-Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
"[Mizruchi's] argument is deft and appealing and deserves to be taken very seriously. . . . Mizruchi has put her finger on a critical moment in American literary history and identifies a compelling confluence of themes that made the period so generative. . . . Stands to inspire new questions about the history of multicultural thinking in America."
-Studies in American Culture
"A compelling and informative study of American culture in the latter third of the nineteenth century."
Yearbook of German-American Studies
"As a disciplinary achievement in English literary studies [Mizruchi's] book admirably succeeds in this. . . . Could be a very useful text for upper-level literature courses surveying the period, for it gives a robust and lively context for the writing. Moreover, paralleling the customary lecture sequencing of such courses, the book's eight thematic chapters unfold in a rough chronology."
"Takes the reader on a comprehensive journey through many of the major prose writings of the Gilded Age."
"A comprehensive journey through many of the major prose writings of the Gilded Age"
"[A] fascinating study of the convergence of capitalist development and ethnic identity. . . . Highly recommended."
"Mizruchi's sprawling narrative is impressive, well written, and well illustrated (her readings of photographs and advertisements are compelling, if daring) and, overall, a must-read for anyone interested in capitalist print culture at the turn of the last century."
-Journal of American History