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American Women Writers: Home

From left to right: Edith Wharton, Tracy K. Smith, Louisa May Alcott, Julia Alvarez, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Edwidge Danticat, Kate Chopin, and Toni Morrison

Reference Works 

Dictionary of Literary Biography 

The Dictionary of Literary Biography(DLB) is the standard resource for very detailed biographical articles on writers of all types, in many genres. Each volume is devoted to authors from a particular time, country, or genre. 

Do a search for an author's name in the Literature Resource Center, then go to the "Content Types" menu on the upper right of the screen. Click on "Biographies." DLB content will be found in the resulting list.

Literature Resource Center


This guide is designed to give a brief overview of women writers in America. Here you will find all sorts of materials available through the Gumberg Library on female novelists, poets, and playwrights—both classic and contemporary—including reference works, print and electronic books, as well as databases for articles.

Find Dissertations  

To access electronic resources off campus you will need to enter your Multipass information

Selected Books 


To use e-journals off-campus, you will need to enter your Multipass username and password when you click on a link

Find Articles 

To access electronic resources off campus you will need to enter your Multipass information

To learn how to find full text, click here

Literature Databases 

Other Databases 

The Independent Woman 

PBS, America in Primetime, Episode 1

Guide created by Christopher Anthony, English Department Intern, Gumberg Library, October 2018