English Literature OER

Links to OER (Open Educational Resources) literature and literature found in the public domain to support courses on literature.


Author Text
Anderson, Sherwood "I Want to Know Why"
Bierce, Ambrose "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
Bradbury, Ray "The Veldt" - Found under its original title "The World the Children Made"
Bunin, Ivan "The Gentleman from San Francisco"
Burroughs, Edgar Rice from Tarzan of the Apes: Chapter 19
Cather, Willa "Paul's Case"
Chekhov, Anton "The Lady with the Dog"
Chekhov, Anton "Gusev"
Chopin, Kate "The Story of an Hour"
Chopin, Kate "The Storm"
Conrad, Joseph "Heart of Darkness"
Crane, Stephen "The Open Boat"
Crane, Stephen "The Blue Hotel"
Crane, Stephen "An Episode of War"
Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage
David, Lydia "Negative Emotions"
de Maupassant, Guy "Boule de Suif"
Dickens, Charles from Hard Times: Chapter 1
Dodd, Susan "Public Appearances"
Dybek, Stuart "We Didn't" - story begins after poem
Erdrich, Louise "Matchimanito"
Faulkner, William "Barn Burning"
Faulkner, William "A Rose for Emily"
Fitzgerald, F. Scott "Babylon Revisited"
Forster, E.M. "The Road from Colonus"
Gilb, Dagoberto "Love in L.A."
Gilb, Dagoberto "Shout"
Gilb, Dagoberto "Uncle Rock"
Grace, Patricia "Butterflies."
Hawthorne, Nathaniel "Wakefield"
Hawthorne, Nathaniel "Young Goodman Brown"
Hawthorne, Nathaniel "The Birthmark"
Hawthorne, Nathaniel My Kinsman, Major Molineux
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The May-Pole of Merry Mount
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Minister's Black Veil
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Celestial Railroad
Hawthorne, Nathaniel "Rappaccini's Daughter"
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter
Hempel, Amy "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried"
Hurston, Zora Neale "The Conscience of the Court"
Irving, Washington Rip Van Winkle
Irving, Washington The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Jackson, Shirley "The Lottery"
James, Henry "Greville Fane"
Jewett, Sarah Orne "A White Heron"
Jones, Thom "The Pugilist at Rest"
Joyce, James "Araby"
Joyce, James "A Little Cloud"
Joyce, James "The Dead"
Joyce, James "Eveline"
Kafka, Franz "A Hunger Artist"
Kafka, Franz "The Metamorphosis"
Kincaid, Jamaica "Girl"
Kipling, Rudyard "The Man Who Could Be King"
Lawrence, D.H. "A Horse Dealer's Daughter"
London, Jack "To Build a Fire"
Mann, Thomas "Death in Venice"
Mansfield, Katherine "Bliss"
Melville, Herman "Bartleby, The Scrivener"
Melville, Herman Moby Dick
Morrison, Toni "Sweetness"
Nabokov, Vladimir "Signs and Symbols"
Nieh, Hua-Ling "The Several Blessings of Wang Ta-nien"
Perkins Gilman, Charlotte "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Poe, Edgar Allan "The Purloined Letter"
Poe, Edgar Allan The Fall of the House of Usher
Poe, Edgar Allan William Wilson. A Tale
Poe, Edgar Allan The Man of the Crowd
Poe, Edgar Allan The Masque of Red Death
Poe, Edgar Allan The Tell-Tale Heart
Poe, Edgar Allan The Imp of the Perverse
Poe, Edgar Allan "The Cask of Amontillado"
Proulx, Annie "55 Miles to the Gas Pump"
Rowlandson, Mary The Sovereignty and Goodness of God
Sedgwick, Catharine Maria Cacoethes Scribendi
Smartt Bell, Madison "Witness"
Thurber, James "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
Tolstoy, Leo "The Death of Ivan Ilych"
Twain, Mark The Story of the Good Little Boy"
Viramontes, Helena Maria "The Moths"
Warren, Robert Penn "Blackberry Winter"
Welty, Eudora "A Worn Path"
Wilkins Freeman, Mary E. "A New England Nun"
Wilkins Freeman, Mary E. "The Revolt of Mother"
Williams, Rev John The Redeemed Captive:  Returning to Zion
Woolf, Virginia "Kew Gardens"
Author Title
Alexie, Sherman "The Facebook Sonnet"
Anonymous "Bonny Barbara Allan"
Anonymous "The Frog"
Anonymous "Western Wind"
Arnold, Matthew "Dover Beach"
Atwood, Margaret "You Fit into Me"
Beatty, Jan "My Father Teaches Me to Dream"
Behn, Aphra "Song: Love Armed"
Blake, William "London"
Blake, William "A Poison Tree"
Blake, William "The Lamb"
Blake, William "Infant Sorrow"
Blake, William "The Tyger"
Bradstreet, Anne "The Author to Her Book"
Brooks, Gwendolyn "We Real Cool"
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett "How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways"
Browning, Robert "My Last Duchess"
Bryant, William Cullen Thanatopsis
Bryant, William Cullen To a Waterfowl
Bryant, William Cullen The Prairies
Buller, Arthur Henry Reginald "There Was a Young Lady Named Bright"
Burns, Robert "A Red, Red Rose"
Carroll, Lewis "Jabberwocky"
Cather, Willa "Prairie Spring"
Chitwood, Michael "Men Throwing Bricks"
Clifton, Lucille "Come Home From the Movies"
Clifton, Lucille "in the inner city"
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor "Mnemonic"
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor "What is an Epigram?"
