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Read Books Online Free – All Types of Literature

Read books online free, all types of literature, modern literary criticism. Ancient world literature, medieval era, modern world literature. Read drama online, poetry collections. Reading guides for many genres.

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Ancient Literature Books – Medieval Literature Books

Medieval Literature Books – Collection

About 400 free online medieval literature books at the Internet Archive. Read books online free, all types of literature. Be patient as the page loads.

Ancient Literature Books – Collection

About 100 ancient literature books from the Internet Archive free online. Read books online free, all types of literature.


Free Classic Literature

Free Classic Literature – Collection

More than 1,600 classic literature books free at the Internet Archive. Some titles: Educating Rita, American Women Writers, The Field of Life and Death, Masks of Conquest, Beneath the Wheel, The Prince, Beowulf, Hypatia of Alexandria, Bookless in Baghdad, The Bell Jar, Menander, Amerika, Shakespearean Negotiations, Roald Dahl Omnibus, Altogether Elsewhere, The Mortal Hero, Consider the Lobster, Zen and Zen Classics, C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, Lancelot-Grail Realer, of Mice and Men, Women in Greek Myth, Sundiata, The Madwoman in the Attic, The Friendly Shakespeare, Abandon the Old in Tokyo, The Doors of Perception, many more. Free classic literature, all types of literature.

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Classic Literature & Criticism Books – Collection

About 1,600 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Literature – Classics & Criticism”. Free classic books online. Some Titles: Steppenwolf, Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, Procopius, The Great Gatsby, Islands in the Stream, East of Eden, Invisible Man, Demian, The Sun Also Rises, The Great Gatsby, In Our Time, Frankenstein, The Greek Myths, Beneath the Wheel, A Clockwork Orange, Fanny Hill, Native Son, The Good Earth, Report to Greco, Jane Eyre, Jayber Crow, The Tale of Genji, A Farewell to Arms, Macbeth, Moviegoer, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Idiot, The Count of Monte Cristo, many more. Be patient as the page loads. Read books online free, all forms of literature, classic literature online.

English Literature Online – Collection

More than 4,000 English literature books from the Internet Archive. Classic literature online, all types of literature.

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Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern – Audio Version

Warner, Charles Dudley, eds
R.S. Peale 1897

“In the Library of the World’s Best Literature, the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of books, the collection offers, before each chapter, a short essay about the author or subject in question. In many cases, chapters contemplate not one author, but certain groups of works, organized by nationality, subject or period; there is, thus, a chapter on Accadian-Babylonian literature, one on the Holy Grail, and one on Chansons, for example. Read books online free.

There are 10 volumes in this Librivox audio collection, each volume containing about 40 to 60 selections, recorded aloud by volunteers.


Dramas & Plays – Read Drama Online

English Drama Collection

About 1,600 free online English Drama books at the Internet Archive. Read drama online, all forms of literature.

Plays for Amateurs

Clapp, John Mantel, arr.
Drama League of America 1915 Dewey Dec. 016.8

Lists 197 plays, each with a paragraph describing plots, number and gender of characters, staging, difficulty, royalty fees etc. Read drama online.

Ottemiller’s Index to Plays in Collections

Connor, Billie M. and Mochedlover, Helene G., eds.
Scarecrow 1988 Dewey Dec. 016.8

“An author and title index to plays appearing in collections published between 1900 and 1985. This index analyzes 1,350 collections and “covers plays by 2,555 authors. The arrangement is by playwright, with lists of plays and collections in which each is designated by symbols. A list of collections analyzed and key to symbols and a title index complete the volume. Read drama online, all forms of literature, modern literary criticism.

Viewpoints in Modern Drama; an Arrangement of Plays According to their Essential Interest (Viewpoint Series)

Drury, Francis Keese Wynkoop
A.L. A. 1925 Dewey Dec. 016.8

Three hundred and sixty-eight modern plays grouped by class or theme, briefly but effectively characterized, and their plots outlined. Acting facts are also given. Part two lists and describes many volumes on modern drama, criticism, play writing and amateur production.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Modern literary criticism, read drama online.

Plays for Children

Oglebay, Kate, arr.
Drama League of America 1915 Dewey Dec. 016.8

Lists plays adapted to ages from six to sixteen, giving information as to publisher, scenes, time needed for presentation, characters, costumes, etc. Lists of reference books on producing, costuming, etc.- A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921. Read drama online.

