American History

Profiles of important authors, their essays, speeches, documents and literature which helped shape America and provide context for its history.

U.S. Constitution

The Children's Library

Children's stories bless us twice. The first time they are read to us. The second time, we read them to a child we love.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Teacher Resources

A list of free resoures and reference material for teachers of Elementary, Middle School, High School, and college level courses, as well as homeschool and others who love studying and sharing literature.

Teacher Resources

Aesop's Fables

Well-known fables offer short morality tales, perfect for children and English language learners.

Aesops Fables

Books for Young Readers

Chapter books for older children or to be read by an adult, including The Secret Garden, Peter Pan, Robin Hood and many other classics to inspire the joy of reading.

Books for Young Readers

Halloween Stories

A collection of great stories, featuring ghosts, ghouls, vampires and other supernatural phenomenon.

Halloween Ghost Stories and Scary Books

The Essayists

A collection of famous and insightful essays from writers like Emerson, Thoreau, Frederick Douglas, John Stuart Mill, et al.

Famous Essays

Famous Quotations

"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."

- Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill

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Civil War Stories

Stories, novels, letters, and other historic documents specific to the United States Civil War.

Civil War Battle

World War I Literature

Authors who experienced the horrors of the Great War: poems, short stories, books, and propaganda.

Battle of Menin Road, wounded by side of the road, WWI

American History

Literature has a profound impact on culture, what better way to learn about America's history than through its authors. Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin may have hastened the arrival of the American Civl War. Henry David Thoreau's essay On Civil Disobedience inspired Ghandi, Mandela, and Martin Luther King. Literature is also a captive of history and sometimes proper appreciation is difficult to achieve without an understanding of the work's historical setting; the The Scarlet Letter -- indeed much of Hawthorne's work -- is difficult to appreciate without some historical education.

Japanese Fairy Tales

A fanciful collection of Fairy Tales collected and translated by Grace James. These imaginative and original fables are interesting reading for grown-ups rather than children.

Book of Japenese Fairy Tales

Latin Phrases

An exhaustive compendium of Latin Phrases with a handy search function. Ipso Facto.

Dictionary of Latin Phrases

Christmas Stories

Favorite Christmas stories for you and your family to enjoy during the holidays, special Children's collection, Christmas carols and vintage Christmas cards.

Christmas Stories and Books

The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible is primary to the culture of Western civilization and that primacy runs through its literature. This is your handy reference guide to The Bible.

Feminist Lit

A collection of women authors whose literature moves us through their emotions, vulnerability, and convictions.

Famous Women Writers

African American Library

Featuring the works of writers and activists such as Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, and vital documents including The Emancipation Proclamation, we offer literature such as the history-changing novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, that serves as important literary artifacts to better understand the African American experience in history.

African American Books

William Shakespeare

The Shakespeare library features plays and sonnets.

Shakespeare Plays and Sonnets

Ghost, Gothic & Horror

A collection of great stories, featuring ghosts, ghouls, vampires and other supernatural phenomenon.

Horror Stories and Books

Plato's Dialogues

A collection of Plato's Dialogues

Palto's Dialogues

American Literature Timeline

A time line of important events in American Literature. This is very helpful visual guide that allows teachers and students to quickly understand when different works appeared in the era during which important authors were writing.

Time Line of American Literature