This award-winning multi-volume series is dedicated to making literature and its creators better understood and more accessible to students and interested readers, while satisfying the standards of librarians, teachers and scholars. Dictionary of Literary Biography provides reliable information in an easily comprehensible format, while placing writers in the larger perspective of literary history.
Dictionary of Literary Biography systematically presents career biographies and criticism of writers from all eras and all genres through volumes dedicated to specific types of literature and time periods.
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This award-winning multi-volume series is dedicated to making literature and its creators better understood and more accessible to students and interested readers, while satisfying the standards of librarians, teachers and scholars. DICTIONARY OF LITERARY BIOGRAPHY provides reliable information in an easily comprehensible format, while placing writers in the larger perspective of literary history. DICTIONARY OF LITERARY BIOGRAPHY systematically presents career biographies and criticism of writers from all eras and all genres through volumes dedicated to specific types of literature and time periods.
"It is hands-down the best overall literary reference work ever published, a proverbial diamond as big as the Ritz..." -- Library Journal (June 15, 2006)To see the full review click here.— Library Journal
A pleasing and useful reference source." -- CHOICE (October 1998) (On DLB 187)— Jeffrey E. Long
"Libraries with an interest in the book arts and the history of publishing, will find this volume, along with its companions on the same subject, of value." -- Library and Information Science Annual 1998 (on DLB 170)— Jeffrey E. Long
"Provides booksellers, collectors, librarians and others seeking information with a rich and complex look at many of the key historical figures in the world of books." -- Bookman's Weekly (3/9/98) (on DLB 184)— Jeffrey E. Long
"The online DLB provides fast, easy access to the set that librarians and researchers know well... Onscreen help is well written and useful, and the search form provides a number of access points, including author, title of work, genre, full text, and DLB volume title... The text of the print and online essays is identical, although the latter adds hyperlinks to other entries. The bibliographies are duplicates as well, but the online version omits the helpful organization by source type. Some features of the print DLB are missing, including up-front identification of the DLB volume. Also missing are the invaluable facsimiles and photographs. Recommended for all libraries, expecially those without access to the print." -- Choice (August 2002)— Jeffrey E. Long
"Entertaining. Abundant illustrations and manuscripts enhance the volume. Recommended." -- CHOICE (April 1996) (on DLB 153)— Jeffrey E. Long
"Recommended for university and college libraries with strong children's literature departments." -- CHOICE (July/August 1996) (on DLB 161)— Choice
"Outstanding." -- CHOICE— Choice
"Recommended for libraries serving children's literature programs." -- CHOICE (December 1996) (on DLB 163)— Choice
"Many libraries keep this superb series on standing order, the best way to appreciate fully all the individual volumes." -- CHOICE (February 1999)— Choice
"This series brings to life many writers undeservedly forgotten." -- CHOICE (April 1996)— Choice
"A worthy addition to all academic and large public libraries." -- CHOICE (June 1996)— Jeffrey E. Long
"Stimulating . . . readable . . . exemplary collection." -- CHOICE (July/August 1999) (On DLB 201: Twentieth-century British Book Collectors and Bibliographers)— Jeffrey E. Long
"This database provides 'over 11,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.' Entries present biographical information, genres, writings, detailed biography, and further reading. Searches can be done on Author, Title, Birth Year, Death Year, Nationality, Subject/Genre, Essay Topics, Full Text keywords, Ethnicity, Gender and DLB volume title, or a combination of these." --Lawbook Co., 2007— Lawbook Co.
