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Literature Resources and Criticism Selected by Harold Bloom

Bloom's Literature, formerly Bloom's Literary Reference Online, offers a comprehensive resource for the study of literature, with curated content from authoritative sources. The wide range of material in this award-winning database includes content from Facts On File's extensive literature collection; hundreds of Harold Bloom's essays examining the lives and works of great writers; thousands of critical articles published by noted scholars under the Bloom's Literary Criticism imprint; extensive entries on literary topics, themes, movements, genres, and authors; more than 4,300 video clips; more than 2,700 full-text poems; and more than 9,000 discussion questions on a range of literary topics. A Performance Video gateway page provides easy access to all full-length videos of classic productions—which can be watched either in their entirety or scene by scene using the convenient clips. 


  • Full-length videos of classic plays: Bloom's Literature features streaming video of more than 160 famous productions from comedies to dramas to musicals—including Hamlet (starring David Tennant), Death of a Salesman (starring Lee J. Cobb), Julius Caesar (starring Sir John Gielgud), and The Glass Menagerie (starring Katharine Hepburn)—plus video clips on important literary topics from Harold Bloom and other scholars.
  • Complete coverage: Bloom's Literature contains essays and criticism examining the lives of great authors—from William Shakespeare to J. K. Rowling—and their works throughout history from a wide range of scholarly and critical sources.
  • Bloom's How to Write about: Bloom's Literature offers specific, student-friendly guidance on how to write good essays on frequently assigned authors and works of literature, including the works of Maya Angelou, Joseph Conrad, and Tennessee Williams. These guides offer strategies and ideas on how to bring historical aspects into essays and how to write at a level not normally achieved until college. Each author's section includes the key features of the writer's work and possible topics for further expansion and research. Each Guide contains:
    • An Overview
    • Topics and Strategies
    • Theme
    • Character
    • History and Context
    • Philosophy and Ideas
    • Form and Genre
    • Language, Symbol, and Imagery
    • Comparison and Contrast
  • Works: Bloom's Literature provides overviews, synopses, analyses, and literary criticism of thousands of works. Works can be browsed by title, author, genre, or publication date.
  • Authors: Bloom's Literature features a wealth of content on the finest contemporary and classic writers from around the world. Authors can be browsed by name, nationality, type, and dates of birth and death.
  • Literary criticism: Bloom's Literature includes critical essays from Facts On File's extensive collection, Harold Bloom's acclaimed essays, and critical articles from the Bloom's imprint.
  • Topics and themes: Bloom's Literature features in-depth, full-text entries on literary movements, groups, periodicals, and historical events that help place literature in context.
  • Characters: Bloom's Literature is packed with information on more than 49,000 major and minor literary characters. Characters can be browsed by name, work title, or author.
  • Discussion questions: Bloom's Literature features more than 9,000 questions providing research and writing suggestions on a range of literary topics. These questions are designed to inspire students to think critically, delve deeper, and ask (and answer) fresh new questions. Use in class to spark discussion or as a starting point for lectures and activities or assign for homework or independent study.
  • Full-text poems: Students and researchers can find more than 2,700 full-text poems in Bloom's Literature. Each poem:
    • Has a corresponding analytical entry in the database available via Search, allowing students and researchers to enhance their understanding of a poem's power by reading the poem alongside criticism of it.
    • Is presented in an easily readable format and is accessible both via Search and from a new full-text poetry gateway page users can access via the "More" drop-down menu at the top of the page.
    • Supports a key part of the school curriculum.
  • Authoritative source list: Bloom's Literature includes more than 1,760 scholarly and critical books, more than 800 books from Infobase, and more than 560 peer-reviewed journals and other periodicals.


  • Images and tablet/mobile-friendly videos
  • Browsable timeline
  • Harold Bloom's Canon of Literature
  • Search by Common Core, state, national, IB, and College Board AP standards to find correlating articles
  • Supports 1:1 initiatives, blended instruction, flipped classrooms & project-based learning
  • Persistent record links
  • Dynamic citations in MLA and Chicago formats
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat.

--------- Bloom's Literature Facts On File 08/01/2004