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Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

ENG 736N Modern British Literature

Professor Walker

About Biographical and Bio-Critical Dictionaries

  • The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography emphasizes details of people's lives. It can be useful to situate your knowledge of your subject.
  • British Writers, The Dictionary of Literary Biography and Gale's Biography in Context database, however, provide both overviews of your person's life, and discussions of their major works, influences, critical receptions, and legacies.
  • Although British Writers, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and the Dictionary of Literary Biography are print Reference books, they are absolutely worth the trip to the Berry Library Reference area.

British Writers

  • Volumes with Modern British Writers:

Dictionary of Literary Biography

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Biography in Context (Gale)

  • Examples of results in a search for "James Joyce:"
  • Audios
  • Academic Journal Articles
  • Featured Content