High School Literature

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Biographical entries on more than 135,000 authors, from Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Authors New Revisions, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Literary Criticism and other Gale sources, providing detailed biographical, bibliographical and contextual information about authors' lives and works.

  • More than 850,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 390 scholarly journals and literary magazines
  • More than 75,000 selected full-text critical essays and reviews from Contemporary Literary Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Critcism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, as well as Drama Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, short Story Criticism and Children's Literature Review.
  • More than 11,000 overviews of frequently studied works, from sources including Gale's For Students series, Literature and Its Times and Characters in 20th-Century Fiction
  • More than 30,000 full-text poems, short stories and plays
  • More than 8,500 interviews
  • Nearly 5,000 links to selected Web sites and more than 2800 author portraits
  • The ability to identify authors and works that share characteristics such as genre, time period, themes, nationality, ethnicity and gender
  • Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, featuring 10,000 definitions of literary terms.

Masterplots retains the original purpose of the Masterplots concept: providing fundamental reference data, plot synopses where applicable, and critical evaluations of a comprehensive selection of English-language and world literature that has been translated into English. The essays are in alphabetical order by title, and each includes an annotated bibliography to aid readers in further study.


Critical Insights ;series distills the best of both classic and current literary criticism of the world's most-studied literature.

Critical Survey of Poetry, 4th edition, includes American Poets (4 vol.) and British, Irish and Commonwealth Poets(3 vol.).