Definition of literature:
- Learning; acquaintance with letters or books.
- The class of writings distinguished for beauty of style or expression, as poetry, essays, or history, in distinction from scientific treatises and works which contain positive knowledge; belles- lettres.
- The collective body of literary productions, embracing the entire results of knowledge and fancy preserved in writing; also, the whole body of literary productions or writings upon a given subject, or in reference to a particular science or branch of knowledge, or of a given country or period; as, the literature of Biblical criticism; the literature of chemistry.
- The occupation, profession, or business of doing literary work.
story, books, comment, exposition, history, theme, observation, dissertation, thesis, belles-lettres, treatment, literary productions, drama, summary, publications, tract, writings, critique, report, lit, discourse, literary works, findings, lore, treatise, record, abstract, novel, research, poetry, essay, biography, discussion, paper, disquisition, article.
- "The Critic in the Orient", George Hamlin Fitch.
- "Spenser (English Men of Letters Series)", R. W. Church.
- "Letters to a Daughter and A Little Sermon to School Girls", Helen Ekin Starrett.