Salem Literature

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 2nd, 2013

Looking for an author or poet biography?  Analysis of a text used in your Humanities class?  Need the backstory on a hero in a graphic novel?

Try Salem Literature, a collection of classic literature reference titles providing biography and analysis, including:

  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction
  • Critical Survey of Poetry
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction
  • Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes & Superheroes
  • Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Themes & Technique
  • Magill’s Literary Annual 1977-2013


New Book Display: Graphic Novels

By - Systems Librarian December 9th, 2008

Lisa Laughy -Archives Assistant

In response to growing student interest, Ohrstrom Library is expanding its collection of graphic novels. The library staff is celebrating the influx of these engaging new books with a colorful display in the Baker Reading Room featuring over 20 new graphic novels.  They represent a mixture of artistic styles and genres including biographies, autobiographies, fantasy, and literature.  Here are the highlights of a few of the titles:

  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – her award winning memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution
  • Beowulf adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds – a visually compelling graphic novel of the ancient classic.
  • Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa – an original fairy tale / fantasy story about a father’s quest to protect his young son from his fate.
  • Laika by Nick Abadzis – a fictionalized account of the first dog sent into orbit as part of the Soviet space program.
  • We Are on Our Own: A Memoir by Miriam Katin – the story of the author’s and her mother’s escape from the Nazi invasion of Budapest.

This book display is great for browsing so be sure to take a few minutes to stop by Ohrstrom to look it over.  If you have never read a graphic novel before, or only associate the genre with super-heroes in tights and capes, you will be surprised by the range of subjects and marvel at the variety of original visual styles represented.

This display will be available in the Baker Reading Room through the end of term, so if you would like some recreational reading over the holiday break just request a special due date when checking the item out at the Circulation Desk.