Several libraries handle literature and linguistic research.
~for English and Western European languages and literatures, linguistics, both theoretical and applied, and translation studies
~for all other literatures and languages worldwide
~for some aspects of social and applied linguistics
Biographical information on authors, such as Charles Dickens, shown here,—includes a wide range of information, such as author letters, authors' diaries and notes, authors' manuscripts, biographies.
This guide will help you find library materials for literary and linguistic study and is organized by the types of materials patrons seek.
There are several resources for finding literary criticism:
The Library has databases for non-English language literature.
French Literary Criticism
German Literary Criticism
Spanish Literary Criticism
Novels are easy to find. The best sources is the Library Catalog using a Title Search. If the patron does not know the title, then try an Author Search. Please note that some catalog records for Complete Works will list the entire content. If the Library Catalog does not, then try WorldCat or even Amazon, which often lists each item.
Finding translations can be a bit tricky, especially for short stories and poems.
For literary translations published between 1932-1979 consult the following print resource.
Subject Headings for finding random translations:
Arabic poetry--translations into English
French literature--translations into English
Short stories, Japanese--translations into English
Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922--translations into English (for better results personal name should be qualified by dates)
For a specific title translated into another language use a title search option (original title--language of the translation) e.g.:
Much ado about nothing--German
The publication history of a literary work is a bit tricky to find. Many literary works first appear in newspapers and magazines. Thus they are only discoverable if there is a "catalogue raissoné" of the author's works or buy searching through possible sources.