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Cool Links: The Literary Encyclopedia

Posted Jun 16, 2005
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How's this for welcoming, inviting text on the home page of a reference work?

One never reaches home. But whenever friendly paths intersect, the whole world looks like home for a time.

Herman Hesse, Demian
Reading The Literary Encyclopedia is free. Just click on "Search" above, or consult our Guide for advice on searching.

That's what you're greeted with when you visit The Literary Encyclopedia, a site whose aim:

… is to provide profiles of the lives and works of literary authors whose works are valued in the English language, and other prominent figures such as philosophers and musicians whose lives and works are of interest to the literary reader. The Literary Encyclopedia presents its information within electronic databases which will enable readers to explore literary history as never before, and will supplement these with notes on major historical events in order to extend understanding of the social and cultural contexts of literary production.


The Literary Encyclopedia is written and owned by a global network of scholars and researchers (above 1,000 and rising steadily) who are committed to making the publication into one of the most rewarding sites on the internet. The publication was first published in October 2000. All our entries have been written since 1999 and most since 2001 so they are very much ‘state of the art' and quite unlike nearly everything else you'll find on the internet (we have no old printed goods served up in new dress). All are written by specialists who really know and indeed love their material so there are no entries written by scriveners (again unlike most printed reference works).

We explored The Literacy Encyclopedia a bit after hearing about it via a posting on LM-NET (have you subscribed yet?), and we think it's a Cool Link. Click HERE to go there.

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