Answered By: Patty Clark (Research Librarian) Last Updated: Jan 13, 2017 Views: 5
A literary criticism, also called a critical essay, is a general term describing the study, discussion, evaluation, and interpretation of literature.
For criticisms about a specific author's work, search using the author's name and the term criticism. (e.g. Twain and criticism).
Books containing criticisms may cover several authors' works . It is helpful to know biographical information about the author when searching.
Example of book containing criticisms: Mark Twain: A Study of the Short Fiction.
For more information, you may want to check out the English Research Guide which has a tab for Literary Criticism.