- Oxford Companion to American
Literature (R810.3 O98)
Columbia Literary History of the U.S. (R810.9 C726)
Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short
Story (R813.09 G316)
- Columbia History of the American
Novel (R813.09 E46)
- Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of
American Literature (R810.9 B465)
- American Writers: A Collection of
Literary Biographies (R810.9 A512)
Includes long essays covering in-depth analysis of a writer's
style and the themes of major works.
- African American Writers (R810.9
Complements American Writers by including articles on
African American writers who have made a significant contribution
to American literature.
- Asian American Literature (R810.9
- Modern American Women Writers
- American Nature Writers (R810.9
- Critical Survey of Poetry (R809.1
Critical Survey of Drama (R809.2 M194)
Critical Survey of Short Fiction (R809.3 M194)
Critical Survey of Long Fiction (R809.3 M194)
Survey of Modern Fantasy Fiction (R809.3 M194)
Gives a thorough overview of a writer including biographical
information as well as critical analysis.
- Short Stories for Students
Drama for Students (R809.2 G152)
Novels for Students (R809.2 G152)
Poetry for Students (R808.81 G152)
Epics for Students (R809.1 G152)
In-depth coverage of authors and works frequently included in
- Drama Criticism (R809.2 T866)
World Literature Criticism (R809.03 D765)
Black Literature Criticism (R809 D765)
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (writers who died
between 1900-1960) (R809 T971)
Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (writers who died
between 1800-1900) (R809 N971)
Contemporary Literary Criticism (R809 C761)
Includes critical excerpts from a variety of sources that offer
contrasting evaluations of an author.
- Dictionary of Literary
American Novelists Since World War II (R928 K46)
Twentieth Century American Dramatists (R928 M169)
American Novelists 1910-1945 (R928 M385)
The Beats: Literary Bohemians in Postwar America (R928
American Realists and Naturalists (R928 P695)
Emphasizes biographical information but includes material about
the critical reception of an author's works.
- 811.9 American
- 812.9 American
- 813.09 American
- On the PawPage: Literature
Resource Center a comprehensive resource for every researcher.
- includes biographical essays, critical analyses,
and links to websites.
- A comprehensive index to the major
literature series published by Gale. The library owns many of the
Authors on the Web
- Includes American authors since 1550.
Links point to sites with biographical and critical information.
Has an easy-to-use alphabetical list of authors.
of the Shuttle
- This immense site takes some practice to
use well but it is worth the effort. Results are arranged by VoS
file name (for example, VoS English Literature: America) and then
hyperlinked to a line number--each result has a brief entry
containing your search words.
Celebration of Women Writers
- Great resource for American
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Updated February 2005 for Upper School
English classes by Allen Chamberlain.