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ENGL 2020: Themes in Literature and Culture: Book Reviews

Key Literary Review Periodicals

These are periodicals that historically have provided substantive, compelling reviews written by established book critics.

Acknowledgment

Many thanks to Kristina DeVoe at Temple University for allowing me to copy elements of this guide from her. 

Book Reviews vs. Literary Criticism - What's the Difference?

Book reviews are written around the time the book was originally published; literary criticism appears in later years. For example, reviews of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby that appeared in 1925 or 1926 (right after the novel was published) are book reviews, while literary criticism about the novel continues to be written today.

Book reviews can appear in numerous places, including newspapers, popular and literary magazines, scholarly journals, book review indexes, and bookseller sites.

Book reviews are written for all kinds of book publications - not just literary texts. 

Book Reviews - Contemporary

Book Reviews - Early/Mid 20th Century

Book Reviews - 18th & 19th Centuries