Bloom’s Literature Sample

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Bloom’s Literature is rich with relevant content on core authors and works. Students will find exactly what they need for research and deeper learning without having to wade through an uncurated search. Professors will appreciate the thoughtful organization and important assets—including videos, proprietary essay topics and discussion questions, and valuable writing guidance—that can be used in lectures or for independent study.

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  • Complete coverage: Bloom’s Literature contains a wide range of reference essays and scholarly criticism examining great authors—from William Shakespeare to J. K. Rowling—and their works.
  • Full-length videos of classic plays and films: Bloom’s Literaturefeatures more than 400 full-length videos of great literary works, from comedies to dramas to musicals—including Hamlet (starring David Tennant), Death of a Salesman (starring Lee J. Cobb), Julius Caesar(starring Charlton Heston), and The Glass Menagerie (starring Katharine Hepburn)—plus video clips featuring major scholars such as Harold Bloom discussing important literary topics.
  • Hundreds of full-text, classic works: Bloom’s Literature includes a Literary Classics eBook shelf containing the full contents of more than 1,000 classic works of literature—most of which were selected from Bloom’s Literary Canon—including the essential works of the most important authors in world history and literature. Researchers can filter these titles by type of work to find what they need. This eBook shelf can be found under “Resources” in the Browse drop-down menu at the top of any page or under “Browse Resources” on the right-hand side of the homepage.
  • “How to Write about Literature”: Bloom’s Literature offers specific, user-friendly guidance on how to write good essays on the most frequently studied authors and works. These guides offer strategies and ideas on how to bring deeper analysis into essays and add an extra dimension to your writing. Subjects covered for each title and author include:
    • Themes
    • Character
    • History and Context
    • Philosophy and Ideas
    • Form and Genre
    • Language, Symbols, and Imagery
    • Compare and Contrast Essays
  • Essential writing help: Two general sections on the “How to Write about” page can be used as guides for any writing project:
    • How to Write a Good Essay includes easy-to-understand advice on writing papers on a variety of general topics.
    • Preparing to Write walks readers through the different steps of putting together an essay, including preparing a thesis statement and outline; writing an introduction, conclusion, and body paragraphs; and assembling a list of works cited. A sample essay is provided.
  • Shakespeare Center: Bloom’s Literature’s all-new Shakespeare Center houses in one convenient location a treasure trove of content on all things Shakespeare. Every play is covered in depth, along with the sonnets and longer poems, providing a complete research and study center for students and researchers and a robust repository of content for professors to use for lectures and assignments. Comprehensive essays provide history and context to Shakespeare’s life, times, and impact. Coverage of each play includes:
    • The full, searchable text of the play
    • Analysis of key passages
    • Critical articles by noted scholars, selected by Harold Bloom
    • Introduction and background
    • Detailed synopses
    • In-depth character studies
    • Difficulties of the play
    • The play today
    • Full-length performance videos and/or critical videos
    • Images and illustrations
    • “How to Write about” articles
    • Essay topics/discussion questions
  • Authors: Bloom’s Literature features a wealth of content on the finest contemporary and classic writers from around the world. The most studied authors are featured on the home page and can also be accessed via a tab in the Author Index. Authors can be browsed by name, nationality, type, and dates of birth and death. A Quick Find option in the Author index allows users to quickly search for an author by last name.
  • Works: Bloom’s Literature provides overviews, synopses, analyses, and literary criticism of thousands of works. The most studied works are featured on the home page and can also be accessed via a tab in the Works Index. Works in the Works Index can be browsed by title, genre, or publication date; they can also be filtered by author.
  • Characters: Bloom’s Literature is packed with information on more than 49,000 major and minor literary characters. The most studied characters are featured on the home page and can also be accessed via a tab in the Character Index. The “Find a Character” tab in the Character Index allows users to search for a character by name or by work.
  • Literary criticism: Bloom’s Literature includes critical essays from Facts On File’s extensive collection, Harold Bloom’s acclaimed essays, and criticism 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.
  • Author interviews from Publishers WeeklyBloom’s Literature offers more than 4,000 of Publishers Weekly‘s author interviews and profiles, from 1989 to the present. These articles cover everyone, from the latest literary prizewinners to major young-adult novelists to important best sellers to poets to noted nonfiction writers, and many more. Bloom’s also features more than 250 podcasts of Publishers Weekly Radio, featuring audio interviews with famous authors such as Gay Talese, Buzz Bissinger, and Jacqueline Woodson. Researchers can now not only read about these great authors but also hear them speak in their own voices.
  • Essay topics: Bloom’s Literature features more than 10,000 topics providing research and writing suggestions on a range of literary topics. These topics are designed to inspire students and researchers to think critically, delve deeper, and ask (and answer) fresh, new questions. Professors can use them in class to spark discussion, as a starting point for lectures, or assign for independent study.
  • Full-text poems: Students and researchers can find more than 2,600 full-text, searchable 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 by reading the poem alongside criticism of it.
    • Is presented in an easily readable format and can be found under “Resources” in the Browse drop-down menu at the top of any page or under “Browse Resources” on the right-hand side of the home page.
  • Authoritative source list: Bloom’s Literature features a complete inventory, by type, of the sources of the content in the database, including thousands of scholarly and critical books, hundreds of peer-reviewed journals and other periodicals, respected image and manuscript archives, famous film and television producers, and much more—sources researchers can trust.


