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American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies. L. Unger, ed. New York, Scribner. PS129.A55 REFERENCE
4 volume set with 7 supplements
The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre. P. Hartnoll, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
PN2035.C63 1992 REFERENCE
See for brief, overview-type entries. This is an updated version to the 1983 edition.
Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Scribner, 1943. E170.D56 vol.1-21 REFERENCE
Includes biographical information on James A. Herne.
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. J. Salzman, ed. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996. E185.E54 1996 vol.1-5 REFERENCE
AND GUIDES TO CRITICISM
American Playwrights, 1880-1945: A Research and Production Sourcebook. William W. Demastes, ed.
Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1995. PS351.A43 1995 REFERENCE
Each entry includes plays, an assessment of the playwright’s career, plus a bibliography.
Glaspell, Barry, Hellman, Hughes, and Odets can be found.
Black Literature Criticism. J.P. Draper, ed. Detroit: Gale Research, Inc., 1992. PS153.N5 B556 1992 vol.1-3 REFERENCE
Bordman, Gerald Martin. The Oxford Companion to the American Theatre. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. PN2220.B6 1992 REFERENCE
Contemporary American Dramatists. K. A. Berney, ed. London: St. James Press, 1994. PS352.C65 1994 REFERENCE
Entries include biography, list of works, list of bibliographies and critical studies on the
playwright, and a signed essay.
Drama Criticism. Detroit: Gale Research, Inc., 1991. PN1601.D59 vol.1-7 REFERENCE
Twelve Volume set . Reprints or excerpts covering history, criticism, bibliographies, biographies and reviews.
Eddleman, F. E. American Drama Criticism: Interpretations, 1890-1977. Hamden, CT: Shoe String Press, 1979. PS332.E3 REFERENCE
Includes "List of Books indexed" and "List of Journals indexed". We also have Supplement 1
(1984) and Supplement 2 (1989) to this edition.
Gavin, Christy. American Women Playwrights, 1964-1989. New York : Garland Pub., 1993. PS338 .W6 G38 1993 REFERENCE
Gunn, Drewey W. Tennessee Williams, A Bibliography. Metuchen, NJ:
Scarecrow Press, 1980. PS3545.I5365 REFERENCE
International Dictionary of Theatre. Mark Hawkins-Dady, ed. Chicago: St. James Press, 1992-1994.
PN2035.I49 1992 vol.1-3 REFERENCE
See especially volume 1 Plays, and volume 2 Playwrights, containing a brief biography, list of
works, list of critical books and articles, and a short criticism.
McCann, John S. The Critical Reputation of Tennessee Williams: A Reference Guide. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1983. PS3545.I5365 C7 REFERENCE (2nd copy in stacks)
See Arrangement and Form Section on page X-XI
Shafer, Yvonne. American Women Playwrights, 1900-1950. New York: Peter Lang, 1995
PS338.W6 S48 1995 REFERENCE
Includes specific discussions on Glaspell and Hellman and general information on women and the
theater in this time period. See bibliographic references also.
Shakespearean criticism : excerpts from the criticism of William Shakespeare's plays and poetry, from the first published appraisals to current evaluations / Laurie Lanzen Harris, editor, Mark W. Scott, associate editor. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c1984-present. PR2965 .S43 1984 REFERENCE
Shuman, Robert Baird. American Drama, 1918-1960: An Annotated Bibliography.
Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1992. PS350.S58 1992 REFERENCE
Useful bibliography including general reference works and resources, plus information on
Glaspell, Barry, Hellman, Odets, Hughes, Miller, Williams, and Albee.
Spiller, R. E. The Roots of National Culture, American Literature to 1830. New York: Macmillan, 1949.
PS504.A62 vol. 1 STACKS
Includes the play, The Contrast and a bibliographic sketch of Royall Tyler.
THEATER AND DRAMA
American Drama Modern Drama
American Theatre Studies in American Drama
Comparative Drama TDR (The Drama Review)
Essays in Theatre Theatre
Performing Arts Journal Theatre Journal
The Tulane Drama Review
MLA International Bibliography. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1921-
Find also on CD-ROM workstations. An aid to searching can be found at the bibliography
display, or online, under English Language and Literature folder.
Play Index. D.H. West, ed. New York: H.W. Wilson. PN1600.P5 1949-1987 INDEX
7 volumes. Use to locate a particular play or translation, for selecting a play on a certain period or subject,
or for cast size, etc.
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How to Find Literary Criticism Using the Library Catalog
How to Find Literary Criticism in Expanded Academic Index
CATALOG - Sample Subject Headings*
American drama—Afro American authors—History and criticism
American drama—History and criticism—Theory, etc.
American drama—Men authors—History and criticism
American drama—20th century—History and criticism
American drama—Women authors—History and criticism—Bibliography
American drama—Women authors
Dramatists, American—20th century—interviews
Experimental theater (see for Karen Finley and Theater of Obscenity information)
Feminism and theater—United States
Feminism in literature
National characteristics, American, in literature
Realism in literature
Theater and society—United States.
Theater of the Absurd
*A very useful subject heading is the author’s last name, first name, birth year-death year
That plus Criticism and interpretation is another one, or instead of Criticism and interpretation,
try the Play title you are interested in.
** The extended dash is not required as a divider for subject headings. It is intended as a visual aid only.
Example: Albee, Edward 1928 Criticism and interpretation
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