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African Writers (Ref PL8010 .A453 1997) 2 vols.
American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies (Ref PS129 .A55) 16 vols.
British Writers (Ref PR85 .B688) 8 vols.
European Writers (Ref PN501 .E9 1983) 14 vols.
Latin American Writers (Ref PQ7081.A1 L37 1989) 3 vols.
Variety of foreign language dictionaries (in Ready Ref)

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Oxford Classical Dictionary
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Oxford English Dictionary
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