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Anthology of American Literature is available in two-volume and concise editions.  The carefully selected works introduce readers to America's literary heritage, from the colonial times of William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet to the contemporary era of Saul Bellow and Toni Morrison.   Volume II includes literary works from the late nineteenth century through the twenty-first century.  There is a new section on Literature of the Twenty-first Century with increased emphasis on current authors and context as well as a separate period introduction and timeline.  Period introductions and headnotes have been revised and updated and new selections have been added from a diverse group of writers.


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Author Biography


JAMES S. LEONARD received his Ph.D. from Brown University, and is Professor of English (and former English Department chair) at The Citadel. He is the editor of Making Mark Twain Work in the Classroom (Duke University Press, 1999), coeditor of Authority and Textuality: Current Views of Collaborative Writing (Locust Hill Press, 1994) and Satire or Evasion? Black Perspectives on Huckleberry Finn (Duke University Press, 1992), and coauthor of The Fluent Mundo: Wallace Stevens and the Structure of Reality (University of Georgia Press, 1988). He has served as president of the Mark Twain Circle of America (2010—2012), managing editor of The Mark Twain Annual (since 2004), and editor of the Mark Twain Circular (1987—2008), and is a major contributor to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Poets and Poetry (Greenwood Press, 2006) and American History Through Literature (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005).



SHELLEY FISHER FISHKIN is Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Stanford University. She is the author, editor, or coeditor of over forty books, including the award-winning Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African American Voices (1993), From Fact to Fiction: Journalism and Imaginative Writing in America (1988), and Feminist Engagements: Forays into American Literature and Culture (2009), as well as Lighting Out for the Territory (1997), The Oxford Mark Twain (1996), The Historical Guide to Mark Twain (2002), Mark Twain‘s Book of Animals (2009), The Mark Twain Anthology:Great Writers on his Life and Work (2010), Is He Dead? A Comedy in Three Acts by Mark Twain (2003), People of the Book: Thirty Scholars Reflect on Their Jewish Identity (with Jeffrey Rubin-Dorsky) (1996), Listening to Silences: New Essays in Feminist Criticism (with Elaine Hedges)(1994), and Sport of the Gods and Other Essential Writings by Paul Laurence Dunbar (with David Bradley) (2005). She has also published more than eighty articles, essays, or reviews in publications including American Quarterly, American Literature, Journal of American History, American Literary History, and the New York Times Book Review, and has lectured on American literature in Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States. A member of the first class of women to graduate from Yale College, she stayed on at Yale to earn her M.A. in English and her Ph.D. in American Studies. Before her arrival at Stanford, she directed the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale and taught American Studies and English at the University of Texas at Austin, where she chaired the American Studies Department. She co-founded the Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society and is a past president of the Mark Twain Circle of America and the American Studies Association.


DAVID BRADLEY earned a BA in Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania  in 1972 and a MA in United States Studies at the University of London in 1974. A Professor of English at Temple University from 1976 to 1997, Bradley has been a visiting professor at the San Diego State University, the University of California–San Diego, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Colgate University, the College of William and Mary, the City College of the City University of New York and the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. He is currently an Associate Professor of Fiction in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon. Bradley has read and lectured extensively in the United States and also in Japan, Korea, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia. He is the author of two novels, South Street (1975) and The Chaneysville Incident (1981) which was awarded the 1982 PEN/Faulkner Award and an Academy Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His non-fiction has appeared in Esquire, Redbook, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts His most recent publication is semi-scholarly: The Essential Writings of Paul Laurence Dunbar, which he co-edited with Shelley Fisher Fishkin. His current works in progress include a creative non-fiction book, The Bondage Hypothesis: Meditations on Race, History and America, a novel-in-stories, Raystown, and an essay collection: Lunch Bucket Pieces: New and Selected Creative Nonfiction


DANA D. NELSON received her Ph.D. from Michigan State, and she is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of The Word in Black and White: Reading “Race” in American Literature, 1638—1867 (1992), National Manhood: Capitalist Citizenship and the Imagined Fraternity of White Men (1998), and Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People (2008) as well as editor of several reprint editions of nineteenth-century American female writers (including Rebecca Rush, Lydia Maria Child, Fanny Kemble, and Frances Butler Leigh). Her teaching interests include comparative American colonial literatures, developing democracy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, ethnic and minority literatures, women’s literature, and frontier representations in literature. She has served or is serving on numerous editorial boards, including American Literature, Early American Literature, American Literary History, Arizona Quarterly, and American Quarterly. She is an active member of the Modern Language Association and the American Studies Association. She is currently working on a book that studies developing practices and representations of democracy in the late British colonies and the early United States.


