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Find the best resources for primary and secondary sources about novels and their authors.
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Research a Theme

The following sources could give you critical insights into your theme as it is presented in the books you have selected:



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Thematic Guide to the American Novel - Lynda G. Adamson
ISBN: 0313311943
Publication Date: 2002-03-30
Identifies 50 common themes in 150 novels.

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Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature - Jennifer McClinton-Temple
ISBN: 9780816071616
Publication Date: 2010-12-01
Find this print title on the Junior Essay reserve cart or shelf. Ask for help if you can't find it.

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Dystopia - M. Keith Booker
ISBN: 9781429837330
Publication Date: 2012-09-01


Authors and Themes

Check your teacher's specific requirements for this essay. The online catalog can direct you to works by an author, biographical materials and literary criticism both in print and eBook format. Online resources in databases and eBooks on these subjects can also be linked from the library's web page.

REMOTE ACCESS: To access the library resources from home, please get the passwords from the library or the Library's Aspen page.

What are PRIMARY SOURCES? They are first-hand accounts closest to the person you are researching. Examples would be author's creative works, author's comments in an interview or an autobiography.

SECONDARY SOURCES interpret or analyze a primary source. Examples would literary criticism, commentary on or reviews of author's works or biographies.

Databases: A Great Place to Start!

Databases provide authoritative, current information about your author and literary criticism of his/her works. Check the New York Times for interviews and book reviews.


Library Books about Authors and Themes

American Women Writers - Taryn Benbow-Pfalzgraf
ISBN: 1558624309
Publication Date: 1999-01-01

Notable American Novelists - Carl Rollyson (Editor)
ISBN: 0893561630
Publication Date: 2000-01-01

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Ernest Hemingway - Joseph M. Flora
ISBN: 0805783229
Publication Date: 1989-10-01
One of the Twayne's Series titles focusing on an individual author.

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Alienation: Bloom's Literary Themes - Harold Bloom; Blake Hobby (Editor)
ISBN: 9780791097984
Publication Date: 2009-02-01

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Kurt Vonnegut - Thomas F. Marvin
ISBN: 031331439X
Publication Date: 2002-04-30

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Amy Tan - Harold Bloom
ISBN: 0791056589
Publication Date: 2000-01-01

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A Reader's Guide to J. D. Salinger - Eberhard Alsen
ISBN: 0313310785
Publication Date: 2002-11-30



Check the eBooks in the "Research a Theme" box at left as well.

Twayne's Authors Series
Provides in-depth critical introductions to major authors and their important works.

Science Fiction Novelists - Carl Rollyson
ISBN: 9780684896495
Publication Date: 2012-01-01

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Literary Newsmakers for Students - Anne Marie Hacht (Editor); Margaret Brantley (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781414402826
Publication Date: 2007-02-23
Inlcudes criticism of My Sisters's Keeper, Life of Pi and the Known World.

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Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 - Harold Bloom
ISBN: 0791059294
Publication Date: 2000-12-01
Literary criticism of this science fiction classic.

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Cormac McCarthy's The Road - Harold Bloom (Editor)
ISBN: 9781617530029
Publication Date: 2011-05-01
Literary criticism for this major work.


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