Literature Online (LION)

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Description: Contains individual collections of English-language drama for various periods/nationalities. Literature Online (LION) is the definitive electronic resource for the study of English and American literature. Spanning 1,400 years, it provides remote access to more than 260,000 fully searchable literary texts. In addition it contains some major reference tools, secondary sources, biographies, and bibliographies. It also offers a master index of web sites selected for their quality and range of literary materials. Users can retrieve a text in seconds or use the search capabilities of LION to study the language of a literary work, find out how it has influenced other writers, and make new connections that cross centuries. LION brings together the contents of the following databases in the following major categories into one, fully searchable resource.

Reference Works: LION includes the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature from 1920 to today; the Bibliography of American Literature, the new Literary Journals Index Full Text that covers 200 literary journals; and Webster's Third New International Dictionary Unabridged.

African American Literature: African-American Poetry, 1760-1900 includes nearly 3,000 poems written by African-American poets in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Database of Twentieth Century African-American Poetry offers the full-text of 12,000 poems by more than 100 twentieth century African-American poets.

American Literature: The American Poetry Full-Text Database provides the complete poetic works of more than 200 American writers from the Colonial Period to the early twentieth century. Early American Fiction includes first editions of American novels and short stories written before 1850 by authors of significance during their lifetimes. Twentieth-Century American Poetry provides a growing collection of American poetry from 1919 to the present day.

Drama: Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare includes eleven major editions of Shakespeare's works, from the First Folio to the Cambridge edition of 1863-6; twenty-four separate contemporary printings of individual plays; selected apocrypha and related works; and more than 100 adaptations, sequels and burlesques from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. English Prose Drama contains over 1,600 plays by more than 350 authors from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century. English Verse Drama offers more than 2,200 works by over 500 named authors and 300 anonymous works.

English Literature: Early English Prose Fiction, 1500-1700, offers Elizabethan and Restoration fiction, jest books, and collections of short pieces and novellas. Eighteenth-Century Fiction contains prose works depicting the rise of the English novel between 1700 and 1780. The English Poetry Full-Text Database has works by more than 1,250 poets from 600 to 1900. English Prose Drama includes over 1,600 plays by more than 350 authors from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century. English Verse Drama offers more than 2,200 works by over 500 named authors and 300 anonymous works. The Faber Poetry Library gives online access to over forty of the most distinguished poets of the twentieth century. Nineteenth-Century Fiction is a digital collection of 250 complete works of prose fiction from the period 1781-1900. The W.B. Yeats Collection is the first digital collection of Yeats' complete works.

Poetry: African-American Poetry, 1760-1900 includes nearly 3,000 poems written by African-American poets in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Database of Twentieth Century African-American Poetry offers the full-text of 12,000 poems by more than 100 twentieth century African-American poets. The American Poetry Full-Text Database provides the complete poetic works of more than 200 American writers from the Colonial Period to the early twentieth century. Twentieth-Century American Poetry provides a growing collection of American poetry from 1919 to the present day. The English Poetry Full-Text Database has works by more than 1,250 poets from 600 to 1900. The Faber Poetry Library gives online access to over forty of the most distinguished poets of the twentieth century. The W.B. Yeats Collection is the first digital collection of Yeats' complete works.

Prose Fiction: Early American Fiction includes first editions of American novels and short stories written before 1850 by authors of significance during their lifetimes. Early English Prose Fiction, 1500-1700, offers Elizabethan and Restoration fiction, jest books, and collections of short pieces and novellas. Eighteenth-Century Fiction contains prose works depicting the rise of the English novel between 1700 and 1780. Nineteenth-Century Fiction is a digital collection of 250 complete works of prose fiction from the period 1781-1900.

Related Collections: The Bible in English includes thirteen complete Bibles and five New Testaments in other versions. The Kings James Bible is included to provide a single Bible for reference purposes. Literary Theory provides texts that trace theory and criticism from Plato to the present day.

These databases are searchable collectively via Literature Online or individually via their respective titles on the Electronic Indexes and Databases pages.

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Language:  English