• Dostoyevsky, Fyodor (1821-1881) Notes fromUnderground.
    Spelling variations: Dostoevsky; Dostoevski
  • Frankl, Viktor E. (1905-1997) Man's Search for Meaning.
  • Sartre, Jean Paul (1905-1980) No Exit.
  • Tolstoy, Leo (1828-1910) The Death of Ivan Ilyich.
    Spelling variations: Tolstoi
  • T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) The Four Quartets
  • Wiesel, Elie (1928-2016) The Trial of God.

Historical Context

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)
The biographies in the Dictionary of Literary Biography include historical context and events. With the exception of Frankl, all writers are represented.

Gale eBooks
Hundreds of encyclopedias on a wide variety of subjects.  Selected bibliographies identify in-depth scholarly resources.

Falvey Library Catalog
The Library has numerous books about the historical context in which your author lived and worked. Browse the shelves or the catalog to discover book-length biographies or search for books which deal with the historical period and the country in which the author lived.
Keyword search: Jane and Austen and (times or world)
Keyword search: Russia and "intellectual life" and Tolstoy
Subject search: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in literature
Subject search: Sartre and Camus

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
Use WorldCat to identify books not available at Falvey and to request them via interlibrary loan.

Bibliography of Complete Works

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)
Biographies include bibliographies a each writer.

Gale Literary Database - Contemporary Authors
Includes bibliographies of a writer's work.

Contemporary Criticism

British Periodicals (ProQuest)
Coverage: Late 17th through early 20th centuries
Example: Austen and "pride and prejudice" (Sort results by earliest first)

American Periodicals (ProQuest)
Example: Tolstoy and Ilyitch (Note the spelling!)

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Example: Frankl and logotherapy

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)
Enter author's name.

Falvey Library Catalog
Example: The Dostoevsky Archive

21st Century Criticism

Literature Criticism Online (Gale)
Full text compilation of literary commentary.

Literature Resource Center (Gale)
Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.

Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics (Cambridge University Press)
Essays on major authors, periods and genres. For the author Companions, each writer is placed in literary and historical context; their major works are analyzed, either in separate chapters or grouped according to theme, and their influence on later writers assessed.

MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO)
Indexes articles in over 3,000 journals and series in the fields of literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

PsycINFO (ProQuest)  Tutorial
Indexes journals, dissertations and some books in the fields of personality psychology, social psychology, educational psychology and more.

Philosopher's Index (EBSCO)
Indexes articles in over 550 philosophy journals.

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