The Norton Anthology followed in the footsteps of similar ventures devoted to women's literature and African-American literature . It was greeted with an enthusiastic reception. Booklist gave it a starred review. It was noted in, among other places, The Boston Globe , Smithsonian , the American Book Review , World Literature Today , Literal , and NPR ’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook . Erica Jong said “Ilan Stavans has spread a feast of Latino literature before us.” Cornel West called it ”an instant classic.” And Felipe Fernández-Armesto of University of Notre Dame stated: “Imaginatively conceived, painstakingly executed, stunningly broad, profoundly stirring, endlessly engaging, this book can change the way the world thinks about America, and the way Americans think about themselves.” However, it was criticized for its subjective approach, including few authors born in Central America .