Some may choose to call them "really-old-books" but many have withstood the grand test of time and are also-know-as literature! What was once current is no longer until you start delving a little deeper. The joys of young love felt by Romeo and Juliet is still very current as is our wonder at nature in the poems of Robert Frost or William Wordsworth.
Understanding these worlds that writers and poets have created is close to an art form. We have collected a range of library resources that can help you find your way around literary terms, critiques and techniques of delivery.
This is a great starting point for students just beginning to discover and understand the great works of literature. Read author biographies that are written in reference to the writers body of work; Look up detailed analysis of poems, short stories and novels; or explore topics, themes, movements or genres.
Literature Reference eBook Sets
These ebooks provide literary critiques and essays focused on the format.
Drama for Students
Provides critical overviews of the most-studied plays of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, critical reception, dramatic devices and traditions as well as cultural and historical context.
Novels for Students
Provides critical overviews of novels from various cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the work's cultural and historical significance.
Poetry for Students
Features discussion and analysis of poems of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Provides an overview of the poem and discussion of its principal themes, images, form and construction.
Short Stories for Students
Provides critical overviews of short stories from all cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the story's cultural and historical significance.
For the student who wants to delve deeper into their understanding of literature, this resource provides a great collection of literary criticism--essays that critique the work and provide a vantage point from where to approach the novel, story or poem.