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Literary Criticism

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Explicator (Articles)

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Books of Literary Criticism

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Masterplots (series)
Masterplots analyzes the most important works in all genres -- long fiction, short fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction -- helping to define and critique the literary canon.

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Understanding Literature (series)
This series explores the biographical and historical factors that influenced selected authors. Each book in the series includes a detailed synopsis of the subject's life and selected works.

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Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations (series) - Harold Bloom
Provides a collection of critical essays that set the scene for an amplified study of selected classics. Also includes a chronology, background information on the contributors, and a bibliography. An excellent choice for students working on thematic or compare-and-contrast papers.

Online Collections for Literary Criticism Research

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  • CliffsNotes & SparkNotes
    Find a collection of CliffsNotes & SparkNotes from the Ohio Digital Library on various classics.
  • Contemporary Authors
    Provides biographical and bibliographical information for more than 90,000 authors in the world. Categories include critical reviews, contact information, and awards won.
  • EBSCOhost Articles
    Search for articles about different books and authors. Try using keywords like "book reviews" or "literary criticism" to narrow your search results.
  • Literary Reference Center
    Research an author, novel, poem or literary movement for school or a book club.
  • Literature Criticism Online
    Literary criticism for the 19th century, 20th century and contemporary times. Find biographical information about an author, as well as the author's major works & critical reception. Researching a specific book, novel or poem? Find information about the work's plot & major characters, themes, and criticism from reviewers of the work. Information also available for major literary trends and topics, such as the Beat Generation, slave narratives and American Romanticism.
  • LitFinder
    Find author biographies, overview of master works and more.
  • Masterplots
    Read plot summaries and critical analysis of major literary works, from Shakespeare to Louisa May Alcott, poetry to fiction.

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