1. Besterman, Theodore. A World Bibliography of Bibliographies... 4th
ed. 5 vols. Lausanne: Societas Bibliographica, 1965-66.
SML Reference Z1002 +B47 1965 (LC)
A comprehensive, international catalog of separately published bibliographies
on a vast array of topics, arranged alphabetically by subject. The index (Volume
5) includes additional subjects not used as entry-terms, authors, and some
titles. Bibliographies on French literature in general are listed in Volume
2, and those for individual French authors appear throughout the set.
2. Bibliographic Index: A Cumulative Bibliography of Bibliographies.
New York: Vol. 1 - (1937/42 - ).
SML Reference Z1002 B53 (LC)
An ongoing subject index to bibliographies published separately or appended
to books and journal articles. Includes entries for French literature in general,
for its various genres, for specific literary movements, and for individual
authors. Appears quarterly and cumulates annually (and occasionally at longer
3. Gray, Richard A. and Villmow, Dorothy. Serial Bibliographies in the
Humanities and Social Sciences. Ann Arbor: Pierian Press, 1969.
SML Reference Z1002 G73 (LC)
A classified catalog of selected, serially published bibliographies in
a variety of fields, including many elusive lists which appear regularly in
scholarly journals. Entries are arranged by Dewey class number are indexed
by author, title, sponsoring body and subject/key-word-in-context. Includes
a respectable number of bibliographies devoted to French language and literature.
4. Guide to Reference Books. 11th ed. Chicago: American Library Association,
A selective, annotated bibliography of reference books in many languages,
arranged in five broad categories: (1) General Reference Works; (2) The Humanities
(including French literature); (3) Social Sciences; (4) History and Area Studies;
(5) Pure and Applied Sciences. The section for French literature lists guides,
bibliographies for various periods, literary and biographical dictionaries,
literary histories, and reference tools for specific genres and authors. The
index includes authors, subjects, and titles.
5. Malclès, Louise Noelle. Les Sources du Travail Bibliographique.
3 vols. in 4. Geneva: E. Droz, 1950-58.
SML Reference Z1002 M35 (LC)
A painstaking guide to the major categories of reference tools and their
principal exemplars, with introductory notes for each chapter and full annotations
for most entries. Emphasizes French and other European sources. Volume 1 covers
general reference books (bibliographies, library catalogs, encyclopedias,
etc.), Volume 2 the specialized tools for the humanities and social sciences,
and Volume 3 those for exact science and technology. Volume 2 includes a generous
chapter devoted to "Langue et Littérature Française."
B. Guides to French Studies
6. Bassan, Fernande et al. An Annotated Bibliography of French Language
and Literature. New York: Garland, 1989.
SML Reference Z2175 A2 B39X 1989 (LC)
An overstuffed catalog of research tools for French studies. Part 1 presents
a barrage of general bibliographies and reference works, including encyclopedias,
dictionaries, biographical sources, and reprint series. Part 2 lists linguistic
reference tools and general studies of the French language. Part 3 covers
literature, describing bibliographies, anthologies, surveys, reference books,
genre studies, and background works for the major periods of French literature
proper and for numerous literatures of French expression outside France. Annotations
are generous in Part 1 and sketchier in Parts 2 and 3. The index includes
authors and titles, and the detailed table of contents provides access to
6a. Beugnot, Bernard. Manuel bibliographique des études littéraires:
les bases de l'histoire littéraire, les voies nouvelles d'analyse critique.
[Paris]: Nathan, c1982.
SML Reference Z6511 B48 1982 (LC)
A bibliographic guide for the graduate student of French literature. Treats
the basic tools of literary research, the principal areas of research (including
the relationships of literature and the arts, psychoanalysis, sociology, etc.),
and new trends in literary research (including French literature outside France).
7. Cordiè, Carlo. Avviamento allo Studio della Lingua e della
Letteratura Francese. Milan: C. Marzorati, 1955.
SML Reference Z2171 C67 (LC)
An ample guide to the older scholarship and tools for scholarship, useful
for the running commentary in which the references are embedded. Part 1 covers
general bibliographies and reference works, and linguistics. Part 2 contains
chapters for each period of French literature, with subsections for individual
authors, including many minor figures. The index includes authors, critics,
characters, themes, and some titles.
8. Langlois, Pierre. Guide Bibliographique des Études Littéraires,
3rd ed. Paris: Hachette, 1965.
SML Reference Z2171 L35 1965 (LC)
A basic bibliographic survey for teachers and students. Part 1 contains
chapters on the various periods of French literature from the Middle Ages
to the nineteenth century and an introductory background section on classical
antiquity. Each chapter lists some standard works on the history, culture,
language, and literary theory of the period covered and the principal editions,
bibliographies, and secondary studies of its major authors. Part 2 lists and
describes tools for linguistic studies, general bibliographies, literary histories,
series of standard literary texts, literary recordings, and specialized periodicals.
An appendix lists major non-French contributions to the topics covered in
Part 1. Indexed by name, title, and subject.
9. Mahaffey, Denis. A Concise Bibliography of French Literature.
London: Bowker, 1975.
SML Reference Z2171 M33 (LC)
An unadorned introductory bibliography of French literature and literary
scholarship. The first section lists major bibliographies, reference books,
background and critical studies, and anthologies for French literature as
a whole and for each of its periods. The second section treats individual
authors, grouped chronologically, listing for each bibliographies, collected
and selected works in French and in English translation, individual works,
journals and letters, and selected critical studies.
10. Osburn, Charles B., comp. The Present State of French Studies: A
Collection of Research Reviews. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1971.
SML Reference: PQ51 O82
A collection of essays by specialists surveying research on some forty
important topics in French literature from medieval to modern times. Appendix
I contains supplementary bibliographic essays by the compiler, which update
many of those in the body of the work. Appendix II provides a bibliography
of additional research reviews. A useful introduction describes the network
of basic bibliographic tools fro French literary studies.
11. Osburn, Charles B. Research and Reference Guide to French Studies.
2nd Edition. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1981.
SML Reference Z2175 A2 O82 1981 (LC)
An unannotated, wide-ranging outline of research aids for French studies
and related fields. Limited to bibliographies, reviews of research, reference
works, and books and articles which include substantial bibliographies. Core
sections on the principal periods of French literature have subdivisions for
individual genres, themes, and authors and for background topics. Includes
chapters on French philology, French literature outside France, allied disciplines
like comparative literature and the performing arts, and general reference
11a. Kempton, Richard. French literature: an annotated guide to selected
bibliographies. New York, N.Y. : Modern Language Association of America,
SML Reference Z2171 A1 C34 1981 (LC)
An annotated "selected listing of major bibliographies on French literature,
most of which can be found in the libraries of institutions where graduate
instruction in French is offered." Introd. Indexed. [Balay BE1136.]
12. Ronge, Peter. Studienbibliographie Französisch; Beitrage zur
Bibliographischen Erschiessung der Franzö-sischen Philologie. 2 vols.
Frankfurt: Anthenaum, 1971.
SML Reference Z2175 A2 R65 (LC)
An extremely thorough, annotated guide to reference books and basic scholarly
works on French philology and literature. An introductory chapter contains
a convenient table of the essential bibliographies for French studies. Chapter
1 lists introductions to French philology, research methods, and documentation;
Chapter 2, general and specialized bibliographies; Chapter 3, reference books;
Chapter 4, language dictionaries; Chapter 5 covers linguistics in general,
Chapter 6, French linguistics in particular; Chapter 7, literary criticism
and theory; Chapter 8, the teaching of language and literature; Chapter 9,
anthologies and collections of texts; Chapter 1, series and periodicals. The
intricate table of contents serves as a subject index.
A. General Bibliographies of French Literature
1. Retrospective Bibliographies
13. A Critical Bibliography of French Literature. ed. by David Clark
Cabeen. 4 vols. + suppl. to Vol 4. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1947-68.
SML Reference Z2171 C33 (LC)
v. 1. The medieval period / edited by Urban T. Holmes, Jr. -- v. 2. The
sixteenth century / edited by Alexander H. Schutz -- v. 3. The seventeenth
century / edited by Nathan Edelman -- v. 3A. The seventeenth century: supplement
/ edited by H. Gaston Hall -- v. 4. The eighteenth century / edited by George
R. Havens, Donald F. Bond -- v. 4A. The eighteenth century: supplement / edited
by Richard A. Brooks -- v. 5. The nineteenth century / edited by David Baguley.
(2 v.) -- v. 6. The twentieth century / edited by Douglas W. Alden and Richard
A. Brooks (3 v. A selective list of important editions and secondary studies,
designed for students and scholars. Entries, which include books, articles,
and dissertations, are graced with critical annotations by specialists and
with references to reviews.
13a. Gelfand, Elissa D. French feminist criticism: women, language, and
literature: an annotated bibliography. New York: Garland Pub., 1985.
SML: HQ1386 G44 1985 (LC)
Presents 555 items in two mains sections: (1) General problematics of feminist
criticism, which includes comparative studies and works on feminist criticism
in general; (2) French and Francophone voices, which lists works by and about
individual critics. An appendix gives contents of special issues of journals;
title and subject indexes. [Balay BE1133]
14. Golden, Herbert Hershel and Simches, Seymour O. Modern French Literature
and Language: A Bibliography of Homage Studies. Cambridge: Harvard University
SML: X566 953G
A thorough index to the contents of 309 Festschriften devoted to French
philology and literature from 1500 to the present. Section 1 provides a numbered
catalogue of the collections analyzed; Section 2 lists articles in literary
topics, arranged by century and subarranged topically; Section 3 indexes articles
on France's intellectual and literary relations with other countries; Section
4 covers linguistic studies. The entry for each item cites the parent collection
Superseded and extended by:
14a. Griffin, Lloyd W. Modern French literature and language: a bibliography
of homage studies. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press; Ann Arbor, Mich.:
produced and distributed on demand by Xerox University Microfilms, 1976.
SML Reference Z2175 F45 G74 1976 (LC)
Includes references to articles on French language and literature in some
588 homage volumes; a listing of the Festschriften is followed by a classified
listing of the relevant contributions. Cutoff date is 1974 with some 1975
items. Name index with reference of authors of the articles analyzed and of
literary authors. [Balay BE1134]
15. Harvard University. Library. French Literature. 2 vols. Cambridge:
Harvard University Press, 1973.
