Synopses & Reviews
The classic survey of American literature from its sixteenth-century origins to its flourishing present.
This anthology offers the work of over 260 writers--34 newly included--representing the extraordinary wealth and diversity of American literature. Among the 36 major works included in their entirety are Franklin's "Autobiography"; Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"; Thoreau's "Walden"; Douglass's "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave"; Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"; Chopin's "The Awakening"; Cather's "My Antonia"; Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying"; Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire"; Larsen's "Quicksand"; Ginsberg's "Howl"; and Mamet's "Glengarry, Glen Ross." The Seventh Edition pays increased attention to cultural contexts through the inclusion of 45 color plates, 12 contextual clusters, updated maps and timelines, and through extensively revised section introductions, headnotes, footnotes, and bibliographies.
Firmly grounded in the core strengths that have made it the best-selling undergraduate survey in the field, has been revitalized in this Seventh Edition through the collaboration between three new period editors and five seasoned ones.
Under Nina Baym's direction, the editors have considered afresh each selection and the entire apparatus to make the Shorter Edition an even better teaching tool for the one-semester and brief two-semester courses.
Firmly grounded in the core strengths that have made it the best-selling undergraduate survey in the field, The Norton Anthology of American Literaturehas been revitalized in this Seventh Edition through the collaboration between three new period editors and five seasoned ones.
About the Author
Nina Baym (Ph.D. Harvard) is Swanlund Endowed Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor Emerita of English and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of The Shape of Hawthorne's Career; Woman's Fiction: A Guide to Novels by and About Women in America, 1820-1870; Novels, Readers, and Reviewers: Responses to Fiction in Antebellum America; American Women Writers and the Work of History, 1790-1860; American Women of Letters and the Nineteenth-Century Sciences and most recently, Women Writers of the American West, 1833-1927. Some of her essays are collected in Feminism and American Literary History; she has also edited and introduced many reissues of work by earlier American women writers, from Judith Sargent Murray through Kate Chopin. In 2000 she received the MLA's Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in American literary studies.Wayne Franklin (Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh)