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English Literature & Literary Criticism: Book Reviews


  • Times Literary Supplement (Current) in Factiva  Icon Edit/Delete Quick Stats
    You can access the current TLS in Factiva. Be sure to limit your search to just "TLS" as the source. Abstracting coverage from 1997- ; Full text coverage from 6/2010-.
  • Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive  Icon Edit/Delete Quick Stats
    An index to full-text articles from the world's oldest weekly contemporary literary reviews. (The TLSH is associated with The Times of London, published since 1788. The library subscribes to this source in paper and has a full run of it in microfilm). Coverage: 1902-2007.

Literary Book Reviews

Book reviews often differ from literary criticism. Book reviews usually are published within a few months, or seldom more than a year after the book is published. Literary criticism, on the other hand, may be published many years, or even centuries after a literary work is published, if the critic thinks the work is worth interpreting.

Book reviews are published in newspapers, general interest magazines, and over the Internet, as well as in scholarly journals. Book reviews of fiction, for instance, which are published in general interest sources, cannot be expected to have the complexity or length of much of the more considered literary criticism published in journals or books. But book reviews may be the only place for interpretations of recent fiction or of works neglected by scholars and literary critics.

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