World Languages and Literatures information resources: Background information

Dictionaries and terminology

General World Literature encyclopedias

  • Gale World Literature e-book collection
  • Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature [print and online]
  • Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century [print]
  • Encyclopedia of World Writers, 1800 to Present (1880-2011) [print]
  • Facts on File Companion to World Poetry: 1900 to the Present (1900-2008) [print]
  • Facts on File Companion to the World Novel: 1900 to the Present (1900-2008) [print]

Biographical information

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • 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]