This morning, the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature was announced; the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa is this year’s recipient.
If you would like to find out more about this acclaimed author, the Baylor Libraries have a number of great resources where you can find quality information. Remember that while we are showing you these resources searching for info about Vargas Llosa, you can use these to find info about any writer you may have to research for a paper or project.
First of all, if you would like to research Vargas Llosa’s biography and background, the electronic resource called the “Dictionary of Literary Biography” is absolutely key. If you search for Mario Vargas Llosa’s name, you will find a biographical and critical essay written about him by an expert scholar. Included are a detailed list of his works and a bibliography of further readings – all helpfully in one place!
Now that you’ve found some helpful background information, you might want to find his books – both in Spanish and English. BearCat Plus will be our next stop. If you search for “mario vargas llosa” you will find every record we have in our catalog that mentions his name.
If you look to the right side of the results, you can use three of the limiters to find specific types of books.
“Language” will let you limit the results to find books that are just in English, or just in Spanish.
“Subject (Name)” will let you limit the results to find books about the person you are searching for. You will find many books of literary criticism about Vargas Llosa here.
“Author/Contributer” will let you limit the results to the books written by the person you searched for. Used in conjunction with the Language limiter, you can find all the books written by Vargas Llosa in whatever language you want to read him in!
Lastly, on our swing through helpful resources, you might want to search in the MLA International Bibliography. Searching through this database will bring you critical articles about the author’s works, published in scholarly journals.
There you have it! A great way to find out great quality information about any author – and particularly Mario Vargas Llosa, this year’s Nobel Laureate.