"Exploring literature, history and culture." Founding editors: Robert Clark, Emory Elliott, Janet Todd. Title from Web page (viewed Mar. 28, 2006). The Literary Encyclopedia is an original literary reference work, written by specialists from universities around the world. It provides authoritative profiles, usually around 2500 words in length, of authors, works and topics written by over 1200 experts. The Literary Encyclopedia is a constantly evolving and updating repository of authoritative reference work about literary and cultural history. All their articles are solicited by invitation from specialist scholars in higher education institutions all over the world, refereed and approved by subject editors in their Editorial Board. "The Literary Encyclopedia publishes biographies of major and minor writers; scholarly descriptions of all interesting texts written by these authors, including those often neglected; and a variety of descriptive and critical essays on literary, cultural and historical matters, which provide a finer understanding of the social contexts in which this writing was produced. We seek to cover all of world literature and endeavor to commission and publish articles on the widest variety of quality writing that has been produced around the world. We offer excellent coverage of English, American, German, Russian, Italian, French and Classical literatures, as well as substantial and increasing coverage of Hispanic, Japanese, Canadian, East European and various postcolonial literatures. (Other major literatures to be added as resources permit.) So far we have published about 7598 completed articles, with a total of about 15.85 million words. We are currently adding around 20-40 articles to the Encyclopedia every month."