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Portrait of William Butler Yeats by John Singer Sargent.

William Butler Yeats Poetry

William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939) was an Irish Symbolist poet, as well as a two-term Irish Senator. He was a master of traditional poetry forms, and is widely considered one of the most...

John Alden stays in Plymouth to protect Priscilla in Longfellow's poem The Courtship of Miles Standish.

The Courtship of Miles Standish by Longfellow

The Courtship of Miles Standish by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow This narrative poem written in 1858 by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow tells a charming tale of a courtship during the early days of Plymouth...

James Fenimore Cooper Resources

James Fenimore Cooper Resources

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) Cooper is considered the first fully American novelist – someone who achieved literary success writing about American issues, characters, and settings. He was influenced in his writing by the adventure novels...

Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was an American author, best known for The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. Hawthorne resources for EIL 3.4.

Faerie Queene Introductory Materials

Faerie Queene Introductory Materials

This introduction to The Faerie Queene will help you to understand the time period when it was written, meet the author Edmund Spenser, and interpret the text’s allegory and verse structure. By Dr. George...

George Orwell as he faced the world in 1936.

George Orwell Resources

Would you like to learn more about George Orwell, the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four? George Orwell (1903-1950) was the pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair, an English novelist whose work is known for...

Mark Twain, as photographed by A.F. Bradley, c. 1907, from the Library of Congress.

Mark Twain Resources Index

Resources for Mark Twain (1835-1910) Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. His best-known novels include The Adventures...

Steven Kreis History Guide Index

Steven Kreis History Guide Index

Lectures on Early Modern European History If you enjoy history, The History Guide site is well worth exploring. It is an outstanding site full of interesting articles, all written by a homeschool-friendly college professor,...

Edgar Allan Poe, from a 1904 daguerrotype.

Edgar Allan Poe Resources

Edgar Allan Poe Resources Many writers in the American canon have written both poetry and prose; few, however, are equally known for both. Edgar Allan Poe was one such writer. Indeed, it is almost...

Dr. Mahfood Dante Videos Index

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood has kindly shared these Dante videos with us: he has made a short video reflection on each canto of Dante’s Inferno. We hope you find these helpful in your studies. If...

The Brontë sisters portrait by Bromwell Brontë

Brontë Resources Index

The Brontë sisters read widely, wrote passionately, and created enduring works drawn from their surroundings and imagination. Explore their writings and their world through the resources below. Charlotte Brontë Emily Brontë Brontë Sisters Context...

Edward Lear Resources

Edward Lear Resources

Edward Lear Resources John Cousin tells us that Edward Lear (1812-1888) was an “artist and miscellaneous author [who was born] in London and settled in Rome as a landscape painter. He was an indefatigable...

Swift by Jervas, oil on canvas

Jonathan Swift Resources

Jonathan Swift Resources Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) wrote some of the most brilliant prose in the English language and is often regarded as its foremost satirist. While best known for his masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels and,...

George Bernard Shaw, playwright

George Bernard Shaw Resources

George Bernard Shaw Resources George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was a prolific writer who worked as an art, music, and theater critic. Irish-born and largely self-educated, he found his calling writing popular plays, including Pygmalion...

Ancient Greek Literature Resources Index

Ancient Greek Literature Resources Index

Ancient Greek resources currently available on our site include: “Why Study the Pagans?” by Cheryl Lowe “Why We Read the Odyssey” by Deborah Stokol Introduction to Greek Tragedy Introduction to Classical Greek Literature by...

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf Resources

Virginia Woolf Resources Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was a Modernist writer who used the stream-of-consciousness technique, as seen in her novel To the Lighthouse. Here are a selection of resources you may find helpful in...

G. K. Chesterton, as photographed by E. H. Mills.

G. K. Chesterton Resources Index

Chesterton, that “Colossal Genius” Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 – 1936), popularly known as G. K. Chesterton, was a prolific British writer, lay theologian, poet, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist. His published writings also include...

A Fable for Critics by James Russell Lowell

James Russell Lowell’s “A Fable for Critics” (1848) is a funny introduction to many of the nineteenth-century poets and writers. Since the entire poem is very long — it’s really a whole book —...

Anne Bradstreet Poetry

Anne Bradstreet Poetry

Anne Bradstreet poetry  Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) was one of the first American poets, and her life and work evoke a vivid picture of Colonial America and reflect her Puritan faith and love for her family....

Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick and other adventures.

Herman Melville Resources

Herman Melville (1819–1891) led a remarkably interesting life and his stories of the sea are colored by his personal experiences. He is most famous for his masterpiece, Moby Dick. Herman Melville biography You may...

Benjamin Franklin Resources

Benjamin Franklin Resources

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) was one of America’s most interesting historical figures. Like Leonardo da Vinci, Franklin pursued many subjects including writing, politics, invention, music, and more. He is known for pithy quotations as well...

Oscar Wilde, as photographed by Elliott & Fry in 1881, from the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Oscar Wilde Resources

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an immensely gifted writer who produced a large variety of work ranging from humorous to tragic. He had the capacity to be ridiculous (The Importance of Being Earnest) as well...

Victor Hugo Resources

Victor Hugo Resources

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was a beloved and enduring French novelist, playwright, and poet. His classic book Les Misérables inspired the stage musical of the same name. Learn more about Victor Hugo and his work...

Stacy Esch Resources

Stacy Esch Resources

Many thanks to Stacy Esch for providing these resources for Dante’s Divine Comedy, as well as a Tolkien essay (below) and sharing them with Excellence in Literature. Stacy Esch teaches composition and literature at West...

Sara Selby Resources

Sara Selby Resources

Sara Selby has kindly shared the following resources with Excellence in Literature: Emily Brontë: A Biographical Sketch Wuthering Heights Family Trees Versification [Verse Structure Patterns] A Micro-History of the English Language *** These materials...

King Arthur from Idylls of the King

Idylls of the King by Tennyson

Idylls of the King Index by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Flos Regum Arthurus (Joseph of Exeter) EIL Editor’s Note: Idylls of the King is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred,...

World Literature Videos

World Literature Videos

Videos referenced in World Literature (E5) Study Guide: World Literature (Excellence in Literature, English 5) Module 1 Ancient Greek Music – Macedonia Module 2 Antigone on stage Module 3 Roman Water Wheel, London Museum Roman Weapons...

British Literature Videos

British Literature Videos

Each module has a page with links from the British Literature study guide, and those pages will have the most complete listings of all the helpful resources you’ll use for that module. However, I...

American Literature Videos

American Literature Videos

Videos referenced in American Literature (E3): Module 1 William Zeitler plays the glass armonica (an instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin) Module 2 Poe’s poem “The Raven” read aloud by Christopher Walken, combined with Gustave...