"The literary and artistic endeavors that characterized the Harlem Renaissance are carefully cataloged in this well-documented, comprehensive volume."
SLJ Curriculum Connections
"...has several advantages over others on the subject: it is lighter and cheaper, but for all that, authoritative, with 800 alphabetically arranged articles on writers, their works, periodicals, editors, publishers, critics, and related topics...comprehensive...this is the book this reviewer would carry around to see the sights...Highly recommended."
"...a helpful guide...Researchers will benefit from [the author's] use of newly uncovered primary material...recommended for public and academic libraries."
"Written in clear and concise prose...The A-to-Z arrangement and single-volume format enhance this book's usefulness as a ready-reference source. Also useful are the separate primary and secondary bibliographies as well as a brief chronology. Highly recommended for all literature collections..."
"A one-volume gem."
School Library Journal
"The volume is well researched...a worthwhile purchase for public, high-school, and undergraduate collections."
"This resource for students, general readers, and researchers provides quick access to information on the literature of the Harlem Renaissance."
Reference and Research Book News
"The articles are descriptive and interesting to read for the context they provide and will be helpful to students in high schools and colleges and public library patrons."
American Reference Books Annual
"...an important mainstay for either high school or college-level literary holdings."
"From historical studies to literary criticism, primary source materials and quotes throughout make [this encyclopedia] an important mainstay for either high school or college-level literary holdings."
Midwest Book Review