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Anthology of American Literature

Edited by Albena Bakratcheva

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Albena Bakratcheva


Early American Literature 1620-1820

John Winthrop (1588-1649)
A Modell of Christian Charity
  City upon a Hill
The Journal of John Winthrop

William Bradford (1590-1657)
Of Plymouth Plantation
  Book I, Chapter IV. Showing the Reasons and Causes of Their Removal
  Book I, Chapter IX. Of Their Voyage and How They Passed the Sea; and of Their Safe Arrival at Cape Cod
  Book II, Chapter XXXVI. Anno Dom: 1646

Roger Williams (c. 1603-1683)
  The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution
  A Letter to the Town of Providence

Anne Bradstreet (c. 1612-1672)
  The Prologue
  The Author to Her Book
  Before the Birth of One of Her Children
  To My Dear and Loving Husband
  A Letter to Her Husband, Absent Upon Public Employment
  In Reference to Her Children, 23 June 1659
  As Weary Pilgrim

Mary Rowlandson (c. 1636-1711)
  A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

Cotton Mather (1663-1728)
Magnalia Christi Americana
  Galeacius Secundus. The Life of William Bradford, Esq., Governor of Plymouth Colony

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
  Personal Narrative

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
  The Way to Wealth
  The Autobiography

J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur (1735-1813)
Letters from an American Farmer
  Letter III. What Is an American
  Letter XII. Distresses of a Frontier Man

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
Common Sense
  III. Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
The Autobiography
  The Declaration of Independence

Philip Freneau (1752-1832)
  On the Emigration to America and Peopling the Western Country
  The Wild Honey Suckle
  The Indian Burying Ground
  To a New England Poet
  On the Death of Dr. Benjamin Franklin
  On the Religion of Nature

Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784)
  On Being Brought from Africa to America
  To the University of Cambridge, in New England
  On Imagination
  To S. M. a young African Painter, on seeing his Works
  Thoughts on the Works of Providence


American Literature 1820-1865

Washington Irving (1783-1859)
  Rip Van Winkle

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)
The Pioneers
  Chapter XXII. The Slaughter of the Pigeons

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)
  The Yellow Violet
  To a Waterfowl
  Sonnet - To an American Painter Departing for Europe
  The Poet

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
  The American Scholar
  The Poet

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
The Scarlet Letter
  "The Scarlet Letter", Chapters I-III

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
  A Psalm of Life
The Song of Hiawatha
  Part XII. The Son of the Evening Star

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
  The Raven
  Annabel Lee
  The Bells
  The Black Cat
  The Philosophy of Composition

Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)
Summer on the Lakes
  Chapter I. Niagara

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
Uncle Tom's Cabin; or Life among the Lowly
  Chapter VII. The Mother's Struggle

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
  On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Walden, or Life in the Woods

Herman Melville (1819-1891)
Moby Dick or, The Whale
  Chapter 54. The Town-Ho's Story

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
  Song of Myself
Children of Adam
  Spontaneous Me
  Scented Herbage of My Breast
  Here the Frailest Leaves of Me
By the Roadside
  To the States
  Beat! Beat! Drums!
Memories of President Lincoln
  When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
  I never lost as much but twice...
  I like a look of Agony...
  The Soul selects her own Society...
  The difference between Despair...
  Nature - sometimes sears a Sapling...
  He fumbles at your Soul...
  A Bird came down the Walk...
  Much Madness is divinest Sense...
  This is my letter to the World...
  This was a Poet - It is That...
  I died for Beauty - but was scarce...
  I heard a Fly buzz - when I died...
  The Heart asks Pleasure first...
  This World is not Conclusion...
  I've seen a Dying Eye...
  The Brain - is wider than the Sky...
  I cannot live with You...
  Pain - has an Element of Blank...
  The last Night that She lived...
  Oh Sumptuous moment...
  Tell all the Truth but tell it slant...
  A Spider sewed at Night...
  What mystery pervades a well!...
  The Bible is an antique Volume...
  My life closed twice before its close...


American Literature 1865-1914

Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Old Times on the Mississippi
  I. A Boy Wants to Be a Pilot
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  Chapter 1. Civilizing Huck - Miss Watson

  How to Tell a Story
Letters from the Earth
  Letter III
  Letter IV

Henry James (1843-1916)
  Daisy Miller: A Study
  The Art of Fiction

O. Henry (1862-1910)
  The Gift of the Magi
  The Purple Dress
  A Midsummer Knight's Dream
  The Moment of Victory

Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950)
Spoon River Anthology
  Serepta Mason
  Trainor, the Druggist
  Doc Hill
  Margaret Fuller Slack
  Abel Melveny
  Lucinda Matlock

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)
The Red Badge of Courage
  Chapter 1
  Chapter 24 (last)

Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)
Sister Carrie
  Chapter I. The Magnet Attracting: A Waif Amid Forces
  Chapter XLVII. The Way of the Beaten: A Harp in the Wind (last)

Amy Lowell (1874-1925)
  A Japanese Wood-Carving
  The Captured Goddess
  The Garden by Moonlight
  Madonna of the Evening Flowers
  Venus Transiens
  In Excelsis

Robert Frost (1874-1963)
  The Pasture
  The Road Not Taken
  An Old Man's Winter Night
  The Oven Bird

Jack London (1876-1916)
  The White Silence
  The Law of Life
  To Build a Fire
Martin Eden
  Chapter 1
  Chapter 46 (last)


American Literature between the Wars 1914-1945

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)
Winesburg, Ohio
  The Book of the Grotesque