SML Reference Z2189 +H37 (LC)
A classified catalog of a rich French literature collection, listing primary
and secondary works in the order in which they are arranged on the shelves
of Widener Library. It includes an outline of the classification scheme; the
shelf-list itself; a relisting of the items on the shelf-list in chronological
order by publication date; and an author/title index. It provides a synopsis
of the core texts for the various eras of French literary history and of the
major books produced in any give year from 1500 to 1972.
16. Lanson, Gustave. Bibliographie de la Littérature Française
Moderne, XVIe, XVIIe, et XIXe Siècles.
Nouv. ed. Paris: Hachette, 1921.
SML Reference Z2171 L354 1921 (LC)
An unannotated student's bibliography of primary and secondary materials,
including many periodical articles. Contains substantial chapters on "Généralités"
(bibliography and reference books) and on each century enumerated in the title,
and a short section on the early twentieth century and the literature of World
War I. The sub-divisions, clearly displayed in the table of contents, provide
access to materials on the cultural milieu, genres, movements, and writers
of each period covered. The index includes names of authors and critics.
2. Current Bibliographies
17. "Bibliographie" in Revue d'Histoire Littéraire de la France.
Paris: vol. 1 (1984- ).
SML: Hf3 80 (Current issues in Periodical Room)
Each issue of the Revue includes an unannotated bibliography of
recent books and articles compiled by René Rancoeur, with separate
sections for general works and for each century from the sixteenth to the
present. The quarterly lists are incorporated into Rancoeur's Bibliographie
de la Littérature Française du Moyen Âge à Nos
Jours (no. 18 below).
18. Bibliographie de la Littérature Française du Moyen
Âge à Nos Jours. Paris: 1966 - . ed. By René Rancoeur.
Supersedes Bibliographie de la Littérature Française Moderne
SML Reference Z2171 B552 (LC)
An annual bibliography which expands and cumulates the lists published
throughout the year in the Revue d'Histoire Littéraire de la France
(no. 17 above). The first chapter covers bibliographies, the second, general
topics, and subsequent sections are devoted to the major periods of French
literature from the 10th century to the 20th. Bold-faced subheadings highlight
materials on particular subjects and authors within each period. A useful
appendix provides full titles and addresses of the journals analyzed. It includes
an index for authors' names and another for themes and subjects.
19. Bibliographie der Französischen Literaturwissenschaft. ed.
By Otto Klapp. Frankfurt au Main: vol. 1 (1956/58 - ).
SML Reference Z2171 B53 (LC)
Each portly annual volume lists books, articles, and dissertations published
in many countries during the year. An introductory section on "Généralités"
is followed by chapters on the various eras of French literature from the
Middle Ages to the present, and on French literature outside France. The introductory
chapter includes material on many interesting ancillary topics (e.g. comic
strips, popular fiction, science fiction, sociology and literature), and on
particular critical schools. The central chapters have subheadings for specific
genres, movements, themes and motifs for the individual authors. Includes
name and subject indexes.
19a. Current research in French studies at universities and university
colleges in the United Kingdom. London. 1969/70-
SML Reference Z2175 A2 C87 (LC)
A subject list, in three sections, of theses submitted for a variety of
degrees: (1) Linguistic studies and stylistics; (2) Literary, historical,
and sociological studies not referring to a specific writer, historical figure,
or anonymous; (3) Alphabetical list of writers, historical figures, and anonymous
works. [Balay BE1142]
20. Modern Language Association of America. MLA International Bibliography
of Books and Articles on the Modern Languages and Literatures. New York:
1963 - . (continues the Association's Annual Bibliography).
SML Reference Z7006 M63 (LC) Also available on CD-ROM opposite the
SML Reference Desk and on the World
Wide Web (access restricted to Yale IP addresses). A tutorial is available
The most ambitious annual bibliography in its field, tackling monographs,
collections, pamphlets, journal articles, and theses published throughout
the world. Issued in three volumes: Volume 1 covers General Literature and
Related Topics (e.g. literary criticism and theory, comparative literature,
themes and types), English Literature, American Literature, Medieval and Neo-Latin
Literature, Celtic Literatures, and Folklore; Volume 2 takes on the modern
African, Oriental, and European literatures, including French; Volume 3 is
devoted to linguistics. The French literature section in Volume 2 is subdivided
by period and then by specific genres and authors. The general and theoretical
sections of Volume 1 often list materials relevant to French studies. Each
volume includes an index of critics, but none for primary authors or subjects.
21. "Rassegna Bibliografica" in Studi Francesi. Turin: vol. 1 (1957
SML: Hf3 St94 (current issues in Periodical Room)
Each quarterly issue of Studi Francesi includes a selective, international
bibliography covering noteworthy books and articles on all periods of French
literature. Every entry is generously annotated by a specialist.
An extremely comprehensive, classified bibliography of books, articles
and dissertations on Romance philology and literature. Each issue from 1965/66
on occupies three hefty volumes. Volume 1 includes an outline of the intricate
classification system used in volumes 2 and 3, a bibliography of journals
indexed, sections on reports of research institutes, congress proceedings,
and collections, a list of abbreviations, and name and subject indexes. Volume
2 covers Romance languages, and Volume 3 covers Romance literatures. The French
literature chapter is organizes chronologically, with subsections for particular
topics, forms, motifs, and author. Many entries cite reviews.
23. The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies. London: vol. 1 (1929/30
SML Reference PB1 Y32
A critical survey of each year's outstanding scholarship on the various
Romance, Celtic, Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures. The chapter
on French studies includes subsections by specialists on the French language
and on each literary era from the early Middle Ages to the present. A running
commentary relates the individual citations to general scholarly trends.
23a. Wortman, William A. A guide to serial bibliographies for modern
literatures. New York, N.Y.: Modern Language Association of America, 1982.
SML Reference Z6519 W67 1995 (LC)
Lists and annotates about 950 "current bibliographies in modern literatures
of use to students of literature." --Preface. Classed arrangement;
author/title/subject index. [Balay BE34]
B. Bibliographies of Particular Periods
1. Middle Ages
a. General Bibliographies
24. Bossuat, Robert. Manuel Bibliographique de la Littérature
Française du Moyen Age. Melun: Librairie D'Argences, 1951.
A meticulous bibliography of medieval French literature and the tools for
its study. The introduction lists general works (e.g. surveys of medieval
literature, dictionaries, bibliographies, collections of texts, lists of dissertations).
Part 1 covers L'Ancien Français and Part 2, Le Moyen Français.
Both parts have sections for particular types of literature (Roman courtois,
littérature didactique, poésie lyrique), which are in turn
subdivided for individual authors and anonymous titles. Each entry lists major
editions, translations, adaptations, and secondary studies, including books
and articles. Head notes provide background information on many works and
types of works and on the scholarly debates they have inspired. Indexes include
authors, titles, and critics.
24a. Vielliard, Françoise. Manuel bibliographique de la littérature
française du moyen âge de Robert Bossuat. Premier supplément,
1949- 1980. Paris: Editions du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique,
SML Reference Z2172 B68 1986 Suppl (LC)
25. International Medieval Bibliography. Leeds and Minneapolis: 1967
SML Reference Z6203 I585 (LC) Also available on CD-ROM opposite the
SML Reference Desk.
A semi-annual record of articles in journals and collections covering many
facets of medieval culture. Arranged topically, with subdivisions for specific
countries. Includes sections on language and literature proper and on related
subjects (e.g. folklore, hagiography, historiography, manuscripts).
26. Knudson, Charles A. and Misrahi, Jean. "French Medieval Literature"
in Fisher, John H., ed. The Medieval Literature of Western Europe: A Review
of Research, Mainly 1930-1960. New York: New York University Press, 1966.
SML Reference PN671 F57 (LC)
An evaluative survey of scholarly work on medieval French literature from
1925 to 1960, which identifies trends, outlines rival theories on important
issues, and describes many specific titles. Covers the following topics: background
and bibliography; chansons de geste; the troubadours; lyric poetry
in northern France; romance; Le Roman de Renart; fabliaux; drama;
Le Roman de la Rose; Rutebeuf; Marco Polo; fourteenth and fifteenth
b. Bibliographies of Particular Forms and Genres
i. Lyric Poetry
27. Raynaud, Gaston. Bibliographie des Chansonniers Français
des XIIIe et XIVe Siècles. 2 vols. Paris:
SML: Xx81 F884
A catalog of early French lyric poems and the manuscripts in which they
appear. Part 1 lists the manuscripts alphabetically by repository, describes
each briefly, and prints the incipits of its contents. Part 2 lists the individual
poems themselves with references to the manuscripts and printed editions in
which they can be located. Part 3 is an alphabetical author index. Cf. Spanke
(no. 27a below).
Corrected, expanded and reorganized by:
27a. Spanke, Hans. G. Raynaud's Bibliographie des Altfranzösischen
Liedes neu Bearbeitet und Erganzt. Leiden: Brill, 1955.
Music Library: ML128 S698;S7
28. Linker, Robert White. A bibliography of old French lyrics. University,
Miss.: Romance Monographs, inc., 1979. (Romance monographs, no. 31)
SML Reference Z2174 P7 L55 (LC)
Constitutes a reworking and updating of the material Gaston Raynaud's Bibliographie
des chansonniers français [no. 27 above] and subsequent
corrections and additions to that work. In two parts, the first listing bibliographies
of manuscripts, descriptions of major manuscripts, a general bibliography
of lyrics published in anthologies, periodicals, etc., and works on types
of lyrics and on metrics and music of the poems; the second part is the bibliography
of the lyrics themselves, arranged by name of the trouvère, then by
initial word (anonymous poems are listed separately by first word). There
is a cross-index of Raynaud and Linker entry numbers. [Balay BE1200]
28a. Beach, Cecilia. French women playwrights before the twentieth century
: a Checklist. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.
SML Reference Z2174 Dd7 B43x 1994 (LC)
Arranged by century then by author's surname. Supplies author's names and
pseudonyms, life dates, profession and activities, title of play(s) including
genre, number of acts, and prose or verse (if known), collaborators, place
and date of publication, and place and date of first performance, and locations
in Parisian libraries or archives.
Continued by 72a below.
