Art and literature sites

  • Abebooks – search the stock of hundreds of new and used book dealers worldwide (UK customers can use
  • The Academy of American Poets – hundreds of author bios (not just of American poets), texts (including audio) and useful links.
  • Alternative Books Online – excellent new UK source for independent press books.
  • Atlas Press – specialising in extremist and avant-garde prose writing from the 1890s to the present day.
  • – large, freely-accessible archive of literature and reference works.
  • Samuel Beckett On-line Resources and Links page – sprawling but excellent site. Versions of the radio plays Cascando and Words and Music, and an audio version ofKrapp’s Last Tape, are downloadable from UbuWeb. Back issues of the Journal of Beckett Studies can be downloaded here.
  • The William Blake Archive – awe-inspiring web-based archive of Blake’s illuminated books, paintings and manuscripts.
  • Joe Brainard – excellent site of artwork and writing by and about Joe Brainard, 1942-1994.
  • BrinDin Press – very useful archive of literary translations from many languages, by many hands.
  • Centre National de Ressources Textuelles et Lexicales – French language resources and historical dictionaries.
  • Collyrium – You are brought to these views by…
  • The Cremaster Cycle – official site for Matthew Barney’s overwhelming cycle of art films.
  • DaDa Online – information on European Dadaism.
  • Dictionnaires d’autrefois – French dictionaries of the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including the great 19th century Littré dictionary.
  • Eclipse – an archive of books by Bruce Andrews, Clark Coolidge, Rae Armantrout, P. Inman, David Melnick and others, plus the collaborative text LEGEND and the complete runs of the magazines L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E and This. The texts are presented as page-scans of the original books, so a broadband connection is helpful.
  • Exact Change – publishing books of experimental literature with an emphasis on Surrealism, Dada, Pataphysics, and other nineteenth and twentieth century avant-garde art movements.
  • Finnegans Web – a webified version of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. A RealAudio file of Joyce reading from the Wake is available at UbuWeb.
  • Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire. In the original and with multiple translations.
  • Fluxus Online – this excellent site seems to be defunct, but I’ve linked to a version cached by The Internet Archive.
  • Gallica Bibliothèque numerique – huge downloadable archive of works from the Bibliothèque nationale de France, including complete print runs of many pre-20thc periodicals.
  • Hiding Place Books – bookseller specialising in antiquarian, collectable and out-of-print books, based in Philadelphia. Also sells paper ephemera and records. Special concentrations in poetry, literature, and scholarly material in all fields.
  • The Thomas Gray Archive – an interactive hypermedia repository of work by and about the 18th century poet.
  • – excellent website about the poets H.D. and Richard Aldington.
  • The Luminarium – online anthology of mediaeval, Renaissance and 17thc. literature.
  • Stéphane Mallarmé – works, biography and links. See also this Mallarmé bibliography and an incomplete but entertaining version of Mallarmé’s Themès anglais.
  • Militant Esthetix – Ben Watson & Esther Leslie’s site: “all the criticism that’s fit or not to publish”.
  • MIMEO MIMEO – artists’ books, typography and the mimeo revolution.
  • Modern American Poetry – companion site to an OUP-published anthology, this has a useful range of articles on 161 modern American poets, from Ai to Zukofsky.
  • The Modern English Collection (AD1500-present) at the University of Virginia Electronic Text Center.
  • Old English Dictionary – HTML version of the standard dictionary by Bosworth and Toller. Page scans of a Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary are available on the same site.
  • Georges Perec’s wonderful spoof article, Experimental demonstration of the tomatotopic organization in the Soprano (Cantatrix sopranica L.).
  • Paris Review interviews – a growing archive of pdf files of interviews with writers, from the 1950s to the present.
  • Persée – free archive of French Language journal articles.
  • Perseus Digital Library – free library of Latin, Greek, Arabic and Germanic texts, with translations.
  • KYBERNEKYIA – “A hypervortext of Ezra Pound’s Canto XXXI”..
  • Project Gutenberg – plain vanilla ASCII e-texts of thousands of out-of-copyright books.
  • The Road North – Alec Finlay and Ken Cockburn’s travels through Scotland in homage to Basho.
  • Cent mille milliards de poèmes – a webpage implementing Raymond Queneau’s permutational poem(s).
  • READINGS – responses and reactions to poetries. Editors: Piers Hugill, Aodhán McCardle, & Stephen Mooney.
  • The Themerson Archive – a website about Stefan and Franciszka Themerson and their publishing company, Gaberbocchus Press.
  • Theoi – Greek mythology website.
  • – multilingual dictionaries and language forums.
  • Z-site: a Companion to the Works of Louis Zukofsky. A fast-growing site edited by Jeff Twitchell-Waas.

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