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American Literature I: An Anthology of Texts From Early America Through the Civil War

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Jenifer Kurtz, Virginia Western Community College

Copyright Year: 2020

Publisher: VIVA

Language: English

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Reviewed by Millard Southern, Professor, Kalamazoo College on 1/20/23

The book was very comprehensive in scope and content. read more

Reviewed by Frances Johannsen, Professor of English, