An honorary research fellow at the Univeristy of London, Smith has collected short essays on authors, books, and themes related to the literature of Latin America and the Caribbean. The essays range in length from one page for minor authors to ten for some country descriptions. Included after each essay is a brief bibliography of primary and secondary sources. This volume is similar to several reference works already available?e.g., Latin American Writers (Scribner, 1989) and Hispanic Literature Criticism (LJ 7/94)?but it has some unique characteristics: separate essays for important novels, a greater focus on historical (that is, pre-boom) authors, more emphasis on literature from smaller Latin American countries, and more material on non-Hispanic Caribbean authors. This work will be of value to smaller libraries as their only reference source on Latin American literature and to large research collections that desire the unique elements.