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Literature and Literary Criticism

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Do you need to research a novel, novella, short story, poem, or play? 
Are you looking for information about the author - his/her life and influences?
Are you having a hard time with criticism and interpretation of the literary work? 
How do you actually find the literary work itself?
Use this research guide to answer these questions and more. If you're having trouble finding what you need, remember to ask us!

Who's thAuthor Harper Leee woman in the picture? Click on the photo to find out what her most famous--and for many years, only--book is.(photo from AP Images database). Why was she in the news in 2015?

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Explore the British Library’s greatest literary treasures from the Romantic and Victorian periods

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