Literary Criticism is the study, evaluation, and interpretation of literature.
Books and reference sources tend to be the most most useful sources for literary criticism. Books of criticism may focus on an author's entire work or on a specific work and will usually be more in-depth. Reference sources usually give an overview of an author and then often cover specific works. If you're not familiar with an author or a title, reference is a good place to start.
Articles tend to cover very specific aspects of criticism, so you might want to go to them last, after you have an overview from reference sources.
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