JOSEPH CSICSILA is Professor of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University and a specialist in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and culture. He is the author and/or editor of five books including Canons by Consensus: Critical Trends and American Literature Anthologies (2004), which is the first systematic study of American literature textbooks used by college instructors in the past century, Centenary Reflections on Mark Twain’s No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger (2009), and Heretical Fictions: Religion in the Literature of Mark Twain (2010). He has also published numerous articles on such authors as Mary Wilkins Freeman, Sarah Orne Jewett, and William Faulkner. Csicsila has served as the editor of Journal of Narrative Theory and is currently book review editor for The Mark Twain Annual.


Table of Contents

Preface xxvii

About the Editors xxx

The Literature of the Late Nineteenth Century 1

Reading the Historical Context 12



FROM Life on the Mississippi 12

[Sir Walter Scott and the Southern Character] 12


ALBION TOURGÉE (1838—1905) 15

FROM The Invisible Empire 15

Reading the Critical Context 22



FROM Criticism and Fiction 22

[The Ideal Grasshopper] 22

[American Fiction] 26


HENRY JAMES (1843—1916) 30

The Art of Fiction 30



Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences 45


Literature of the Late Nineteenth Century 54

WALT WHITMAN (1819—1892) 54

Preface to the 1855 Edition of Leaves of Grass 56

Song of Myself (From the 1891 Edition of Leaves of Grass) 71

FROM Inscriptions 118

To You 118

One’s-Self I Sing 118

When I Read the Book 118

I Hear America Singing 118

Poets to Come 119

FROM Children of Adam 119

From Pent-up Aching Rivers 119

Out of the Rolling Ocean the Crowd 121

As Adam, Early in the Morning 121

Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City 121

FROM Calamus 122

What Think You I Take My Pen In Hand? 122

I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing 122

I Hear it was Charged Against Me 123

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 123

FROM Sea-Drift 128

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking 128

FROM By the Roadside 132

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer 132

The Dalliance of the Eagles 133

FROM Drum-Taps 133

Beat! Beat! Drums! 133

Cavalry Crossing a Ford 134

Bivouac on a Mountain Side 134

Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night 134

A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim 135

The Wound-Dresser 136

As I Lay with My Head in Your Lap Camerado 138

FROM Memories of President Lincoln 138

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d 138

FROM Autumn Rivulets 145

There Was a Child Went Forth 145

Sparkles from the Wheel 146

Passage to India 147

FROM Whispers of Heavenly Death 155

A Noiseless Patient Spider 155

FROM From Noon to Starry Night 155

To a Locomotive in Winter 155

FROM Democratic Vistas 156


EMILY DICKINSON (1830—1886) 177

49 I never lost as much but twice 178

67 Success is counted sweetest 179

165 A Wounded Deer–leaps highest 179

185 “Faith” is a fine invention 179

210 The thought beneath so slight a film 180

214 I taste a liquor never brewed 180

216 Safe in their Alabaster Chambers 180

241 I like a look of Agony 181

249 Wild Nights–Wild Nights! 181

258 There’s a certain Slant of light 181

280 I felt a Funeral, in my Brain 182

303 The Soul selects her own Society 182

324 Some keep the Sabbath going to Church 183

328 A Bird came down the Walk 183

338 I know that He exists 184

341 After great pain, a formal feeling comes 184

401 What Soft–Cherubic Creatures 185

435 Much Madness is divinest Sense 185

441 This is my letter to the World 186

449 I died for Beauty–but was scarce 186

465 I heard a Fly buzz–when I died 186

520 I started Early–Took my Dog 187

585 I like to see it lap the Miles 187

