Literature has existed for thousands of years. With so much written thought and history to discover, how do we approach literary study?

Let us take you on a journey that began in 1962, when Gale published our first volume of Contemporary Authors, the first series in a high-quality literary program that has grown to encompass award-winning databases, primary source collections, journals, eBooks, and more. 

Explore how our approach to literary study has evolved for over 60 years through the resources we’ve developed in coordination with academic librarians, authors, and researchers. From sourcing a vast collection of literary criticism to expanding literary representation to include more diverse perspectives, learn about our content development process and how students and researchers use our resources to make their own literary discoveries.

Gale Literature Criticism
Offer access to one of the largest, most extensive compilations of literary criticism available.  

Gale Literature Resource Center
Provide up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 published novelists in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world.

Gale Literature: LitFinder
Connect students and researchers to a wealth of literary works, including over 150,000 full-text poems and more than 800,000 poetry citations as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.