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Production Research: The Author

This guide serves as a starting point for production research.

Background Sources

Listed below is a small sampling of background sources. Search Primo  to find additional titles.

World of the Author

This information explores the life of the playwright and experiences that may have influenced his/her work.

When doing research on the playwright, look for information about:

  • the playwright's influences, life experiences, dominant themes
  • social, political, philosophical, and moral attitudes of the day

Search the Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center is a full-text database of author biographies, selected literary criticism and reviews, and topic overviews.  Some literary texts are also available.  If you're not sure where to start with an author or specific literary text, the LRC can help you get your foot in the door! Use LRC and the other resources on this page to help you find background information, approach subjects that are new to you, or put a text or author in a larger perspective.

Literature Criticism Online

Literature Criticism Online includes overviews by topic (e.g.,Greek mythology), author (e.g., Marlowe), and and title (e.g., Volpone), as well as excerpts from articles, books, and essays written by scholars.



MLA International Bibliograpy

Search the Catalog for Books

Catalog Search Tips 

  • Search the playwright's name for biographies, autobiographies, collected letters, and general studies.
    • Do both an author and subject search in the catalog.
  • Also try a broader subject search, such as:
    • Dramatists, American -- 20th century -- Biography