Collins, Billy "Introduction to Poetry"
Conti, Edmund "Pragmatist"
Crane, Stephen "A Man Said to the Universe"
Crane, Stephen "The Wayfarer"
Crapsey, Adelaide "November Night"
Creeley, Robert "I Know a Man."
Cummings, E.E. "l(a"
Cummings, E.E. "Next to of Course God America I"
Cummings, E.E. "O Sweet Spontaneous"
Dickinson, Emily A Bird came down the Walk-
Dickinson, Emily A Clock stopped-
Dickinson, Emily A little overflowing word
Dickinson, Emily A Man may make a Remark-
Dickinson, Emily A Route of Evanescence
Dickinson, Emily A spider sewed at Night
Dickinson, Emily A Word made Flesh is seldom
Dickinson, Emily After great pain, a formal feeling comes-
Dickinson, Emily All overgrown by cunning moss
Dickinson, Emily Apparently with no surprise
Dickinson, Emily As imperceptibly as Grief
Dickinson, Emily A narrow Fellow in the Grass-
Dickinson, Emily Because I could not stop for Death-
Dickinson, Emily Besides the Autumn poets sing
Dickinson, Emily "Faith" is a fine invention
Dickinson, Emily Further in Summer than the Birds
Dickinson, Emily He fumbles at your Soul
Dickinson, Emily Her- "last Poems"--
Dickinson, Emily "I'm Nobody! Who Are You?"
Dickinson, Emily I'm "wife"-- I've finished that-
Dickinson, Emily I've seen a Dying Eye
Dickinson, Emily I never lost as much but twice
Dickinson, Emily I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
Dickinson, Emily I cannot dance upon my Toes-
Dickinson, Emily I taste a liquor never brewed-
Dickinson, Emily I like a look of Agony
Dickinson, Emily I dreaded that first Robin, so
Dickinson, Emily I died for Beauty- but was scarce
Dickinson, Emily I heard a fly Buzz- when I died-
Dickinson, Emily I would not paint- a picture-
Dickinson, Emily I started Early- Took my Dog-
Dickinson, Emily I think I was enchanted
Dickinson, Emily I should not dare to be so sad
Dickinson, Emily It was not Death, for I stood up
Dickinson, Emily It bloomed and dropt, a Single Noon-
Dickinson, Emily It sounded as if the Streets were running
Dickinson, Emily Long Years apart- can make no
Dickinson, Emily Longing is like the Seed
Dickinson, Emily Mine- by the Right of the White Election!
Dickinson, Emily Much Madness is divinest Sense-
Dickinson, Emily My Cocoon tightens- Colors teaze-
Dickinson, Emily My Life had stood- a Loaded Gun-
Dickinson, Emily My life closed twice before its close
Dickinson, Emily Myself was formed- a Carpenter
Dickinson, Emily Nature- sometimes sears a Sapling-
Dickinson, Emily Of all the Souls that stand create-
Dickinson, Emily Of God we ask one favor
Dickinson, Emily Oh Sumptuous moment
Dickinson, Emily Pain- has an Element of Blank-
Dickinson, Emily "Presentiment- Is That Long Shadow- On the Lawn-"
Dickinson, Emily Publication- is the Auction
Dickinson, Emily Remembrance has a Rear and Front-
Dickinson, Emily Remorse- is memory- awake-
Dickinson, Emily Safe in their Alabaster Chambers-
Dickinson, Emily Shall I take thee, the Poet said
Dickinson, Emily She rose to His Requirement- dropt
Dickinson, Emily Some keep the Sabbath going to Church-
Dickinson, Emily Success is counted sweetest
Dickinson, Emily Tell all the Truth but tell it slant-
Dickinson, Emily That sacred Closet when you sweep-
Dickinson, Emily The difference between Despair
Dickinson, Emily The Robin's my Criterion for Tune-
Dickinson, Emily The Wind begun to knead the Grass-
Dickinson, Emily The Bustle in a House
Dickinson, Emily The Soul selects her own Society-
Dickinson, Emily The farthest Thunder that I heard
Dickinson, Emily The Heart asks Pleasure- first-
Dickinson, Emily The Brain- is wider that the Sky
Dickinson, Emily The Bible is an antique Volume-
Dickinson, Emily These are the days when Birds come back-
Dickinson, Emily There's a certain Slant of light
Dickinson, Emily There came a Wind like a Bugle-
Dickinson, Emily This was a Poet- It is That
Dickinson, Emily This World is not Conclusion
Dickinson, Emily This Consciousness that is aware
Dickinson, Emily This is my letter to the World
Dickinson, Emily Title divine- is Mine!
