The American Literature Archive

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 Selected Works:

  • Was Samuel Clemens the Trey Parker of the 19th Century? A copy of Mark Twain’s "Date 16o1. CONVERSATION, AS IT WAS BY THE SOCIAL FIRESIDE, IN THE TIME OF THE TUDORS" with slightly modernized spelling. Written during the same summer (1876) that Twain began Huck Finn, this rarely printed, x-rated piece makes you wonder why people get so upset about South Park.

  • How the Other Half Lives. This hypertext edition of Jacob Riis's How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York reproduces the full text and all the illustrations from the original print edition of this book, first published in 1890 by Charles Scribner's Sons.

  • from The Pilgrim's Progress. A section from Bunyan's 1678 allegory, in which Christian is taught how to read by The Interpreter.

  • Tradition and the Individual Talent. Eliot's classic 1920 essay, available at Project Bartleby.

  • The Waste Land. Fear in a handful of dirt. Shantih. Shantih. Shantih.

  • A copy of "The Wonderful Tar Baby Story" and "How Br'er Rabbit Was Too Smart For Br'er Fox," with pictures of Joel Chandler Harris and Uncle Remus; from a student project on Uncle Remus at UVa. Also, copies of an interview with and an article about Toni Morrison, and a link to a good student essay on Tar Baby, from a site dedicated to Morrison.


Where to Find Works On Line:

  • Archive of Primary Texts. From the American Studies Program, University of Virginia. Slow to download, but worth the wait.

  • Electronic Text Center - Univ. of Virginia. The Electronic Text Center's holdings include approximately 40,000 on- and off-line humanities texts in twelve languages, with more than 19,000 related images (book illustrations, covers, manuscripts, newspaper pages, museum objects, etc.).

  • Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection contains approximately 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.

  • Project Bartleby. Described as "a national digital library in the public interest," the Project Bartleby Archive contains selected texts by several authors in a form that is both searchable and close to the original typeface. At Columbia University.

  • Project Gutenberg. Subtitled "Fine Literature Digitally Re-Published," this site aims to make every book ever printed available online. Democratic and popular; not authoritative.

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