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Theatre Arts

World of the Author

This information explores the life of the playwright and experiences that may have influenced his/her work.

When doing research on the playwright, look for information about:

  • the playwright's influences, life experiences, dominant themes
  • social, political, philosophical, and moral attitudes of the day

Background Sources

Listed below is a small sampling of background sources. Search Primo  to find additional titles.


MLA International Bibliograpy

Search the Catalog for Books

Catalog Search Tips 

  • Search the playwright's name for biographies, autobiographies, collected letters, and general studies.
    • Do both an author and subject search in the catalog.
  • Also try a broader subject search, such as:
    • Dramatists, American -- 20th century -- Biography