Dickinson, Emily To flee from memory
Dickinson, Emily To be forgot by thee
Dickinson, Emily We talked with each other about each other
Dickinson, Emily What I see not, I better see-
Dickinson, Emily Wild Nights- Wild Nights!
Dickinson, Emily You cannot make Remembrance grow
Donne, John "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"
Donne, John "Song"
Dunbar, Paul Laurence "To a Captious Critic"
Dunbar, Paul Laurence "Theology"
Dunbar, Paul Laurence "Sympathy"
Eliot, George (Mary Ann Evans) "In a London Drawing Room"
Eliot, T.S. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
Emerson, Ralph Waldo "Days"
Espada, Martin "Coca-Cola and Coco Frio."
Fisher, Diane "Explosion at Winco No. 9"
Fisher, Diane "Violet's Wash"
Fisher, Diane "Pink Hollyhocks"
Fisher, Diane "A Reporter from New York Asks Edith Mae Chapman, Age Nine, What Her Daddy Tells Her about the Strike"
Fisher, Diane "My Dearest Hazel"
Fisher, Diane "Sheepskin"
Fisher, Diane "Dear Diary"
Fisher, Diane "Lick Creek Tent Colony"
Fisher, Diane "David"
Francis, Robert "Catch"
Francis, Robert "The Pitcher"
Frost, Robert "Acquainted With the Night"
Frost, Robert "Birches"
Frost, Robert "Design"
Frost, Robert "Dust of Snow"
Frost, Robert "Fire and Ice"
Frost, Robert "Home Burial"
Frost, Robert "Mending Wall"
Frost, Robert "Out, Out-"
Frost, Robert "The Pasture"
Frost, Robert "The Road Not Taken"
Frost, Robert "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
Frost, Robert "The Woodpile" (1914)
Gioia, Dana "Money" by Dana Gioia Heaney, Seamus.
Gwynn, R.S. "Shakespearean Sonnet"
Hardy, Thomas "At the Altar-Rail"
Hardy, Thomas "The Convergence of the Twain"
Hardy, Thomas "I Looked Up From My Writing"
Harper, Frances E.W. "Learning to Read"
Hayden, Robert "Those Winter Sundays"
Heaney, Seamus "Digging."
Hernandez, David "All-American"
Herrick, Robert "To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time"
Herrick, Robert "Delight in Disorder"
Herrick, Robert "Upon Julia's Clothes"
Heyen, William "The Trains"
Hoagland, Tony "America"
Hopkins, Gerard Manley "Spring and Fall"
Housman, A.E. "Loveliest of Trees, The Cherry Now"
Hughes, Langston "Harlem"
Ignatow, David "The Jobholder"
Jarrell, Randall "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner"
Johnson, Georgia Douglas "Prejudice"
Jonson, Ben "On My First Son"
Jonson, Ben "To Celia"
Keats, John "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
Keats, John "To Autumn"
Keats, John "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"
Keats, John "Bright Star, Would I Were Stedfast as Thou Art-"
Keats, John "Written in Disgust of Vulgar Superstition"
Kenyon, Jane "Not Writing"
Kooser, Ted "Selecting a Reader"
Kumin, Maxine "The Excrement Poem."
Lameris, Danusha "Names"
Larkin, Philip "A Study of Reading Habits"
Lawrence, D.H. "How Beastly the Bourgeois is"
Lazarus, Emma "The New Colossus"
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth A Psalm of Life
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth Excelsior
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth My Lost Youth
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth The Slave's Dream
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth The Fire of Drift-wood
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth The Jewish Cemetery at Newport
Lowell, Amy "Last Night it Rained"
Machan, Katharyn Howd "Hazel Tells Laverne"
Maloney, John "Good!"
