[<< wikibooks] History of Literature
Literature may refer to any number of poetic, dramatic, fictional or nonfictional works from anywhere in the world. When people think of Literature they often picture dusty  old libraries crammed full of leather bound books. They think of the English novelists of the 18th and 19th centuries or the ancient Greek dramatists. The mythology of Africa and the haikus of Japan are not often included in this rather limited view of what constitutes "Literature". That is the purpose of this book; to open up you, the reader, to literature through space and time.


== In the Ancient World ==
Literature of the Ancient Mediterranean
Literature of Ramesside Egypt


== Poetry ==
Introduction
Sacred Poetry
Secular Poetry
Epic Poetry
Modern Poetry
Australian poetry at the turn of the 20th century


== Fiction ==
Introduction
Novel
Modern Fiction Around the World
North America
South America
Europe
Africa
Asia
AustraliaThe Wikibook on 19th Century Literature can be found here


== Nonfiction ==
Introduction
Essays
Life Stories
Biographies
Autobiographies
Scientific Literature
Philosophical Works


== Drama and Film ==
The Wikibook on theatre and acting can be found here.

Introduction
Tragedy
Comedy
Romance
Histories
Humanity


== Significant Figures ==
William Shakespeare
Mark Twain
Charles Dickens
Geoffrey Chaucer
Jane Austen
The Brontë Sisters
Thomas Hardy
James Joyce
George OrwellThe Wikibook on Catullus' poems can be found here
The Wikibook on Shakespeare's works can be found here