632 The Brain–is wider than the sky 188

640 I cannot live with You 188

670 One need not be a Chamber–to be Haunted 190

709 Publication–is the Auction 190

712 Because I could not stop for Death 191

764 Presentiment–is that long Shadow–on the Lawn 192

976 Death is a Dialogue between 192

986 A narrow Fellow in the Grass 192

1052 I never saw a Moor 193

1078 The Bustle in a House 193

1129 Tell all the truth but tell it slant 193

1207 He preached upon “Breadth” till it argued him narrow 194

1463 A Route of Evanescence 194

1545 The Bible is an antique Volume 194

1624 Apparently with no surprise 195

1670 In Winter in my Room 195

1732 My life closed twice before its close 196

1755 To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee 196

1760 Elysium is as far as to 197

Letters to T. W. Higginson 197


MARK TWAIN (SAMUEL L. CLEMENS) (1835—1910) 199

The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County 201

Story of the Bad Little Boy 205

Disgraceful Persecution of a Boy 208

Sociable Jimmy 210

A True Story, Repeated Word-for-Word as I Heard It 212

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 216

My First Lie, and How I Got Out of It 394

To the Person Sitting in Darkness 399

A Salutation-Speech from the Nineteenth Century to the Twentieth 409

The War-Prayer 410


MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN (1852—1930) 412

A New England Nun 413

A Mistaken Charity 421


SARAH ORNE JEWETT (1849—1909) 429

A White Heron 430

The Town Poor 437



Belles Demoiselles Plantation 446



The Goophered Grapevine 458

The Wife of His Youth 467

A Metropolitan Experience 475


JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS (1848—1908) 479

How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox 480

Free Joe and the Rest of the World 482


WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS (1837—1920) 490

Editha 491


HENRY JAMES (1843—1916) 501

Daisy Miller: A Study 502

The Jolly Corner 541

The Real Thing 563

The Turn of the Screw 581


AMBROSE BIERCE (1842—1914) 652

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 653

Chickamauga 659



The Yellow Wall-Paper 666

If I Were a Man 677

The Unnatural Mother 682


KATE CHOPIN (1851—1904) 687

The Storm 688

Nég Créol 692

The Awakening 697


STEPHEN CRANE (1871—1900) 786

Black riders came from the sea 787

In the desert 788

A god in wrath 788

I saw a man pursuing the horizon 788

Supposing that I should have the courage 789

On the horizon the peaks assembled 789

A man feared that he might find an assassin 789

Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind 789

A man said to the universe 790

A man adrift on a slim spar 790

The Open Boat 791

The Blue Hotel 808

The Monster 827


FRANK NORRIS (1870—1902) 865

A Deal in Wheat 866


JACK LONDON (1876—1916) 873

The Law of Life 874

To Build a Fire 879

The Red One 889


ANNA JULIA COOPER (C. 1858—1964) 906

Has America a Race Problem? 907

FROM Woman Versus the Indian 907


ABRAHAM CAHAN (1860—1951) 921

The Imported Bridegroom 922


PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR (1871—1906) 963

We Wear the Mask 963

An Ante-Bellum Sermon 964

When Malindy Sings 966

The Colored Soldiers 968

When Dey ’Listed Colored Soldiers 970

Sympathy 971

The Haunted Oak 972

Ships That Pass in the Night 974

Ere Sleep Comes Down to Sooth the Weary Eyes 974

The Race Question Discussed 975

The Fourth of July and Race Outrages 978

The Ingrate 980


The Literature of the Twentieth Century (1900 to 1945) 986


Reading the Historical Context 997

HENRY ADAMS (1838—1918) 997

The Dynamo and the Virgin 997



The Atlanta Exposition Address 1006


Reading the Critical Context 1009

T. S. ELIOT (1888—1965) 1010

Tradition and the Individual Talent 1010


EZRA POUND (1885—1972) 1016

A Retrospect 1016


Literature of the Twentieth Century (1900 to 1945) 1023

EDITH WHARTON (1862—1937) 1023

