The Power of Fiction

The Power of Fiction

IU is at the forefront of digitizing content, from books to music to archival material – and fiction is among that content. One prominent example is Wright American Fiction, a collection of important novels and fiction from the middle to the late 1800s, chosen from a survey conducted by librarian Lyle Wright. Seminal works of 19th century American fiction are present, from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, but there is a lot more to discover – almost 3,000 books are included. Books can be viewed as plain text, or in scanned images of the original books.


Other full-text resources in a similar vein include Early American Fiction 1789 – 1850, which covers the period just before Wright American Fiction, and authors ranging from James Fenimore Cooper to Edgar Allan Poe to Nathaniel Hawthorne; American Poetry (1600-1900), which features an astounding 40,000 poems from Colonial times to the dawn of the twentieth century; and eBooks and Texts Internet Archive, a website created by the nonprofit group Internet Archive and Open Library, offering more than 10,000,000 out-of-copyright books, including children’s books, academic texts, and historical material, as well as 300,000 more modern books that can be ‘checked out’ from their site.

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