Poetry Resources: English 10

Biographical essays | Criticism | Additional resources | Web sources

Biographical essays

R 809.1 P123
Padgett, Ron ed. World poets. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2000. Three volumes which contain alphabetically arranged articles that provide biographical and career information on 107 poets from around the world; includes fifteen essays on various genres and schools of poetry.
The following three references includes long essays covering in-depth analysis of a writer's style, life, and the themes of major works.
R 810.9 A512

American writers: a collection of literary biographies. New York: Scribner, 1974, 1981-1996, 2000 and 2001.

R 810.9 M689

Modern American women writers. New York: Scribner, 1991.
R 810.9 A258
Smith, Valerie, ed. African American writers. New York: Scribner, 1991.

Dictionary of Literary Biography

These volumes contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide career biographies of writers; each with a list of principal works and a bibliography

R 928 D554
Harris, Trudier ed. Afro-American writers from the Harlem Renaissance to 1940. Detroit: Gale Research, 1987.

R 928 D554
Quartermain, Peter ed. American poets, 1880-1945. Detroit: Gale Research, 1987. part 1 A-M and part 2 N-Z.

R 928 D554
Gyynn, R. S. ed. American poets since World War II. Detroit: Gale Research, 1992.

The following multi-volume references include significant passages of published criticism from general magazines, scholarly journals, and books. Each entry provides a complete bibliographical citation noting the original source. An index to these volumes is available online at http://www.galenet.com/servlet/LitIndex/

R 809 C761
Contemporary literary criticism. Detroit: Gale Research, 1975-.

R 809 D765
Draper, James P., ed. Black literature criticism: excerpts from criticism of the most significant works of Black authors over the past 200 years. Detroit: Gale Research, 1992. V1 Chinua Achebe-Ralph Ellison, V2 Buchi Emecheta-Malcolm X, V3 Paule Marshall-Al Young.

R 809 T971
Twentieth-century literary criticism. Detroit: Gale Research, 1978-.

R 809.03 D765
Draper, James P., ed. World literature criticism: 1500 to the present, a selection of major authors from Gale's literary criticism series. Detroit: Gale Research, 1992.

R 809.1 P745
Poetry criticism. Detroit: Gale Research, 1991-.

Additional resources

R 808.81 G152
Poetry for students. Detroit: Gale, 1998-2002. A guide to understanding and studying poetry, featuring entries on separate works, each including an introduction to the poem and its author, the poem text, a summary, analysis of important themes, explanation of important literary techniques and movements, and information on literary and historical background.

R 809.1 M194
Critical survey of poetry. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2003. Gives a thorough overview of a poet including biographical information as well as critical analysis.

R 810.9 A512
Davidson, Marshall B. The American heritage history of the writers' America. New York: American Heritage, 1973.

R809 B798

Bradbury, Malcolm, ed. The Atlas of Literature. New York: Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, 1998.

R902 G888

Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History. New York: Simon & schuster, 1991.

R902 P342

Paxton, John and Knappman, Edward, editors. The Wilson Calendar of World History. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1999.


R973.91 A512

American Decades. Detroit: Gale.
Each volume focuses on one decade from 1900-1999.

Scribner Writers
(from Start Menu, select Literary Criticism, then the specific resource.) Online collection of biographical and critical information on world authors.
Twayne's U.S. Authors **
(from Start Menu, select Literary Criticism, then the specific resource.) Includes the full text of books in the Twayne's U.S. authors series.
**available from the computers on the round tables in the library.
Web sources
Gale Literary Index
A comprehensive index to the major literature series published by Gale. The library owns many of the volumes.
American 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.
Online Literary Criticism Collection, Internet Public Library
Includes 2,662 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works. Can search by author, title, nationality, or literary period.
Voice of the Shuttle
This immense site takes some practice to use well but it is worth the effort.
A Celebration of Women Writers
Great resource for American writers.

Biographical essays | Criticism | Additional resources | Web sources

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