29. Lewicka, Halina. Bibliographie du Théâtre Profane des
XVe et XVIe Siècles. Neuilly: Institut de
Recherches et d'Histoire des Textes, 1972.
SML Reference Z2174 D7 +L43 (LC)
A thorough and convenient compilation of material on the early French secular
drama, listing editions of the plays themselves and a wealth of scholarship
about them. Chapter 1 covers bibliographies, play-lists and catalogs; Chapter
2 general works on the history of the theater; Chapter 3 collections of texts;
Chapter 4 moralités; Chapter 5 sotties; Chapter 6 farces;
Chapter 7 monologues et sermons joyeux. Some items are briefly annotated.
There are indexes of authors, titles, editors, and critics.
30. Petit du Julleville, Louis. Histoire du Théâtre en France;
Répertoire du Théâtre Comique en France au Moyen Âge.
Paris: Cerf, 1886.
SML Reference Z2174 D7 P47 (LC)
A catalog of French comic plays composed before 1600. Part 1 lists extant
plays, giving wherever possible the exact title, references to manuscripts
and printed editions, number of characters, number of verses, date, number
of known performances, a synopsis of the plot, and citations to relevant secondary
sources. Part 2 lists plays whose texts have been lost. Part 3 is a chronological
record of performances of comic plays based ultimately on reports in contemporary
documents. A brief appendix includes "pièces non dramatiques
(débats, disputes, dialogues, monologues)
omitted from the main work".
31. Stratman, Carl Joseph. Bibliography of Medieval Drama. 2nd ed.
2 vols. New York: Ungar, 1972.
SML Reference Z5782 A2 S76 1972 (LC)
Although the bibliography is designed primarily for students of English
medieval literature, Volume 2 contains full and useful chapters of the dramas
of various continental countries, including France (pp. 675-778). The French
section has subdivisions for bibliographies, collections, historical and general
studies, Latin drama, and vernacular drama, both religious and secular. Editions
and studies of particular importance are asterisked.
31a. Murphy, Maria Spaeth. Bibliography of medieval drama, 1969-1972.
Emporia, KS.: School of Graduate and Professional Studies of the Emporia State
SML Reference Z5782 A2 M874 1986 (LC)
31b. Murphy, Maria Spaeth. Bibliography of medieval drama, 1973-1976.
Emporia, KS.: School of Graduate and Professional Studies of the Emporia State
SML Reference Z5782 A2 M875X 1986 (LC)
31c. Bibliography of medieval drama, Emporia, KS : School of Graduate
and Professional Studies of Emporia State University, .
SML Reference Z5782 A2 B53X 1988 (LC)
32. Woledge, Brian. Bibliographie des Romans et Nouvelles en Prose Française
Antérieurs à 1500. Geneva: Droz, 1954.and his Supplément,
1954-1973. Geneva: Droz, 1975.
SML Reference Z2174 F4 W65 (LC)
An alphabetical listing of early prose narratives in French, offering many
cheerful facts about each, including date, source and author, the location
of extant manuscripts, the dates and imprints of Renaissance and modern editions,
and the best secondary studies to consult. The supplement expands and corrects
the original entries in the light of subsequent scholarship.
33. Woledge, Brian. Répertoire des Plus Anciens Textes en Prose
Française Depuis 842 Jusqu'aux Premières Années du
XIIIe Siècle. Geneva: Droz, 1964.
SML: Hb4 125 79
Catalogs all recorded French prose texts to 1210, both literary and non-literary.
Entries provide incipits, notes on manuscripts, printed editions, sources,
dates, and authors, and references to scholarly commentaries. A substantial
introduction traces the development of French prose during the period covered
by the bibliography. Includes indexes of manuscripts, proper names and titles,
iv. Epic and Romance
34. Gautier, Léon. Bibliographie des Chansons de Geste. Paris:
SML: Hf52 36b and X565 S897
Constitutes the final volume of the author's comprehensive history of medieval
French epic (Les Épopées Françaises). Part 1 lists
bibliographies and general criticisms of the genre. Part 2 is an alphabetical
catalog of individual chansons de geste, noting editions and secondary
studies of each. Thoroughly indexed.
An annual bibliography of books and articles on the matière de
Bretagne. Each national branch of the Arthurian Society prepares a chapter
documenting its country's contributions. Chapters include sections for texts,
translations and adaptations; critical and historical studies; reviews; and
theses for higher degrees. Entries are annotated in French or English.
36. Société Rencesvals. Bulletin Bibliographique de la
Société Rencesvals. Paris: fasc. 1 (1958 - ).
SML: PQ201 S665
An annotated, serially published bibliography of current scholarship on
early Romance epics. Covers new editions and translations, critical books
and articles, reviews, work in progress, and reports of meetings. Appears
2. Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries
a. General Bibliographies
37. Bibliographie Internationale de l'Humanisme et de la Renaissance.
Geneva: vol 1. (1965- ).
SML Reference Z6207 R4 B53 (LC)
An international, interdisciplinary annual bibliography of books and articles
on all facets of Renaissance civilization. Part 1, Personnages, lists works
by and about individual Renaissance figures. Part 2, Matières, covers
six broad subject categories (generalities, history, religion, philosophy,
literature, education, bibliography, the arts, science and technology), each
of which is subdivided geographically. Provides direct access to material
on French Renaissance literature, and on many related subjects.
38. British Museum. Department of Printed Books. Short-Title Catalogue
of Books Printed in France and of French Books Printed in Other Countries
from 1470 to 1600 Now in the British Museum. London: Printed by order
of the Trustees, 1924.
SML Reference Z2162 B86 (LC)
A concise author bibliography of an important collection of French Renaissance
books, whose scope is succinctly outlined in its title.
38a. British Museum. Department of Printed Books. Short-title catalogue of
books printed in France and books printed in other countries from 1470 to 1600
in the British Library. Supplement. London : British Library, 1986.
SML Reference Z2162 B86 Suppl (LC)
39. British Museum. Department of Printed Books. A Short-Title Catalogue
of French Books 1601-1700 in the Library of the British Museum. 1 vol.
in 2. London: Dawsons, 1969-73.
SML:Reference Z2162 +B752 (LC)
A companion volume to no. 38 above, covering seventeenth-century imports.
Includes indexes of alternative forms of the names used as headings; of translators,
editors, and annotators; of printers and publishers; of places in imprints;
and of some titles.
40. Cioranescu, Alexandre. Bibliographie de la Littérature Française
du Seizième Siècle. Paris: Klincksieck, 1959.
SML Reference Z2172 C56 (LC)
----------. Bibliographie de la Littérature Française
du Dix-Septième Siècle. 3 vols. Paris: Centre National de
la Recherce Scientifique, 1956-66.
SML Reference Z2172 +C563 (LC)
----------. Bibliographie de la Littérature Française
du Dix-Huitième Siècle. 3 vols. Paris: Centre National de
la Recherche Scientifique, 1969.
SML Reference Z2172 +C564(LC)
A monumental set of tools for the study of early modern French literature.
The bibliography for each country is divided into two major sections (1) Generalities,
which subdivides into general literary history, specific themes and genres,
and various facets of the intellectual milieu of the period; (2) an alphabetical
catalog of authors, both prominent and obscure, listing works by and about
each. The volume for the 16th century includes several extra-literary categories
(e.g. legal, scientific, and theological works) excluded from the later bibliographies.
Indexed by authors and subjects.
Each quarterly issue of this bulletin of the Société d'études
du XVIIe siècle ends with a collection of meaty, signed
reviews of new editions of seventeenth-century French texts and of significant
books on seventeenth-century literature and culture.
42. Conlon, Pierre M. Prélude au Siècle de Lumières
en France; Répertoire Chronlogique de 1680 à 1715. 6 vols.
Geneva: Droz, 1967-75.
SML: X569 970C
A year-by-year inventory of literary, theological, philosophical and scientific
works published by Frenchmen during an important transitional epoch of French
intellectual history. Includes a limited number of reissues, translations,
administrative documents, and polemic works of particular interest to historians
of ideas. Many entries include references to advertisements and reviews in
contemporary periodicals. The listings for each year are preceded by brief
chronologies including major public events, opening dates of plays of operas,
births and deaths of writers, etc. Helps the reader relate literary texts
to broad cultural trends.
42a, Conlon, Pierre M. Le siècle des lumières: bibliographie
chronologique. Genève: Librairie Droz, 1983-<1996>
SML Reference Z2162 C65 (LC)
43. "The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography" in Philological
Quarterly. Iowa City: vol. 1 (1922 - ).
SML Periodical Room P1 P45 (LC)
From 1971 through 1975 each annual volume of Philological Quarterly
included a selective, annotated catalog of books, articles, and reviews on
eighteenth-century topics published during the preceding year. The bibliographies
are international in coverage and comprehensive in scope, including printing
and bibliographical studies; historical, social and economic studies; philosophy,
science and religion; the fine arts; literary studies; and individual authors.
French writers and subjects are liberally represented. The bibliographies
for 1970-1989 have been reissued in hard cover as The Eighteenth Century:
A Current Bibliography (SML Reference - Z2012 E33 (LC)).
44. Giraud, Jeanne. Manuel de Bibliographie Littéraire pour les
XVIe, XVIIe, XVIIIe Siècles Français,
1921-1935. Paris: J. Vrin, 1939.
SML Reference Z2171 G57 (LC)
----------. ... 1936-1945. Paris: Nizet, 1956.
SML Reference Z2171 G573 (LC)
----------. ... 1946-1955. Paris: Nizet, 1970.
SML Reference Z2171 G574 (LC)
An orderly inventory of scholarship on the three "Siècles Classiques,"
designed to update the corresponding sections of Lanson (no. 16 above) through
1955. An introductory section, Généralités, lists work
on the early modern period as a whole, studies of specific genres, themes
and motifs, et al. Each of the three centuries occupies a separate chapter
covering both general studies and studies of particular authors. Indexes include
names, subjects, themes, and some titles.
45. Harvard University. Library. Department of Printing and Graphic Arts.
Harvard College Library Department of Printing and Graphic Arts: Catalogue
of Books and Manuscripts. Part 1: French 16th Century Books. Comp. By
Ruth Mortimer. 2 vols. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,
SML Reference Z881 +H347 1964 (LC)
A learned and beautifully illustrated author bibliography of a prominent
collection of finely printed and illustrated books published in sixteenth-century
France. The various works of each author are listed chronologically by publication
date. Entries include full physical descriptions of the books, considerable
bibliographic/historical information, and suggestions for further reading.
