Bloom’s Literature

Literature Resources and Criticism Selected by Harold Bloom
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    About This Product

    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 Stephen King—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 the most assigned authors and works of literature, including the works of Maya Angelou, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Tennessee Williams. These guides offer strategies and ideas on how to bring historical aspects into essays. 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 and researchers 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 or assign for 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.
    • 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
    • Dictionary
    • 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.

    Library Journal Best Database, “Best Niche Product” category


    “…highly recommended for the literature reference needs of…college students.”

    “The information is accessible and easy to understand…highly recommended.”
    American Reference Books Annual

    “For literary criticism, author information, and writing help…Bloom’s Literature…is key.”
    Library Journal

    Bloom’s Literature: A Wealth of New Content Coming Soon

    As announced earlier this month, Infobase’s award-winning Bloom’s Literature will be relaunched at the end of the summer. Along with a dynamic new design and exciting new features, we’re excited to announce that the new and improved Bloom’s Literature will feature the largest addition of new content in the history of the database! Highlights of the Outstanding New Content You’ll Find in the New Bloom’s Literature: The full text of 195 Infobase books, all new to the product, including: New collections of important literary-critical essays on contemporary writers, such as Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Jonathan Franzen, Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: George Saunders, and Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Zadie Smith. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: New and Improved Version Coming Soon

    Infobase is pleased to announce that the award-winning database Bloom’s Literature will be relaunched at the end of this summer. The new Bloom’s Literature will feature a dynamic new design, a wealth of important new content, and exciting new features that will enrich the study of literature. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: Celebrate National Poetry Month with Our Full-Text Poems

    Infobase recently added 2,700+ full-text, searchable poems to Bloom’s Literature. Each poem has a corresponding analytical entry in the database, allowing students and researchers to enhance their understanding of a poem’s power by reading the poem alongside criticism of it. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: New Full-Length Videos

    Infobase is pleased to announce that 20 new full-length videos have been added to Bloom’s Literature, bringing to life frequently studied works such as 1984, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, and more. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: Are Your Patrons Reading 1984?

    If George Orwell’s 1984 has become a popular read at your library, you can lend insight, context, and background with Bloom’s Literature. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: Harold Bloom on Bloom’s Literature

    Born in New York City in 1930 and educated at Cornell and Yale universities, Harold Bloom has been an original mind and provocative presence on the international library scene for decades. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: Full-Text Poems and More

    Infobase is proud to announce that more than 2,700 full-text poems have been added to Bloom’s Literature, providing even greater support to a key part of the school curriculum. Read More ›

    Bloom’s Literature: New Full-Length Videos of Classic Productions

    Infobase is pleased to announce that more than 70 new videos of full-length feature films and performances of classic works have been added to Bloom’s Literature. Read More ›

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