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Welcome to Annotated, the Online Library of Annotated Editions

Annotated™ is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to promote life-long learning by making classic literary, philosophical, and historical works accessible to the general reader. The chief means by which we seek to achieve this goal is through providing free digital editions of unabridged classic texts that have been edited and supplemented with supporting materials by recognized scholars in order to provide the reader with a more well-rounded understanding and appreciation of our culture's literary heritage.

Our overall goal is a lifelong one: to provide annotated and critical editions of our world's most influential literary texts from ancient times to the early 20th century and make them freely available online. This is a tall order, and we are a volunteer-based organization, so we need all the support we can get from donors and contributing scholars. If you are interested in supporting Annotated's mission, learn how you can help by clicking here.

Check Out our Featured Annotated Editions

The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck

"The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith 

"A Hunger Artist"  by Franz Kafka

Annotated™ is the first organization of its kind in that we crowdsource the production of our critical editions through our online literary journal, The Critical Editor. The critical editions we are currently crowdsourcing are on Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado" and Oliver Goldsmith's play She Stoops to Conquer. Because we are a new organization and have to start somewhere (and because our Executive Director and Associate Editors are Victorianist and Modernist scholars), we are focusing our initial efforts primarily on 19th and early 20th century texts. We will, however, also be interspersing our work on the 19th and early 20th centuries with editions of texts and art from other periods, such as our annotated editions of The Arnolfini Portrait and She Stoops to Conquer

Our annotated edition of She Stoops was produced by Professor J. Commander and his Southern Oregon University students, and he has included instructions for other college instructors on how to implement such an activity in their own college classrooms here. Any annotated text produced via this means will be considered for publication on

The next annotated and/or critical editions we are currently in the process of producing are:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley  - "The Birth-Mark"  by Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne - "The Oval Portrait" by Edgar Allan Poe

The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins - Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

"The Outsider" by H. P. Lovecraft - Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

If there is not an edition available on our website for the text you seek, please use this form to request it and we will prioritize it accordingly. If you are a scholar and wish to contribute to an edition of a text, please use the same form. If you are interested in sponsoring a specific edition for immediate production, please contact us at


Thank you for supporting our mission to make knowledge free!  

J. Commander

Executive Director and General Editor

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