English and American Literature

Book Reviews

Book reviews are useful for determining a book’s contemporary reception.  Several full-text resources for locating book reviews are available online, notably New York Times and the Times Literary Supplement.  For other newspapers or periodicals in hard copy or on microfilm, check CATNYP.

Book Review Digest [electronic resource]

An index, with abstracts, to book reviews from publications in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain, including The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and The New York Review of Books. Availability of this electronic resource can be found at Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Science, Industry and Business Library, and The New York Public LIbrary for the Performing Arts.

EBSCOhost Research Databases [electronic resource]

Online reference system offering a variety of databases, many featuring full-text articles.  Provides access to the MLA, and is useful for locating book reviews.

Reiman, Donald H., comp.  The Romantics reviewed; contemporary reviews of British Romantic writers. (New York, Garland Publishing, 1972), 3 v. in 9, JFF 73-251

Features reviews published in British periodicals, 1793-1824.Contents include: pt. A. The Lake poets. 2 v. - pt. B. Byron and Regency society poets. 5 v. - pt. C. Shelley, Keats and London radical writers. 2 v.  These volumes must be requested from the stacks.

Ward, William Smith Literary reviews in British periodicals, 1789-1797; a bibliography: with a supplementary list of general (non-review) articles on literary subjects (New York: Garland Pub., 1979) *R-RMRR PR442 .W36 1979

Ward, William Smith Literary reviews in British periodicals, 1798-1820; a bibliography. With a supplementary list of general (non-review) articles on literary subjects (New York: Garland Publishing, 1972), 2v.. *R-RMRR PR447 .A12 W36 1972

Ward, William Smith Literary reviews in British periodicals, 1821-1826; a bibliography: with a supplementary list of general (non-review) articles on literary subjects (New York: Garland Pub., 1977) *R-RMRR PR453 . W36 1977

This 4-volume set is essential for locating early criticism.  Books are organized alphabetically by author, then by publication date, with reviews alphabetical by periodical title.

Wellesley index to Victorian periodicals, 1824-1900 / Walter E. Houghton, ed. (Toronto, Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, c1966-c1989), 5v., *R-RMRR AI3 .W45

For each of the 43 indexed British periodicals there is a table of contents and identification of contributors, a bibliography of each contributor, and an index of pseudonyms.  (Does not indicate reviews as such, unless the title of the book or books is mentioned in the article’s title).

For more information on finding Book Reviews, see the online guide.