Complete text of the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, plus quarterly updates of new and revised entries. This etymological dictionary traces the origin and history of words and their meanings.
Authoritative research guides combining features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia. Includes guides on topics and authors related to American literature, British and Irish literature, Medieval studies, Victorian literature, and literary and cultural theory.
Comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date information about theater and performance internationally, through history and in the present in an accessible format. Coverage ranges from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe. The Encyclopedia pays special attention to non-Western styles through articles on theatre and performance throughout the many countries and traditions of Asia and Africa, often written by practitioners or critics from those areas. Dance, opera, performance art, radio, film, and television are covered at length.
The biographical dictionaries below provide brief biographies of notable literary and historical figures. Use SearchWorks to find book length biographies of writers.
Searchable digital edition of the Gale series featuring biographical essays focusing on all genres and time periods of American and British literature. Essays discuss the lives and careers of authors and summarize critical responses to their work.