:: Salem Literature with MasterPlots

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Includes Critical Insights - Works & Authors:
"This comprehensive series distills the best of both classic and current literary criticism of the world's most-studied literature. Each volume in the series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work or on a single work of literature.

Edited and written by some of academe's most distinguished literary scholars, Critical Insights provides authoritative, in-depth scholarship suitable for students and teachers alike."

Contents in Critical Insights are divided into Works (individual titles) and Authors. These some of the many works and authors are currently available in print at Thrall as well as online:

Critical Insights: Authors
  • Sherman Alexie
  • Isabel Allende
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Jane Austen
  • James Baldwin
  • Saul Bellow
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Albert Camus
  • Raymond Carver
  • Willa Cather
  • John Cheever
  • Charles Dickens
  • Emily Dickinson
  • T. S. Eliot
  • Harlan Ellison
  • Louise Erdrich
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Robert Frost
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Lillian Hellman
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Langston Hughes
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • James Joyce
  • Stephen King
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • Jack London
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Herman Melville
  • Arthur Miller
  • Toni Morrison
  • Alice Munro
  • Flannery O'Connor
  • George Orwell
  • Eugene O'Neill
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Philip Roth
  • Salman Rushdie
  • John Steinbeck
  • Mark Twain
  • John Updike
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Alice Walker
  • Tennessee Williams
Critical Insights: Works
  • Absalom, Absalom!
  • Aeneid, The
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Bell Jar, The
  • Canterbury Tales, The
  • Catcher in the Rye, The
  • Death of a Salesman
  • Dracula
  • Grapes of Wrath, The
  • Great Expectations
  • Great Gatsby, The
  • Handmaid's Tale, The
  • House on Mango Street, The
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Inferno, The
  • Joy Luck Club, The
  • King Lear
  • Metamorphosis, The
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Poetry of Poe
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Red Badge of Courage, The
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Streetcar Named Desire, A
  • Sun Also Rises, The
  • Tales of Poe
  • Things Fall Apart
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

Critical Surveys include:
"profiles of major writers of long fiction throughout history and the world, including analyses of their significant novels and novellas and overview essays by time period, country, ethnicity, and genre, in addition to valuable resource material."

"A classic reference work for more than sixty years, Masterplots analyzes the most important works in all genres - long fiction, short fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction - throughout history and around the world, helping to define and critique the literary canon."

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Tips & Special Features:

Once you reach Salem Literature, you can click the "+" icon to expand Works and Authors list. After you click an author or title, you will be taken to a search screen, where you can enter one or more keywords and then click Search Now.

If you are not searching for anything in particular and simply want to explore all articles associated with an author or title, just click Search Now, and click on articles that interest you when they appear.

Search results can be filtered by clicking "All" (see all articles), "Biography" (about the author's life), Criticism (reviews and analysis of an author's works), "Overview," and "Resources" (bibliographies, charts, and more).

Click "Advanced Search" to search individual works or authors. Advanced Search also lets you limit your search to geographical regions from around the world.

At the top of the Salem Literature database menu are tabs you can click. These include: If you like, you can register with Salem Literature by clicking the "Logon" tab at the top of the screen so that, each time you log in, you can save articles, searches, and citations.

Thrall owns print copies of all titles in this series.

In addition to these reference works, we have many other excellent literary and literary criticism reference works as well as circulating critical studies and literary works that might interest you.
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