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This site is dedicated to openings, in particular the opening words (first lines) of books, the opening lines of poems and (coming soon) songs, plays and films. The books included so far are mainly (but not exclusively) novels in the English language. Poems are mainly in modern English. There is no particular criteria for the inclusion or exclusion of a particular book or poem and to date, no book or poem has been excluded.
NB I am aware that some of the first lines are missing their endings and a few are duplicated. I am working on correcting this as soon as possible.
The site is updated from time to time with more books and poems, so if you can't find the book or poem that you are looking for, keep on checking back here. Don't forget to bookmark this page.3058 Books