The Other Two 1025


THEODORE DREISER (1871—1945) 1039

The Lost Phoebe 1040

Free 1050



The Gift of the Magi 1072

A Municipal Report 1075


W. E. B. DU BOIS (1868—1963) 1087

FROM The Souls of Black Folk 1089

A Litany of Atlanta 1104

A Mild Suggestion 1107

The Comet 1109



Luke Havergal 1119

Zola 1120

Richard Cory 1120

Cliff Klingenhagen 1121

Miniver Cheevy 1121

How Annandale Went Out 1122

Eros Turannos 1123

Mr. Flood’s Party 1124


ROBERT FROST (1874—1963) 1126

Mending Wall 1127

Home Burial 1128

After Apple-Picking 1131

The Road Not Taken 1132

An Old Man’s Winter Night 1132

Birches 1133

The Oven Bird 1134

For Once, Then, Something 1135

Fire and Ice 1135

Design 1136

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening 1136

Desert Places 1137

In Winter in the Woods 1137



FROM The School Days of an Indian Girl 1138


JAMES WELDON JOHNSON (1871—1938) 1149

Lift Every Voice and Sing 1150

FROM The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man 1151


CARL SANDBURG (1878—1967) 1174

Chicago 1174

Lost 1175

Graceland 1175

Fog 1176

Psalm of Those Who Go Forth Before Daylight 1176

Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind 1177

Smoke and Steel 1179


WILLA CATHER (1873—1947) 1183

Paul’s Case 1184

A Wagner Matinée 1198


ELLEN GLASGOW (1873—1945) 1202

The Shadowy Third 1204


GERTRUDE STEIN (1874—1946) 1220

The Gentle Lena 1221

Susie Asado 1242

Picasso 1242

A Movie 1244


SHERWOOD ANDERSON (1876—1941) 1245

I Want to Know Why 1246

FROM Winesburg, Ohio 1252

The Book of the Grotesque 1252

Hands 1254

Mother 1258

Tandy 1263

Adventure 1265


JOHN DOS PASSOS (1896—1970) 1269

FROM U.S.A. 1271

Preface 1271

FROM The 42nd Parallel 1272

Proteus 1272

FROM 1919 1274

Newsreel XLIII 1274

The Body of an American 1275

FROM The Big Money 1279

Newsreel LXVI 1279

The Camera Eye (50) 1280

Newsreel LXVIII 1282

FROM U.S.A. 1284

Vag 1284


EUGENE O’NEILL (1888—1953) 1286

The Hairy Ape 1287


SUSAN GLASPELL (1876 —1948) 1316

Trifles 1318


SINCLAIR LEWIS (1885—1951) 1327

Moths in the Arc Light 1328


EZRA POUND (1885—1972) 1350

Portrait d’une Femme 1352

Salutation 1352

A Pact 1353

In a Station of the Metro 1353

The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter 1353

FROM Hugh Selwyn Mauberley 1354


T. S. ELIOT (1888—1965) 1358

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock 1359

Preludes 1363

Gerontion 1365

Sweeney Among the Nightingales 1367

The Waste Land 1368

Notes on “The Waste Land” 1380

Journey of the Magi 1384


E. E. CUMMINGS (1894—1962) 1386

[in Just-] 1387

[O sweet spontaneous] 1387

[Buffalo Bill’s defunct] 1388

[the cambridge ladies who livein furnished souls] 1389

Ballad [All in green went my love riding] 1389

[when god lets my body be] 1390

Poem, or Beauty Hurts Mr. Vinal 1391


RING LARDNER (1885—1933) 1392

Some Like Them Cold 1394


HART CRANE (1899—1932) 1406

Carmen de Boheme 1407

Black Tambourine 1408

Praise for an Urn 1408

The Bathers 1409

A Persuasion 1409

Chaplinesque 1410

At Melville’s Tomb 1410

Voyages 1, 2, and 3 1411

FROM The Bridge 1413

To Brooklyn Bridge 1413


EDGAR LEE MASTERS (1868—1950) 1414

FROM Spoon River Anthology 1415

Knowlt Hoheimer 1415

Nellie Clark 1415

Petit, the Poet 1416

Anne Rutledge 1416

Lucinda Matlock 1417


ANZIA YEZIERSKA (1880—1970) 1417

The Fat of the Land 1418


EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY (1892—1950) 1432

Spring 1433

First Fig 1434

[I shall forget you presently, my dear] 1434

[Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare] 1434


WALLACE STEVENS (1879—1955) 1435

Peter Quince at the Clavier 1437

Sunday Morning 1439

Disillusionment of Ten O’clock 1442

Domination of Black 1443

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird 1444

Anecdote of the Jar 1446

The Snow Man 1446

A High-Toned Old Christian Woman 1447

The Emperor of Ice-Cream 1447

