Frequently Asked Questions

Is this site just about American Literature?

No. American Literature was the original focus of the site started in 1997 but the scope quickly expanded to encompass great literature from around the world.

So then the “American” part is a legacy naming issue? Yes and no. This site contains great literature from around world, but its core focus is still on American Literature. That includes novels like Huckleberry Finn, Moby Dick, The Scarlet Letter, The Red Badge of Courage and short stories like A Horseman in the Sky, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, and The Story of an Hour and hundreds of others.

You know that W.W. Jacobs is not an American author, right?

Yes. Yes, I do know that.
Then aren't you going to fix that?
Why not?
Many years ago, my brother edited the site by hand every day. Short-cuts were taken, sometimes mistakes were made. The Moneky's Paw ended up on his list of Twenty Great American Short Stories despite the author's British origins. It's an idiosyncrasy of the site but one that has some sentimental value. So it will remain there, and the fact that it's not an American short story is noted elsewhere on the site. When I add characterization by nationality to the site, I will characterize Jacobs as English, not an American author.