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Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1405-1471)
St. Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510)
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494)
Nicolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)
Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1469-1536)
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)
Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533)
Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529)
Sir Thomas More (c. 1478-1535)
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)
François Rabelais (c. 1495-1553)
John Calvin (1509-1564)
St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Sir Thomas Hoby (1530-1566)
Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)
William Gilbert (1540-1603)
St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
(The Book of Common Prayer) (1549)
Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-1604)
Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)
Richard Hooker (c. 1553-1600)
Jacobus Arminius (1560-1609)
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby (c. 1561-1642)
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)
John Donne (1572-1631)
William Harvey (1578-1657)
Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584-1645)
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
Izaak Walton (1593-1683)
Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
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Great Books E-Text Collections

eserver.org
  Formerly The English Server; based at the College of LAS at Iowa State University. This site offers over twenty thousand works covering a variety of interests (from art to philosophy to recipes and more).  

MIT Internet Classics Archive
  The Internet Classics Archive contains over 400 works (mostly Greek and Roman) from 59 different authors. Visitors may contribute to forum-style discussions of the various works.  

Project Gutenberg
  The granddaddy of the E-text sites, Project Gutenberg has set a goal of giving away 10,000 E-texts each to one hundred million readers by 2001 - a total of one trillion files. Project Gutenberg's English-translation E-texts are carried on 15 servers worldwide. In addition, Projekt Gutenberg-DE carries German-language documents.  

Univ. of Okla. Law Center
  This page contains links to the text of over 100 U.S. (and earlier) historical documents, from the Magna Carta (1215) to President George W. Bush's Inaugural Address.  


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Malaspina Great Books
  Loaded with resources about many classic works and their authors. If you want more than just the texts, this site is a must.  


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Great Books Organizations

Center for the Study of the Great Ideas
  The Center for the Study of the Great Ideas, founded by Dr. Mortimer Adler and Dr. Max Weismann, has two main purposes: to "awaken citizens from their moral and intellectual slumbers and to understand why philosophy is everybody's business;" and to "promulgate the insights and ideals embedded in Dr. Adler's lifelong intellectual work in the fields of Philosophy, Liberal Education, Ethics and Politics."
 

Great Books Foundation
  The Great Books Foundation "is an independent, nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to provide people of all ages with the opportunity to read, discuss, and learn from outstanding works of literature." Established in 1947, the Foundation has helped thousands of people to begin their own Great Books discussion groups.
 


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Kill Devil Hill
  Kill Devil Hill has an eclectic grouping of forums and chat rooms for literature lovers. At last check I counted nearly 100 chatrooms (and as many discussion groups), probably half of them on literature.  


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Author's Calendar
  A gold mine of biographical information about over 1000 authors, from the famous to the totally obscure. Sorted by last name and birthday (hence, the "Calendar"), so you can see which authors share your birthday (or throw a birthday party for your favorite!). Just select "Authors' Calendar" from the left-side menu.  

Free Book Notes
  The site links to online study guides and summaries of books ancient, classic and modern, with over 60,000 resources linked. The specific page linked above is a page of links to etext collections, divided into four categories - classics, contemporary, specialty, and kids' books.  

Great Books Guide
  A guide to not only the Great Books, but other classic literature as well as modern novels. Includes short reviews, synopses, interviews and profiles, a sugested reading list, and more.  

Gutenberg College
  From their website: "Gutenberg College's undergraduate program, which culminates in a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, offers a broad-based education in a unique environment. Our goal is to help students develop into mature adults who know how to live well—who have crafted a sound worldview, who have acquired the knowledge and skills to live productive and constructive lives, who are equipped to pursue truth."  

Shmoop
  From their website: "Shmoop will make you a better lover (of literature, history, life). See many sides to the argument. Find your writing groove. Understand how lit and history are relevant today. We want to show your brain a good time. Our mission: To make learning and writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age."  


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