Featuring 300 alphabetically organized bio-critical essays on writers of memoirs, novels, poetry, short stories, and drama, ranging in length from 1,500 to 7,000 words, this comprehensive scholarly work presents a broad spectrum of voices remembering, interpreting, and reinterpreting one of the twentieth century's most politically and emotionally charged events. Including writers whose works first appeared in Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Yiddish, this reference provides wide international coverage, though its focus will be on writers whose work is available in English. It will prove a valuable resource to students, scholars, general readers, or to anyone interested in world history. Also includes maps.
For a full list of entries, sample entries, and more, visit the website Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work website.
S. Lillian Kremer, University Distinguished Professor of English at Kansas State University, has written numerous articles on Holocaust literature. She is the author of two well-received books: Women's Holocaust Writing: Memory and Imagination, and Witness Through the Imagination: Jewish-American Holocaust Literature.
"The most authoritative and comprehensive guide available." -- Lawrence Looks at Books, Gale Reference Reviews
"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... Highly recommended." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"A major addition to Holocaust Studies... Libraries with Holocaust studies courses and others with an interest in this topic should purchase this title, as the number of authors covered and the strong bibliographic component make it an impressive resource for researchers and other serious students. This would also make an excellent purchase for large public libraries." -- Booklist/RBB (starred review)
"Kremer's excellent reference work... Provide fresh insights... Kremer's introduction supplies a good overview... The set's most useful features are its glossary, appendixes, subject indexes, maps, and general index... Essential. All Holocaust collections." -- Choice
"Holocaust Literature, bravely and ably edited by S. Lillian Kremer, reflects various literary, social-historical, and psychological approaches.... Kremer's informative, wide-ranging introduction sees Holocaust literature in a uniquely compelling body of testimony... Even a seasoned reader will find these entries on more than 300 souls, a hundred of them women, mind-stretching." -- John Felstiner, Los Angeles Times
"Quite simply the new standard for reference works on the literature of the Holocaust. Designed to be comprehensive in a way no previous resource has dared, these two volumes offer meticulously crafted and edited articles... This comprehensive encyclopedia of Holocaust literature offers a stable platform on which to get one's bearings, and a solid foundation on which future studies will build." -- German Studies Review