Marvell, Andrew "To His Coy Mistress"
Marzan, Julio "Ethnic Poetry"
Marzan, Julio "The Translator at the Reception for Latin American Writers"
Mayers, Florence Cassen "All-American Sestina"
McCord, David "Epitaph on a Waiter"
McKay, Claude "The Lynching"
Milton, John "When I Consider How My Light is Spent"
Morales, Aurora L. "Child of the Americas"
Muldoon, Paul "Symposium"
Murray, Joan "We Old Dudes"
Niemoller, Martin "They first came for the Communists"
Nims, John Frederick "Love Poem"
Nowlan, Alden "The Bull Moose"
Owen, Wilfred "Dulce Et Decorum Est"
Piercy, Marge "To Be of Use"
Poe, Edgar Allan "To Helen"
Poe, Edgar Allan Sonnet- To Science
Poe, Edgar Allan "The Haunted Palace"
Pope, Alexander "Ode on Solitude"
Rios, Alberto "Seniors"
Robinson, Edwin Arlington "Richard Cory"
Roethke, Theodore "My Papa's Waltz."
Rossetti, Christina Georgina "Uphill"
Ryan, Kay "Dew"
Ryan, Michael "I"
Sandburg, Carl "A Fence"
Shakespeare, William From Macbeth (Act V, Scene V) Lines 19-28
Shakespeare, William "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?"
Shakespeare, William "My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun"
Shakespeare, William "That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold"
Shelley, Percy Bysshe "Ozymandias"
Shumate, David "Shooting the Horse"
Sigourney, Lydia Huntley "Indian Names"
Simic, Charles "Fork"
Snyder, Gary "A Dent in a Bucket"
Southey, Robert From "The Cataract of Lodore"
Sutphen, Joyce "Guys Like That"
Tennyson, Alfred "The Eagle"
Tennyson, Alfred "Ulysses"
Thomas, Dylan "The Hand That Signed the Paper"
Thomas, Dylan "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"
Toomer, Jean "Unsuspecting"
Trethewey, Natasha "On Captivity"
Trowbridge, William "Drumming Behind You in the High School Band"
Updike, John "Dog's Death"
Whitman, Walt A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown
Whitman, Walt A Sight in the Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim
Whitman, Walt As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life
Whitman, Walt As I Lay with My Head in Your Lap Camerado
Whitman, Walt As Toilsome I Wander'd Virginia's Woods
Whitman, Walt Beat! Beat! Drums!
Whitman, Walt Cavalry Crossing a Ford
Whitman, Walt Facing West from California's Shores
Whitman, Walt From Pent-up Aching Rivers
Whitman, Walt Here the Frailest Leaves of Me
Whitman, Walt From "I Sing the Body Electric" (verse 9)
Whitman, Walt Once I Pass'd through a Populous City
Whitman, Walt Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
Whitman, Walt Reconciliation
Whitman, Walt Scented Herbage of My Breast
Whitman, Walt From "Song of the Open Road"
Whitman, Walt Spirit Whose Work Is Done
Whitman, Walt Spontaneous Me
Whitman, Walt "The Dalliance of the Eagles"
Whitman, Walt The Wound-Dresser
Whitman, Walt Trickle, Drops
Whitman, Walt When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd
Whitman, Walt "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer"
Whitman, Walt Whoever You Are, Holding Me Now in Hand
Whitman, Walt Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night
Williams, William Carlos "Poem"
Williams, William Carlos "To Waken an Old Lady"
Williams, William Carlos "The Red Wheelbarrow"
Wordsworth, William "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
Wordsworth, William "Mutability"
Wordsworth, William "My Heart Leaps Up"
Wordsworth, William "The World is Too Much With Us"
Yeats, William Butler "Leda and the Swan"
Yeats, William Butler "That the Night Come"
Yeats, William Butler "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"
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Addison, Liz Two Years Are Better Than Four
Balko, Radley What You Eat Is Your Business
Baron, Dennis Reforming Egypt in 140 Characters?
Bass, Rick "Why I Hunt"
Benfield, Kaid "Sustainable New Orleans: How Katrina Made a City Greener"
Biello, David "How Did the BP Oil Spill Affect Gulf Coast Wildlife?"
