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 writers34 newly includedrepresenting 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 all the apparatus to make the anthology an even better teaching tool.
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
'Wayne Franklin(editor, Beginnings to 1700), Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, is Professor of English and Director of American Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is editor, with Michael Steiner, of Mapping American Cultureand author of The New World of James Fenimore Cooperand Discoverers, Explorers, Settlers: The Diligent Writers of Early America. He is also founding editor of the American Land and Lifeseries and edited American Voices, American Lives: A Documentary Reader. The first volume of his definitive biography of James Fenimore Cooper is forthcoming from Yale University Press.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.Bruce Michelson(Course Guide and website author), Ph.D. University of Washington, is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Director of the Campus Honors Program. His books include Printer\"s Devil: Mark Twain and the American Publishing Revolution; Literary Wit; Mark Twain on the Loose; and Wilbur\"s Poetry: Music in a Scattering Time. He has also published scores of articles and book chapters on American writers from Hawthorne and Dickinson through Saul Bellow, Robert Lowell, and Garrison Keillor. He was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Belgium and is currently vice president of the Mark Twain Circle of America.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.
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.'