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Last Updated: Jan 17, 2014
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Browse for copies of classics like Oliver Twist.
The Explicator is a publication of literary criticism. To search for articles or essays on specific literary works, click here.
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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.
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.
Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations (series)
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.
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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.
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Read plot summaries and critical analysis of major literary works, from Shakespeare to Louisa May Alcott, poetry to fiction.