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Profiles of past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights discussing their lives and careers and critical response to their works. Includes the Documentary Series, Main Series, and Yearbook.
Biographical essays; critical essays or excerpts taken from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers, scholarly journals, and interviews with featured authors. Includes ten publications: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, and Children's Literature Review.
Articles from scholarly and popular journals and literary magazines about authors, their works, and literary movements. Includes: Contemporary Authors Online, Twayne's Authors Series (all modules) and Scribner Writer's Series.
Historical survey of critics and theorists, critical and theoretical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. Concentrates heavily on modern criticism and theoretical research.
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