English Literature: A Research Guide

English Literature: A Research Guide
English literature is rich and varied and includes forms such as poetry, prose, drama, the novel,
short stories, essays. As one of the oldest national literatures in the Western world, English
literature dates back as far as A.D. 700. The materials listed below include information about
authors from England, Scotland, and Wales and their works. This guide introduces researchers to
some of the basic informational sources on the topic. The terms and phrases listed in the subject
headings below can be used to search for more materials in the library’s catalog and research
databases. If you need further assistance, please ask a librarian.
Annals of English Literature, 1475–1950 by Jyotish C. Ghosh, Elizabeth G. Withycombe, and
Robert William Chapman. Oxford: Clarendon, 1961.
The principal publications of each year, together with an alphabetical index of authors with their
British Authors Before 1800 edited by Stanley Kunitz and Howard Haycraft. New York: H. W.
Wilson, 1952.
Many of the entries in this alphabetically arranged resource are illustrated and nearly all end with
a bibliography of works by and about the author.
British Authors of the Nineteenth Century edited by Stanley Kunitz and Howard Haycraft. New
York: H. W. Wilson, 1936. ISBN: 0824200071.
A single volume biographical dictionary that provides brief accounts of the lives of the major and
minor British authors of the 19th century.
British Writers by Ian Scott-Kilvert, 8 vols. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1979–1984. ISBN:
An eight-volume set of literary biographies, originally published as individual studies in a British
Council series called Writers and their Work.
The Cambridge Guide to English Literature by Ian Ousby. New York: Cambridge University
Press, 1993. ISBN: 0521440866.
An illustrated guide to the literature of the English-speaking world covering more than 1,000
A Literary History of England by Albert C. Baugh. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1967.
A comprehensive and scholarly history of the literature of England. Arranged by period and
genre, with an extensive bibliographical supplement.
The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature edited by George Watson and Frederick
W. Bateson. 5 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969–1977. ISBN: 0521072557.
Covers English literature from 600 A.D. to modern times. Arranged chronologically and under
periods by literary form. Vol. 1: 600–1660; vol. 2: 1660–1800; vol. 3: 1800–1900; vol. 4: 1900–
1950; vol. 5: Index.
New Century Handbook of English Literature edited by Clarence L. Barnhart. New York:
Appleton, 1967.
Over 14,000 entries with authors, titles, plots, characters, places, literary terms and allusions.
Includes pronunciation keys and bibliographies.
Oxford Companion to English Literature edited by Margaret Drabble. New York: Oxford University
Press, 2000. ISBN: 0198662440.
Includes brief articles on authors and literary works from all periods of English literature arranged
The Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to Great Britain and Ireland by Dorothy Eagle, Hilary
Carnell, and Meic Stephens. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. ISBN: 019283133X.
Entries for places in Great Britain and Ireland with literary associations. Fictitious names of real
places are entered as cross-references.
A Research Guide for Undergraduate Students: English and American Literature by Nancy L.
Baker and Nancy Huling. New York: MLA, 2000. ISBN: 0873529782.
A concise guide for undergraduates for researching papers which provides a systematic way of
locating materials and includes a selective bibliography.
Web Sites
The Camelot Project
Sponsored by the University of Rochester, this database includes of Arthurian texts, images,
bibliographies, and other related information.
English Literature on the Web
E-text archives, information on children’s books and authors, medieval English literature, British
authors and literature of various time periods.
This is an excellent resource for Middle English literature, Renaissance literature, and 17thcentury literature.
Old English Literature
This site contains works such as Beowulf along with criticism about these works, as well as
numerous prose, poems and reference works in Middle English.
Victoria Research Web
Dedicated to the study of 19th-century British Literature this is a valuable resource for students,
teachers and researchers studying the period.
Voice of the Shuttle—English Literature
An excellent site on 18th-century literature and valuable for finding general resources, authors,
works, projects, and criticism.
Subject Headings
English literature—dictionaries
English literature—encyclopedias
English literature—16th century
English literature—17th century
English literature—18th century
English literature—19th century
English literature—20th century
English literature—21st century
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