"This series provides reliable biocritical data on a range of writers, now extending onto several continents." -- Canadian Literature— Jeffrey E. Long
"Of the usefulness of such a volume, published in a prestigious series, no one who has worked on late Victorian short fiction will have any doubt. The vast majority of the essays are both solidly documented and pleasant to read. They most indubitably come up to the high standard one has come to associate with the DLB. -- A&B: Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography (Vol. 10, No. 2, 1999) (on DLB 135: British Short Fiction Writers, 1880-2914: The Realist Tradition)— A&B: Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography
"An excellent addition to the ever-growing body of reference material that is becoming available for serious scholars of children's literature." -- American Reference Books Annual  (on DLB 163)— ARBA
"Affords the full range of readers excellent biographical, critical and bibliographic starting points for research. Although reference libraries will want to collect the entire series, each volume is complete in itself." -- ARBA (American Reference Books Annual) 1999— ARBA
"High standards of quality." -- American Reference Books Annual— Jeffrey E. Long
"A valuable addition to the bibliography of children's literature." -- American Reference Books Annual  (on DLB 161)— ARBA
"As always in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series, these entries serve as an excellent introduction to individual authors, especially in the case of the lesser-known names, where the DLB entry may well be the only such modern critical overview available." -- ARBA 1998 (on DLB 172)— ARBA
"Valuable addition to Gale's Dictionary of Literary Biography series. Its articles are clearly and concisely written and exhibit a high standard of scholarship. It is the work of competent and distinguished specialists. Highly recommended for college and university libraries supporting strong programs in German literature, comparative literature, or German history. Major public libraries in German settlement areas of North America may also find it useful." -- ARBA 1998 (on DLB 168)— ARBA
"An indispensable critical appraisal of leading US. Poets of the twentieth century and therefore belongs in every university or research library's Americana collection." -- ARBA 1998 (on DLB 165)— ARBA
"This volume has all the virtues of its predecessors in the DLB series: lucid, balanced writing; coverage of a wide range of authors; and a thorough primary and secondary bibliography. In addition, this volume has a particularly comprehensive and illuminating introduction." -- ARBA 1998 (on DLB 173)— ARBA
"Libraries with a clientele interested in children's literature will want this volume, even if they are not subscribers to the DLB series." -- American Reference Books Annual  (on DLB 160)— ARBA
"Succeeds in providing an overview of major American collections and those responsible for their assembly. Informative, readable." -- RQ (Summer 1995) (on DLB 140)— RQ
"The DLB continues to be the top literary reference resource. Highly recommended for reference collections." --Library Journal, June 15, 2007— Jeffrey E. Long
"With this volume, the continuing DLB series has maintained it's exemplary standards of scholarly integrity that for fully two decades have distinguished it from other literary research tools." -- ARBA (American Reference Books Annual) 1999 (on DLB 184: Nineteenth-Century British Book Collectors and Bibliographers)— Jeffrey E. Long
"Will serve well those who need or wish to pursue information on precursors to today's collectors and bibliographers." -- ARBA (American Reference Books Annual) 1999 (on DLB 187: American Book Collectors and Bibliographers, Second Series)— Jeffrey E. Long
"An important reference tool. Maintains the high standards of the series." -- CHOICE (April 1996) (on DLB 156)— Choice
"Comprehensive. Excellent illustrations. Rich resource material." -- CHOICE (December 1995) (on DLB 146)— Choice
"An excellent survey of the literatures, cultural history, and intellectual life of the Balkan peninsula that is a welcome addition to Dictionary of Literary Biography. Highly recommended." -- CHOICE (December 1995) (on DLB 147)— Choice
"Provides(s) the quick overview of biographical information and of the literary, religious, and political background that serious students would need." -- CHOICE (December 1995) (on DLB 151)— Choice
"This valuable collection nonetheless serves as an excellent introduction to literature of the Middle Ages in Germany. The illustrations are abundant and informative. The bibliographies in individual articles are uniformly excellent." -- CHOICE (December 1995) (on DLB 148)— Choice
"Frequent quotations, good bibliographies, and many illustrations accompany each entry and engage the reader. Consulting this readable reference work can profitably extend the perspective of anyone concerned with the English-speaking world, 1700-1820." -- CHOICE (April 1996) (on DLB 154)— Choice
"Recommended for research libraries with strong holdings in the book arts or art history." -- CHOICE (September 1998) (On DLB 188)— Jeffrey E. Long