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The Literary Encylopedia comprises five cross-related data tables:
- People lists 7448 people, mainly writers but also including philosophers, scientists and others of note.
- Works lists 31989 works, mainly literary but also philosophical and scientific.
- Topics lists 16594 topics, including many historical events, explanations of critical terms and issues in critical theory. . .
- Links over 3553 selected links to quality resources on the Internet.
- Recommended Readings over 20935 items of recommended bibliography.
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