Concise Anthology of American Literature

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This book contains selections from Volumes I and II of theAnthology of American Literature, Seventh Edition.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.It provides a wealth of additional contextual information surrounding the readings as well as the authors themselves. An expanded chronological chart and interaction time line help readers associate literary works with historical, political, technological, and cultural developments. Other coverage includes a continued emphasis on cultural plurality, including the contributions to the American literary canon made by women and minority authors, and a reflection of the changing nature of the canon of American Literature.For anyone who likes to read the writings of American Literatureand wants to understand the connection between those words and their place in American history.

Table of Contents

The Literature of Colonial America
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)
Columbus's Letter Describing His First Voyage
From The Diario of Christopher Columbus's First Voyage to America: Thursday 11 October 1492
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
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 Bradford on the Rise of Protestantism
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 Contract]
From Chapter XII [Narragansett Threat]
From Chapter XIV [Ending of the 'Common Course ... ]
From Chapter XXVIII [War with the Pequots]
From Chapter XXXVI [Winslow Abandons the Plymouth Colony]
John Winthrop (1588-1649)
From The Journal of John Winthrop
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
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 Absent Upon Public Employment In Reference to Her Children, 23 June, 1659 In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet... [On Deliverance]
From Another Sore Fit
Upon the Burning of our House, July 10, 1666 As Weary Pilgrim
From Meditations Divine and Moral
Edward Taylor (c. 1642-1729)
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
The Ebb and Flow
A Fig for Thee Oh! Death
Samuel Sewall (1652-1730)
From The Diary of Samuel Sewall
Mary Rowlandson (c 1637-1711)
From 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
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
Sarah Pier
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