What is the Literature Criticism Series?

Published by Gale, Cengage Learning, the Literature Criticism Series (LCS)is the largest curated online collection of literary criticism in the world. This resource brings together ten acclaimed multidisciplinary series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. Multiple search and browse options are combined with an engaging format that matches the look and feel of the print originals.

Literature Criticism Online may include any or all of the following titles, allowing libraries to build collections that fit their needs.


Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
• Literature Criticism from 1400-1800
• Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism®
• Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism®
• Contemporary Literary Criticism®
• Shakespearean Criticism
• Poetry Criticism
• Short Story Criticism
• Drama Criticism
• Children’s Literature Review



How do I gain access to the Literature Criticism Series?

Most college and university libraries and medium to large public libraries offer access to Literature Criticism Online.


How is the criticism published in the Literature Criticism Series chosen?

Critical essays reprinted in LCS are chosen by academic specialists working in cooperation with the editorial and permissions teams at Layman Poupard Publishing (LPP). The academic specialists are named as advisors to the preparation of each published LCS entry.


What kinds of entries are included in the Literature Criticism Series?

LCS entries are of three types: author entries, single-work entries, or entries on literary themes and topics. Each entry includes a clear and concise background essay, a primary bibliography, some ten to twelve reprinted critical essays, and an annotated list of further readings. The content is vetted and approved by an academic specialist.


How do I purchase the Literature Criticism Series?

Please call the Gale, Cengage Learning order line at (800) 877-4253 or order online through Gale.