Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1903-1982

Collecting nearly eight decades of H.W. Wilson’s Book Review Digest, this archive database provides over a million book review citations from 1903 to 1982. It covers adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction and provides at least one review excerpt per book. 

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At a Glance


Content Includes:

  • 300,000 books reviewed
  • More than 1.5 million book review citations
  • Indexing of more than 500 popular magazines, newspapers, and academic journals
  • At least one substantial review excerpt (up to 500 words) per book

Virtually every major idea that shaped the 20th century found expression in books. The reactions to those ideas are reflected in the reviews of those books, and Book Review Digest Retrospective makes it easy to search this vast record of information. Book reviewers are searchable by name, with excerpts by such famous writers as Edmund Wilson and John Updike.

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