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English literature: reference sources

This is a selective list of reference sources on the subject of English and American literature available in the Humanities Reading Room. Electronic resources can be accessed in the Electronic Resources Room in both Humanities 1 and 2. The shelfmark of each printed item is given at the end of every citation.

 Research guides | Companions and handbooks | Bibliographies | Literary criticism | Periodicals | Book reviews | Biography | Diaries

 

Research guides

F.W. Bateson and H.T. Meserole, A guide to English and American literature. 3rd edn. London: Longman, 1976.
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J.L. Harner, Literary research guide: an annotated listing of reference sources in English literary studies. 3rd edn. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1998.
HLR820.4
M.J. Marcuse, Reference guide for English studies. Berkeley; Oxford: University of California Press, 1990.
HLR820.16

Companions and handbooks

M. Drabble (ed.), The Oxford companion to English literature. 6th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
HLR820.9
J.D. Hart, The Oxford companion to American literature. 6th edn. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
HLR810.9
I. Ousby (ed.), The Cambridge guide to literature in English. [Rev edn.] Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
HLR820.9
J. Stringer (ed.), The Oxford companion to twentieth century literature in English. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
HLR820.9
C. Buck (ed.), Women's literature. London: Bloomsbury, 1994.
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Entries from The Oxford companion to English literature 5th edn. Oxford, 1995 and from The Bloomsbury dictionary of English literature London, 1997 (not listed above) can be searched on Credo Reference (formerly Xreferplus).

Bibliographies

G. Watson [et al. ed.], The new Cambridge bibliography of English literature. 5 vol. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969-77.
HLR820.16
HLR Enquiry Desk 820.16
The Cambridge bibliography of English literature. 3rd edn. (Vol. 4 1800-1900. Edited by J. Shattock.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999-.
HLR820.16
HLR Enquiry Desk 820.16
T.H. Howard-Hill, Index to British literary bibliography. London: Oxford University Press, 1971-. (Vol. 1 is 2nd edn.)
HLR820.16.
D.L. Kirkpatrick (ed.), Reference guide to English literature. 2nd edn. 3 vol. Chicago; London: St James Press, 1991.
HLR820.9
T. Riggs (ed.), Reference guide to American literature. 4th edn. Detroit and London: St James Press, 2000.
HLR810.9

Literary criticism

M.L.A. international bibliography of books and articles on the modern languages and literatures, 1921- . New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1921- .
HUR 809
This title is also available on CD-ROM.
[Annual] Bibliography of English language and literature 1920- . Cambridge: Bowes and Bowes, 1921- .
HUR 820.9
ABELL is also available online onsite only as part of Literature Online.
The Year's work in English studies, 1919-20 [etc.]. London: Oxford University Press, 1921- .
HUR820.9
F.N. Magill (ed.), Magill's bibliography of literary criticism: selected sources for the study of more than 2500 outstanding works of Western literature. 4 vol. Englewood Cliffs: Salem Press, 1979.
HLR809
D.E. Pownall, Articles on twentieth century literature: an annotated bibliography 1954 to 1970. 7 vol. New York: Kraus-Thomson, 1973-1980.
HUR809.04
Literature criticism from 1400 to 1800. Detroit: Gale, 1984- .
HLR809.03
Nineteenth-century literature criticism. Detroit: Gale, 1981-
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Contemporary literary criticism. Detroit: Gale, 1973- .
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Twentieth-century literary criticism. Detroit: Gale, 1978-.
HLR809.04
Selected material from these four Gale publications can be found online on the Literature resource center, available onsite only.

Periodicals

A. Sullivan (ed.), British literary magazines, 1698-1788 (1789-1836, 1837-1913, 1914-1984). 4 vol. Westport: Greenwood, 1983-86.
HUR820.5
R.B. White, The English literary journal to 1900: a guide to information sources. Detroit: Gale, 1977.
HUR820.5
Index to little magazines 1940-42 (1966-67). 11 vol. Denver: Swallow Press, 1949-1970.
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M. Sader (ed.), Comprehensive index to English-language little magazines 1890-1970. Series 1. 8 vol. Millwood: Kraus-Thomson, 1976.
HUR011.34
A. Boyle, An index to the annuals. Vol. 1: the authors (1820-1850). Worcester: Andrew Boyle (Booksellers) Ltd., 1967.
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D.A.Wells, Literary index to American magazines, 1815-1865 Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1980.
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D.A. Wells, Literary index to American magazines, 1850-1890. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.
HUR051
M.C. Patterson, Author newsletters and journals: an international, annotated bibliography of serial publications concerned with the life and works of individual authors. Detroit: Gale, 1979.
HUR809