Index to Dramatic Readings (Useful Reference Series)

Silk, Agnes K. and Fanning, C. E., comp.
Faxon 1925 Dewey Dec. 016.8

An index to the contents of twenty-five volumes of collections of dramatic readings published in the years 1915 to 1924, and chosen for their wide range of subjects. Selections are made available in numerous ways: by author, title, subject, by type of selection, occasion, and index of first lines and refrains. Of value to public readers, dramatic teachers and librarians.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926. All forms of literature.


General Literature – Read Books Online Free

Literary Fiction Collection

About 580 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Fiction – Literary”. Some authors: Lev Grossman, Murakami Haruki, Aravind Adiga, Ian McEwan, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alan Ryan, Dalton Trumbo, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Susie Bright, Hermann Hesse, James Schamus, G. V. Desani, Umberto Eco, Jerry Pinto, Wendell Berry, Milton Crane, Gerd Brantenberg, Cormac McCarthy, Harper Lee, Don DeLillo, Junot Diaz, Lars Kepler, Aimee Phan, Lucinda Riley, Jose Saramago, Kathy Acker, Sue Monk Kidd, Toni Morrison, Chuck Palahniuk, Nina George, Elena Ferrante, Richard Powers, many more. Be patient as the page loads. Read books free online.

Modern Literature Collection

About 1,800 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Modern Literature”. Read books free online.

European Literature Collection

About640 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “European Literature”. Read books free online.


Poetry Collections

American Poetry Collection

About 3,900 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “American Poetry”. Poetry collections online.

English Poetry Collection

About 3,200 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “English Poetry”. Poetry collections online.

Children’s Poetry Collection

About 2,900 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Children’s Poetry”. Poetry collections online.


Women’s Literature

Women and Literature Collection

About 1,700 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Women and Literature”. Read books free online.


World Literature – Read Books Online Free

Fiction Translations Collection

About1,100 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Fiction Translations”. World literature online free.

Literature Translations Collection

About 680 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Literature Translations”. World literature online free, read books online free, all types of literature.

Canadian Fiction Collection

Nearly 700 free novels online for reading or downloading at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Canadian Fiction”. Some authors are: Marian Engel, Gabrielle Roy, Kelley Armstrong, Lex Williford, Joan Smith, Alice Munro, Elizabeth Thornton, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, Roch Carrier, Anne Cameron, Lawrence Hill, Michael Slade, Mazo De la Roche, JoAnn Ross, Anne Hebert. Canadian Fiction (English), Canadian, Canada. World literature online free.

Chinese Fiction in Chinese and English Collection

Find here approximately 760 free full-length Chinese novels at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Chinese Fiction”. Fiction / Asian American, Chinese Americans — Fiction, China — Fiction, Chinese fiction — History and criticism, Chinese fiction — Translating into English, World literature online free..

French Fiction in French and English Collection

Here are over 400 PDF novels online to read for free at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “French Fiction in French and English”. Read French fiction in English and in French. Read full-length books online free, world literature online free.

French Literature in French and English Collection

About 850 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “French Literature in French and English”. Free classic books online. Be patient as the page loads.

Spanish Language Juvenile Fiction Collection

Over 500 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Spanish – Juvenile Fiction”. Be patient as the page loads. readfreenovelsonline, Free books Spanish. Read books online free, all types of literature.

Spanish Language Adult Fiction Collection

About 550 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Spanish – Adult Fiction”. Most are in Spanish. Free Spanish language books, free novels online, read books free online.

Korean Fiction Collection

About 180 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Korean Fiction”, in Korean and English. Read books online free.

Japanese Fiction Collection

About 760 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Japanese Fiction”, in English and Japanese.

German Fiction Collection

About 1,000 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “German Fiction”, in German and English. Read books free online.

Russian Fiction Collection

About 100 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Russian Fiction”, in Russian and English. World literature online free.

Italian Fiction Collection

About 60 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Italian Fiction”. Read books online free.


Literary Criticism – Modern Literary Criticism

Literature – History and Criticism Collection

About 2,700 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Literature – History and Criticism”. Read books online free.

Literary Studies – General Collection

About 300 modern literary criticism books at the Internet Archive.

Literature and Society Collection

About 570 modern literary criticism books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Literature and Society”. All types of literature, read books online free.

American Literature – History and Criticism Collection

About 530 modern literary criticism books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “American Literature – History and Criticism”.

American Literature – 20th Century – History and Criticism Collection

About 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of American Literature – 20th Century – History and Criticism. Read books online free.

