Review by Choice Review
Smith's abbreviated version of his Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature (CH, Oct'97) retains the principal strength of the original--its coverage of unique topics often overlooked by others. Essays on detective fiction, film, children's literature, indigenous literature, and Latin American literary journals, among others, distinguish this from such similar encyclopedic works as The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature, ed. by R. Gonzalez Echevarria and E. Pupo-Walker (3v., CH, May'97). Since all topical articles from the parent edition are retained in their entirety, the concise edition achieves economy of scale by dropping many essays about specific authors. Most entries have excellent selected bibliographies. The work is well indexed and notes about contributors establish the authority of the articles. Recommended for libraries that did not purchase or cannot afford the original. J. H. Pollitz; St. Ambrose University
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Review by Booklist Review
This downsized version of the Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature (1997) contains all the entries on topics and countries from the original, with entries on 50 leading writers and 50 major works.
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Review by Library Journal Review
Smith, the editor of the original Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature (LJ 6/1/97), has done an excellent job of creating a more portable, certainly abbreviated, yet very useful and comprehensive desktop version of that 1000-page tome for quick reference. The editor has wisely decided to leave the survey articles on the literature of individual countries and topics in their entirety, and these serve as the backbone of the book. The articles on individual authors have been shortened, yet each entry, written by an expert, is a masterly description and evaluation of the writer's works, rounded out by a biography and a listing of selected works and of resources for further reading. There is also an attempt to cover areas not previously emphasized in other Latin American literature encyclopedias. This includes the work of Hispanic minorities in the United States and of the Francophone Caribbean, which is greatly influenced by the effects of European colonialism. This book belongs on the desk of every scholar of Latin American literature. Recommended for all libraries.DGlenn Masuchika, Rockwell Collins Info Ctr., Cedar Rapids, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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