Biggs, Stuart "Tsunami Cities Fight Nuclear Elites to Create Green Jobs"
Bowen, Stuart "The Wildlife Conservation Society Makes Zoos Sustainable"
Bradford, William Of Plymouth Plantation: Book I, Chapter IX
Brundtland Report "Our Common Future: From One Earth to One World"
Capra, Fritjof "Ecology and Community"
Carey, Kevin Why Do You Think They're Called For-Profit Colleges?
Crystal, David 2b or Not 2b?
Douglass, Frederick Narrative on the Life of Frederick Douglass
Edwards, Jonathan Personal Narrative
Frank, Robert H. Income Inequality: Too Big to Ignore
Franklin, Benjamin The Autobiography: Part I
Franklin, Benjamin The Speech of Miss Polly Baker (starts halfway down the page with changed font)
Franklin, Benjamin Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America
Gladwell, Malcolm Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted
Goleman, Daniel and Gregory Norris "How Green Is My iPad?"
Gore, Al "Climate of Denial"
Hacker, Andrew and Claudia Dreifus Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission?
Handwerk, Brian "'Blue Jobs' Key to Future Fisheries"
Haywood, Wil Kentucky Town of Manchester Illustrates National Obesity Crisis
Heimbuch, Jaymi "How Cell Phones Are Changing the Face of Green Activism"
Herbert, Bob Hiding from Reality
Interlandi, Jeneen "A Tree Grows in Haiti: Recovery Efforts May Hinge on Something Green"
Irving, Washington The Author's Account for Himself
Jefferson, Thomas Declaration of Independence
Jervey, Ben "After Sandy, Rebuilding for Storms and Rising Seas"
Johnson, Steven Watching TV Makes You Smarter
Kaplan, Jeffrey "The Gospel of Consumption"
Kimmelman, Michael Woman Who Hit Very Hard and How They've Changed Tennis
Lincoln, Abraham Gettysburg Address
Lincoln, Abraham Second Inaugural Address
Lomborg, Bjorn "Yes, It Looks Bad, But..."
Leopold, Aldo "Thinking Like a Mountain"
MacMillan, Douglas "Switching to Green-Collar Jobs"
Mallaby, Sebastian Progressive Wal-Mart. Really.
McDonnell, Tim "Why Do Conservatives Like to Waste Energy?"
Meadows, Donella; Jorgen Randers and Dennis L Meadows "Limits to Growth: Tools for the Transition to Sustainability"
Miller, Larry "Sustainability: The New Holy Grail"
Mittermeier, Russell "Language Diversity Is Highest in Biodiversity Hotspots"
Muir, John "The American Forests"
Murray, Charles Are Too Many People Going to College?
Myhrvold, Nathan "After Fukushima: Now, More Than Ever"
Newport, Dave "Campus Sustainability: It's About People"
Obama, Barack A More Perfect Union
Obama, Michelle Remarks to the NAACP Remarks in Video
Olssen, Karen Up Against Wal-Mart
Pollan, Michael "Wendell Berry's Wisdom"
Rifkin, Jeremy "The Third Industrial Revolution: Toward a New Economic Paradigm"
Rogers, Felisa How I Learned to Love Football
Rose, Mike Blue-Collar Brilliance
Ross, Ron "Now Playing: The Sustainability Con"
Rowlandson, Mary

A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson:            

Schendler, Auden "Climate Revelations"
Sheed, Wilfrid Why Sports Matter
Smith, Brendan "The Coming Green Wave: Ocean Farming to Fight Climate Change"
Smith, John The General History of Virginia: The Third Book- Chapter 1
St. John de Crevecoeur Letters from an American Farmer: Letter III- What Is an American?
Stevens, Dana Thinking Outside the Idiot Box
Suzuki, David "The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature"
Than, Ker "Americans Least Green- And Feel Least Guilt, Survey Suggests"
Thomas, Cal Is the American Dream Over?
Thoreau, Henry David Essay on Civil Disobedience
Thoreau, Henry David From Walden: Economy
Thoreau, Henry David From Walden: Spring
Thoreau, Henry David From Walden: Conclusion
Thoreau, Henry David "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For"
The United Nation's Panel on Global Sustainability "Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing"
Wallace, David Foster Kenyon Commencement Speech
YouTube video  
Warner, Judith Junking Junk Food
Westervelt, Amy "Can Recycling Be Bad For the Environment?"
Whitty, Julia "Animal Extinction: The Greatest Threat to Mankind"
Wilson, Robin A Lifetime of Student Debt? Not Likely
Yabroff, Jennie In Defense of Cheering
Zinczenko, David Don't Blame the Eater
Zorach, Alex "Sustainability: Building a Consensus between Liberals and Conservatives"

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