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This guide is designed to support the November 17th, 2009 Visions & Voices Signature Event: An Evening with Isabel Allende. Find sources by and about the author and a list of her works.
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Beyond USC: Search Other Book Databases

  • WorldCat Database  
    Search for Isabel Allende as an author or subject and search her works by title in English or Spanish. Contains materials held by libraries around the world.


Chilean American, Isabel Allende, arrived in the United States when her first novel La casa de los espiritus (House of the Spirits) became a bestseller. Her international stature has remained firmly established with her later novels and she is one of the most widely read Latin American writers in this country. (see Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States: Literature and Art, p 353)

Allende's official website provides more information on her books and is available in the box on the left side of this guide.

See Allende in a streaming video in English, in the left column on this page, under the title Isabel Allende cuenta historias de pasión.

Contents on this page will assist you in getting started with

I. searching selected databases and

II. with print and electronic sources of biographical and bibliographical information on Isabel Allende.

Getting Started I: Search Key Databases

Check these databases for books and articles by and about Isabel Allende.

  • HAPI Online: The Database of Latin American Journal Articles
    Search for articles and book reviews related to Isabel Allende's works. Articles mainly in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
    USC Libraries online catalog. Find books by or about the author by searching "Allende, Isabel".
    Articles in English language scholarly journals. Search can be limited to journals in languages and literatures and to Latin American studies journals.
  • Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents (LAPTOC)  
    Search Isabel Allende by "keyword" in this database to find many articles not indexed in other databases. Most are in Spanish.
  • MLA Bibliography
    Index to scholarly publications in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over 4000 journals and series published worldwide. Indexing only: no full text.

Getting Started II : Find Bio-bibliographical Information

Consult these general reference sources for bio-bibliographical information on Isabel Allende.

Spanish American Authors: The Twentieth Century
Call Number: Boeckmann Reference PQ7081.3.F57 1992
See page 27-30 for biographical information and comentary on her works.

Contemporary Hispanic Biography. vol. 1 [electronic resource]
This is an electronic book in the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Find the link in the HOMER online catalog record.

Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States, 4.vol.
Call Number: Boeckmann and Leavey E184.S75H365 1993 v.1-v.4
[1] Literature and art / edited and introduced by Francisco Lomelí -- [2] History / edited by Alfredo Jiménez -- [3] Sociology / edited by Félix Padilla -- [4] Anthropology / edited by Thomas Weaver.

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Barbara Robinson
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