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ProQuest One Literature contains 500,000 plays, poems and prose represent the literary canon across 1,000 years.

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PQ1Lit Western Literature Primary Sources Complete Contents

Complete Primary Texts of the Western Canon

(English speaking Literature - over 350,000 works)

600-1500: Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature

  • Anglo-Saxon Poetry, 600-1100 (7 volumes by 6 authors)
  • Medieval English Poetry, 1100-1500 (291 volumes by 74 authors)
  • Medieval English Drama, 1280-1500 (249 volumes by 14 authors)

1500-1660: Renaissance Literature

  • Renaissance English Poetry, 1500-1660 (1748 volumes by 627 authors)
  • Renaissance English Drama, 1500-1660 (1119 volumes by 235 authors)
  • Renaissance English Prose, 1500-1660 (270 volumes by 178 authors)

1607-1785: American Colonial and British Neoclassical Literature

  • Poetry of the American Colonial Period, 1607-1765 (37 volumes by 21 authors)
  • Drama of the American Colonial Period, 1715-1765 (11 volumes by 7 authors)
  • British Poetry of the Neoclassical Period, 1660-1785 (1585 volumes by 366 authors)
  • British Drama of the Neoclassical Period, 1660-1785 (1411 volumes by 247 authors)
  • British Prose of the Neoclassical Period, 1660-1785 (344 volumes by 118 authors)

1765-1837: Romantic and Early American Literature

  • Poetry of the Revolutionary and Early American Period, 1765-1830 (276 volumes by 69 authors)
  • Drama of the Revolutionary and Early American Periods, 1765-1830 (361 volumes by 146 authors)
  • Prose of the Revolutionary and Early American Periods, 1789-1830 (202 volumes by 23 authors)
  • British Poetry of the Romantic Period, 1780-1837 (1066 volumes by 271 authors)
  • British Drama of the Romantic Period, 1780-1837 (1204 volumes by 212 authors)
  • British Prose of the Romantic Period, 1780-1837 (286 volumes by 81 authors)

1830-1900: Victorian Literature and American Romanticism/Realism

  • Poetry of the American Romantic and Realistic Periods, 1830-1900 (1239 volumes by 192 authors)
  • Drama of the American Romantic and Realistic Periods, 1830-1900 (1089 volumes by 331 authors)
  • Prose of the American Romantic and Realistic Periods, 1830-1875 (854 volumes by 126 authors)
  • African-American Poetry of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (72 volumes by 49 authors)
  • British Poetry of the Victorian Period, 1837-1901 (1311 volumes by 314 authors)
  • British Drama of the Victorian Period, 1837-1901 (1017 volumes by 154 authors)
  • British Prose of the Victorian Period, 1837-1901 (661 volumes by 98 authors)

1900-present: Twentieth-Century Literature

  • American Poetry of the Modernist Period, 1899-1945 (454 volumes by 145 authors)
  • American Drama of the Modernist Period, 1899-1945 (772 volumes by 143 authors)
  • British Poetry of the Modernist Period, 1899-1945 (403 volumes by 106 authors)
  • British Drama of the Modernist Period, 1899-1945 (432 volumes by 54 authors)
  • American Poetry of the Postwar Period, 1945-1999 (1284 volumes by 462 authors)
  • American Drama of the Postwar Period, 1945-1999 (656 volumes by 78 authors)
  • British Poetry of the Postwar Period, 1945-1999 (499 volumes by 194 authors)
  • British Drama of the Postwar Period, 1945-1999 (466 volumes by 53 authors)
  • Irish Drama of the Twentieth Century (216 volumes by 21 authors)
  • African-American Poetry of the Twentieth Century (238 volumes by 83 authors)
  • American and Canadian Drama of the Postwar Period, 1945-1999 (656 volumes by 78 authors)

National and Regional Literatures

  • Irish Poetry, 1582-present (475 volumes by 146 authors)
  • Irish Drama, 1611-present (659 volumes by 86 authors)
  • Irish Prose, 1582-1897 (78 volumes by 35 authors)
  • Poetry from Scotland, 1376-present (710 volumes by 198 authors)
  • Drama from Scotland, 1503-present (220 volumes by 53 authors)
  • Prose from Scotland, 1584-1901 (117 volumes by 40 authors)
  • Poetry from Wales, 1544-present (113 volumes by 32 authors)
  • Poetry from Africa, 1834-present (274 volumes by 88 authors)
  • Prose from Africa, 1789-present (222 volumes by 133 authors)
  • Drama from Africa, 1941-present (96 volumes by 31 authors)
  • Poetry from South Asia, 1828-present (25 volumes by 16 authors)
  • Drama from South Asia, 1922-present (25 volumes by 9 authors)
  • Poetry from Australia and New Zealand, 1823-present (224 volumes by 79 authors)
  • Drama from Australia, 1955-present (40 volumes by 6 authors)
  • Canadian Poetry, ca.1610-present (744 volumes by 169 authors)
  • Caribbean and West Indian Poetry, 1832-present (34 volumes by 18 authors)

Major Anthologies

  • Major Anthologies of English Poetry (6 volumes)

Texts by genre

  • All Full Text Poetry (10239 volumes by 2886 authors)
  • All Full Text Drama (7957 volumes by 1625 authors)
  • All Full Text Prose (2241 volumes by 718 authors)

Literary Works in Journals

  • Poetry and Prose from Literature Online journals, 1990-present (25862 works by 3945 authors)

All above figures current as of January 2019