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Some authors will have entire books, databases, or websites about them. How is this information useful for Literary Criticism?
- Biographical information about an author can help set a literary work in context
- Information such as the author’s time period, geographic location, ethnicity, and gender can help you locate additional resources
Author eBook Series
These are just a few examples of the novelists, dramatists, poets, and short story writers in the "Bloom's Major..." eBook series. Click on any title below to read instantly on your computer, or check the for more selections. Hint: Search for the keyword "Bloom" along with your author's last name, then limit the Item Type to "Electronic Book."
Within the library databases are specialized tools for finding author information:
- Bloom's Literature gathers reference sources, criticism, literary works, images, and videos on the most frequently studied writers.
- in Bloom's Literature contains links to interviews and profiles on over 4,000 authors from 1989 to the present in article and podcast formats.
- Bloom's Literature guides offer suggestions on essay topics such as theme, character, form, imagery, and symbolism for over 50 authors and their works.
- Gale Literature Criticism arranges resources by criticism, biography, topic & work overviews, and reviews & news.
- Gale Literature allows you to search for authors based on parameters such as gender, ethnicity, or date of birth without needing a name.