This is a massive set of now nearly 400 volumes, each devoted either to a specific author or to a literary theme or genre. The strength of the series is that it places writers in the larger perspective of literary history, while including many illustrations, photographs, facsimiles and portraits. Career biographies and criticism of writers from all eras and genres is presented by authorities in their respective fields of study. (volumes sorted by genre)
Searches can be done on author, title, birth or death year, nationality, subject/genre, essay topics, full text keywords, ethnicity, gender and DLB volume title, or a combination of these.
The Hekman Library owns all the print volumes through 338, and each is cataloged separately, as topics vary so widely.