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Prize winners


* Nobel Prize Winners for a list of all the winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature
* Nobel Prize in Literature Winners 1996-1901, annotated, with links and books
* Press announcement of the 1996 Nobel Prize Winner: Wislawa Szymborska
* Literary Prizes Lists: all major prizes, listed by Jack Siler
* Pulitzer Prizes presented by CJR, the official source. Plus some information on the winners.
* Amazon.com Award Winners: lists of winners, plus information on books available

A to Z
* Ryunosuke Akutagawa
* Jim Diedrick wrote a book and a Website on Martin Amis
* Maya Angelou
* Louis Aragon
* Arthuriana Homepage
* Margaret Atwood: a lecture and Margaret Atwood Information Page, sanctioned by the author herself. More Atwood links on Margaret Atwood WWW Resources
* St. Augustine, one more wonderful page by James J. O'Donnell, a classical scholar
* Jane Austen Info Page, a very active and growing site!
* Madison Smartt Bell The first author I found who has his own home page!
* The Electronic Beowulf: award winning pages! (Yes, this should be under Anonymous, but I don't like that for a writers name)
* Elizabeth Bishop
* Maurice Blanchot
* Boccaccio: The Decameron Web. An impressive guide to reading and study
* Jorge Luis Borges: BOOKS FOR SALE
* Borges - Garden of Forking Paths, and another Jorge Luis Borges page in Spanish
* The Jorge Luis Borges Center for Studies and Documentation in Aarhus, Denmark. Documentation, a journal, and a very complete bibliography (multilingual)
* I discovered three pages on Paul Bowles. This first one is short, but comprehensive in bibliography, biography, a timeline. There is a page at Literary Kicks where you can explore his relations to the Beat Generation, and a Bowles page by Peter Murray in Britain with a nice bibliography of British editions
* André Breton
* In Israel: Iosif Brodsky (1940-1996) and poems in English and Russian: Poetry of Joseph Brodsky
* A tribute to Charles Bukowski.
* The unofficial William S. Burroughs homepage. A photo collection is presented by Ari Frankel
* Albert Camus: a nice photo galley by Ari Frankel
* Lewis Carroll Home Page
* Phil Carson's Raymond Carver Page
* Willa Cather
* Some poems by Constantine P. Cavafy, (or Kavafis), and a proper Cavafy homepage
* Cervantes' El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (in Spanish). At a nice exposition on Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's novel at the Johns Hopkins University you'll find a link to the English translation.
Don Quijote and other Works of Miguel de Cervantes in scholarly editions are presented by Fred Jehle at Indiana U. And besides the works you cab find images and bibliographies at the Cervantes 2001 Project
* S. T. Coleridge Home Page
* Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness
* Hart Crane
* The US Air Force Academy honors Stephen Crane with pages on Red Badge of Courage 100th Anniversary
* Some poems by e. e. cummings
* Marina Cvetaeva in Italian
* Renaissance Dante in Print (1472-1629) an exposition of 450 page images of early Dante imprints. See also Dante at Dartmouth (Gopher)
* René Daumal
* Robert Desnos and another one: Robert Desnos
* A comprehensive page on Charles Dickens by Mitsuharu Matsuoka
* The Emily Dickinson Page, an example of an excellent home page
* H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) Home Page
* Fyodor Dostoevsky
* Rita Dove
* Carlos Drummond de Andrade. Poems in five languages.
* A very nice page on one of this century's most inspiring figures in arts and letters: Marcel Duchamp
* Marguerite Duras
* The T. S. Eliot Page with sound advice on books by and on Eliot, by Bruce Ong. Raymond Camden's T.S. Eliot pages are comprehensive. See also T.S. Eliot: Four Quartets
* Paul Eluard
* William Faulkner on the Web and Faulkner home page
* A Robert Frost exhibition page at the University of Virginia Library
* Carlos Fuentes
* Un prologo de Gabriel Garcia Marquez and a home page in Allen Ruch's Lybirinth: García Márquez - Macondo
* A well researched page on Elizabeth Gaskell by Mitsuharu Matsuoka
* André Gide
* Seamus Heaney - Cover Page
* Joseph Heller
* Hemingway: The Papa Page
* Hermann Hesse: The Glass Bead Game
* A page, mainly in German on The Poet Friedrich Hölderlin, with the works, bio- and bibliography and more.
* Langston Hughes
* A good page on Ted Hughes by Claas Kazzer in Leipzig
* A page on Henrik Ibsens in Norwegian.
* Alfred Jarry
* A most comprehensive page on Samuel Johnson
* James Joyce and Work in Progress: James Joyce in Cyberspace and in Allen Ruch's The Libyrinth: James Joyce - The Brazen Head

