Writers: A Guide to Resources
- Oxford Companion to English
Literature (R820.3 O98)
Literary History of England (820.0 B436)
Columbia History of British
Feminist Companion to Literature in English (R820.3
- BritishWriters: A Collection
of Literary Biographies (R820.9 B862)
Includes long essays covering in-depth analysis of a writer's style and the
themes of major works.
- Supernatural Fiction Writers (R809.3 B646)
Longer essays focusing on writers of the supernatural, fantasy, and horror.
- World Poets (R809.1
Solid essays combining biographical and critical material. Includes web links
- Critical Survey of Poetry (R809.1 M194)
Critical Survey of Drama (R809.2 M194)
Critical Survey of Short Fiction (R809.3 M466)
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 literature classes.
- Drama Criticism
World Literature Criticism
Twentieth Century Literary
Criticism (writers who died between 1900-1960)
Contemporary Literary Criticism
Nineteenth Century Literary
Criticism (writers who died between 1800-1900)
Literature Criticism from 1400
to 1800 (R809 L776)
Short Story Criticism
Includes critical excerpts from a variety of sources that offer contrasting
evaluations of an author.
- Dictionary of Literary Biography:
British Poets 1880-1914 (R928 D554)
Victorian Novelists Before 1885 (R928
Victorian Novelists After 1885 (R928 D554)
Modern British Dramatists (R928 D554)
Poets of Great Britain and Ireland Since 1960
Emphasizes biographical information but includes material about the critical
reception of an author's works.
- Encyclopedia of Shakespeare A-Z of His Life and
Works (R822.3 B787)
- Shakespeare the Playwright (R822.3 C132)
- Shakespeare's Characters for Students
- Shakespeare for Students
- Shakespearean Criticism
Use the Gale
Literary Index to determine which volumes
include your play.
To locate a specific topic, use the cumulative topical index in the most recent
volume of Shakespearean Criticism.
- William Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence
- 813.09 British
- 821.09 British
- 822.09 British
- 822.3 Shakespeare
- A comprehensive index to the major
literature series published by Gale; highlighted in
on this page. The library owns many of the volumes.
Literary Criticism Collection, Internet Public
- Includes 2,662 critical and biographical
websites about authors and their works. Can search by author,
title, nationality, or literary period.
Resources on the Net
- Arranged by categories including:
Medieval, Renaissance, Eighteenth Century, Romantic, Victorian,
and Twentieth Century British and Irish. Site was created and is
managed by Jack Lynch, Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers
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 which is indexed by
name, country, and century.
Women's Writers Project
William Shakespeare and the Internet
- A complete annotated guide to the
scholarly Shakespeare resources available on the
- A website devoted to the study of
Romantic period literature and culture.
- An international resource which provides
access to major works of Blake's visual and literary
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Updated December 2003 by Allen Chamberlain.