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Books & Authors

Powered by Gale’s popular What Do I Read Next? series, Books & Authors connects readers from every level of reading proficiency to fiction and non-fiction books that match their interests.

Contemporary Authors

Biographical and critical articles on current writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures and television.

Dictionary of Literary Biography

This resource is available to CLP cardholders only.

Features biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures.

Drama for Students

This resource is available to CLP cardholders only.

Provides critical overviews of the most-studied plays of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, critical reception, dramatic devices and traditions as well as cultural and historical context.

Literature Criticism Online

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Scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals

Literature Resource Center

Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews.

Literature Resources (Artemis)

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Find critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, biographies and more. Conduct a global search of all the included resources using the link above or search each resource individually. Resources include:

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography – biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures
  • Drama for Students – critical overviews of the most-studied plays of all time periods, nations, and cultures
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library – cross-searchable literature reference resources
  • Literature Criticism Online – scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals
  • Literature Resource Center – up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews
  • LitFinder – literary works and author information; full-text poems and poetry citations; short stories, speeches, and plays; biographies, images, and more
  • Scribner Writers – original, scholar-signed essays on the lives and works of authors from around the world from all time periods
  • Something About the Author – examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults
  • Twayne’s Authors – in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers

NoveList Plus

Includes fiction and nonfiction authors, titles and themes. Provides suggestions of books that are similar to those of a particular author, certain title, or genre.

Play Index (H.W. Wilson)

Indexes classic and historical plays, along with the works of contemporary playwrights. Play Index covers new editions and translations, and includes descriptive annotations to summarize the plot and indicate musical requirements.

Salem Literature

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Searchable literary criticism of selected authors and works. More titles added as they arrive. Current offerings include volumes on Toni Morrison and Jane Austen, and individual works by Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller.