Quick Facts

  • Covers authors, their works and literary movements from all time periods, but mainly from the 17th-20th century
  • Nearly 900 monographs of 175-200 pages each
  • Created with input from librarians and educators
  • An excellent starting point for research papers, projects and presentations.
  • A valuable resource for multidisciplinary study through literature — including history, society and culture

 

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The acclaimed Twayne’s Authors Online series of literary criticism offers in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, the history and influence of literary movements, and the development of literary genres.  This eBook resource features the content of nearly 900 books from six print series — U.S. Authors Series Classic, English Writers Series Classic, World Authors Series Classic, Masterwork Studies, Studies in Short Fiction, and updated editions of U.S. Authors, World Authors and English Authors.  Each collection was carefully coordinated with input from librarians and educators to include authors universally studied in high schools and colleges. Because Twayne’s Authors Online is an ideal starting point for research papers on literary works and figures, special projects and presentations. Students can go directly to an entry on a specific author, combine search criteria for a more complex search, or explore thematic and chronological topics to make connections among writers.

Summary: The acclaimed Twayne’s Authors Online series of literary criticism offers in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, the history and influence of literary movements and to the development of literary genres.

Significance: Each Twayne’s collection was carefully coordinated with input from librarians and educators to include authors universally studied in high schools and colleges. Because Twayne’s Authors Online is designed to work the way students conduct research, it is an ideal starting point for research papers on literary works and figures, special projects and presentations. Students can go directly to an entry on a specific author, combine search criteria for a more complex search, or explore thematic and chronological topics to make connections among writers.

Source: Twayne’s Authors Online series is made up of nearly 900 books from six eBook bundles: U.S. Authors Series Classic, World Authors Series Classic, English Writers Series Classic, Masterwork Studies, Studies in Short Fiction, U.S. Authors, World Authors, and English Authors Updated Edition.

Structure: As part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) eBook platform, Twayne’s Authors Online is where the scholarly process meets the speed and efficiency of online resources.  Simplicity and flexibility are the keys for users who can now: 

  • Locate concise critical introductions via an intuitive interface designed around the way students conduct research
  • Gain access from any Internet-connected source — including mobile devices
  • Combine search criteria to make connections that are difficult or impossible using print resources

GVRL delivers resources that streamline, enhance and improve the research process:

  • Unlimited simultaneous usage is ideal for class-wide assignments
  • Web 2.0 sharing tools provide even easier access
  • On-demand content translation into 11 languages and ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology support differentiated learning styles
  • Ability to print, e-mail and download articles

One search will net results from every Twayne’s series in the collection — allowing scholars to compare perspectives and interpretations of authors and their works.

Users can cross-search with Gale Virtual Reference Library eBook titles you already own, as well as Gale online resources you subscribe to, including LitFinder, LitFinder for Schools, Literature Resource Center, MLA International Bibliography, Scribner Writers Online, and select periodical databases.

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This single online resource features the content of nearly 900 books from six print series.

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