For courses in American Literary Survey. This leading, two-volume anthology represents America's literary heritage from the colonial times of William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet to the contemporary era of Saul Bellow and Alice Walker. Volume I covers Christopher Columbus through Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.
Table of Contents
THE LITERATURE OF COLONIAL AMERICA.
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506).
Columbus' Letter Describing His First Voyage FROMThe Diary of Christopher Columbus' First Voyage to America.Thursday 11 October 1942.Sunday 14 October 1492.
Captain John Smith (1580-1631).
FROM The General History of Virginia.The Third Book.Powhatan's Discourse of Peace and War. FROM A Description of New England.
Native American Voices I.
Myths and Tales. How the World Began. How the World Was Made. The Beginning of Summer and Winter. The Gift of the Sacred Pipe. Thunder, Dizzying Liquid, and Cups That Do Not Grow.
William Bradford (1590-1657).
FROM Of Plymouth Plantation.FROM “Chapter I (The Separatist Interpretation of the Reformation in England, 1550-1607.” FROM “Chapter III, Of Their Settling in Holland, and Their Manner of Living. . .” FROM “Chapter IV, Showing the Reasons and Causes of Their Removal.” FROM “Chapter VII, Of Their Departure from Leyden. . .” FROM “Chapter IX, Of Their Voyage. . .” FROM “Chapter X, Showing How They Sought Out a Place of Habitation. . .” FROM “Chapter XI The Mayflower Compact.” FROM “Chapter XII Narragansett Challenge.” FROM “Chapter XIV End of the 'Common Course . . .'.” FROM “Chapter XIX Thomas Morton of Merrymount.” FROM “Chapter XXIV Mr. Roger Williams.” FROM “Chapter XXVIII The Pequot War.” FROM “Chapter XXXVI Winslow's Final Departure.”
Thomas Morton (c. 1579-1647).
FROM The New English Canaan.
John Winthrop (1588-1649).
FROM A Model of Christian Charity.FROM The Journal of John Winthrop.
Roger Williams (c. 1603-1683).
FROM A Key into the Language of America.FROM The Bloody Tenet . . .
The Bay Psalm Book (1640).
FROM The Bay Psalm Book.
The New England Primer (c. 1683).
FROM The New England Primer.
Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672).
The Prologue. Contemplations. The Flesh and the Spirit. The Author to Her Book. Before the Birth of One of Her Children. To My Dear and Loving Husband. A Letter to Her Husband. . . In Reference to Her Children. In Memory of My Dear Grandchild . . . On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet. . . On Deliverance From Another Sore Fit. Upon the Burning of Our House . . . As Weary Pilgrim. FROM Meditations Divine and Moral.
Michael Wigglesworth (1631-1705).
FROM The Day of Doom.
Edward Taylor (c. 1642-1729).
Prologue. FROM Preparatory Meditations. The Reflexion. Meditation 6 (First Series). Meditation 8 (First Series). Meditation 38 (First Series). Meditation 39 (First Series). Meditation 150 (Second Series). FROM God's Determinations. The Preface. The Joy of Church Fellowship Rightly Attended. Upon a Spider Catching a Fly. Huswifery. The Ebb and Flow. A Fig for Thee Oh! Death.
Cotton Mather (1663-1728).
FROM The Wonders of the Invisible World.FROM Magnalia Christi Americana.
Samuel Sewall (1652-1730).
FROM The Diary of Samuel Sewall.
Mary Rowlandson (c 1637-1711).
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.
William Byrd II (1674-1744).
FROM The Secret Diary of William Byrd of Westover, 1709-1712.FROM The History of the Dividing Line. . .
John Woolman (1720-1772).
FROM The Journal of John Woolman.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758).
Sarah Pierrepont. Personal Narrative. FROM A Divine and Supernatural Light. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. FROM Images or Shadows of Divine Things.
THE LITERATURE OF REASON AND REVOLUTION.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).
Silence Dogood, No. 4. A Witch Trial at Mount Holly. Old Mistresses Apologue. The Speech of Miss Polly Baker. FROM Poor Richard Improved, 1758.The Sale of the Hessians. An Address to the Public. The Autobiography.
Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crévecoeur (1735-1813).
FROM Letters from an American Farmer. Letter III (What Is an American?). Letter IX (Description of Charleston . . .) Letter XII (Distresses of a Frontier Man).
Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797).
FROM The Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa The African, Written by Himself.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809).
FROM Common Sense.FROM The American Crisis.FROM The Age of Reason.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826).
The Declaration of Independence. FROM Notes on the State of Virginia.FROM Query V: Cascades.FROM Query VI: Productions Mineral, Vegetable and Animal.FROM Query XVII: Religion.FROM Query XVIII: Manners.FROM Query XIX: Manufactures. To James Madison. To Peter Carr. To James Adams.
The Federalist (1787-1788).
The Federalist No. 1. The Federalist No. 10.The Federalist No. 51.
Phillis Wheately (1754?-1784).
On Virtue. To the University of Cambridge, in New England. On Being Brought from Africa to America. On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield, 1770. An Hymn to the Morning. An Hymn to the Evening. On Imagination. To S.M. A Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works. Recollection. To His Excellency General Washington.
Philip Freneau (1752-1832).
The Power of Fancy. The Hurricane. To Sir Toby. The Wild Honey Suckle. The Indian Burying Ground. On Mr. Paine's Rights of Man. On a Honey Bee. On the Universality and Other Attributes of the God of Nature. On the Religion of Nature.
William Bartram (1739-1823).
FROM Travels through North and South Carolina. . .
Native American Voices II.
FROM A Son of the Forest. FROM Crashing Thunder. . . FROMStory of the Indian.FROM Pawnee Hero Stories. Hopi Myth. Navaho Myth. Poems. Orations.
