"With their breadth of coverage and wealth of information supplied, these sets will be useful additions to academic and public library reference collections Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature (2009) applies similar treatment to world authors."
--Booklist, January 2010
"In four volumes, with nearly 500 entries on American authors from diverse periods and genres, this encyclopedia sets writers' works in their cultural framework. In a logical layout, each author's writing is set within a biographical, critical, historical, and personal context. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers"
--Choice, April 2010
"Either or both would make a nice addition to the reference collections of academic libraries."
--Library Journal, March 2010
"The four volumes contain many writers not found in earlier encyclopedias and are especially good in offering students amore contemporary approach to the field of American literature. The organization, suggestions, and selection of material within each entry place the works discussed in the context of the times."
--ARBA, July 1, 2009
"This cornucopia of literary minutia spans the American canon from Cotton Mather and Vassar Miller to Cynthia Rylant and Amiri Baraka. Readers will find engaging and informative entries on more than 500 authors covering all historical periods, as well as a variety of genres. For students needing some context to help them understand a writer's importance, their themes, and techniques, this set will do just fine."
--School Library Journal, February 2010