Nineteenth Century Authors

Short Fiction, Novels,and Primary Documents


(arranged alphabetically by surname)

Adams, Henry: The Education of Henry Adams

Alcott, Louisa M.: "A Day" from Hospital Sketches and Camp Fireside Stories, Little Women, Scarlet Stockings, Behind a Mask: or, a Woman's Power

Alger, Horatio: The Cash Boy, John Maynard: A Ballad of Lake Erie, Nothing to do: a tilt at our best society, Grand'ther Baldwin's Thanksgiving, A Fancy of Hers, Voices of the Past, St. Nicholas, Paul the Peddler; or the Fortunes of a Young Street Merchant, Bound to Rise, The Errand Boy; or How Phil Brent Won Success, Ragged Dick or Street Life in New York, A Welcome to May, Driven from Home

Barrows, Samuel J.: What the Southern Negro is Doing for Himself

Bird, Robert Montgomery: The City Looking Glass

Bonner, John Stuart: A Master Sold by a Slave

Bonner, Sherwood: Dialect Tales (illustrated)

Brown, Charles Brockden: Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist

Burroughs, John: Get to Know John Burroughs (numerous links to biographical information, bibliographies, text selections, and more)

Chestnut, Mary Boykin: A Diary from Dixie

Chestnutt, Charles W.: The Conjure Woman; The Wife of his Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line

Chopin, Kate: The Kate Chopin Project (biography, stories, bibliography, etc.)

Cooper, James Fenimore: The Last of the Mohicans, The Eclipse, Preface and initial Pages of The Pathfinder

Craddock, Charles Egbert: In the Tennessee Mountains

Crane, Stephen: The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane: Man, Myth, and Legend (hypertexts, a brief biography, criticism, and links to other pertinenet sites), The Black Riders and Other Lines; The Blue Hotel; War is Kind and Other Lines

Dana, Richard Henry: Two Years Before the Mast

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Davidson, Lucretia Maria: The Poetical remains of the late Lucretia Maria Davidson

Dickinson, Emily: 460 Poems


Douglass, Frederick: My Escape from Slavery, "The Color Line", "Reconstruction", Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, The Negro Exodus from the Southern States, An Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage

Dreiser, Theodore: Sister Carrie

Dromgoole, Will Allen: The Heart of Old Hickory and Other Stories of Tennessee

Du Bois, W.E.B.: A Negro Schoolmaster in the New South, Strivings of the Negro People, The Freedmen's Bureau, Of the Training of Black Men, The Souls of Black Folk

Emerson, Ralph Waldo: Collected Works (gopher file containing numerous essays including: And Address, Lecture on the Times, Representative Men, The American Scholar, and much more) The Ralph Waldo Emerson Page (biography, portraits, hypertexts, criticism, etc.)

Fuller, Margaret: Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (Seneca Falls Convention, 1848: prepared by Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

Geronimo: The Autobiography of Geronimo

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins: The Yellow Wallpaper; Herland

Harris, George W.: Sut Lovingood. Yarns Spun (by a "Nat'ral Born Durn'd Fool. Warped and Wove for Public Wear")

Harris, John Chandler: Uncle Remus

Hardy, Thomas: Wessex Poems and Other Verses, The Novels of Thomas Hardy (provides links to hypertexts and criticism of such works as The Mayor of Casterbridge, Jude the Obscure, Far from the Maddening Crowd, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, and many more), The Poetry of Thomas Hardy (essays related to Hardy's impact on Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and Elegiac Tradition) Thomas Hardy Photo Archive, Photographs: the Novels (photographs related to the geography of Hardy's novels)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Snow-Image: A Childish Miracle, The House of Seven Gables, The Canterbury Pilgrims, The Art of the Beautiful, Ethan Brand, The Shaker Bridal, The Almost Complete Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Nathaniel Hawthorne Home Page (extensive biographical information, hypertexts, criticism, images, etc.)

Holmes, Oliver Wendell: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table

Horton, George M.: The Poetical Works of George M. Horton, The Colored Bard of North Carolina, To Which is Prefixed The Life of the Author, Written by Himself

Irving, Washington: Knickerbocker's History of New York

James, Henry: The Ambassadors, The Turn of the Screw, The Portrait of a Lady, The Europeans, Daisy Miller, Confidence

Jewett, Sarah Orne: A White Heron (with recommended critical and background reading), The Country of the Pointed Firs

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth: Collected Works

Melville, Herman: The Confidence Man: His Masquerade, Typee, Moby Dick, Benito Cereno, Billy Bud, Bartleby, the Scrivener, The Herman Melville Internet Society (Biographical information, criticism, publishing history, etc.)

Page, Thomas Nelson: In Ole Virginia (or Marse Chan and Other Stories)

Poe, Edgar A.: Tales and Sketches (including: "The Sphinx", "the Pit and the Pendulum", "Thou Art the Man", and many more), Collected Works (gopher file containing an impressive number of hypertext poems and short stories)

Po-Ka-Gon, Simon: "An Indian on the Problem of his Race" (1898) "Indian Superstitions and Legends" (1895) "The Future of the Red Man" (1897)

Stowe, Harriet Beecher: Sojourner Truth, the Libyan Sibyl, Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly

Stuart, Ruth McEnery: In Simpkinsville: Character Tales




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Thoreau, Henry David: Civil Disobedience, Life Without Principle, A Plea for Captain John Brown, Slavery in Massachusetts, Walden or Life in the Woods (arranged by chapter)

Thorpe, T.B.: The Hive of "The Bee-Hunter," A Repository of Sketches, Including Peculiar American Character, Scenery, and Rural Sports

Turner, Frederick Jackson: The Frontier in American History


Turner, Nat: The Confessions of Nat Turner

Twain, Mark: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Innocents Abroad, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Puddn'head Wilson

Washington, Booker T.: Up from Slavery; The Awakening of the Negro; Signs of Progress

Whitman, Walt: Calamus poems: Leaves of Grass, The Walt Whitman Home Page (recovered notebooks, images, texts, resources, etc.), The Walt Whitman Hypertext Archive (works, criticism, notebooks, bibliographies, etc.)

Wilcox, Ella Wheeler: Custer and other poems


For more texts by the above and other nineteenth century writers:

The Electronic Text Archives at University of Virginia (hypertexts of literature from all genres, periods, and cultures)

Making of America (extensive literary search engine at University of Michigan: find by author, title, subject, etc.)

The Nineteenth Century Women Writers Web (a searchable index of 19th century literature produced by women)

The American Verse Project (an assembly of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920: searchable by verse, paragraph, words, and phrases; a collection of topical criticism and more)

Dialogic Romanticism in the Literature of the Civil War (a critical essay by Matt Conner)


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