Volume 2 contains a general index, a year-by-year chronological index, and
indexes for artists, printers and publishers, and subjects.
46. Répertoire Bibliographique des Livres Imprimés en France
au Seizième Siècle. Baden-Baden: Koerner, 1968 - (in progress).
SML Reference Z2162 R46 (LC)
A geographical inventory of books published in France in the sixteenth
century. Each fascicle covers one particular town, listing each of its printers
and his imprints, in chronological order. The entry for each item transcribes
its title-page and locates copies in European and American libraries.
46a. Répertoire bibliographique des livres imprimés en France
au XVIIe siècle. Baden-Baden: V. Koerner, 1978-<1996>
SML Reference Z2162 R461 (LC)
46b. Desgraves, Louis. Répertoire bibliographique des livres imprimés
en France au XVIIIe siècle. Baden-Baden; Bouxwiller: V.
Koerner, 1988- 1992.
SML Reference Z2162 D47 (LC)
47. Will, Samuel Frederic. A Bibliography of American Studies on the
French Renaissance (1500-1600). Illinois Studies in Language and Literature,
vol. 26, no. 2. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1940.
SML: F15 +IZ6 v.26
A useful guide to the older American scholarship on sixteenth-century French
culture. Emphasizes belles-letters but includes material on many ancillary
topics, arranged under the following headings: Authors; Anthologies; Bibliographies;
Histories of Literature; Language; Theatre; Influence of Sixteenth-Century
French Literature on Other Literatures; Influence of Other Literatures on
French in the Sixteenth Century; History and Civilization; Sixteenth-Century
French Navigations and Discoveries in the New World; Religious History; Calvin,
Calvinism; General and Miscellaneous. Covers periodical articles as well as
monographs and annotates items with nondescript titles. Includes an index
of authors and critics.
b. Bibliographies of Particular Forms and Genres
i. Lyric Poetry
48. Lachèvre, Frédéric. Bibliographie des Recueils
Collectifs de Poésies du XVIe Siècle. Paris:
SML Reference Z2174 P7 +L32 (LC)
Lists French verse anthologies of the 16th century, describes their contents,
and identifies many of the anonymous items they include. Lachèvre planned
the work on the grand scale of his earlier catalog of seventeenth-century
miscellanies (see no. 49 below) but was forced by lack of funds to omit the
bibliographies of individual poets.
49. ----------. Bibliographie des Recueils Collectifs de Poésies
Publiés de 1597 à 1700. 4 vols. Paris: Leclerc, 1901-05.
SML Reference Z2174 P7 +L2 (LC)
A detailed bibliography of French poetical miscellanies of the seventeenth
century and an index to their contents. Volume 1 covers anthologies published
from 1597 to 1635; Volume 2 1636-1661; Volume 3 1662-1700. Volume 4 includes
additions , corrections, and general indexes. Each of the three main volumes
contains: (1) a bibliography of the anthologies themselves, entered under
their editors' names, including lists of the authors represented in each and
the texts of their prefaces; (2) an alphabetical catalog of the individual
poets, providing biographical information on each and a bibliography of his
anthologized poems; (3) a table of anonymous poets in the miscellanies, which
identifies the authors of many; (4) an appendix which prints the full texts
of the previously unedited poems of various authors, unearthed in the course
of the project.
50. ----------. Les Recueils Collectifs de Poésies Libres et Satiriques
Publiés Depuis 1600 jusqu'à la Mort de Théophile (1626).
Paris: Champion, 1914. ----------. ... Supplément. Additions et
Corrections. Paris: Champion, 1922.
SML Reference Z2174 P7 +L33 (LC)
A guide to early 17th-century collections of libertine and satiric verse,
which complements no. 49 above and follows its pattern.
51. "Appendice: Liste Bibliographique des Tragédies Françaises
Composées Avant 1640." In Forsyth, Elliott. La Tragédie
Française de Jodelle à Corneille (1553-1640); Le Théâtre
de la Vengeance. Paris: Nizet, 1962, pp. 425-472.
SML: Hf63 F77
A year-by-year chronology of French tragedies first published in the 16th
and early 17th centuries. Notes later editions of many items listed. Provides
a reasonably comprehensive inventory of the primary sources for the study
of French Renaissance tragedy.
52. Brenner, Clarence Dietz. A Bibliographical List of Plays in the French
Language, 1700-1789. Berkeley: Assocated Students' Store, 1947.
SML Reference Z2174 D7 +B74 (LC)
Catalogs over 11,000 dramatic pieces composed in French between 1700 and
1789, including amateur theatricals, college dramas, and other elusive genres.
The main listing is alphabetical by author and notes the place and date of
the first performance of each play and its first appearance in print.
53. Lancaster, Henry Carrington. History of French Dramatic Literature
in the Seventeenth Century. 5 vols. in 9. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press,
CCL: PQ526 L35
Although not primarily a bibliography, this thorough account includes a
wealth of bibliographic information. Part 1 covers the preclassical period
(1610-1634); Part 2 the period of Corneille (1635-1651); Part 3 the period
of Molière (1652-1672); Part 4 the period of Racine (1673-1700). Part
5 is a summary volume, including a review of general conclusions, subject
and general indexes to parts 1-4, a finding list of plays. Each of the first
four parts ends with a chronological checklists of plays written or first
performed during the period covered.
54. ----------. Sunset, a History of Parisian Drama in the Last Years
of Louis XIV, 1701-1715. Baltimore: John Hopkins Press, 1945.
SML: Hf56 190
A sequel to no. 53 above. Includes a chronological list of plays acted
at the Comédie Française 1701 - September 1715.
55. ----------. French Tragedy in the Time of Louis XV and Voltaire, 1715-1774.
2 vols. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1950.
CCL: Pq563 L3
Includes a chronological list of tragedies at the Comédie Française
Nov. 1715 - May 1774 and additions and corrections to earlier volumes in the
56. ----------. French Tragedy in the Reign of Louis XVI and the Early Years
of the French Revolution, 1774-1792. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1953.
SML: Hf56 953L
Includes a chronology a new tragedies in Parisian theaters August 1774
- November 1792 and additions and corrections to earlier volumes in the series.
57. Mélèse, Pierre. Répertoire Analytique des Documents
Contemporains d'Information et de Critique Concernant le Théâtre
à Paris sous Louis XIV, 1659-1715. Paris: Droz, 1934.
SML: X565 D934m
Identifies a host of contemporary documents -- books, diaries, edicts,
etc. -- which comment of various aspects of the Parisian stage during its
first efflorescence. Part 1 covers general theatrical topics; Part 2 particular
authors; Part 3 actors; Part 4 directors and stage designers; Part 5 individual
plays. A true boon to students of contemporary views on particular works and
on general aesthetic, ethical, and administrative questions bearing on the
theater. References under each entry are listed chronologically and many summarize
or reprint the relevant commentary. For full bibliographic data on the documents
cited, see pp. 435-446 of the author's Le Théâtre et le Publique
à Paris sous Louis XIV, 1659-1715, (CCL: PN2636 P3 M45), of which
the Répertoire is an outgrowth.
58. Bibliographie du Genre Romanesque Français 1751-1800.
Ed. by Angus Martin, Vivienne G Mylne, et al.
SML Reference Z2174 F5 +M37 (LC)
The publisher's announcement promises that this catalog will list and describe
all French works of fiction, including translations, which were issued in
book form from 1751-1800.
59. DeJongh, William Frederick Jekel. A Bibliography of the Novel and
Short Story in French from the Beginning of Printing till 1600. Albuquerque:
University of New Mexico Press, 1944.
SML: X565 F944d
A checklist of first editions of French fictional works published during
the Renaissance. The catalog is chronological by publication date, with indexes
of anonymous titles, authors, and translators. Many entries include references
to earlier bibliographies and bibliographic studies.
60. Godenne, René. "Répertoire par Année des Titres
des Nouvelles aux XVIIe et XVIIIe Siècle" in
his Histoire de la Nouvelle Française aux XVIIe et XVIIIe
Siècles. Geneva: Droz, 1970 (pp. 247-98).
SML: Hb4 125 108
A year-by-year inventory of French nouvelles published between 1623 and
1799, based on the first-hand examination of their earliest known editions.
The seventeenth century selection is intended to correct the imperfect Williams/Baldner
bibliographies (see no. 62 below) for this sub-genre of the novel. Entries
provide references to subsequent editions and to such modern critical texts
as exist. Includes an index of authors and anonymous titles.
61. Jones, Silas Paul. A List of French Prose Fiction from 1700 to 1750.
New York: Wilson, 1939.
SML: X565 F939
A chronological catalog of the works of French prose fiction published
each year from 1700 to 1750. Includes imaginary voyages, fictitious memoirs,
collections of spurious letters, fairy tales, etc., as well as bona fide romans
and nouvelles. Entries for many items indicate dates of later editions,
offer information on the history of the text and its relation to other works,
and locate copies in various libraries, particularly the Bibliothèque
nationale, the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal , the British Museum. A detailed
index includes authors, titles, pseudonyms, initials, etc.
62. Williams, Ralph Coplestone. Bibliography of the Seventeenth Century
Novel in France. New York: Century, 1931.
SML Reference Z2174 F4 W55 (LC)
A three-part catalog of romans and nouvelles published from
1600 to 1699. Part 1 lists the novels alphabetically by author; Part 2 includes
anonymous titles and is a year-by-year chronological checklists; Part 3 is
an alphabetical title list which serves as an index to Parts 1 and 2. Entries
in the first two sections include bibliographic descriptions and locate copies
in the Bibliothèque nationale, the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal,
and the British Museum. Although the compiler has taken pains to omit novelistic
travel accounts, memoirs and histories and nouvelles too short to qualify
as romans, he has included a few borderline cases in an appendix. Williams'
work has been revised by Ralph Willis Baldner in his Bibliography of Seventeenth-Century
French Prose Fiction (SML: Z2174 F5 B35 (LC). Although both bibliographies
are standard works, they are roundly denounced for sloppiness and inaccuracy
by René Godenne in his "Répertoire par Année des Titres
de Nouvelles..." (see no. 60 above, p. 249).
3. Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
a. General Bibliographies
63. "Current Bibliography" in Twentieth Century Literature. Denver:
v. 1 (1955 - ).
SML: Ia105 T914 - Current issues in Periodal Room
An alphabetical subject bibliography of recent articles on twentieth century
writers of various nationalities appears in each quarterly issue of Twentieth
Century Literature. Headings include authors' names (e.g. "Camus"), and
subjects (e.g. "French Drama," "Structuralism"). Each entry is briefly annotated.
See also Pownell (no. 68 below).
64. French VII Bbiliography: Critical and Biographical References for
the Study of Contemporary French Literature. New York: vol. 1-4 (1940-1968).
SML Reference Z2173 F74 (LC)
A comprehensive account of the work done between 1940 and 1968 on French
literature of the present century, including books, book reviews, and journal
articles. Part 1 covers General Subjects (e.g. Bibliography; literary genres,
aesthetics, stylistics, themes; literary history, philosophy and religion;
surrealism). Part 2 particular authors; Part 3 the cinema.
65. French XX Bibliography: Critical and Biographical References for French
Literature since 1885. New York: vol. 5 (1969/73 - ).
SML Reference Z2171 F74 (LC)
Continues no. 64 above and assumes its numbering.
66. French XX Bibliography. Provençal Supplement. New York:
vol. 1 (1976 - ).
SML Reference Z7033 P8 F74 (LC)
A special bibliography of books and articles published since 1940 on Provençal
literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, which closely resembles its parent
in scope and design. Part 1 includes General Subjects (Bibliography; Collected
articles; Felibrige; Literary History; Miscellaneous; Poetry; Theatre and
Cinema); Part 2 covers individual authors.
The previous items are indexed by:
66a. Tussing, Ruth-Elaine. French XX bibliography: critical and biographical
references for French literature since 1885 : index to volume VI (nos. 26-30)
and to Provençal Supplement no. 1. New York: French Institute-Alliance
SML Reference Z2171 F74 6 Index (LC)
67. Modern Language Association of America. French VI Bibliography Committee.
French VI Bibliography: Critical and Biographical References for the Study
of Nineteenth-Century French Literature. New York: nos. 1-7 (1954/55 -
SML Reference Z2173 F73 (LC)
A very useful index to books, articles, book reviews and some theses on
19th-century French literature, which grew increasingly comprehensive and
elegant during its brief life. Part 1 of each issue covers general subjects
(e.g. Bibliography; Criticism; Literary genres and themes; Novel; Realism;
Theatre). Part 2 covers work on individual 19th-century authors.
68. Pownall, David E. Articles on Twentieth Century Literature: An Annotated
Bibliography, 1954-1970. New York: Kraus-Thomson, 1973 -1980. 7 v.
SML Reference Z6519 P68 (LC)
An expanded and reorganized compilation of the "Current Bibliography" sections
of Twentieth Century Literature (see no. 63 above), vols. 1-16, 1955-1970.
The first volumes of the set list articles on individual authors; the later
volumes cover material on general literary topics.
69. Talvert, Hector and Place, Joseph. Bibliographie des Auteurs Modernes
de Langue Française (1801- ). Paris: Ed. de la Chronique Lettres
Françaises, 1928 - (in progress).
SML Reference Z2171 T16 (LC)
An imposing bibliographical dictionary of French authors of the 19th and
20th centuries. Twenty-two volumes have appeared to date covering A - Morgan,
C. The entry for each figure includes a brief biography; a chornolgical list
of his more substantial works and their various editions, inlcuding full biographical
information; a chronoligcal list of his lesser efforts (e.g. prefaces, editorial
projects, addresses); an arrayof secondary books and articles to consult.
Coverage expands as the alphabet advances, since each volume includes material
issued up to its date of publication (e.g. vol. 1, A-Bertrand, covers 1801-1927;
vol. 22, Moreau-Morgan, C. covers 1801-1975). Volumes 16-17 constitute a title
and author index to volumes 1-15. Volume 22 contains an index of illustrators
of the works described in volumes 1-22.
70. Thieme, Hugo Paul. Bibliographie de la Littérature Française
de 1800 à 1930. 3 vols. Paris: E. Droz, 1933.
SML Reference Z2171 T45 1933 (LC)
An extensive reference bibliography of primary and secondary materials.
Volumes 1-2 constitute an alphabetical author catalog including many minor
writers, "men of letters," and figures not strictly literary. The entires
offer year-by-year inventories of the authors' own publications, followed
by chronological lists of writing about them, which are particularly useful
for their references to reviews and contemporary reactions. Volume 3 covers
general books and articles on French literary and cultural history; although
outdated, it uncovers some welcome studies on narrow and elusive topics, (e.g.
"La Littérature et le Paysan," "poésie et industrie," "roman
de femme et féminisme." An explicit "table de matière" provides
subject access to the bibliography.
70a. Dreher, Silpelitt and Rolli, Madeline. Bibliographie de la Littérature
Française, 1930-1939. Complément à la Bibliographie de
H.P. Thieme. Geneva: Droz, 1948-49.
SML Reference Z2171 D735 (LC)
Includes material published 1930-39 on the authors treated by Thieme.
70b. Drevet, Marguerite L. Bibliographie de la Littérature Française,
1940-49. Complément à la Biblgiographie de H.P. Thieme.
Geneva: Droz, 1954-55.
SML Reference Z2171 D74 (LC)
Updates Dreher for materials published during the 1940s.
b. Bibliographies of Particular Forms, Genres,
i. Lyric Poetry
71. Lachèvre, Frédéric. Bibliographie Sommaire
des Keepsakes, et Autres Recueils Collectifs de la Période Romantique
1823-1848. 2 vols. Paris: Giraud-Badin, 1929.
SML: Xf361 A4 929
Catalogs and analysis of a variety of anthologies of the Romantic period,
many of which contain early and otherwise unindexed works by its major authors.
Volume 1 provides a chronological list of notable giftbooks, keepsakes, anthologies
of prose and verse, and a few periodicals, and gives for each basic bibliographic
data, the names of the contributors, the number of their contributions, and
in some important cases their titles or first lines. Volume 2 performs the
same operations on the major "Almanachs" of the period, and provides detailed
analysis of two preeminent collections -- Les Annales Romantiques and La
Psyche. Indexed by author and title.
72. Adelman, Irving and Dworkin, Rita, comps. Modern Drama: A Checklist
of Critical Literature on 20th-Century Plays. Metuchen: Scarecrow Press,
SML Reference Z5781 A33 (LC)
A selective bibliography of substantive criticism on 20th-century dramtists,
including periodical articles and chapters in books. Covers a respectable
number of modern French authors.
72a. Beach, Cecilia. French women playwrights of the twentieth century
: a checklist. Westport, CT. : Greenwood Press, c1996.
SML: Z2174 D7 B44X 1996 (LC)
Continues no. 28a above.
73. Breed, Paul Francis and Sniderman, Florence M. Dramatic Criticism
Index: A Bibliography of Commentaries on Playwrights from Ibsen to the Avant-Garde.
Detroit: Gale Research, 1972.
SML Reference Z5781 B74(LC)
Lists English language criticism on some 300 late 19th and 20th-century
playwrights from many centuries, France included. Arranged alphabetically
by author with subsections for general criticism and for studies of individual
plays. Indexed by title and by critics' names.
74. Wicks, Charles Beaumont. The Parisian Stage: Alphabetical Indexes
of Plays and Authors. Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1950- .
SML: Hag46 950w
Designed as a definitive list of plays presented in Paris in the nineteenth
century, based primarily on theatrical announcements in contemporary newspapers.
Part 1 covers 1800-1815; Part 2 1816-1830; Part 3 1831-1850; Part 4 1851-1875,
with a cumulative index of authors for 1800-1875. Each part contains (1) an
alpahabetical list of plays by title, including as amny of the following facts
as could be ascertained: subtitle, type of play, number of acts, whether in
prose or verse, real names of authors, theatre of first performance in Paris,
date of first performance in Paris; (2) an author index.
iii. Schools and Movements
75. Anderson, David L. Symbolism: A Bibliography of Symbolism as an
International and Multi-Disciplinary Movement. New York: New York University
SML Reference Z5936 S9 A52 (LC)
An exemplary interdisciplinary bibliography of books and articles written
on Symbolism in European languages from 1880 to 1973. Four chapters: (1) General
and Misccellaneous; (2) National and International Movements (including a
subsection for "Romance"); (3) Forms and Genres, including "Art," "Dance,"
"Drama and Theater," "Folklore," "Journals," "Music," "Poetry," "Prose Fiction,"
"Stylistics," "Themes, Motifs and Types,"; (4) Individual Figures. There are
plentiful cross-references connecting related items. Indexed by author.
76. "Bibliographie" in Association Internationale pour l'Étude de
Dada et du Surréalisme. Cahiers. Paris: no. 1 (1966 - ).
SML: N6494 D3 A88 (LC)
Each cahier includes a brief but meticulous annotaed bibliography
of works by and about Dadaist and surrealist writers and artists.
77. Escoffier, Maurice. Le Movement Romantique 1788-1850: Essai de Bibliographie
Synchronique et Méthodique. Paris: Maison du Bibliophile, 1934.
SML Reference Z2174 R65 E82 (LC)
A catalog of a collection of choice Romantic texts, whose chief virtue
lies on its synoptic organization; works are listed in a year-by-year chronological
arrangement and are sub-arranged within each year by type, (e.g. "Histoire
Littéraire," "Poésie," "Romans," "Histoire et Politique," "Théâtre,"
"Lettres et Mémoires"). The annotations accompanying most entries are
primarly descriptive and bibliographic. Includes indexes of authors, anonymous
titles, collections and keepsakes, periodical titles, and binders.
78. Gershman, Herbert S. A Bibliography of the Surrealist Revolution
in France. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1969.
SML: Xj54 969G
Offers a substantial list of books and articles on the French surrealist
movement by its proponents and studens; a selected bibliography of periodicals
which published the work of the French surrealists and parasurrealists; and
a selected list of surrealist tracts and manifestos.