Book reviews

L. Dunmore-Leiber, Book review digest: author-title index, 1905-1974. 4 vol. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1976.
HUR028.1
Book review digest, March 1975 - February 1976 [etc.]. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1976- .
HUR028.1
Book review digest from 1905 to February 1975 can be requested from the bookstacks, shelfmark PP.6491.haf.
Book review index: a master cumulation, 1965-1984. 10 vol. Detroit: Gale, 1985.
1985 [etc.]. Detroit: Gale, 1986-.
HUR028.1
Combined retrospective index to book reviews in scholarly journals, 1886-1974. 15 vol. Arlington; Inverness: Carrollton Press, 1979-82.
HUR028.1
A. Forster, Index to book reviews in England 1749-1774. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1990.
HUR820.9007
A. Forster, Index to book reviews in England 1775-1800. London: British Library, 1997.
HUR820.9007
W.S. Ward, Literary reviews in British periodicals: a bibliography [1789-1826]. 4 vol. New York: Garland, 1972-1979.
HUR820.9007
Times Literary Supplement, 1902-64. Repr. New York: Bowker, 1968,69.
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Later issues are available on microfilm in Humanities - Floor 2. The current issue is in a rack above the volumes of the reprint.
·The Times Literary Supplement Index, 1902-39. 2 vol. Reading: Newspaper Archive Developments, 1977.
·The Times Literary Supplement Index 1940-1980 (1981-85). 4 vol. Reading: Research Publications, Ltd. 1982, 1986.
 
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From 1973 onwards the index for the TLS is included in the Times Index at  HUR072.1 The TLS Centenary Archive is available online onsite only. It provides a fully searchable database of all articles up to 1990 and also includes a contributors database.

Biography

For general biographical dictionaries see Biography: reference sources.
International authors and writers who's who. Cambridge: Melrose Press. [Latest edn.]
HLR808.02
The Writers directory. Chicago and London: St James Press. [Latest edn.]
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S.J. Kunitz and H. Haycraft (eds.), Twentieth century authors. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1942 and supplement, 1955.
HLR809.04
J. Wakeman (ed.), World authors, 1950-1970: a companion volume to "Twentieth-century authors". New York: H.W. Wilson, 1975.
- 1970-1975. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1980.
- 1975-1980. Ed. by V. Colby. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1985.
- 1980-1985. Ed. by V. Colby. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1991.
HLR809.04
Contemporary authors: a bio-bibliographical guide to current authors and their works. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1962- .
HLR808.042
Also available online onsite only through Literature Resource Center.
D.L. Kirkpatrick (ed.), Contemporary dramatists. Chicago and London: St.James Press. Latest edn.
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D.L. Kirkpatrick (ed.), Contemporary novelists. London and Chicago: St James Press. Latest edn.
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J. Vinson and D.L. Kirkpatrick (eds.), Contemporary poets. London and Chicago: St James Press. Latest edn.
HLR821.914
Dictionary of literary biography. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1978- .
HLR809
Also available online onsite only through Literature Resource Center.
Who was who among North American authors, 1921-1939. 2 vol. Detroit: Gale, 1976.
HLR810.9
S.J. Kunitz and H. Haycraft, (eds.) American authors, 1600-1900. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1938.
HLR810.9
C. Johnson (ed.), Who's who in writers, editors and poets. United States & Canada 1992-1993. 2nd edn. Highland Park: December Press, 1992.
HLR808.02
S. and T. Pendergast (eds.), St James guide to children's writers. 5th edn. Detroit; London: St James Press, 1999.
HLR810.99282
L. Henderson (ed.),. Twentieth-century romance and historical writers. 3rd edn. Chicago and London: St James Press, 1994.
HLR823.085
N. Watson and P.E.W. Schellinger (eds.), Twentieth-century science fiction writers. 3rd edn. Chicago and London: St James Press, 1991.
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L. Henderson (ed.), Twentieth-century crime and mystery writers. 3rd edn. Chicago and London: St James Press, 1991.
HLR823.087.
G. Sadler (ed.), Twentieth-century Western writers. 2nd edn. Chicago and London: St James Press, 1991.
HLR823.087
Who was who among English and European authors, 1931-1949. 3 vol. Detroit: Gale, 1978.
HLR808.02
P.P. Havlice, Index to literary biography. 2 vol. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1975.
First supplement. 2 vol. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1983.
 
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Diaries

W. Matthews, British diaries: an annotated bibliography of British diaries written between 1441 and 1942. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press; London: Cambridge University Press, 1950.
HLR920.041
J.S. Batts, British manuscript diaries of the 19th century: an annotated listing. Fontwell: Centaur Press, 1976.
HLR920.041
P.P. Havlice, And so to bed: a bibliography of diaries published in English. Metuchen and London: Scarecrow, 1987.
HLR920.02
G. Davis and B.A. Joyce, Personal writings by women to 1900: a bibliography of American and British writers. Mansell: London, 1989.
HLR828.08
C. Cline, Women's diaries, journals and letters: an annotated bibliography. New York and London: Garland, 1989.
HLR920.72
L. Arksey et al., American diaries: an annotated bibliography of published American diaries and journals. [1492-1844, 1845-1980.] 2 vol. Gale: Detroit, 1983,87.
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W. Matthews, American diaries in manuscript, 1580-1954: a descriptive bibliography. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1974.
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W. Matthews, American diaries: an annotated bibliography of American diaries written prior to the year 1861. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1945.
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