Literary Criticism

A large listing of sites about particular authors.
Many author biographies are listed in this IPL collection. You can browse by your author's last name.

Literary Criticism Collection
This IPL collection provides links to online sources of biography, bibliography, and criticism about major authors and works written worldwide. The most comprehensive coverage is in American and British authors. As mentioned in the Author Information section above, this collection has developed some technical problems. However, it still holds valuable information. If the author or work you are interested in is not available, try the Online Literary Criticism Guide,, for other good places to start looking on the Web.

The Gale Group publishes several series of literary criticism which are often found in libraries. These volumes usually include some biographical information on an author, a listing of major works, and a variety of excerpts from critical essays written about the author and works. There is a free index to 40 of these series, available online. You can search this Literary Index,, to find out which Gale series you might look at for information on your topic. Some of the major Gale series are:

Contemporary Literary Criticism
Includes authors now living, and those who died after 1960.
Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800
Includes authors who died between 1400 and 1799, excluding Shakespeare.
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
Includes authors who died between 1900 and 1959.
Shakespearean Criticism
Includes criticism about Shakespeare's works from their earliest publication till today.
Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
Includes authors who died between 1800 and 1899.
Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
Includes authors from antiquity through 1399.