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Literature and Literary Criticism

About an author

Try these sources to find information about an author's life (biographies, memoirs, interviews etc.) and also lists (bibliographies).of their literary works.

Biographical articles and essays

Biographical/Bibliographical Sources: Books, e-books, DVDs

                                                                50 authors

"Some fifty authors hold up their books in front of a newly opened bookstore on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 14, 1978. Among those pictured here are Jane Howard, Eugenia Sheppard, Chuck Scarborough, Jack Guilford, Lynn Revson, Dan Greenburg and Rona Jaffee. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)" (from AP Images)

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  • Biography and criticism: Use the name of the author along with words like Biography (for materials about the author's life) or Criticism and interpretation (for materials about the author’s writings). 

  • Search for materials about authors from specific time periods, countries, regions, languages, ethnic groups, etc. 
    • Try terms such as: Poetry, Short Story, Short Stories, Fiction, Literature, or Drama, and, by nationalities, such as American fiction, English drama, etc. .Combine with subheadings, such as History and Criticism, Bio-Bibliography, or Stories, plots, etc. 

Selected titles

Some examples of books for categories of authors (e.g., women authors) or types of literature (e.g., American literature).  
  • African-American Writers: A Dictionary
    Main Stacks PS153 .N5 A3444 2000
  • Asian American Short Story Writers
    Main Stacks PS153 .A84 A828 2003
  • British and Irish poets : a Biographical Dictionary, 449-2006
    Main Stacks PR502 .B67 2007
  • The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth Century American Short Story
    Main Stacks PS374 .S5 C57 2000
  • The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama
    Main Stacks PN1861 .C65 2007 (2 volumes)
  • The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States since 1945
    Main Stacks PS153 .I52 C573 2006
  • Contemporary Gay American Novelists
    Main Stacks PS374 .N63 C66 1993
  • Contemporary Women Poets
    Main Stacks PS151 .C67 1998Front Cover
  • The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry
    Main Stacks PS303 .G74 2006 (5 volumes)
  • Latin American Writers
    Main Stacks PQ7081 .A1 L37 1989 (3 volumes)
  • Latino and Latina Writers                                                                 
    Main Stacks PS153 .H56 L39 2004 (2 volumes)
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature
    Main Stacks PS21 .E537 2003 (4 volumes)
  • Writing African American Women : An Encyclopedia of Literature By and About Women of Color
    Main Stacks PS153 .N5 W756 2006 (2 volumes)
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