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About LiteraryHistory.com

Literaryhistory.com is a free, public service web site for online literary criticism that I've maintained since 1998. It's a bibliography of web sites, or, if you will, a webliography, where reference works are available instantly through clickable links. It began as a demonstration project, meant to show one way that an online reference site could take advantage of the free resources available on the internet. All the articles and books here have been placed online by other parties (and we link to them only if we're sure they're not in violation of copyright law.) We do try to maintain our links, but given the nature of the internet it's a gargantuan task. One thing literaryhistory.com demonstrates is that an internet bibliography site can be easy to design, easy to code, and cheap to publish. A single editor handles all those tasks herself.

The main value of a webliography like this one is that it can be selective. At literaryhistory.com the editor screens internet articles, cataloging only material that is reliable for research purposes. It's an approach similar to the traditional "recommended reading list" in college classes. To see the difference between a human-compiled list of web sites and one compiled by a search engine, please compare the links on any of our author pages with the results of a Google or Bing search on the same author. There is much better research information on the free internet than you will see in the hits returned by a search engine.

Since options for research on the internet change rapidly, the best examples of the current state of online literary reference will always be found on our most recently updated pages, which are listed on our home page.


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