"Designed for use by students, this broadly based encyclopedia provides a sweeping examination of the biographies of over 500 of the world's literary authors from the earliest times to the present. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers."
--CHOICE, April 2010
"From Japanese writer and playwright Kobo Abe to Russian satirist Mikhail Zoshchenko, this four-volume reference work contains some 500 alphabetical entries, each focused on a particular world literary figure, that are designed to provide students with a comprehensive view of how an author's work fits within the context of the author's life, historical events, and the literary world."
--Book News, Inc., August 2009