79. Krawitz, Henry. A Post-Symbolist Bibliography. Metuchen: Scarecrow
SML Reference Z6520 S9 K73 (LC)
A four-part bibliography of books and articles on the post-Symbolists,
emphasizing recent publications in Western European languages. Section 1 lists
studies of the Post-Symbolist movement as a whole; Section 2 lists studies
of its manifestations in particular countries; Section 3 discusses comparative
studies; Section 4 studies the 19 prominent post-Symbolists. Indexed by author.
80. "The Romantic Movement: A Selective and Critical Bibliography" in English
Language Notes. Boulder: vol. 1 (1963 - ).
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Each September issue of ELN includes a solid bibliographic supplement
which attempts to list all the books and articles of substantial interest
to scholars of English and Continental Romanticism produced during the previous
year. A general section is followed by separate chapters for English, French,
German, and Spanish Romanticism, each of which includes sub-sections for general
studies and for studies of individual authors. Many entries are annotated
and provide references to reviews. From 1936-1948 the Romantic Movement bibliography
was issued in English Literary History; Philological Quarterly
took it on from 1949 to 1965, when it moved to its present home in ELN.
Bibliographies from all three journals for 1936-1970 have been reprinted and
provided with cumulative author and subject indexes in: The Romantic Movement
Bibliography, 1936-1970. 7 vols. Ann Arbor: Pierian Press, 1973. (SML
Reference Z6514 R6 R65 (LC)).
SML Reference Z5055 U49 +D57 Index 2 1861-1972 (LC)
__________. Supplement. Ann Arbor: 1973 - . Provides author and
keyword subject indexing to virtually all dissertations accepted for academic
doctoral degrees in the U.S. from 1861 to 1972, and a fair number of Canadian
and European theses approved during the same period. Volumes 1-16 (kept at
Kline Science Library) contain keyword indexes to the titles of scientific
dissertations; volumes 17-32 provides a similar indexing to the titles of
theses in the social sciences and the humanities, with two full volumes (29-30)
devoted to language and literature. Volumes 33-37 comprise an author index
to the set. Annual supplements for 1973-1975 have appeared to date and will
be issued regularly. Each entry gives full title of the thesis, author's name,
date, university, pagination, the source of the reference, and order numbers
for dissertations available through University Microfilms. Among its other
functions, CDI serves as a cumulative index of Dissertation Abstracts International
(no. 82 below).
A monthly offering of abstracts of dissertations recently submitted to
University Microfilms International by the institutions participating in its
cooperative microfilming program. Beginning with volume 27 (1966-67) each
month's number has been issued in two separately bound part; (A) Humanities
and Social Sciences and (B) Sciences and Engineering. Within each part, abstracts
are arranged under broad subject rubrics displayed in the introductory pages
of each issue (the list of headings for the humanities includes a general
category for "Literature" with a subsection for "Literature, Romance" where
most theses on French authors are entered). Each entry includes title, author,
degree awarded, university, date, supervisor's name, abstract, pagination,
and the order number of the full text. Beginning with volume 37 (1976) a third
section; Part (c) European Abstracts covering dissertations on all disciplines
successfully submitted for doctoral and post-doctoral degrees in Europe will
be published quarterly. Part C uses the same subject headings as Parts A and
B. Each separate issue of DAI includes an author and a subject index. From
volume 22 (1961-62) through volume 33 (1972-73) cumulative author and subject
indexes were also issued for each volume. Cumulative author and subject indexing
is provided by Comprehensive Dissertation Index (no. 81 above).
83. "Dissertation in Progress" in The French Review. Champaign: vol.
1 (1927/28 - ).
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Since 1963 The French Review has published an annual classified
list of doctoral dissertations on French language and literature in progress
at many American universities. Dissertations on literature are arranged by
period, with subheadings for papers on individual authors. Each entry gives
the full title and the name of the author, sponsoring university, and thesis
director. Altered and abandoned projects are noted at the beginning of each
section. Since 1970 the "Dissertations in Progress" section has included a
separate list of theses completed and defended during the preceding year.
84. France. Direction des Bibliothèques de France. Catalogue des
Thèses de Doctorat Soutenues devant les Universités Françaises.
Paris: 1884/89 - .
SML Reference Z5055 F79 F73 (LC)
The official annual listing of doctoral degrees awarded by French universities.
Since 1914 the catalog has been organized by faculté (e.g. "Droit,"
"Théologie." or "Lettres," where most literary topics appear) and subarranged
by individual university. Each entry gives author's name, full title, place
of publication, publisher, date, size and pagination. Volumes from 1957 on
include author indexes.
84a. Gabel, Gernot U. Répertoire bibliographique des thèses
françaises (1885-1975) concernant la littérature française
des origines à nos jours. Köln: Edition Gemini, 1984.
SML: Z2172 G25 1984 (LC)
4,100 entries grouped chronologically by century; within each period a
general section is followed by an alphabetical arrangement of authors treated.
Indexes of authors of the theses and of subjects. [Balay BE1145]
IV. PERIODICAL INDEXES
85. France, Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique. Bulletin Signaletique
523: Histoire et Science de la Littérature. Paris: 1964 - .
SML: Xf25 +F844 -No longer published on paper.
A quarterly, classified index to periodical articles in many languages
on literary theory ("Sciences de la littérature") and history ("Histoire
de la littérature"). The "Sciences" section includes articles on aesthetic
theory, stylistics, genres, comparative literature, and literature vis à
vis other disciplines. The "Histoire" section has subsections for French and
English literatures. The "Plan de Classement" which opens each issue provides
broad subject access, and there are also detailed subject and author indexes.
Each entry includes a brief descriptive abstract.
Digitized and incorporated in:
Covers a wide range of multilingual, multidisciplinary information in the humanities
(63%), social sciences (33%), and economics (4%). FRANCIS is strong in religion,
the history of art, and literature, with particular emphasis on current trends
in European and world literature. Updated monthly, FRANCIS covers 1984 to the
present, with more than 872,000 records.
86. Humanities Index. New York: vol. 1 (1974 - ). (Supersedes in part
Social Sciences and Humanities Index (1965-74), formerly International
SML Reference AI1 H84 (LC)
An author and subject index to cover over 250 English language journals
devoted to literature and other humanities. Includes headings for French literature
in general and for its various periods, schools, movements, genres, and authors.
Each issue ends with a separate listing of book reviews appearing in the journals
indexed. Published quarterly, with annual cumulations.
87. Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur aus allen
Gebieten des Wissens. Osnabruck: Jahrg. 1 (1965- ).
SML Reference AI9 I58 (LC) Also available on CD-ROM opposite the
SML reference desk and online.
An invaluable index of great breadth, depth, and bulk, covering European
and American periodical literature in many languages and disciplines. Published
in two multi-volume semiannual installments, each of which includes a numbered
list of journals indexed, a keyword subject index, and an author index. Subject
indexing terms are in German with cross references from their French and English
equivalents. Entries include the author's name, title of article, the issuing
journal (cited by number) and the volume and page numbers. Formed by the merger
of the Bibliographie der Fremdsprachigen Zeitschriftenliteratur (1911-1964)
and the Bibliographie der Deutschen Zeitschriftenliteratur mit Einschluss
von Sammelwerken (1896-1964), which provided similar coverage for their
__________. Register der Schlagwörter. Osnabruck: 1896/1967 - .
SML Reference ZI9 I585 (LC)
Lists all subject terms used in Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur...,
and its ancestors. For 1965 on, cites volumes in which each term appears.
V. GUIDES TO ARCHIVES AND MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS
88. Gallet-Guerne, Danielle. Les Sources de l'Histoire Littéraire
aux Archives Nationales. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1961.
SML: X565 961G
Surveys materials relevant to the study of French literary history in various
"series" at the French National Archives. The author index is a great gift
to researchers hunting for letters, records, literary manuscripts, etc., of
89. The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections. Hamden:
1959/61 - .
SML Reference Z6620 U5 +N37 (LC)
An ongoing inventory of manuscript materials in all fields held by reporting
repositories throughout the country. Entries describe sets of papers rather
than individual manuscripts, giving the name of the person, family, or institution
around which the location and accessibility, and references to finding tools.
Since the entries are arranged in do discernible order the set's usefulness
depends on the indexes. The subject index includes topics (e.g. "France-Literature
and literary affairs") and personal names (e.g. "Baudelaire, Charles Pierre").
Indexes have cumulated as follows: indexes for 1959-62 published as a separate
volume; for 1963-66 in 1966 volume; for 1967-69 in 1969 volume; for 1970-74
in 1974 volume. From 1975 on indexes will be bound separately and will cumulate
over a five-year period.
90. Paris. Bibliothèque Nationale. Répertoire des Bibliothèques
et Organismes de Documentation. Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale,
A comprehensive directory of libraries and archives in France. Entries
describe subject strengths, publications, catalogs and other finding tools,
hours, privileges, etc. Part 1 covers Paris and environs, Part 2 the other
départements. Part 3 is a detailed index, including subject
terms (e.g. "Symbolisme") and personal names, which identify special collections
on specific topics and figures.
91. Paris. Bibliothèque Nationale. Départment des Manuscrits.
Les Catalogues du Départment des Manuscrits: Manuscrits Occidentaux.
Paris: Bibliothéque Nationale, 1974.
SML Reference Z6621 P1994 (LC)
An extremely clear and comprehensive guide to the various published and
unpublished catalogs of Western manuscripts in the French national library.
Catalogs of manuscrits français are listed and described on
92. Welsch, Erwin K. Libraries and Archives in France: A Handbook.
Pittsburgh: Council for European Studies, 1973.
SML Reference Z797 A1 +W44 (LC)
An introductory guide to major libraries in Paris, and to important national
and regional archives, designed for American students with overseas projects.
Full of useful, practical information on hours, cataloging procedures, and
the accessibility or inaccessibility of each collection.
92a. Welsch, Erwin K. Libraries and archives in France: with 1991 supplement.
New York: Council for European Studies, 1991, c1979.
A glossy but informative reference history. Contains a series of separate
chapters by specialists on broad eras of French literary history (De la
Renaissance au Baroque, Voies Diverses de la Modernité, etc.) with
subsections on particular schools, forms, and authors. Each volume ends with
a selective bibliography, an index, and a detailed table of contents which
greatly facilitates its use. For two earlier illustrated reference histories
of very similar design and scope, see:
Histoire de la Littérature Française Illustrée.
Ed. by Joseph Bédier and Paul Hazard. 2 vols. Paris: Larousse, 1926-27.