The Idea of Order at Key West 1448

Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour 1449

The Plain Sense of Things 1450



Con Brio 1452

The Young Housewife 1453

Pastoral 1453

Tract 1454

Danse Russe 1456

El Hombre 1456

To a Solitary Disciple 1456

Queenannslace 1457

Portrait of a Lady 1458

The Widow’s Lament in Springtime 1459

The Red Wheelbarrow 1459

Between Walls 1460

The Yachts 1460

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus 1461


RAYMOND CHANDLER (1888—1959) 1462

Red Wind 1463


JAMES THURBER (1894—1961) 1496

You Could Look It Up 1498


MARIANNE MOORE (1887—1972) 1508

The Past is the Present 1509

To a Steam Roller 1509

The Fish 1510

Poetry 1511

A Graveyard 1512



Vestiges, by Rudolph Fisher 1513

Fog, by John Matheus 1520

White Houses, by Claude McKay 1527

The Black Finger, by Angelina Grimke 1527

The Road, by Helene Johnson 1528


COUNTÉE CULLEN (1903—1946) 1528

Yet Do I Marvel 1529

For a Lady I Know 1529

Incident 1529

From the Dark Tower 1530

A Brown Girl Dead 1530

Scottsboro, Too, Is Worth Its Song 1531


JEAN TOOMER (1894—1967) 1532

FROM Cane 1532

Blood-Burning Moon 1532


ZORA NEALE HURSTON (1891—1960) 1538

John Redding Goes to Sea 1540


THOMAS WOLFE (1900—1938) 1550

Only the Dead Know Brooklyn 1551

The Far and the Near 1554


F. SCOTT FITZGERALD (1896—1940) 1556

Winter Dreams 1558

Bernice Bobs Her Hair 1574


ERNEST HEMINGWAY (1899—1961) 1591

In Another Country 1592


WILLIAM FAULKNER (1897—1962) 1595

Barn Burning 1597

Pantaloon in Black 1609


LANGSTON HUGHES (1902—1967) 1621

The Negro Speaks of Rivers 1622

Aunt Sue’s Stories 1622

Question 1623

The New Moon 1623

Mexican Market Woman 1623

The Weary Blues 1624

I Too 1624

Dream Boogie 1625

Harlem 1626

On the Road 1626


JOHN STEINBECK (1902—1968) 1629

The Chrysanthemums 1630


KATHERINE ANNE PORTER (1890—1980) 1637

María Concepción 1639


The Literature of the Twentieth Century (1945 to 1999) 1652


Reading the Historical Context 1664

MARTIN LUTHER KING (1929—1968) 1664

I Have a Dream 1665


JAMES R. MCDONOUGH (1946—) 1668

“Just Like You And Me” 1668


Reading the Critical Context 1673

TONI MORRISON (1931—) 1674

FROM Playing in the Dark

[American Africanism] 1674


Literature of the Twentieth Century (1945 to 1999) 1680

STERLING BROWN (1901—1989) 1680

Strong Men 1680

Pardners 1682

Children’s Children 1683

Sporting Beasley 1684


EUDORA WELTY (1909—2001) 1685

Powerhouse 1686


RICHARD WRIGHT (1908—1960) 1694

The Man Who Was Almost a Man 1695


GWENDOLYN BROOKS (1917—2000) 1704

Kitchenette Building 1704

The Mother 1705

Sadie and Maud 1706

The Children of the Poor 1706

We Real Cool 1707

The Lovers of the Poor 1707

The Blackstone Rangers 1710


RANDALL JARRELL (1914—1965) 1712

Losses 1713

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner 1714

A Girl in a Library 1714

In Montecito 1717


ELIZABETH BISHOP (1911—1979) 1718

A Miracle for Breakfast 1719

The Armadillo 1720

Brazil, January 1, 1502 1721


ROBERT LOWELL (1917—1977) 1722

Memories of West Street And Lepke 1724

Skunk Hour 1725

For the Union Dead 1727


ANN PETRY (1908—1997) 1729

Solo on the Drums 1729


RICHARD WILBUR (1921—) 1733

Marginalia 1734

Lamarck Elaborated 1734

A Hole in the Floor 1735

Trolling for Blues 1736


JACK KEROUAC (1922—1969) 1737

Mexico Fellaheen 1738


ALLEN GINSBERG (1926—1997) 1746

Howl 1747

A Supermarket in California 1755


GARY SNYDER (1930—) 1756

Riprap 1758

[Translation of a Poem by Han-Shan] 1758

Poem Left in Sourdough Mountain Lookout 1759

Milton by Firelight 1759

I Went into the Maverick Bar 1760

Soy Sauce 1761


DENISE LEVERTOV (1923—1997) 1762

Beyond the End 1763

Pure Products 1764

Come into Animal Presence 1765

The Ache of Marriage 1765

O Taste and See 1766

Abel’s Bride 1766

Mad Song 1767

A Hunger 1767

Zeroing in 1768


SYLVIA PLATH (1932—1963) 1768

Lady Lazarus 1769

Daddy 1772


