Literaryhistory.com is a free, public service web site for online literary criticism that I've maintained since 1998. It's a digital library of web sites, in which research material is directly available through links. It began as a demonstration project, meant to show how a free online reference site could replicate the quality and reliability of a traditional library and at the same time take advantage of changing technology. At literaryhistory.com a human editor screens internet articles. Articles that are selected for inclusion are written by reputable scholars and signed, or they are from reputable publishers and professionally edited. We take no advertising. 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.
In recent years the newly liberal policy of JSTOR has made it possible for everyone, even people without passwords to a university library, to delve very deeply into serious literary criticism, directly from the JSTOR web site. Literaryhistory.com can't compare to the riches available at JSTOR. We offer a mere sampling, from JSTOR and other sources.
This site has been continuously maintained since 1998. Removing dead links has been a never-ending task. But after 17 years on the internet, literaryhistory.com does demonstrate that a digital library can be easy to design and code, and cheap to publish, even if it is constant work to keep it up-to-date.
Jan Pridmore, Editor, LiteraryHistory.com
Jan Pridmore has a B.A. in Philosophy, M.A. in English, was all-but-dissertation for a Ph.D. in English, and has pursued post-graduate work at the Editorial Institute at Boston University.
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