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Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg claims to be the first and largest single collection of free electronic books available online. With over 15,000 complete and freely downloadable texts, you're likely to find most classic texts here and a sizeable number of more obscure things too.

BBC Books The BBC's Books Page has a wealth of resources, including an excellent audio archive of poet's reading their work, links to books-related TV and radio programmes, an animated tour of Dickensian London, and some good advice on writing your own material.

British Council: Literature The British Council's literature site offers a first-rate resource on a diverse range of literary activities, with pages devoted to creative writing, literary translation, playwriting, poetry, young people's literature, and much more besides.

Lost Poets of the Great War A useful overview of selected First World War poets, including Rupert Brooke, John McCrae, Wilfred Owen, and Isaac Rosenberg (though Sassoon is oddly absent). The site features potted biographies, selected poems and background on the war.

Poetry on the Internet Part of the University of Oxford's Humbul Humanities Hub, this is a good starting point for anyone seeking an overview of web-based poetry resources. There are links to digital poetry anthologies, author sites, online journals, and a glossary of poetic terms. Each link is accompanied by a useful summary of the relevant site.

Absolute Shakespeare The simplicity of presentation in this site makes it a good place for Shakespeare novices to begin an exploration into the life and work of the Bard. Students will find the study guides and plot summaries particularly useful.

British and Irish Authors on the Web This extensive index of British and Irish writers, from 600 AD to the present, provides an alphabetical list of more than 750 authors. Each listing has one or more links to an author-specific page.

British Library The British Library site features a vast amount of online resources on literature. Highlights include digitised images of an early Jane Austen manuscript, Shakespeare's Quartos, and Caxton's two editions of the Canterbury Tales. There is also a page devoted to <a href="">modern British literature</a>.

British Poetry 1780–1910 The University of Virginia hosts an impressive e-text library, including an archive of scholarly electronic editions of selected British poetry from the Romantic and Victorian periods.

British Shakespeare Association The BSA site is useful for finding out the latest news in matters Shakespearean. The "News" link gathers recent press articles of interest to Shakespeareans, while other links focus on theatre productions, recent publications and reviews. There is a good quality page devoted to teachers' resources.

British Theatre Here you can find a wide range of articles on the history of British theatre. Visitors can browse articles by actor, by musical, or by play/playwright. Amongst other things, there are useful summaries of court comedies and masques, Elizabethan dramatic criticism, and Restoration drama.

Chaucer MetaPage This MetaPage is a major hub for Chaucer resources on the web. The site groups resources by subject area, including Chaucer's works, bibliography, and social context. A good starting point for anyone seeking an overview of the available online resources for this seminal figure in English literature.

Complete Works of William Shakespeare As the title suggests, this site offers online access to all of Shakespeare's plays and poems.

Contemporary Writers in the UK This excellent site (a joint effort of the British Council and Booktrust) covers some 300 contemporary British and Commonwealth writers. For each writer there is a short biography and bibliography, and most also have good critical evaluations of their work.

Early Modern Literary Studies This fully refereed online journal contains articles and reviews relating to English literature, literary culture, and language during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It's reliably scholarly, and the online version is free and fully searchable.

Guardian Book page The <i>Guardian</i>'s Book Page groups recent articles about literature from Britain and abroad. As well as links to recent news items and reviews, the site offers access to extracts from recently published novels, ldquo;Top 10rdquo; lists, digested reads (for readers in a hurry), and a literary calendar listing upcoming festivals, prizes and readings.

Internet Library of Early Journals ILEJ is a fascinating digital library of key early British journals from the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century, including <i>Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine</i>, <i>Notes and Queries</i>, <i>Gentleman's Magazine</i>, and <i>Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society</i>. Visitors can either browse or search the collection.

Jane Austen Information Page Browse online versions of Austen's works, selected letters about her life and art, and a comprehensive biography. This site has a wealth of resources for students and more seasoned “Janeites” alike.

Luminarium This attractive site has information on medieval, renaissance, and 17th-century literature. With generous amounts of poetry, prose and drama, as well as background information about the writers, critical material, and selected audio, Luminarium is well worth a visit.

Milton-L Homepage This established site is a major hub for matters Milton: as well as a large discussion forum, the site hosts audio clips, e-texts, a gallery of images, a generous selection of scholarly articles, book reviews, and news of forthcoming events.

Outline of Twentieth Century American and British Literature has provided a good, general web-guide to twentieth-century literature from Britain and the US. The material is grouped by genre, and covers many of the key English, Irish, and Scottish writers of the twentieth century.

Pre-Raphaelite Critic This specialist site is devoted to the Pre-Raphaelites, and contemporary criticism of this influential movement in the nineteenth century. There is a significant collection of audio files, some published parodies of Pre-Raphaelite literature, and general information about the movement.

Richmond Review As the first exclusively online literary magazine in the UK, <i>The Richmond Review</i> has built a reputation for quality writing. Free and fully searchable, the site features reviews, articles, creative writing and interviews, with a special section devoted to poetry.

SCETI: Furness Collection The Furness Collection allows visitors to browse facsimile images of original texts: for example, the First Folio and the 1619 Quarto of <i>King Lear</i>. The site also houses ERIC (English Renaissance in Context), which has a small collection of good online tutorials.

Victorian Literature This site is aimed at students seeking introductory-level material on the Victorian period, with a particular emphasis on Victorian literature. It is a little light on information; the main item of interest is probably the brief biographies of selected writers.

Victorian Web Victorian Web is an encyclopaedic resource for Victorian literature and culture. The emphasis is on Victorian literature and religion, and offers articles and summaries by some leading scholars. Well-designed and informative, this is the most comprehensive resource on the web for Victorian studies.

Voice of the Shuttle: Literature in English The Voice of the Shuttle is a large hub for research in the humanities and social sciences. Its section on English literature is typically excellent, and has the added benefit that related research (eg, Cultural Studies, Sci-Tech and Culture, or Cyberculture) can be conducted within the one site.

Romantic Circles This excellent, scholarly site is devoted to the study of Romantic literature and culture. The site features a searchable archive of Romantic e-texts, critical essays, chronologies and reviews. There is also a good collection of teaching resources.