Name Description Titles
Biography

A narrative, account, or anecdote about a specific individual.

130
Catalogue/Advertisement/Prospectus

An address, publication proposal, or promotional material for members of the general public.

21
Domestic

Works in this category include household management, cookery, midwifery, etiquette etc.

277
Drama

Scripts intended to be acted or read aloud, often accompanied by costumes when performed on stage.

517
Education

Includes grammatical texts, dictionaries, conduct manuals, addresses, essays, instructions, strictures, or letters addressed to youth and educators.

157
Essays

Prose compositions, remarks, critical reflections, or guides on any particular subject.

123
Fiction

A general narrative that pertains to imaginary events. Works in the subcategory of fiction are often derived from the genre designation on the title page, i.e. includes texts that are not novels, romances, stories, or tales.

1158
Fiction Novel

A narrative that pertains to imaginary events. Works in this subcategory have “novel” listed as the genre designation on the title page.

1027
Fiction Romance

A narrative that pertains to romantic imaginary events. Works in this subcategory have “romance” listed as  the genre designation on the title page.

202
Fiction Story

A narrative that pertains to imaginary events. Works in this subcategory have “story” listed as the genre designation on the title page. Often shorter than a novel and longer than a tale.

84
Fiction Tale

A narrative that pertains to imaginary events. Works in this subcategory have “tale” listed as the genre designation on the title page.

458
History

A composition, memoir, or anecdote, or record of a place, event, or individual. Works in this category are often derived from the genre designation on the title page.

46
Juvenile Literature

A collection, history, companion, manual, journal, print, story, allegory, fable, anecdote, introduction, or chapbook concerned with the narration of events pertaining to, or addressed to, children or youth.

1918
Legal

A trial, appeal, accusation, defence, execution, last speech, or confession relating to the law. 

50
Letters

Epistolary communication addressed to a person or group of people.

237
Memoirs

Record, memory, experience, account, apology, or history about one’s own life or another’s. Works in this category are often derived from the genre designation on the title page.

151
Miscellany

Gathered poems, letters, maxims, aphorisms, journals, literary exercises, travels, sketches, or prose in one volume. Works in this category are often derived from the genre designation on the title page.

69
Music

Songs, symphonies, psalms, choruses, or lessons related to music and written by a composer.

65
Poetry

Composition, elegy, epistle, or canto in verse.

1179
Poetry Collection

A number of poems gathered together. Works in this category are often derived from the genre designation on the title page.

43
Poetry Dramatic

Composition, elegy, epistle, or canto in verse, often emotional and recited. Works in this category are often derived from the genre designation on the title page.

5
Poetry Epic

Lengthy composition, elegy, epistle, or canto in verse pertaining to a heroic journey, event, or individual. Works in this category are often derived from the genre designation on the title page.

5
Poetry Lyric

Elegy, ballad, or elegiac sonnet in verse.

61
Political Writing

Appeal, letter, defence, essay, address, summary, supplement, or reflection relating to society, culture, government. 

191
Religion/Biblical

Texts addressing religious or spiritual belief, or biblical history.

483