scholarly.
Mary Darby Robinson (Celebration of Women Writers, Penn)
Biography, illustrations, selected works, parimary bibliography.

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

John Wilmot — Earl of Rochester (Mark Ynys-Mon)
Several poems and a brief biographical sketch.
John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester (Ealasaid A. Haas)
Materials from an undergraduate honors thesis, including the thesis itself and several of Rochester's poems.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, citoyen de Genève
An introduction to Rousseau's life and works; part of Geneva Online. Not very scholarly, but the bibliographies and brief sketches are useful. In French. Requires frames.

Marquis de Sade

The Marquis de Sade (Neil Schaeffer)
A chronology, biographical notes, and a bibliography.

Ignatius Sancho

Ignatius Sancho: African Man of Letters (Brycchan Carey, Univ. of London)
Jekyll's life, an annotated bibliography, selections from Sancho's letters, and links, with more to come. Very impressive.
Ignatius Sancho: A Bibliography (Brycchan Carey, Univ. of London)
Extensive and annotated bibliography of primary and secondary works.

Sir Walter Scott

Waverley Hypertext Homepage (Andre Monnickendam)
Hypertext edition of Scott's Waverley, including commentary and contexts. Useful summaries of the views of major critics.

Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury

The Third Earl of Shaftesbury Bibliography (Laurent Jaffro, UFR)
An extensive but unannotated secondary bibliography on Shaftesbury. Text is in French; the cited items are in English, French, German, and Italian. Very scholarly.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Chronology & Resource Site (Shanon Lawson, Delaware; Romantic Circles)
Thorough and accurate timeline, along with the texts of early reviews and a short secondary bibliography.
Hail Mary Shelley for Her Frankenstein Exercise of Mind
An unscholarly reading of the novel.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Keats-Shelley Journal
Edited by Steven Jones. Information on the journal (not available on-line), with events announcements and links to other Keats and Shelley resources.
Keats-Shelley Journal Bibliography
The annual bibliography of recent scholarship.
Keats and Shelley House, Rome
Attractive, but of more use to tourists visiting the house than to scholars. Graphics-heavy, and requires frames.
Desperately Seeking Shelley: PBS Sites/Sights 1999-2000 (Darby Lewes and Bob Stiklus)
Photographs and discussions of the places in Shelley's life, in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Switzerland, and Italy.

Arend Fokke Simonsz

Arend Fokke Simonsz (1755-1812)
Biographies and a brief essay. Parts in Dutch and English.

Mme de Staël

Société des études staliennes
Information on the Society, including original scholarship. Impressive.

Laurence Sterne

Annotated Bibliography of Criticism on Tristram Shandy (Jack Lynch, Rutgers)
Comments on selected scholarly publications, mostly since 1978.
The Shandean
Information on the print journal, with tables of contents.
Vienna Web
Laurence Sterne is at the center of the University of Vienna's off-the-wall philosophy Web site. (Down?)
Laurence Sterne in Cyberspace (Masaru Uchida, Gifu Univ., Japan)
Electronic texts (including hypertexts), bibliographies, and miscellaneous essays.

Jonathan Swift

Gulliver's Travels Chronology (Lee Jaffee)
A big timeline of things related to Swift and Gulliver.
Gulliver's Travels Bibliography (Lee Jaffee)
Extensive bibliography of secondary sources on Swift, Gulliver, and their background.
Ehrenpreis Institut für Swift Studien (Münster)
Information (in German) on the Institute.
Swift Conference Series
Information on the annual symposia in the Dean Swift Seminar Series, including programs and papers.


Candide: Illustrations of a Classic (Univ. Library of Trier, Germany)
An exhibition on Voltaire's Candide, with electronic texts in several languages, hundreds of images, and an extensive bibliography. O si sic omnes!
Voltaire Foundation (Oxford)
Information on the Foundation and its publications. Includes a few electronic texts and images.
The Voltaire Society of America (Chicago)
Information on the Society, with a few images and news on Voltaire.
Notes on Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary (Paul Brians, Washington State Univ.)
Solid study guide for students. A good introduction.

Jacob Campo Weyerman

Jacob Campo Weyerman (1677-1747)
General information on Weyerman in English and Dutch.

William Wordsworth

Lyrical Ballads Hypertext Project (Bruce Graver and Ronald Tetreault)
In-progress scholarly hypertext edition showing the various states of the poems in Lyrical Ballads. Requires frames.
Lyrical Ballads Bicentenary Project (Ron Tetreault and Bruce Graver, Dalhousie)
Several of Wordsworth's poems in page images, diplomatic transcriptions, and elaborate hypertext collations. Very impressive. Requires frames.
Wordsworth Variorum Archive (James M. Garrett)
In-progress edition of Wordsworth's poetry, showing the variants from all a number of editions. Requires frames.
History of Composition and Select Bibliography of The Prelude (Laura Mandell, Miami Univ., Ohio)
Background information, bibliographies for several of the books of the Prelude, and transcriptions of the most important passages in the poem.
Locating Lyrical Ballads
A useful set of resources prepared by students for students. Includes notes on the poems.
TCG's Wordsworth Page (USD)
Quotations, links, and a few transcriptions. Bad color scheme makes it hard to read.
The Wordsworth Trust, Centre for British Romanticism
Information on the Trust and Dove Cottage.