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A concise but complete introduction to American Literature. Brief introductions, headnotes, and a wide range of selections provide a compact yet affordable introduction to American Literature. Those interested in American Literature.


As part of the Penguin Academic series, American Literature offers a wide range of selections with minimal editorial apparatus at an affordable price.

Table of Contents

Letter to the Reader: Understanding and Enjoying American Literature.


Christopher Columbus (1451-1506).

From Letter to Luis de Santangel Regarding the First Voyage (February 15, 1493).

From Letter to Ferdinand and Isabella Regarding the Fourth Voyage (July 7, 1503).
Bartolomé de las Casas (1474-1566).

The Very Brief Relation of the Devastation of the Indies.

From Hispaniola (excerpt).

The Iroquois Creation Story (version by David Cusick).
John Smith (1580-1631).

From A Description of New England (excerpt).

From Settlement to New Nation.
William Bradford (1590-1657).

Of Plymouth Plantation.

Book I, Chapter IX. Of Their Voyage and How They Passed the Sea; and of Their Safe Cape Cod.

Book I, Chapter X. Showing How They Sought Out a Place of Habitation; and What Befell Thereabout.

Book II, Chapter XI. The Remainder of Anno 1620.

[The Mayflower Compact].

Book II, Chapter XII. Anno 1621 [First Thanksgiving].
John Winthrop (1588-1649).

A Model of Christian Charity.
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.
Mary Rowlandson (c. 1636-1711).

A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (excerpt).
Edward Taylor (c. 1642-1729).

Preparatory Meditations.

Meditation 22 (First Series).

Meditation 38 (First Series).
Cotton Mather (1663-1728).

The Wonders of the Invisible World.

[A People of God in the Devil's Territories].

The Trial of Martha Carrier.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758).

Personal Narrative.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).

The Way to Wealth.

Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America.

The Autobiography (excerpt, from Part Two).
John Woolman. (1720-1772).

Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes. [Part One].
J. Hector St. John de Crévecoeur (1735-1813).

Letters from an American Farmer.

Letter III. What Is an American.
John Adams (1735-1826) and Abigail Adams (1744-1818).

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams.

John Adams to Abigail Adams (July 3, 1776) [Reflections on the Declaration of Independence].
Thomas Paine. (1737-1809).

Common Sense.


III. Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs.

The Crisis, No. 1.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826).

The Declaration of Independence.

Notes on the State of Virginia (excerpt).
The Federalist.

No. 10 [James Madison].
Philip Freneau (1752-1832).

The Indian Burying Ground.

On the Religion of Nature.
Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784).

On Being Brought from Africa to America.

To S.M., A Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works.

To His Excellency General Washington.


To Rev. Samson Occom (February 11, 1774) [The Natural Rights of Negroes].


Washington Irving (1783-1859).

Rip Van Winkle.
James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851).

The American Democrat (excerpt).
The Cherokee Memorials.

Memorial of the Cherokee Citizens, December 18, 1829].
Lydia Hoawrd Huntley Sigourney (1791-1865).

The Indian's Welcome to the Pilgrim Fathers.
William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878).


The Prairies.
William Apess (1798-1839).

An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).

The American Scholar.


Concord Hymn.

The Rhodora.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864).

Young Goodman Brown.

The May-Pole of Merry Mount.

The Minister's Black Veil.

The Scarlet Letter.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882).

The Jewish Cemetery at Newport.

My Lost Youth.
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892).

Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Old Ironsides.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849).

To Helen.

The Raven.

Annabel Lee.

The Tell-Tale Heart.

The Purloined Letter.

The Fall of the House of Usher.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).

Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg, November 19, 1863.

Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865.
Margaret Fuller (1810-1850).

The Great Lawsuit. Man versus Men. Woman versus Women (excerpt).
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896).

Uncle Tom's Cabin (excerpt).
Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897).

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (complete).
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862).

Resistance to Civil Government.

Life Without Principle.
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895).

Letter to His Former Master, 1848.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892).

Song of Myself.

When I Heard at the Close of the Day.

I Saw in Louisiana a Live Oak Growing.

When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom'd.

Democratic Vistas.
Herman Melville (1819-1891).

Hawthorne and His Mosses (excerpt).

Bartleby the Scrivener.

Moby Dick (excerpts).


The Portent.

The March into Virginia.
Henry Timrod (1828-1867).

Ode: Sung on the Occasion of Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

130 (“These are the days when Birds come back—”).

199 (“I'm 'wife'—I've finished that—”).

214 (“I taste a liquor never brewed—”).

216 (“Safe in their Alabaster Chambers—”).

241 (“I like a look of Agony”).

249 (“Wild Nights—Wild Nights!”).

258 (“There's a certain Slant of light”).

280 (“I felt a Funeral, in my Brain”).

303 (“The Soul selects her own Society—”).

324 (“Some keep the Sabbath going to Church—”).

341 (“After great pain, a formal feeling comes—”).

348 (“I dreaded that first Robin, so”).

441 (“This is my letter to the World”).

448 (“This was a Poet—It is That”).

465 (“I heard a Fly buzz—when I died—”).

501 (“This World is not Conclusion”).

520 (“I started Early—Took my Dog—”).

632 (“The Brain—is wider than the Sky—”).

650 (“Pain—has an Element of Blank—”).

709 (“Publication—is the Auction”).

712 (“Because I could not stop for Death—”).

754 (“My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun—”).

986 (“A narrow Fellow in the Grass").

1129 (“Tell all the Truth but tell it slant—”).

1545 (“The Bible is an antique Volume—”).

1732 (“My life closed twice before its close;").

Letters to Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

[Say If My Verse Is Alive?] (April 15, 1862).

[Thank You for the Surgery] (April 25, 1862).
Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910).

Life in the Gran-Mills.

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Cain, William E. (edt)
Longman Publishing Group
Cain, William E.
Cain, William E.
United states
American - General
American literature
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Penguin Academics Pearson English Value Textbook Series
Publication Date:
February 2004
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
8 x 5.4 x 1.6 in 907 gr

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