Home Pages for specific writers are very helpful if you want to study your favourite writer.
A good homepage offers:

  • a short biography
  • a bibliography
  • anything you can find on line about this writer
  • short reviews of the major works
  • characteristic quotations
  • or even more: some poems, a short story, or even a longer work
  • a portrait and possibly more pictures
Not all writers' home pages listed here have all these features. Some entries just point to an interesting work or collection. I intend to look into all of them and annotate the entries in this list. Please email me (pwessel@xs4all.nl) if you want to offer your own evaluations.

This list keeps growing. For the newest additions see the What's new page

Many authors have a mailing list or a newsgroup. You can find a list of mailing lists - by author - at The BookWire Mailing List Index and a list of newsgroups on authors at The BookWire Newsgroup Index

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* The Franz Kafka Homepage, The Dutch Franz Kafka Circle and the very nice Franz Kafka Photo Album
* William Kennedy
* Omar Khayyam: There is a complete Rubaiyat (FitzGerald translation) at Wonderland - Written Works. Nihat Tsolak also has a part of the Rubaiyat
* Comte de Lautreamont - Isidore Ducasse - Complete Works
* Michel Leiris
* The Doris Lessing Retrospective
* Primo Levi: A long interview and a very nice set of pictures.
* The C.S. Lewis Page and Into the Wardrobe: The C.S. Lewis WWW Page
* Lu Xun (or Lu Hsün), the father of modern Chinese literature
* An informative essay on Naguib Mahfouz, illustrated with pictures and novel fragments, at the Egyptian Governments site.
* Norman Mailer
* Thomas-Mann-Page from the Thomas Mann Gymnasium Stutensee. Nice features: 4 languages and a list of those difficult words in Mann's novels
* The Cormac McCarthy Home Page
* Terry McMillan
* The Life and Works of Herman Melville. Also take a look at The Whale-Watching-Web: Whales in Literature
* Henri Michaux; and another one in French: Henri Michaux
* Thomas Middleton
* Arthur Miller
* The UnofficialHenry Miller Home Page
* Czeslaw Milosz's Poetry: Cover Page
* Milton Grimleigh's John Milton WWW page at Nyx. Another one is John Milton, the classic Milton-L page
* Zembla, the Nabokov Butterfly Net is an excellent site devoted to the life and works of author, translator, and lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov.
* Pablo Neruda: a great page (the poetry is suppressed - temporarily?) from Patricio Navia. I found a translation of the Elementary Odes. Finally the Universidad the Chile has some documentary material
* Anja Beckman's pages on Anais Nin
* Joyce Carol Oates. And a proper home page: Joyce Carol Oates.
* The Ben Okri page
* Some information on Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid)
* Kenneth Patchen Home Page
* Cesare Pavese in Italian. Marcel Duchamp.
* Georges Perec, a fascinating Oulipo author. See Le page Oulipo to learn more on this group (French)
* Saint-John Perse: during his life an now practically unknown, but he got the 1960 Nobel Prize for Literature, "for the soaring flight and the evocative imagery of his poetry which in a visionary fashion reflects the conditions of our time". This site for readers of French only, dommage!
* Fernando Pessoa, and another one on Fernando Pessoa's poetry in English
* Poe Page
* A comprehensive link site on Sylvia Plath. Also a good Sylvia Plath page by Anja Beckman
* Plato: The Sophist in a very nice hypertext format
* Chaim Potok
* The Kolb-Proust Archive for Research
* Proust Said That - No.3 (from there you can reach the earlier issues)