  • Tablet/mobile-friendly videos and more than 5,000 images
  • Complete A-to-Z indexes for authors, characters, and works
  • Tag “clouds” for all content, linking to other content with the same tags
  • Browsable timelines
  • Harold Bloom’s Canon of Literature
  • Student and educator curriculum tools, including “Teaching Literature through Film”
  • New and improved search capabilities, including search assist technology
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, and number of search results
  • Persistent record links
  • Save content directly to Google Drive
  • Single sign-on with Google
  • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
  • A variety of integration options and partners, including Canvas and D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib export functionality
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat
  • Google Translate for 100+ languages.

SIIA CODiE Award Finalist, “Best Source for Reference or Education Resources” category

The ComputED Gazette‘s Best Educational Software Award (BESSIES), “Post-Secondary English Literature Website” category

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

“Searching is easy…Articles are long enough to provide substantial information…”
American Reference Books Annual

Bloom’s Literature: Spotlight on Toni Morrison

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, author of literary classics such as Beloved and Song of Solomon, has passed away at the age of 88. Her many awards and honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Critics Circle. Read More ›

Bloom’s Literature: Single Sign-On with Google Now Available

Google Sign-In can now be turned on to allow users to sign into the Bloom’s Literature database with their Google credentials, enabling one-click log-in access using the “Sign in with Google” button. Read More ›

Bloom’s Literature: Catch Up on the Classics This Summer

Bloom’s Literature makes it easy to stay connected to literature during the summer. Whether your students are reading for pleasure or for summer courses, point them to the Literary Classics eBook shelf. Read More ›

Bloom’s Literature: Thousands of New Entries on World Mythology and More

An enormous wealth of new content on world mythology and ancient literature has just been added to Bloom’s Literature. New Entries on Mythology Approximately 4,000 new entries on mythological figures, literary works, and topics have been added, all from two highly acclaimed sources: the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition (which Library Journal described as “jammed with information and filled with both impressive scholarship and entertaining tidbits”) and the Encyclopedia of Greek and Roman Mythology (which School Library Journal said “succeeded brilliantly”). Read More ›

Bloom’s Literature: New Videos—Everyday Use and More

New videos have just been added to Bloom’s Literature, including a three-part performance video and fascinating biographical discussions/interviews. Read More ›

Bloom’s Literature: Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

April 23, 1564, is believed to be the renowned William Shakespeare’s birthday. Shakespeare would go on to become one of the world’s most influential playwrights and poets, and his works are still performed and studied worldwide more than 400 years after his death. Read More ›

Bloom’s Literature: Dig Deep into the Top 100 Novels of All Time

OCLC recently released “The Library 100: Top Novels of All Time,” a list of the 100 novels most widely available in libraries whose catalogs can be found via WorldCat. Read More ›

Bloom’s Literature: Check Out the New Overview Video

Edited and curated by Yale University professor Harold Bloom, Bloom’s Literature offers a comprehensive resource for the study of literature—but don’t just take our word for it! Our brand-new overview video gives you an up-close look at the depth and breadth of the award-winning literature database, including: The authoritative Sources page listing the expertly researched and written content in the database The easy access to the extensive range of books, images, videos, timelines, and other content types The easy-to-use Search and Browse options, including the tabs and filters to narrow down the results The “How to Write about Literature” page, offering specific, student-friendly guidance on how to write good essays on the most assigned authors and works of literature The Shakespeare Center, featuring a treasure trove of content on all things Shakespeare, complete with in-depth coverage of his plays, sonnets, and longer poems. Read More ›

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

Bloom’s Literature features 2,600+ full-text, searchable poems. 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 LiteraturePublishers Weekly Content Added—4,000+ Author Interviews and Profiles, Plus Publishers Weekly Radio

In a major new update, Bloom’s Literature is now partnering with Publishers Weekly to offer more than 4,000 of PW‘s author interviews and profiles, from 1989 to the present. Read More ›

Bloom’s Literature: 2,500+ Critical Extracts Added

More than 2,500 critical extracts from the Writers of English series have been added to Bloom’s Literature. The Writers of English series includes everything from classic science fiction and fantasy writers, to modern mystery and suspense writers, to great African-American poets and dramatists, and much more. Read More ›

Bloom’s Literature: New “Most Studied” Pages and More

Several popular features in Bloom’s Literature have just been enhanced, with a new look and new functionality that make the award-winning database even easier and more intuitive to use. Read More ›

Bloom’s Literature: New Full-Text Classic Works and More

A wealth of new content has just been added to Bloom’s Literature, including the following: New Literary Classics The full contents of more than 200 classic works of literature have been added to Bloom’s Literary Classics eBook Shelf, bringing the total number up to more than 1,000. Read More ›

Bloom’s Literature: Continue the Conversation from The Great American Read

Are your students and patrons watching The Great American Read on PBS? As part of its celebration of the joy of reading, this eight-part television series presents a list of American readers’ 100 favorite novels. To build on the excitement and add to the conversation, direct interested readers to Bloom’s Literature, where they can dig deeper into these novels, along with thousands of other classic and popular works. Through overviews and synopses, literary criticism and analyses, entries on topics and themes, discussion questions, full-length film versions, and even the full contents of the books themselves on Bloom’s Literary Classics eBook shelf, users can explore their favorite works of literature in greater depth. Read More ›

Bloom’s Literature: Spotlight on Philip Roth

American author Philip Roth—whose works have won multiple prestigious awards for literature including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award for Fiction, and the PEN/Faulkner Award—recently passed away at the age of 85. Read More ›

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