W. S. MERWIN (1927—) 1774

Grandfather in the Old Men’s Home 1775

The Drunk in the Furnace 1776

Noah’s Raven 1777

The Dry Stone Mason 1777

Fly 1777

Strawberries 1778

Direction 1779


A. R. AMMONS (1926—2001) 1779

Sight Seed 1780

Motion Which Disestablishes Organizes Everything 1781

The Damned 1783


JAMES BALDWIN (1924—1987) 1784

Sonny’s Blues 1785

Stranger in the Village 1806


FLANNERY OCONNOR (1925—1964) 1814

Good Country People 1814


JOHN UPDIKE (1932—2009) 1828

A & P 1829


PHILIP ROTH (1933—) 1834

The Conversion of the Jews 1835


TILLIE OLSEN (1913—2007) 1846

I Stand Here Ironing 1846


TOMÁS RIVERA (1935—1984) 1852

. . . And The Earth Did Not Part 1852



In Memory of Radio 1857

The Bridge 1858

Notes for a Speech 1858

An Agony, As Now 1859

A Poem For Democrats 1861

A Poem For Speculative Hipsters 1861

A Poem Some People Will Have to Understand 1862

A Poem for Half-White College Students 1862

Biography 1863

The Screamers 1864


SONIA SANCHEZ (1934—) 1868

the final solution/ 1869

to blk/record/buyers 1870

Womanhood 1871

Masks 1872

“Just Don’t Never Give Up on Love” 1874




Neon Diaspora, by David Henderson 1876

For the Truth, by Edward Spriggs 1878

“Oh shit a riot!” by Jacques Wakefield 1879

When my uncle willie saw, by Carol Freeman 1880


JUNE JORDAN (1936—2002) 1880

Poem About My Rights 1882

Poem for Guatemala 1884

A New Politics of Sexuality 1886


RITA DOVE (1952—) 1890

Banneker 1891

Jiving 1892

The Zeppelin Factory 1893

Under the Viaduct, 1932 1894

Roast Possum 1895

Weathering Out 1896



No Name Woman 1897


EDWARD ALBEE (1928—) 1906

The Zoo Story 1908


SAUL BELLOW (1915—2005) 1922

A Silver Dish 1924


KURT VONNEGUT (1922—1907) 1943

Harrison Bergeron 1945


N. SCOTT MOMADAY (1934—) 1949

FROM The Way to Rainy Mountain 1950


JOYCE CAROL OATES (1938—) 1954

How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House

of Correction and Began My Life over Again 1955

The Birth of Tragedy 1966



The Faithful 1983


ALICE WALKER (1944—) 1992

Everyday Use 1993


TIM O’BRIEN (1946—) 1999

On the Rainy River 2000


AMY TAN (1952—) 2012

Half and Half 2012


BOBBIE ANN MASON (1940—) 2022

Shiloh 2023


DAVID BRADLEY (1950—) 2033

197903042100 (Sunday) 2033


GLORIA NAYLOR (1950—) 2058

Lucielia Louise Turner 2058



The Man to Send Rain Clouds 2069

Coyote Holds a Full House in His Hand 2072


RAYMOND CARVER (1938—1988) 2078

Cathedral 2079


GLORIA ANZALDÚA (1942—2004) 2088

The Homeland, Aztlán / El otro México 2099


LOUISE ERDRICH (1954—) 2099

The Red Convertible 2100


TINA HOWE (1937—) 2107

Painting Churches 2108


TONI MORRISON (1931—) 2152

Recitatif 2153


THOMAS PYNCHON (1937—) 2166

Entropy 2167


AUGUST WILSON (1945—2005) 2178

Fences 2179


SIMON ORTIZ (1941—) 2228

A Designated National Park 2229

Canyon de Chelly 2231

Final Solution: Jobs, Leaving 2232


The Literature of the Twenty-First Century 2235


Reading the Historical Context 2243

BARACK OBAMA (1961—) 2243

Inauguration Address 2244

ALBERT GORE, JR. (1948—) 2248

Our Choice 2248

CRAIG M. MULLANEY (1978—) 2254

Purgatory 2254


Reading the Critical Context 2257

N. SCOTT MOMADAY (1934—) 2257

The Arrowmaker 2258


BILLY COLLINS (1941—) 2260

Winter Syntax 2260

Books 2261

Introduction to Poetry 2262



Camouflaging the Chimera 2264

A Greenness Taller Than Gods 2265

2527th Birthday of the Buddha 2265

Missing in Action 2266

Facing It 2267



The Disappearance 2268


JUNOT DIAZ (1968—) 2274

How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie 2275


GEORGE SAUNDERS (1958—) 2277

Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz 2278


SHERMAN ALEXIE (1966—) 2284

Class 2285

Defending Walt Whitman 2297


Reference Works, Bibliographies 2299

Criticism, Literary and Cultural History 2303

Acknowledgments 2309

Index to Authors, Titles, and First Lines 2317


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