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World Literature information resources: Background information

Dictionaries and terminology

General World Literature encyclopedias

Biographical information

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete (online)
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [print]
  • Magill’s Survey of World Literature: Includes biographies of major writers outside the United States, accompanied by the analysis of the author's style, themes, and literary characteristics, as well as the profiles of the authors' major works.
  • Multicultural Writers from Antiquity to 1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook [print]
  • Multicultural Writers Since 1945: An A-to-Z Guide [print]