SML Reference PQ101 +H57 1926
Lanson, Gustave. Histoire Illustrée de la Littérature
Française. 2 vols. Paris: Hachette, 1925-26.
SML Reference PQ101 +L347 1925
93a. Boisdeffre, Pierre de. Histoire de la littérature de langue
française des années 1930 aux années 1980. Nouv.
ed. entierement ref. Paris: Libr. academique Perrin, 1985. 2 v.
Contents: v. 1, Roman, théâtre; v. 2, Poésie, idées,
dictionnaire des auteurs. A thorough history by a well-established critic
covering French and Francophone literature. Especially useful for the 500-page
biobibliographical dictionary of authors in v. 2. Each volume has a name index
and a detailed table of contents. In addition to the dictionary, v. 2 provides
a chronology, list of literary award winners, and a bibliography. References
also are provided in the text. [Balay BE1168]
94. Histoire de la Littérature Française, Publiée
sous la Direction de Jean Calvet. Paris: 1931 - in progress
SML: PQ101 H58
A series of substantial volumes equipped with equally substantial bibliographies
by specialists in the principal periods and movements of French literature.
Vol. 1 Le Moyen Age, by Robert Bossuat; Vol. 2-3 La Renaissance,
by Raoul Morçay; Vol. 4 Les Ecrivains Classiques, by Henri Gaillard
de Champris; Vol. 5 La Littérature Religieuse de François
de Sales à Fénelon, by Jean Calvet; Vol. 6 De Télémaque
à Candide, by Albert Cherel; Vol. 7 De Candide à Atala,
by Henri Berthaut; Vol. 8 Le Romantisme, by Pierre Moreau; Vol. 9 Le
Realisme, by Rene Dumesnil; Vol. 10 Les Letters Contemporaines,
by Louis Chaigne. During the 1950s and 1960s the entire set was updated and
some titles were completely rewritten.
95. Histoire Littéraire de la France: Ouvrage Commencé
par des Religieux Bénédictins de la Congrégation de Saint
Maur, et Continué par des Membres de l'Institut (Académie des
Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres). Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1733 - in
SML: Hf51 O3
The first volume of this vast project appeared in 1733. 241 years and 40
tomes later it has not yet extricated itself from the 14th century and its
earlier issues have themselves become phenomena of literary history. If it
is ever completed it will provide the most detailed history of French literature
in existence. Each volume contains extremely full and thoroughly documented
articles by specialists on the lives and works of individual authors, including
many obscure figures, and some chapters on general literary topics. Index
to volumes 1-15 issued separately in 1875 (SML: Hf51 O3A 1-15); index to vol.
16-23 in vol. 23; to vol. 25-32 in vol. 32; to vol. 33-38 in vol. 38.
96. A Literary History of France. Ed. by P. E. Charvet. 5 vols. London:
CCL: PQ103 L58
Vol. 1 The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, by J.P. Collas; Vol.
2 The Seventeenth Century, 1600-1715, by P. J. Yarrow; Vol. 3 The
Eighteenth Century, 1715-1789, by Robert Niklaus; Vol. 4 The Nineteenth
Century, 1789-1870, by P.E. Charvet; Vol. 5 The Nineteenth and Twentieth
Centuries, 1870-1940, by P.E. Charvet.
A handy set of surveys, well planned, reasonably up to date, and in English.
Formats vary but most authors divide their attention equally between general
trends and individual writers. Each volume includes a selective bibliography.
96a. A New history of French literature. Edited by Denis Hollier;
with R. Howard Bloch ... [et al.]. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press,
CCL: PQ119 N48 1989
Presents essays by individual scholars built around a particular date and
theme, beginning with Roland's death in 778 and ending Sept. 27, 1985, the
500th broadcast of "Apostrophes" on Antenne 2. Covers French literature outside
France (e. g., the Négritude movement in Martinique) and political
or social events that influenced literature (e. g.., the Dreyfus affair).
Each essay includes a short bibliography; a chronology, map, and general index
conclude the volume. [Balay BE1174]
97. Petit de Julleville, Louis. Histoire de la Langue et de la Littérature
Française des Origines à 1900. 8 vols. Paris: A. Colin,
SML Reference PQ101 P47 1910
An old but valuable reference history. Volumes 1 and 2 cover Le Moyen
Age, des Origines à 1500; Vol. 3 Seizième Siècle;
Vol. 4 Dix-Septième Siècle: Deuxième Partie: 1661-1700;
Vol. 6 Dix-Huitième Siècle; Vol. 7 Dix-Neuvième
Siècle: Période Romantique; Vol. 8 Dix-Neuviè
Siècle: Période Contemporaine. Each volume contains a number
of separate, signed articles by experts on various aspects of the literary
history of the world in question, including some arcane ones (e.g. L'Art
Français au XVIIe Siècle dans ses Rapports avec la
Littérature, Ecrivains et Orateurs Politiques de 1814 à 1852,
La Presse au XIXe Siècle). Every chapter includes a
VII. LITERARY ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND HANDBOOKS
A. General Literary Encylcopedias
98. Cassell's Encyclopedia of World Literature. Rev. ed. 3 vols. London:
SML Reference PN41 C37 1973
Volume 1 supplies information on literary movements, problems, genres,
motifs and terminology and panoramic articles on various national literatures,
including French. Volumes 2 and 3 constitute a dictionary of concise biographies
of world authors interspersed with entries on selected anonymous classics
(e.g. Aucassin et Nicolette). Most articles are signed and include
99. Dictionaire des Oeuvres de Tous les Temps et de Tous les Pays: Littérature,
Philosophie, Musique, Sciences. 5 vols. Paris: S.E.D.E., 1952-68.
An abbreviated and somewhat homlier French version of number 101 below,
which omits its sections on intellectual movements and literary characters
(but see no. 100 below). Covers oeuvres of all times and places in
the fields listed in the subtitle. The works are entered alphabetically by
the French forms of their titles. Volume 5, a Dictionnaire des Oeuvres
Contemporaines, (SML Reference AE25 +D53A), covers works of authors who
died after 1955 and of living authors born before 1910.
100. Dictionnaire des Personnages Littéraires et Dramatiques de
Tous les Temps et de Tous les Pays: Poésie, Théâtre, Roman,
Musique. Paris: S.E.D.E., 1960.
A massive and gorgeously illustrated dictionary of the world's literary
works and of selected masterpieces in the sister arts, (painting, music, philosophy,
etc.). Entries are alphabetized by the Italian forms of their titles with
the original title given in brackets (e.g. Rosso e il Nero [Le Rouge
et le Noire]). Volume 1 begins with general articles on major intellectual
movements such as Esistenzialismo, Simbolismo, Dadaismo.
Volume 8 Personaggi) is a dictionary of literary characters. Volume
9 (Indici) includes chronological tables, an author index, an index
of titles in their original languages, and an index of illustrations. A two-volume
Appendice published in 1964-66 updates the original set.
An illustrated encyclopedia of literary works of all times and places,
arranged alphabetically by their original titles. Entries summarize the genesis,
content and significance of each work and provide basic bibliography. Volume
7 contains surveys by specialists of an impressive assortment of national
literatures. Includes indexes of authors, anonymous titles, short and variant
titles, and titles in German translation.
B. Encyclopedias of French Literature
102a. Beaumarchais, Jean-Pierre de. Dictionnaire des littératures
de langue française. [Nouv. éd. mise à jour et
enrichié]. Paris: Bordas, c1994. 4 v. (xv, 2875 p.) : ill. (some
col.) ; 31 cm.
SML Reference PQ41 +B4 1994
A comprehensive work, covering: French literature from medieval to contemporary
times, with signed entries on authors, terms and themes, titles for anonymous
works and literary reviews; other national literatures; and French literatures
outside of France. Entries for major authors are very full, providing discussion
of a writer's life and works, chronological tables, synopses and critiques
of important works, and bibliographies of primary and secondary works. Numerous
illustrations; v. 4 contains an index of works, a chronological table of literary
terms, and lists of literary prizes and winners. [Balay BE1149]
102b. Beaumarchais, Jean-Pierre de. Dictionnaire des oeuvres littéraires
de langue française. Paris: Bordas, c1994. 4 v. : ill. (some col.)
; 31 cm.
SML Reference PQ41 +B44 1994
More than 100 specialists contributed to the "works" volumes, covering
ca. 3,700 French-language literary works from all centuries. Entries include
bibliographic information, plot summary and analysis. Unfortunately, there
are no references to the secondary literature. The alphabetical arrangement
by is by title, supplemented by an author index. The selection of titles corresponds
to the canon. Authors such as Racine and Stendhal are covered comprehensively.
About 80 articles are devoted to the works of Balzac. Lesser known authors
are represented by their "most original" or "characteristic" works. Marginal
works are not excluded. The analyses can be quite detailed and varied. [IFBA/RRE]
102c. Chatenoud-Guillon, Marie France. "Dictionnaire des auteurs de langue
française des années 1930 aux années 1980." in no.93a
above, v. 2, pp. 701-1209.
The most recent dictionary of 20th-century authors writing in French.
103. Dictionnaire des Lettres Françaises. 5 vols. in 7. Paris:
A. Fayard, 1951-72.
SML Reference PQ41 +D53
Signed, scholarly articles on persons, genres, titles, movements, motifs,
institutions, and general topics germane to French literary history. Separate
volumes are devoted to each major era of French literature through the nineteenth
century. Each volume begins with a survey-article on the period covered and
a general bibliography, and many of the articles include bibliographies.
103a. Dictionnaire des Lettres Françaises. [Ed. entièrement
rev. et mise à jour / sous la direction de Geneviève Hasenohr
et Michel Zink. Paris]: Fayard, [1994- .  Le Moyen Age --  Le XVIIe siècle
--  Le XVIIIe siècle
SML Reference PQ41 D53;1994
103b. Dolbow, Sandra W. Dictionary of modern French literature: from
the age of reason through realism. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986.
SML Reference PQ41 D65 1986
Aims to provide an "introduction to the major writers, works, and literary
movements that flourished during the 180 years from the dawn of 18th-century
French literature through the age of realism, as well as a starting point
for further research." --Pref. 1880 is the cutoff date. 300 entries,
some quite extensive; short bibliographies conclude each entry, with quite
current books and articles cited; cross-references. Appendices give a chronological
list in parallel columns of history and literature, and a list of entries
by subject matter or chronological period. General index. [Balay BE1155]
103c. Dizionario Critico della Letteratura Francese. 2 vols. Turin:
Unione Tipografico-Editirice Torinese, 1972.
