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Authors:   

Jane Austen:

How Jane Austen failed at spelling using regional accent and poor punctuation   (dailymail.co.uk)
("Her reputation as one of the country’s greatest female authors may rest on her elegant writing style. But Jane Austen could not spell or correctly use punctuation, and wrote in a ‘regional accent’, according to a study of her handwritten work.")
  


Jane Austen's Biography  (youtube.com)
("We were no longer "good society.".")
  


Jane Austen  Quotations   (youtube.com)
(Good quotes and great pictures.)
  

Harper Lee:

Harper Lee breaks silence - just - for Mockingbird anniversary (guardian.co.uk)
("Reclusive author talks to Mail on Sunday for 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, but reporter had to promise not to mention her Pulitzer-winning novel")
 

J. K. Rowling:

Rowling Conjures Up Potter E-Books - WSJ.com    (online.wsj.com)
("Web Store for Digital 'Potter' Editions Promises to Open New Chapter for Industry.")
  

Shakespeare:

Serious Stuff:

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare   (shakespeare.mit.edu/)
("Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare" )

Henry V - Band of Brothers  (YouTube video)
(Shakespeare coined the phrase "Band of Brothers"
 in the   St. Crispen Day speech of Henry V. - S. K. Smith)

Hip-Hop & Shakespeare?  (youtube.com)
("Akala demonstrates and explores the connections between Shakespeare and Hip-Hop, and the wider cultural debate around language and it's power." )

Shakespeare Online    (elizabethi.org/us/shakespeare)
(Great resource to explore this literary giant. )

For Dummies:

A Midsummer's Night Dream  (YouTube.com)
(Animaniacs version - but you get the gist of it. - SK Smith)

Hamlet  (YouTube.com)
(Animaniacs version - something is definitely rotten in Denmark. - SK Smith)

MacBeth (YouTube.com)
(Animaniacs version of that Scottish play.. - SK Smith)

Amy Tan:

Amy Tan on creativity (ted.com)
("Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.")
  

Tolkien:

10 Things You Should Know About J.R.R. Tolkien  (mentalfloss.com)
(" ...there are plenty of things even the most ardent fans don’t know about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien" )
  
   The 'Ring' and the remnants of the West  (atimes.com)
(Interesting article how The Lord of the Rings countered the philosophy of the Nazi movement  inspired by Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelungs.  - S. K. Smith  "Tolkien well may have written his epic as an "anti-Ring" to repair the damage that Wagner had inflicted upon Western culture." )
  
  

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Books:   

General:

100 Best Characters in Fiction Since 1900 (www.npr.com) 
(From Book magazine, March/April 2002)
  

Flashlight Worthy  (flashlightworthybooks.com)
("Handpicked book recommendations on hundreds of topics.")
 

Google Books  (books.google.com)
(Complete works or previews of fiction, non-fiction books & magazines online.)
 

Google Ngram Viewer  (books.google.com/ngrams)
(Run your own experiment!)
 

ManyBooks  (manybooks.net)
(the best ebooks at the best price: free!)
 

Project Gutenberg : Free Books : Free Texts : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive  (books.google.com)
("Project Gutenberg began in 1971 by Michael Hart as a community project to make plain text versions of books available freely to all")
 
Times Critics 100 best novels from 1923 to the present (www.times.com) 
  

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Anthologies:

Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature   (luminarium.org)
("This site combines several sites first created in 1996 to provide a starting point for students and enthusiasts of English Literature.")
  

Binding:

About Bookbinding  (aboutbookbinding.com)
("Anatomy of a book.")
  

"The Word":

World's Oldest Christian Bible Digitized  (FoxNews.com)
("The surviving pages of the world's oldest Christian Bible have been reunited — digitally." )
  

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Drama:   

General:

Drama Study Guides - SparkNotes (sparknotes.com) 
(Like Cliff Notes on drama.  - S. K. Smith)
  

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Helps:   

General:

Literature Study Guides - SparkNotes (sparknotes.com) 
(Like Cliff Notes on the web.  - S. K. Smith)
  

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History:   

General:


The History of English in 10 Minutes
(youtube.com)
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"A compilation of ten videos on the history of the English language.")