* Some large fragments (en français) from 'A la recherche du temps perdu' can be found at Editions Ilias
* The Pushkin Page.
* Thomas Pynchon
* ZBOUBY - Les Exercices de Style, de Raymond Queneau . You can also find the Exercices de style at Tom O'Donnel's site. He also has a marvelous presentation of Cent mille milliards de poèmes, easily the largest collection of poems online! If you don't read French and want to know Queneau, have a little patience while you check out this: A Story as You Like It: a true hypertext story.
* Raymond Radiguet
* Rainer Maria Rilke: the Duineser Elegien (German).
The first and second of the Duino Elegies in English, and all of them translated into Norwegian
* Alain Robbe-Grillet: a well organized bibliography and selected passages from his work
* The Rossetti Archive
* Philip Roth
* Salman Rushdie
* Antoine de Saint-Exupery
* Steven Foskett's J.D. Salinger Page. And all Salinger fans should see Twenty-one Uncollected Short Stories by J. D. Salinger.
* Anne Sexton: pictures and poems presented by Ari Frankel
* Shakespeare Homepage
* Edmund Spenser Home Page by Richard Bear, who has a lot to show on English literature
* Antoine de St. Exupéry
* A great set of pages, dedicated to to study of Jonathan Swifts Gulliver's Travels, by Lee Jaffe
* Rabindranath Tagore. Two sites with poetry: Poems of Tagore and at the India Poetry Pages
* The Chronicle of the Drum, William M. Thackeray, complete in facsimile!
* A Dylan Thomas page, starting and promising
* The J.R.R. Tolkien Information Page is a good link to many other Tolkien pages
* Tolstoy Library
* Mark Twain: Ever The Twain Shall Meet and Mark Twain Resources on the WWW
* Miguel de Unamuno
* Paul Valéry
* Vergil's Aeneid in English or in Latin and a 'pagina domestica' for Vergil
* Fondation Voltaire/Voltaire Foundation: the study of the Enlightenment and 18th century French litearture
* Kurt Vonnegut - Home Page
* Derek Walcott
* Walt Whitman Home Page, with the rediscovered Notebooks
* On Oscar Wilde: The Wild Wilde Web
* William Carlos Williams. Professor Al Filreis has also some poems in his English 88, Modern and Contemporary American Poetry. All Filreis' pages merit your attention if you love poetry!
* a lecture by The Thomas Wolfe Home Page
* The Poetry of Yeats

Other authors' lists:


* Arne Herløv Petersen's Bogcaféen, an excellent authors' links list. Plenty of links to information on the world's great writers, and especially strong in Scandinavian links
* The Musil Institut is dedicated to European fin-de-siècle authors.
* Columbia University: Project Bartleby References to: Dickinson, Homer, Keats, Melville, Shelley, Whitman, Wilde, Wordsworth
* The Beat Generation: Literary Kicks and from there on to Kerouac, Ginsburg, Corso and many others
* Professor Eiichi Hishikawa provides a comprehensive list of Twentieth-century Poetry in English
* Index of the Online Book Initiative
* Eric Rothfeder's WebLit is a useful guide to literature on the Web, with a good authors' list
* And the not yet famous you can find at the Internet Directory of Published Writers - who knows wat the Net can do!

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Acknowledgements and caveat
This page owes a lot to those who sent in their suggestions and evaluations. The sole responsibility for the choice remains mine, of course. As you see, I favor a writer's quality over popularity. I include a writer when I think her/him to be of world literature level, and when there is at least one significant Web page available.

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