Use the Library Discovery system (see the link below) to search for books by keyword, title, author, or by using the subject search option.
Example search terms:
For additional tips and information about book searching see the Book Searching tab in this guide.
In addition to the print titles listed below, search in the NSU databases for articles about a playwright or drama or literary period or drama forms. For example, try searching for "drama history and criticism" like the general database Academic Search Premier.
For information about a particular drama, search by the playwright's name and title of the drama. Example search: Glaspell, Susan and Trifles, using the database Literature Resource Center, the advanced search option, choose Person-By or About and enter the writer's name, and in the box for the Name of Work, enter the name of the drama/play.
Here are some books that might be of interest:
Use the Library Discovery system (link below) to search for books that provide biographical information, criticisms, collections of dramas, playscripts, and terminology.
Many items include information about theatrical performances of dramas, offer biographical and historical content, and criticisms. Use the Library Discovery, select the "subject" search. (Example: theater history or drama -- history and criticism or drama -- dictionaries) When searching the Library Catalog for one-act plays, choose the "subject" search option and enter one act plays or one act plays American or use the "keyword" search or "publisher" search options and enter dramatists play service for many items or plays in the library's collection.
Print books and eBooks are available that provide a brief biographical overview of a dramatist/playwright.
An index to biographical sources is the Biography and Genealogy Master Index, which will list sources providing biographical information about writers.
Use the database WorldCat (OCLC) to search for books in other libraries in addition to NSU libraries.
Many print and online sources contain biographies and criticisms. Examples of sources are listed below:
The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama (Ref. PN1861.C65)
International Dictionary of Theatre: Plays (Ref. PN2035.I49) vol 1
International Dictionary of Theatre: Playwrights (Ref. PN2035.I49) vol. 2
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama: An International Reference Work in Five Volumes (Ref. PN1625.M3)
Notable Playwrights (eBook, search by title in the EBSCOhost eBook Collection)
The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (Ref. PN1625.P38)
Aspects of the Drama: A Handbook (PN1621.B3) dramatic terms, essays
The Drama Dictionary (Ref. PN1625.H64) terminology, drama forms, movements, styles, stage and acting terms
Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama (Ref. PN1625.G3) literary periods, playwrights, plays, genres
Here are some specific "collections" of drama within the library collection: