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A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895

This encyclopedic collection of 1,274 works by 343 authors represents the full course of British Poetry in the Reign of Victoria.


The World’s Famous Orations

William Jennings Bryan included in 10 volumes 281 addresses by 213 rhetoricians to bring into focus two millennia of Western Civilization.


The World Factbook

The U.S. government’s complete geographical handbook, featuring 267 full-color maps and flags, includes a full range of demographics by country: from literacy rates to military might.


An American Anthology, 1787–1900

These 1,740 selections by 573 authors represent a century of poetic culture.


George William Russell (A.E.)

Selected and edited by the author, these 173 works epitomize the best of the Irish Renaissance poet.


The Oxford Book of Ballads

This anthology of 176 works ranges from the epic ballads of the Middle Ages to lyrics familiar to this day.


Abraham Lincoln

The legacy of the 16th President is represented by his great speeches, proclamations, classic commentary and commemorative poetry.


Australasian Verse

The national characters and natural beauty of Australia and New Zealand invigorate 205 poems by 80 authors spanning a century of publishing during the explosive growth of these nations.


Irish Verse

Bartleby.com celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with the release of Anthology of Irish Verse, whose 181 poems and songs were expertly chosen by the poet Padraic Colum, who categorized them around national themes.


Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

Bartleby.com reinvents for 2001 the Tenth Edition of Bartlett’s, which now features a new search of 11,000 quotations and footnotes, chronologic and alphabetic indexes by author, as well as a concordance that cross-references the quotations in over 52,000 entries.


The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse

From Donne and Traherne to Whitman and Yeats, this unique anthology spans 5 centuries with 390 selections by 162 authors; it joins Bartleby.com’s six other classic verse anthologies, which now total 2,271 searchable poems.


Rupert Brooke

These 82 ecstatic poems—complemented by a short biography and commentary—form the heritage and chronicle of the handsome British youth whose writing was cut short in the Great War.


Walt Whitman

The Good Gray Poet also contributed to the greatest prose of American letters with his war diaries, Prefaces and Democratic Vistas in his complete Prose Works, the companion volume to Bartleby.com’s Leaves of Grass.


Roget’s International Thesaurus

Peter Roget’s classic structure coupled with Mawson’s modernization becomes even more user-friendly on Bartleby.com, with over 85,000 hyperlinked cross-references and 2,900 illustrative quotations.


Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction

From Dickens to Hawthorne and Tolstoy to Goethe, this 20-volume set comprises works by 30 authors from 7 national literatures and features biographical and critical introductions by the great thinkers of the time.


Theodore Roosevelt

Bartleby.com premieres two biographies and two additional Roosevelt texts to expand this preeminent website of seven of his original texts, his Autobiography and a bibliography.


Oxford Book of American Essays

From Franklin and Emerson to Whitman and Roosevelt, Brander Matthews expertly selected 32 essays on topics literary, political and humorous spanning over a century of this form’s development in America.


Jacob A. Riis

How the Other Half Lives together with its sequel Battle with the Slum reveal through Riis’s sensationalist prose and photography the appalling living conditions in the Lower East Side of turn-of-the-century New York City.


The Holy Bible

The culmination of English translations of the Bible, the Bartleby.com publication of the American Bible Society’s King James Version features a full-text search, content-based chapter guides and a quick verse finder.


Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson’s range as an author includes the dreamlike poetry of A Child’s Garden of Verse and Underwoods to the nightmare-inspired “bogey tale” of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


The Haunters and the Haunted

Ernest Rhys chose 57 ghost stories from literary works, folklore and myth to create an anthology that is both textbook of the supernatural and storybook of the middle world of ghosts.


Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

The Bartleby.com expansion of Familiar Quotations with the tenth edition of 1919, which adds and revises some 300 authors, allows for full-text searching of over 11,000 quotations.


Emily Dickinson

The Bartleby.com edition of the Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson comprises 597 poems of the Belle of Amherst, whose life of the Imagination formed the transcendental bridge to modern American poetry.


Gray’s Anatomy

The Bartleby.com edition of Henry Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings—many in color—from the classic 20th edition of 1918, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn.


Gertrude Stein

The icon and muse of the post–WWI “lost generation” of Americans in Paris, Stein epitomizes the spirit of modern prose narrative in Three Lives and translates the art of the cubists into words with the prose poems of Tender Buttons.


John Reed

Ten Days That Shook the World is the first-person chronicle of legendary journalist John Reed at the flashpoint of the Russian Revolution, whence he delivers one of the great stories of the twentieth century.


E. Cobham Brewer

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable comprises over 18,000 entries that reveal the etymologies, trace the origins and otherwise catalog “words with a tale to tell.”


William Shakespeare

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare constitute the unrivaled literary cornerstone of Western civilization. The debut of the Bartleby.com Oxford Shakespeare combines its 37 plays and 177 poems with over 1500 Shakespeare quotations selected personally by John Bartlett and literary history and criticism by George Saintsbury and T.S. Eliot.


Albert Einstein

The physicist and humanitarian took his place beside the great teachers with the publication of Relativity: The Special and General Theory, Einstein’s own popular translation of the physics that shaped our “truths” of space and time. With expert use of Socratic question and answer, readily accessible analogies to everyday life, and a clear and witty prose style, Professor Einstein gives his readers “a few happy hours of suggestive thought.”


H. L. Mencken

H.L. Mencken devoted his life to an inquiry of the American Language, on which he worked for 30 years. The anthropologist Edward Sapir furthered this descriptive study of words with Language, in which he compared the speech of many cultures. Complementing these classics in the Bartleby.com Language, Style & Composition collection are Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s proscriptive lectures On the Art of Reading and Writing, as well as the style guides of Strunk, Fowler and the editors of the American Heritage® Dictionary.


Myth: Frazer & Bulfinch

From Thomas Bulfinch’s description and retelling of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Indian, British and Norse mythology in the Age of Fable to the scholarship of Sir James Frazer’s the Golden Bough, which established comparative mythology as an academic discipline—experience first-hand the inspiration of the symbol and theory that formed a powerful influence on world literature and the foundation of our modern sensibility.


The Short-Story

Edgar Allen Poe’s “Fall of the House of Usher” is one of twenty-three classics selected by Columbia Professor of Dramatic Literature Brander Matthews for his anthology The Short-Story. Spanning the Middle Ages to the beginning of the twentieth century and ranging across Europe and America, Matthews has created a guided tour of “the slow evolution of this literary species through the long centuries of advancing civilization.”


H.G. Wells

Over a century ago H.G. Wells created with his early “scientific romances” the new genre of science fiction. While still best remembered for The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, Wells also paved the way for the modern popular history with his post–World War I A Short History of the World. This highly illustrated ‘history to be read as a novel’ was the first to be based on the new fields of evolution, anthropology and sociology.


Robert Frost

Although his work is rooted in the New England landscape, Frost’s work exceeded regional boundaries. The careful local observations and homely details of his poems often have deep symbolic, even metaphysical, significance. His poems are concerned with human tragedies and fears, his reaction to the complexities of life and his ultimate acceptance of his burdens.


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