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Why and how to use Masterplots

Why use this resource? This database contains full-text summaries and critical evaluations of selected books, plays, stories, and poems in literature worldwide (fiction, drama, short stories, poetry, nonfiction, juvenile and young adult) from all eras.

What's in this resource? Each entry lists literary author, type of work, type of plot, time of plot, locale, first publish date, summary, a brief evaluative (critical) essay, and sources for further reading.


Drama, Literary Criticism, Literature, Poetry
Dates of Coverage ancient authors-present
Truncation or Wildcard * substitutes for one or more characters at the end of a word or root word
? substitutes for a single character within a word or at the end of a word
Phrase Searching "new england" (or type terms in the search box and use the default "EXACT PHRASE")
Vendor Salem Press
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