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Finding library resources for literature research

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Print Books in the Library

The following is a list of literature reference books available at the Magnolia ERC.  Many others are available at the PSTCC main library.

Literature and Its Times : Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events That Influenced Them. edited by Joyce Moss and George Wilson. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, 1997.  REF PN 50 .L574 1997.  Provides the historical background of 300 of the most-studied novels, plays, poems, speeches and short stories. This 5-vol. set is arranged chronologically from ancient times to the present, with the entries in each volume arranged alphabetically by title. Each entry examines both the historical setting of the literary work and the historical events taking place at the time the work was written.

Short Story Criticism. Laurie Lanzan Harris and Sheila Fitzgerald, eds. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1988- . REF PN 3321 .S56 This series presents excerpts from criticism of major short story writers. Writers from all eras and nationalities are covered. Each entry includes a biographical and critical introduction, list of principal works, excerpts from criticism, and a bibliography for further reading.  Includes title index.

World Literature Criticism: 1500 to the Present. (all campuses) Draper, ed. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1992. REF PN 523 .W67 1992 This six volume set provides extensive critical coverage on the life and works of 225 authors. Each entry contains an author portrait and brief biographical information, a critical introduction, list of principal works, criticism, explanatory notes, a complete bibliographic citation for each essay or book discussed, and an annotated list of sources.

The following is a select list of literature reference books by genre that are available in the reference area of the PSTCC main library.

Drama Criticism  REF PN 1625 .D72

Drama for Students  REF PN 1601 .D595

Poetry Criticism  REF PN 1111 .P63

Poetry for Students  REF PN 1101 .P64

Short Story Criticism.  REF PN 3321 .S56 

Short Stories for Students  REF PN 3373 .D72

The following is a select list of literature criticism reference books by time period that are available in the reference area of the PSTCC main library.

Classical & Medieval Literature Criticism  REF PN 681.5 .C57

Literature Criticism from 1400-1800  REF PN 86 .L56

Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism  REF PN 761 .N56

Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism  REF PN 771 .G27

Contemporary Literary Criticism  REF PN 771 .C59