Holocaust Literature: Agosín to Lentin
S. Lillian Kremer
Routledge, 2003 - Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - 1499 pages
Review: "This encyclopedia offers an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the important writers and works that form the literature about the Holocaust and its consequences. The collection is alphabetically arranged and consists of high-quality biocritical essays on 309 writers who are first-, second-, and third-generation survivors or important thinkers and spokespersons on the Holocaust. An essential literary reference work, this publication is an important addition to the genre and a solid value for public and academic libraries."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.
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Holocaust literature: an encyclopedia of writers and their workUser Review - Book Verdict
This satisfyingly useful and remarkably comprehensive reference source is sure to support research by academics, students ranging from high school through graduate school, and interested general readers. The bulk of this hefty two-volume set consists of 312 biographical and critical essays on Holocaust authors. Editor Kremer (English, Kansas State Univ.), a recognized expert on Holocaust literature and 20th-century Jewish American writers, has broadened the Holocaust canon by including and bringing fresh insight to bear on well-known writers such as Martin Amis, Jorge Luis Borges, Michael Chabon, Marge Piercy, Adrienne Rich, and others while introducing us to less familiar authors from a wide variety of languages and national literatures, including second- and third-generation writers. Each substantial, signed essay, ranging from 2000 to 8000 words, comments on the Holocaust background or interest of the author and discusses his or her major works, themes, styles, cultural contexts, contribution, and critical reception. Each entry is followed by a complete list of the author's primary works and a selective bibliography of the criticism. Rounding out the encyclopedia are a glossary, maps, and appendixes cross-listing authors and works by ghettoes, camps, historic figures, key events, literary themes, genres, languages, and author birth places. Oryx's Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature, which covers the same ground, is a fine reference but addresses fewer than half of the authors found here, with shorter articles and less apparatus. Highly recommended.-Paul D'Alessandro, Portland P.L., ME ...