THE AGE OF ROMANTICISM.
Washington Irving (1783-1859).
FROM A History of New York, by Diedrich Knickerbocker.FROM The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. The Author's Account of Himself. Rip Van Winkle. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Adventures of the German Student.
Thomas Bangs Thorpe (1815-1878).
The Big Bear of Arkansas.
James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851).
Preface to the Leather-Stocking Tales. FROM The Deerslayer.FROM The Pioneers.FROM The Prairie.
William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878).
Thanatopsis. The Yellow Violet. To a Waterfowl. A Forest Hymn. To Cole, the Painter, Departing for Europe. To the Fringed Gentian. The Prairies. Abraham Lincoln.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849).
Sonnet—To Science. To Helen. Israfel. The City in the Sea. Sonnet—Silence. Lenore. The Raven. Ulalume—A Ballad. Annabel Lee. William Wilson. The Oval Portrait. Ligeia. The Fall of the House of Usher. The Tell-Tale Heart. The Purloined Letter. FROM “Twice-Told Tales, by Nathaniel Hawthorne” A Review. The Philosophy of Composition. FROM The Poetic Principle.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).
Nature. The American Scholar. The Divinity School Address. Self-Reliance. The Over-Soul. The Poet. The Rhodora. Each and All. The Snow-Storm. Concord Hymn. The Problem. Ode. Hamatreya. Give All to Love. Days. Brahma. Terminus.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864).
My Kinsman, Major Molineux. Young Goodman Brown. The Maypole of Merry Mount. The Minister's Black Veil. The Artist of the Beautiful. Wakefield. The Birth-Mark. Ethan Brand. The Custom-House: Introductory to The Scarlet Letter. The Scarlet Letter.
Herman Melville (1819-1891).
Bartleby, the Scrivener. Benito Cereno. The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids. Billy Budd. The Portent. Shiloh. Malvern Hill. The College Colonel. The Æolian Harp. The Tuft of Kelp. The Maldive Shark. The Berg. Art. Greek Architecture. FROM Hawthorne and His Mosses.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862).
Civil Disobedience. Walden.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882).
A Psalm of Life. The Arsenal at Springfield. The Jewish Cemetery at Newport. My Lost Youth. Aftermath. The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls.
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892).
Massachusetts to Virginia. The Hunters of Men. Ichabod. Skipper Ireson's Ride. Telling the Bees.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894).
Old Ironsides. The Chambered Nautilus. The Deacon's Masterpiece.
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891).
To the Dandelion. FROM The Biglow Papers, First Series.FROM A Fable for Critics.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896).
Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Frederick Douglass (1817?-1895).
Complete text of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas.
Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897).
FROM Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).
To Horace Greeley. Gettysburg Address. Second Inaugural Address.
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888).
FROM Little Women.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892).
Preface to the 1855 Edition of Leaves of Grass.FROM Inscriptions. One's-Self I Sing. When I read the book. Song of Myself. FROM Children of Adam. From pent-up aching rivers. Out of the rolling ocean the crowd. Once I pass'd through a populous city. Facing west from California's shores. FROMCalamus. In paths untrodden. Scented herbage of my breast. For You O Democracy. I saw in Louisiana a live-oak growing. I hear it was charged against me. Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. FROM Sea-Drift. Out of the cradle endlessly rocking. As I ebb'd with the ocean of life. FROM By the Roadside. When I heard the learn'd astronomer. The Dalliance of the Eagles. FROM Drum-Taps.Beat! Beat! Drums! Cavalry Crossing a Ford. Bivouac on a Mountain Side. Vigil strange I kept on the field one night. A march in the ranks hard-prest, and the road unknown. A sight in camp in the daybreak gray and dim. The Wound-Dresser. Give me the splendid silent sun. FROM Memories of President Lincoln. When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd. FROM Autumn Rivulets. There was a child went forth. Passage to India. The Sleepers. FROM Whispers of Heavenly Death. Chanting the square deific. A noiseless patient spider. FROM Noon to Starry Night. To a Locomotive in Winter. FROM Goody-Bye My Fancy. L. of G.'s Purport. FROM Democratic Vistas.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).
49. I never lost as much but twice. Success is counted sweetest. For each ecstatic instant. These are the days when Birds come back. A Wounded Deer—leaps highest. “Faith” is a fine invention. The thought beneath so slight a film. I taste a liquor never brewed. Safe in their Alabaster Chambers. I like a look of Agony. Wild Nights—Wild Nights! There's a certain Slant of light. I felt a Funeral, in my Brain. A Clock stopped. The Soul selects her own Society. Some keep the Sabbath going to Church. A Bird came down the Walk. I know that He exists. After great pain, a formal feeling comes. What Soft—Cherubic Creatures. 'Twas like a Maelstrom, with a notch. 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. It was not Death, for I stood up. I started Early—Took my Dog. I like to see it lap the Miles. They shut me up in Prose. The Brain — is wider than the sky. I cannot live with You. Pain—has an Element of Blank. I dwell in Possibility. One need not be a Chamber — to be Haunted. Publication —is the Auction. Because I could not stop for Death. She rose to His Requirement—dropt. Renunciation — is a piercing virtue. My life had stood —a Loaded Gun. Presentiment — is that long Shadow— on the Lawn. Death is a Dialogue between. A narrow Fellow in the Grass. I never saw a Moor. The Bustle in a House. Tell all the truth but tell it slant. He preached upon “Breadth” till it argued him narrow. A Route of Evanescence. The Bible is an antique Volume. Apparently with no surprise. In Winter in my Room. My life closed twice before its close. To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee. Elysium is as far as to.
Reference Works, Bibliographies. Criticism, Literary and Cultural History. Chronology. Acknowledgments. Index to Authors, Titles, and First Lines.