SML Reference PQ41 D59
A dictionary of substantial, signed articles by specialists on a wide range
of names and topics from all periods of French literature. Entries include
useful, and sometimes extensive bibliographies.
103d. French women writers: a bio-bibliographical source book. edited
by Eva Martin Sartori and Dorothy Wynne Zimmerman. New York: Greenwood Press,
SML Reference PQ149 F82 1991
A dictionary with chapters by contributing scholars covering 51 "of the
most important women writers in the history of French literature" (Pref.),
with an additional chapter on the "trobairitz," women troubadors of the 12th
and 13th centuries. For each author includes a section on biography, with
an emphasis on her experience as a writer, a discussion of major themes, a
survey of criticism, and a bibliography of primary and secondary works. In
the case of prolific authors the bibliographies may be selective, with references
to the other published bibliographies available. Focuses on belles lettres.
Two appendixes: "Situating women writers in French history: a chronology,"
and a list of authors by birthdate. List of contributors with brief biographical
information. Title and subject indexes. [Balay BE1157]
104. Harvey, Sir Paul. The Oxford Companion to French Literature.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959.
SML Reference PQ41 H37
An alphabetical array of brief, informative articles on French authors,
thinkers, and fictional characters from the middle ages through 1939, and
on events, figures, and places of importance to the literary history of those
centuries. Includes some longer survey articles on major eras and movements.
104 a. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of French Literature. Oxford:
Clarendon Press, 1976.
SML Reference PQ41 C6
An abridged, revised, and updated version of Harvey.
104b. The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French. / edited
by Peter France. Oxford; New York : Clarendon Press, 1995.
104c. Levi, Anthony. Guide to French literature. Chicago: St. James
SML Reference PQ41 +L48 1992
Contents: v.1, Beginnings to 1789; v. 2, 1789 to the present. A substantial
and impressive work essential for any library supporting French literature.
Entries, often length, are devoted to individuals and literary movements.
Those for authors include comprehensive bibliographies of works and selective
lists of largely book-length critical studies. The longer essays on authors
are divided into sections on their life and works. Title indexes refer to
items in the bibliographies; general analytical indexes also locate entries
and information in them. [Balay BE1161]
105. Biographie Universelle, Ancienne et Moderne. 85 vols. in 69.
Paris: Michaud Frères, 1811-62.
SML Reference CT143 B56 1811 (LC)
Usually cited as Michaud after its compiler. A venerable dictionary
of universal biography containing meaty, signed articles on individuals of
all countries, ages, and walks of life. French literary figures are well represented.
Vols. 53-55 cover mythological characters; vols. 56-85 constitute a supplement
to the main list.
106. Biography Index. New York: 1947 - .
SML Reference Z5301 B56 (LC)
Indexes individual and collective biographies, and biographical material
in otherwise non-biographical books and in a variety of journals. The main
list, which is alphabetical by biographee, is supplemented by an Index
to Professions and Occupations including (e.g. Authors, French, Poets,
French Literary Critics). Issued quarterly with annual and 3-year cumulations.
107. Dictionnaire de Biographie Française. Paris: Letouzey
et Ané, 1933 - (in progress).
SML Reference CT143 +D53
Designed as an authoritative source of biographical information on prominent
French people no longer living. Articles are signed and most include generous
108. Nouvelle Biographie Générale Depuis les Temps les
Plus Reculés jusqu'à Nos Jours. 46 vols. in 24. Paris: Firmin
SML Reference CT103 N68 (LC)
Usually cited as Hoefer, after its compiler. A comprehensive biographical
encyclopedia, similar in scope to Michaud (no. 105 above), although its entries
tend to be shorter and less exacting. Covers more minor and contemporary figures
than Michaud, particularly in the first half of the alphabet, and includes
clearer bibliographic information.
B. Biography of Literary Figures
109. Dictionnaire Biographique des Auteurs de Tous les Temps et de Tous
les Pays. 2 vols. Paris: S.E.D.E., 1957-58.
SML Reference PN41 D52
A French approximation of no. 110 below covering somewhat different authors
but in much the same vein. Most entries quote observations on the biographees
by other notables and cite secondary studies.
110. Dizionario Letterario Bompiani degli Autori di Tutti i Tempi e di
Tutte le Letterature. 3 vols. Milan: Bompiani, 1956-63.
SML Reference Z1010 D59 (LC)
A comprehensive, fully illustrated biographical encyclopedia of world authors
in the broadest sense of the term, including many painters, composers, philosophers
et al. in addition to a multitutde of imaginative writers and literati.
The biographies incorporate a certain amount of critical and bilbiographic
111. Kunitz, Stanley Jasspon. European Authors 1000-1900: A Biographical
Dictionary of European Literature. New York: Wilson, 1967.
SML Reference PN451 K86
Contains biographical sketches of nearly 1000 European authors from the
11th to the 19th centuries. Includes many major and minor poets, dramatists,
and novelists and some non-imaginative writers. Most entries offer brief bibliographies
listing editions, English translations, and secondary studies.
112. ----------. Twentieth Century Authors: A Biographical Dictionary of
Modern Literature. New York: Wilson, 1942.
SML Reference PN451 K862
----------. __________. Supplement. New York: 1 (1955 - ).
SML Reference PN451 K862A
An international biographical encyclopedia of some 1850 European authors
of the present century familiar to English-speaking readers. Some articles
are autobiographical and most are anecdotal and relaxed in tone. Many end
with a list of the biographee's principal works available in English and of
selected secondary studies. The supplement updates such entries in the original
volume as need updating and adds 700 new biographies.
Complemented by no. 113 below.
113. Wakeman, John. World Authors, 1950-1970. New York: Wilson, 1975.
SML Reference PN451 W3
Biographical or autobiographical articles on 959 authors of all nationalities
who came to prominence between 1950 and 1970. Resembles the Kunitz series
in scope and tone.
IX. LANGUAGE DICTIONARIES
114. Godefroy, Frédéric. Dictionnaire de L'Ancienne Langue
Française et de Tous ses Dialectes du IXe au XVe
Siècle. 10 vols. Paris: Librarie des Sciences et des Arts, 1937-38.
SML Reference PC2889 +G635 1937
The classical Old French dictionary, giving the grammatical category, variant
forms, and range of meanings for each word listed, including ample citations
from Old French texts to support the definitions.
115. Grand Larousse de la Langue Française en Six Volumes.
Paris: Larousse, 1971 -.
SML Reference PC2625 G73
An up-to-date general dictionary of modern (i.e. 19th and 20 century) French
including a considerable amount of specialized vocabulary. The entry for each
word includes its transcription in the International Phonetic Alphabet; grammatical
category; etymology and date of first appearance; definitions, with illustrative
citations for each meaning; synonyms and antonyms.
116. Harrap's New Standard French and English Dictionary. New York:
Scribner's, 1972 - .
SML Reference PC2640 +H42 1970
Part 1: French-English (2 vols.)
A revised and greatly enlarged version of Part 1 of no. 117 below, including
many new technical terms.
117. Harrap's Standard French and English Dictionary. 2 vols. New
York: Scribner's, 1970. (First published 1934-39).
SML Reference PC2640 +H42 1970
Part 1: French-English, with supplement (1962)
Part 2: English-French, with supplement (1962)
A standard, comprehensive bilingual dictionary designed for a general reader
of catholic tastes. Many entries illustrate the words' use in phrases and
idioms. Part 1 has been superseded by no. 116 above.
118. Huguet, Edmond Eugène. Dictionnaire de la Langue Française
du Seizième Siècle. 7 vols. Paris: E. Champion, 1925-67.
SML Reference PC2650 +H84
A comprehensive lexicon of sixteenth-century French, which restores many
obsolete words and connotations for modern readers. Entries include quotations
from contemporary texts.
119. Imbs, Paul. Trésor de la Langue Française: Dictionnaire
de la Langue du XIXe du XXe Siècle (1789-1960).
Paris: Editions du Centre National de la Reserche Scientifique, 1971 - (in
Envisioned as a definitive historical, semantic and syntactical anatomy
of the French language, to be issued as a series of separate dictionaries
covering various periods. The volume for the modern era (1789-1960) are appearing
first. The entry for each term gives copious information about its meaning
and history with exhaustive illustrations, frequency of occurrence, a phonetic
transcription, and references to other discussions of the word. Because their
original plans were enormously expensive, the editors have been forced to
streamline the volumes from no. 30 on, but without threatening the dictionary's
120. Littré, Emile. Dictionnaire de la Langue Française.
Ed. intégrale. 7 v. Paris: Gallimard/Hachette, 1962-63.
SML Reference PC2625 L57 1962
A re-issue of a venerable historical dictionary, albeit dated. Each entry
includes pronunciation; grammatical category; the current (i.e. late 19th-century)
meanings of the word, illustrated with quotes; its meanings in earlier countries;
and its etymology. The original edition was published in 4 volumes and a supplement
between 1873 and 1878. This reprint incorporates the supplementary material
into the main alphabet.
121. Robert, Paul. Dictionnaire Alphabetique et Analogique de la Langue
Française: Les Mots et les Associations d'Idées. 6 vols.
Casablanca: Société du Nouveau Littré, 1953-64.
Designed both as a conventional alphabetical dictionary and as a thesaurus.
In addition to grammatical categories, etymologies, and definitions the entries
supply synonyms, antonyms, and references to words which are related conceptually.
Generous quotes from French authors illustrate each definition.
An ambitious dictionary which undertakes to account for all French words
of the 12th to the 14th century giving for each its modern German equivalent,
its etymology, illustrative quotations, and references to its treatment by
other lexicographers. Particularly useful for literary vocabulary.
123. Wartburg, Walther von. Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch:
Eine Darstellung des Galloromanischen Sprachsatzes. Bonn: Fritz Klopp,
1928 - (in progress).
SML Reference PC2580 W37
A vast etymological dictionary of the French language and its dialects,
which lists root words from various linguistic stocks (Latin, Greek, German,
etc.) and gives historical accounts of their French descendants.