  

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Magazines:   
Change Magazine Online - Bay Area Houston, TX  (changemagazine.net)
(One of my friends writes for this new online magazine -  check out his premier article - THE CONTRARIAN - Commit to Live with Fear and Doubt.  And others.  - S. K. Smith)
 
Forbes  (forbes.com)
("Business News, Financial News, Stock Market Analysis, Technology & Global Headline News")
  
The New Yorker (newyorker.com)
(Need I say more?)
  

 

online magazine rack (alltop.com)
("alltop is an “online magazine rack” of popular topics. We update the stories every hour.")
  
  

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Non-fiction:   

 

20 Amazing and Essential Non-fiction Books to Enrich Your Library (zenhabits.net)
(A list of few of the Zen Habits bloggers favorites.)
  

 

Man's Search for Meaning (rjgeib.com)
(by Viktor Frankl - Holocaust Survivor and Famous Author/Psychoanalyst)
  
  

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Novels:   
The 12 Greatest Apocalyptic Novels Of All Time  (worldsbiggests.com)
("After scouring book reviews and Wikipedia, a list of the Top 12 Best Apocalyptic Novels was born. The books on this list take you down the darkest paths in uncivilized worlds, from cannibalistic gangs to vampire infected corpses.")
  
The American Novel  (pbs.org)
("How has the American Novel evolved and in what ways does it reflect an experience that is uniquely American?")
  
Size Does Matter. The Longest Novels  (abebooks.com)
("We have selected 15 of the best single volume behemoths - all true monsters of literature that could be judged on their weight alone.")
  
  

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Poems:   


Best Poems by Category | Poems by Author | Poems A Plenty  (poemsaplenty.com)
(Title says its)
  


 The Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (nationalcenter.org)
("This poem was written to memorialize a suicidal charge by light cavalry over open terrain by British forces in the Battle of Balaclava (Ukraine) in the Crimean War (1854-56).")
  


Daffodils (youtube.com)
("T"Daffodils" wirtten in 1804 by William Wordsworth read by the actor Sir Jeremy Irons.")
  


"High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (poetry reading) (youtube.com)
("John Magee was an American who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force to fight in WWII. On December 11, 1941 at the age of 19 he died in a midair crash in his Spitfire."  It has also been used as a TV signoff in the 1870s & 1980s.)
  


Poetry Study Guides - SparkNotes (sparknotes.com)
(The Cliff Notes of Poetry.  S.K. Smith)
  
The Raven read by John De Lancie   (youtube.com)
("John De Lancie performing Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven ....")
  
Sonnet 130 (youtube.com)
(Alan Rickman Reciting Sonnet 130)
  
  

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Quotes:   

 

 

 

Quotable Quotes:

100 Movie quotes  (flixxy.com)
(Picks from American Film Institute Top 100 Movies.  Video clip takes about 10 minutes.)

AllGreatQuotes   (allgreatquotes.com) 
("Famous Quotes, Famous Quotations & Sayings, Great Quotes")

Brainy Quotes   (brainyquote.com) 
("Famous Quotes and Quotations at BrainyQuote")

Famous Quotes and Authors   (famousquotesandauthors.com) 
("Famous Quotations for all occasions.")

Famous Quotes: Hand Picked Funny, Inspirational and Love Quotes   (famous-quotes-and-quotations.com) 
("At Famous-Quotes-and-Quotations.com, you'll find 'Top 10' lists -- the best of the best -- in lots of famous quotations categories.")

My Favorite Quotes and Verses  (deanaohara.com)
(Quotes from Redemption's Heart.)

Motivational and Inspirational Quotes Collection (inspirational-quotes.info) 
(".. collection of inspirational and motivational quotations.")

The Quote Garden  (quotegarden.com)
(Quotes for every occasion and season.)

  

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Rejection!:   All Authors sooner or later face this.  Here are some famous rejections ....


The 30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults In History (flavorwire.com)
("Sigh. Authors just don’t insult each other like they used to..")
  


You Thought YOUR Rejections Were Tough? (cba-ramblings.blogspot.com)
("Rejection is part of the process of pursuing publishing...")
  

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Short Stories:   


Short Story Study Guides - SparkNotes (sparknotes.com)
(The Cliff Notes of Short Stories.  S.K. Smith)
  

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