Synopses & Reviews
Firmly grounded in the core strengths that have made it the best-selling undergraduate survey in the field, The Norton Anthology of American Literature
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.
"In this Shorter Seventh Edition of The Norton Anthology of American Literature, we offer the most extensive revision in our long publishing history, with the entire apparatus rethought, from headnotes to footnotes to section introductions to bibliographies. At the same time, we have continued to subscribe to three aims present since the anthology's inception: first, to present a rich and substantial enough variety of works to enable teachers to build their own courses according to their own ideals (thus, teachers are offered more authors and more selections than they will probably use in any one course); second, to make the anthology self-sufficient by featuring many works in their entirety along with extensive selections for individual authors; third, to balance traditional interests with developing critical concerns in a way that points to a coherent literary history."From the Preface
Now available in a portable multi-volume format, The Norton Anthology of American Literature is the classic survey of American literature from its sixteenth-century origins to its flourishing present. The Shorter Sixth Edition includes, in one volume, the work of 166 writers22 newly included.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 2855-2911) and index.
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.
About the Author
Nina Baym(General Editor), 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 author of The Shape of Hawthorne"s Career; Woman's Fiction: A Guide to Novels by and About Women in America; Novels, Readers, and Reviewers: Responses to Fiction in Antebellum America; American Women Writers and the Work of History, 1790-1860; and American Women of Letters and the Nineteenth-Century Sciences. 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), is Professor and Head of English, University of Connecticut. He is the author of James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years(the first volume of his definitive biography, from Yale University Press), The New World of James Fenimore Cooper, and Discoverers, Explorers, Settlers: The Diligent Writers of Early America. He is the editor of American Voices, American Lives: A Documentary Readerand co-editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literatureand of, with Michael Steiner, Mapping American Culture.Philip F. Gura(Editor, 1700-1820), Ph.D. Harvard, is William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of seven books, including The Wisdom of Words: Language, Theology, and Literature in the New England Renaissance; A Glimpse of Sion"s Glory: Puritan Radicalism in New England, 1620-1660; and Jonathan Edwards, America's Evangelical. For ten years he was editor of the journal Early American Literature. He is an elected member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts.Jerome Klinkowitz(co-editor, American Literature since 1945), Ph.D. Wisconsin, is University Distinguished Scholar and Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author or editor of over forty books in postwar culture and literature, among them, Structuring the Void: The Struggle for Subject in Contemporary American Fiction; Slaughterhouse Five: Reforming the Novel and the World; Literary Subversions: New American Fiction and the Practice of Criticism; and The Practice of Fiction in America: Writers from Hawthorne to the Present.Arnold Krupat(editor, Native American Literatures), Ph.D. Columbia, is Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author, among other books, of Ethnocriticism: Ethnography, History, Literature, The Voice in the Margin: Native American Literature and the Canon, Red Matters, and most recently, All That Remains: Native Studies(2007). He is the editor of a number of anthologies, including Native American Autobiography: An Anthology and New Voices in Native American Literary Criticism. With Brian Swann, he edited Here First: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers, which won the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Award for best book of nonfiction prose in 2001.Robert S. Levine(editor, American Literature, 1820-1865), Ph.D. Stanford, is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Conspiracy and Romance: Studies in Brockden Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Melville; and Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity. He has edited a number of books, including The Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville; Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader; and a Norton Critical Edition of Hawthorne"s The House of the Seven Gables.Mary Loeffelholz(editor, 1914-1945), Ph.D. Yale, is Professor of English at Northeastern University. She is the author of Dickinson and the Boundaries of Feminist Theory; Experimental Lives: Women and Literature, 1900-1945; and, most recently, From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women"s Poetry. Her essays have appeared in such journals as American Literary History, English Literary History, the Yale Journal of Criticism, and Modern Language Quarterly. Since 1991 she has been the editor of Studies in American Fiction.Jeanne Campbell Reesman(editor, 1865-1914), Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, is Ashbel Smith Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is author of Houses of Pride: Jack London"s Race Lives, Jack London: A Study of the Short Fiction, and American Designs: The Late Novels of James and Faulkner, and editor of Speaking the Other Self: American Women Writers, and Trickster Lives: Culture and Myth in American Fiction. With Wilfred Guerin et al. she is co-author of A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literatureand with Earle Labor of Jack London: Revised Edition. With Kenneth Brandt she is co-editor of MLA Approaches to Teaching Jack London, with Leonard Cassuto Rereading Jack London, with Dale Walker No Mentor but Myself: Jack London on Writing and Writers, and with Sara S. Hodson Jack London: One Hundred Years a Writer. She and Nol Mauberret are co-editors of a series of 25 new Jack London editions in French published by ditions Phbus of Paris. She is presently at work on two books: Mark Twain Versus God: The Story of a Relationship, and, with Sara S. Hodson, The Photography of Jack London. She is a member of the Executive Board of the American Literature Association and founder and Executive Coordinator of the Jack London Society.Patricia B. Wallace(co-editor, American Literature since 1945), Ph.D. Iowa, is Professor of English at Vassar College. She is a contributing editor of The Columbia History of American Poetry; her essays and poems have appeared in such journals as The Kenyon Review, The Sewanee Review, MELUSand PEN America. She has been a recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Mellon Foundation, and the ACLS.