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Book title: Walt Whitman
Author: Harold Bloom
In the catalog: PS3283 .W365 1985
Walt Whitman by Harold Bloom
Call Number: PS3238 .W365 1985 c 1
Publication Date: 1985
-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
Browsing for Books
The following sections are good for browsing for books on English & American literature. Reference Books are on the 1st floor and the Circulation Collection (books you can check out) are on the 2nd floor.
PE - English Language: Includes dictionaries, thesauri, and grammars
PN - Literature (General): Includes works on authorship, literary history, genres, and collections of literature
PR - English Literature: Includes British and Anglophone world literatures
PS - American Literature:Includes American and Canadian literatures
Sample Subject Headings
Author as Subject
Last name, First name
Whitman, Walt. 1819 - 1892
Literature + Nationality / Region
Theme + in literature
Nature in literature
Literature + theme
Literature - psychology
Theme + and literature
Whitman, Walt. - 1819 -1892 - Political and social views