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Literature Internet Resources
Short, full-text critical essays on many works of literature
Lost Plays Database
An open-access forum for information about lost plays from England that were originally written and performed between 1570 and 1642.
An excellent source that provides access to both works and criticism of Medieval, Renaissance, and 17th Century Literature.
Study guides in the literature section of this site cover works from the classical (Beowulf, Macbeth, Wuthering Heights) to the contemporary (Harry Potter series, Like Water for Chocolate, Shipping News.) They cover context, plot, themes, character analysis, key facts, study questions, and suggested essay topics.
Get the low-down on 100+ iconic literary works! You'll be one well-read balla.
Created by A&E, contains over 20,000 brief biographies of contemporary and past personalities from the Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia.
More than 25,000 short biographies, searchable by name, keyword, and/or date. FOR AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES, SCROLL DOWN TO "WRITERS".
Search over 30,000 biographies by name or category.
Type your keywords into Google and add the site: command, leaving a space between your words and the command. This will allow you to limit your web search to a specific domain. Only one domain can be searched at a time.
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