American Literature 19th Century History and Criticism Collection

About 120 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of American Literature 19th Century History and Criticism.

African American Authors Collection

About 300 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of African American Authors. Some authors: Alice Walker, May Angelou, Ralph Ellison, James Whitfield Ellison, John Edgar Wideman, Brenda Jackson, Henry Louis Gates, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Richard Wright, Donald Goines, Amiri Baraka, James Weldon Johnson, Woodie King Jr., Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Walter Mosley, Walter Dean Myers, many more.

English Literature – History and Criticism Collection

About 700 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “English Literature – History and Criticism”.

English Literature – 20th Century – History and Criticism Collection

About 150 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of English Literature – 20th Century – History and Criticism.

English Literature – 19th century – History and Criticism Collection

About 300 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “English Literature – 19th century – History and Criticism”.

English Literature 1500-1700 – History & Criticism Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of English Literature 1500-1700 – History & Criticism.


Literature – Guides & Bibliographies

Accessing the Classics: Great Reads for Adults, Teens, and English Language Learners

Rosow, La Vergne
Libraries Unlimited 2006 Dewey Dec. 016

All readers—even those still learning to speak English—can enjoy the delights and benefits of great literature with the help of this motivational and practical book guide. Rosow takes you on a journey through the history of Western literature, beginning with ancient myths and moving to medieval tales and classics of the Renaissance, Romantic Movement, and Modernism. Along the way, she shows you how to give readers easy access to some of the best literature of all time. Scores of collections focus on such ancient and enduring stories as Gilgamesh, Beowulf, the tales of Chaucer; historical masterpieces of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens; and stellar names of more recent times, such as Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Each carefully selected collection lists an assortment of titles, ranging in reading level and arranged progressively from simple renditions, such as picture book re-tellings, through more advanced selections and readings where audio versions and simpler formatting support the reader, and on to the most challenging reads. Author profiles and narrative, as well as detailed descriptions of each title provide further insights into the story lines and features of the books. Free novels online, full-length books online free. English language — Study and teaching, Language Arts & Disciplines / Library & Information Science / General, Best books — United States.

Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Literature and Philology Section

An Annotated List of 1600 Titles with a Full Analytical Index

Wilson, H.W.; Sears, Minnie Earl, comp.
Wilson 1931 Dewey Dec. 016.8

Bibliographies of American Literature Collection

About 180 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Bibliographies of American Literature”. Be patient as the page loads. Read books online free, all types of literature.

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Bibliographies of English Literature Collection

About 160 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Bibliographies of English Literature”. Be patient as the page loads.

Bibliographies of Modern Literature Collection

About 50 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Bibliographies of Modern Literature”. Be patient as the page loads. Free novels online, full-length books online free.

Register of Bibliographies of the English Language and Literature (Cornell studies in English)

Northup, Clark Sutherland
Yale University 1925 Dewey Dec. 016.8

Includes both separately published bibliographies and a wealth of careful analysis of bibliographies contained in periodicals, literary histories, society transactions, biographical dictionaries, provincial bibliographies and other composite works. All entries are given with exact reference, there are some critical and descriptive notes, and references to reviews are also included. The total number of bibliographies listed is well over six thousand, and they represent a close selection.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Fifty Years of Best Sellers 1895-1945

Hackett, Alice Payne
Bowker 1945 Dewey Dec. 16.8

Each year through 1911 has a list of the top 10 works of fiction; for each year afterward the top 10 works of non-fiction are also listed. A half-page description of annual highlights often follows the lists. The volume also contains a chapter on American best sellers from 1880-1945, and another on best-selling books and authors before 1880. Bibliography — Best sellers, all ebooks. Read books online free, all types of literature.

World Historical Fiction: An annotated guide to novels for adults and young adults

Adamson, Lynda G.
Oryx 1999 Dewey Dec. .016.8

This book and its complement (American Historical Fiction) fill a gap in the bibliographic reference shelf by identifying historical novels for both adult and young adult readers. World Historical Fiction contains over 6,000 novels set outside the U.S. The newest titles, as well as old favorites, are covered and books that are appropriate for young adults are indicated. Each volume is indexed by author, title, genre, subject, and geographic setting for ease of reference. Children’s historical fiction ebooks, Literary Criticism / Books & Reading, Historical fiction — Bibliography.