  The Triumph of the Egg

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
  Child of the Romans
  White Shoulders
  Prairie Waters by Night
  Cool Tombs

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)
  The Snow Man
  The Emperor of Ice-Cream
  Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
  The Death of a Soldier
  Of Modern Poetry
  The Plain Sense of Things

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)
  Portrait of a Lady
  Willow Poem
  Love Song
  Spring and All
  To Elsie
  This is Just to Say
  A Sort of a Song
  The Dance

Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)
  Babbit. Chapter I

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)
  Portrait d'Une Femme
  A Virginal
  A Pact
  The Rest
  The Garden
  Canto 1

e. e. cummings (1894-1962)
  in Just-
  Thy fingers make early flowers of...
  O sweet spontaneous...
  Buffalo Bill's...
  the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls...
  Poem, Or Beauty Hurts Mr. Vinal
  my sweet old etcetera...
  if there are any heavens my mother will (all by herself) have...
  somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond...
  pity this busy monster, manunkind...
  what if a much of a which of a wind...
  when serpents bargain for the right to squirm...

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
The Great Gatsby
  Chapter 9 (last)
Tender Is the Night
  Book One

John Dos Passos (1896-1970)
  Anacostia Flats
U.S.A., The Big Money
  The Campers at Kitty Hawk

William Faulkner (1897-1962)
  As I Lay Dying
  A Rose for Emily
  Dry September
  Absalom, Absalom!
  The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
  Indian Camp
  A Very Short Story
  Hills Like White Elephants
  The Killers
  A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
  The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
  The Negro Speaks of Rivers
  Mother to Son
  The Weary Blues
  I, Too
  Genius child

John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
Tortilla Flat
  IX. How Danny was ensnared by a vacuum-cleaner...
Of Mice and Men
  Chapter Six (last)
The Grapes of Wrath
  Chapter XXI

Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987)
  Kneel to the Rising Sun


American Literature from 1945 to the 1960's

Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)
  San Francisco Night Windows
  Evening Hawk
  Heart of Autumn
  Mortal Limit
  The Corner of the Eye

William Saroyan (1908-1981)
  The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
  The Story of the Young Man and the Mouse

Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)
  Open House
  Weed Puller
  Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze
  My Papa's Waltz
  The Waking
  Words for the Wind
  I Knew a Woman
  Wish for a Young Wife
  In a Dark Time

Eudora Welty (1909-2001)
  Lily Daw and the Three Ladies
  Why I Live at the P.O.

Saul Bellow (1915-2005)
  From "By the St. Lawrence"
  From "Ravelstein" (Chapter One)
  The Nobel Prize Lecture

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)
  Colloquy in Black Rock
  Skunk Hour
  For the Union Dead
  Returning Turtle
  Waking in the Blue

J. D. Salinger (1919-2010)
The Catcher in the Rye
  Chapter 1
  Chapter 2
  Chapter 3

  A Perfect Day for Bananafish

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919)
  Constantly Risking Absurdity
  Bird with Two Right Wings
  Wild Dreams of a New Beginning
  A Vast Confusion
  Seascape with Sun and Eagle
  The Changing Light
  To the Oracle at Delphi

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)
On the Road
  Part One
  Part Five (last)
The Dharma Bums
  Chapter 1

  The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
  Essentials of Spontaneous Prose
  Belief & Technique for Modern Prose

Denise Levertov (1923-1997)
  To the Snake
  The Jacob's Ladder
  In Mind
  September 1961
  What Were They Like?
  Looking, Walking, Being
  Variation and Reflection on a Theme by Rilke
  Zeroing In

James Baldwin (1924-1987)
  Stranger in the Village
If Beale Street Could Talk
  Troubled About My Soul

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
  On Burroughs' Work
  In Back of the Real
  A Supermarket in California
  Transcription of Organ Music
  To Aunt Rose
  Last Night in Calcutta
  Ego Confession

Anne Sexton (1928-1974)
  The Truth the Dead Know
  The Starry Night
  Sylvia's Death
  Wanting to Die
  Buying the Whore
  The Fury of Cocks

Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)
  Prospective Immigrants Please Note
  "I Am in Danger Sir"
  A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
  Miracle Ice Cream
  Diving into the Wreck
  For the Record
  When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision

Toni Morrison (b. 1931)
  Beloved. One. Chapter 1
  Beloved. One. Chapter 2

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
  Morning Song
  Death & Co.
  Fever 103°
  The Applicant


American Literature since the 1960's

John Updike (b. 1932-2009)
  A & P
  Licks of Love in the Heart of the Cold War
  The Women Who Got Away

Don DeLillo (b. 1936)
  From "White Noise"
  From "The Body Artist"

Thomas Pynchon (b. 1937)
  From "Mortality and Mercy in Vienna"
  From "The Crying of Lot 49"
  From "Gravity's Rainbow"

Raymond Carver (1938-1988)
  Your Dog Dies
  The Current
  Photograph of My Father in His Twenty-Second Year
  Drinking While Driving
  What the Doctor Said

Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)
  Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
  The Poisoned Kiss
  The Maker of Parabels
  The Temple
  From "My Heart Laid Bare"

Louise Glück (b. 1943)
  The Pond
  Penelope's Song
  Celestial Music
  Parable of Faith

Rita Dove (b. 1952)
  Adolescence - I
  Adolescence - II
  Straw Hat
  The Zeppelin Factory
  Lady Freedom Among Us


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© Edited by Albena Bakratcheva
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The Sun Is but a Morning Star. Anthology of American Literature. Edited by Albena Bakratcheva. Varna: LiterNet, 2008-2010.