Harriet Semmes Alexander

Harriet Semmes Alexander is a reference librarian and assistant professor at Memphis State University. She is also the recipient of the Tennessee Library Association’s Frances Neel Cheney Award for 1995.

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American and British Poetry · A Guide to the Criticism, 1979-1990
By Harriet Semmes Alexander

This reference volume is a supplement to Alexander’s earlier work covering the years 1928–1978. Its purpose is to provide access to articles, parts of articles, and parts of books of criticism on British and American poets. No other index or bibliography reaches this level of comprehensiveness. The focus is on journals and books that are widely held by academic libraries. Arrangement is alphabetical by poet’s name and then by the title of the poem.

“…this work maintains its value for its ease of use and the time period it covers in one volume. Recommended for academic and larger public library collections.”

L.A. Sullivan, Northern Kentucky Univeristy, Choice




Critical interest in foreign novels, especially the Latin American and African novel, has burgeoned in the past two decades. The purpose of this reference bibliography is to provide easier access to the criticism produced from 1965 to 1975 on novels published in Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Canada, Australia, and the middle East. A second volume will cover criticism between 1976 and 1985.

“This volume is a convenient, simple–to–use compilation of easily accessible material.”

Emily L. Werrell, ARBA 1990




American and British Poetry · A Guide to the Criticism, 1925–1978
By Harriet Semmes Alexander

Critical essays provide sources for stimulating new thoughts and perspectives on poetry. Finding such essays on specific poems can be a frustrating experience for the scholar or the student. American and British Poetry: A Guide to the Criticism, 1925–1978 guides the researcher quickly to relevant sources of critical writing.

“Alexander’s guide includes approximately 800 British and American poets (past and present), with criticisms drawn from more than 160 journals and 300 books. [It] is easy to use, and the books and periodicals indexed are common to most college and university libraries. For undergraduate and graduate literary reference collections.”

Library Journal