World Historical Fiction Guide

an annotated chronological, geographical and topical list of selected historical novels

McGarry, Daniel D.
Scarecrow 1973 Dewey Dec. .016.8

Historical fiction — Indexes, Historical fiction — Bibliography.

A Guide to Historical Fiction

Baker, Ernest Albert
Routledge 1914 Dewey Dec. 016.8

Lists about five thousand novels which in any way portray the life of the past, including medieval romances and novels of manners, as well as avowedly historical novels. The arrangement is first by country and then chronologically by the historical period illustrated. Brief descriptive notes and a full index. The best and most comprehensive list yet published.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Fiction history, Historical fiction — Indexes, Historical fiction — Bibliography, children’s American historical fiction ebooks.

A Guide to British Historical Fiction

Buckley, John Anthony and Williams, W. T.,
Harrap 1912 Dewey Dec. 16.84

“The list, which is representative and not exhaustive, has been compiled with a view to illustrating every phase of British History to which reference is usually made in an ordinary School course.”
– from the Forward

European War Fiction in English and Personal Narratives; Bibliographies

Dawson, Loleta and Hunting, Marion Davis
Faxon 1921 Dewey Dec. 016.84

Part 1 contains 320 briefly annotated works of fiction; all are about World War I and set primarily between August 1914 and November 1918. They are organized by country. At the end of Part 1 is an index by author.

Part 2 is a bibliography of personal narratives of the war. All items are briefly annotated, and only those narratives considered by the compiler to have lasting value were included. There appear to be at least 400 books and articles in Part 2.

Guide to the Best Historical Novels and Tales

Nield, Jonathan
Putnam 1925 Dewey Dec. 016.8

Contains virtually all the historical novels in the English language or which have been translated into English, classified according to period treated, and arranged in columns under title, author and publisher, and subject. Juvenile and especially good books are indicated. No notes. Several bibliographies and author and title indexes.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Reading Women: A Book Club Guide for Women’s Fiction

Hill, Nanci Milone
Libraries Unlimited 2012 Dewey Dec. 016

“Brings together information on over 100 women’s fiction titles, providing everything a book group needs to encourage focused, stimulating meetings… Readers will learn the difference between women’s fiction, romance, and chick lit, as well as why these genres provide a rich trove of discussion topics for book groups.”

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List of Books for Girls and Women and their Clubs (A.L.A. Annotated Lists)

Leypoldt, A. H., & Iles, George, ed.
American Library Association 1895 Dewey Dec. 011.6

About 2,100 titles in chief branches of literature, classed under 26 main headings; each group selected and annotated by a specialist. Publishers and prices; very full index. List is general and equally useful for boys and men. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Read On … Women’s Fiction: Reading Lists for Every Taste

Vnuk, Rebecca
Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO 2009 Dewey Dec. 016

Vnuk categorizes and lists hundreds of popular women’s fiction titles, but her scope is more current and more selective than that found in other guides, the tone is lighter and more informal, annotations are shorter and livelier. Most important, the organization and approach are based on various appeal factors of the genre, rather than on the formal genres and subgenres adhered to by other guides.

A Descriptive Guide to the Best Fiction, British and American, Including Translations from Foreign Languages; Containing about 4,500 References

Baker, Ernest Albert
Macmillan 1903 Dewey Dec. 016.8 Rf

Note under each title gives theme and occasionally characterization, and list of editions. Best or representative works are starred. In Historical appendix all books illustrating history or social life of a country are entered briefly under 1) country, 2) period, 3) date. Full subject index and author-title index increase reference value. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904. Read free online novels.

The Reader’s Adviser: The Best in World Literature

DiYanni, Robert, ed.
R.R. Bowker 1994 Dewey Dec. 016.8

From age-old classics to the writings of today, The Reader’s Adviser helps you select and appreciate the world’s greatest books. This monumental work features: hundreds of authors and thousands of works new to this edition, plus updated entries and revised material in every chapter, updated critical and biographical profiles reflecting the latest understanding and scholarship, more women writers and more culturally diverse writers from around the world, title, name, & subject indexes. the free online novel. Reference books — Bibliography, Literature — Bio-bibliography, Best books, Literature — Bibliography.

Translations of Foreign Novels; a Selected List (Useful references series)

Grimm, Minerva Ethel
Boston Book Club 1917 Dewey Dec. 016.84

Selected list of translations from eighteen different languages, arranged alphabetically by author and also by title. Nearly 1,100 novels are included. Novel free read online.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926