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A Literature Research Guide: An Author's Life

Find Biographies or Autobiographies

To search the library collection for books about an author's life, do a keyword search on the author's name and the word biography

For example:

Herman Melville biography

Flannery O'Connor homes and haunts

Mark Twain childhood and youth





Films on Demand Streaming Video Collection

From Films for the Humanities and Sciences, the Films on Demand streaming video collection includes titles concerning individual authors and literary history.  

Biographies of Poets

Provides thoughtful overviews of a poet's work and life.

Dictionary of Literary Biography

In depth biographical profiles of world authors with images and some primary sources.

Other Online Biographical Sources

The Paris Review Interviews

Interviews with important modern and contemporary authors

Writers on Writing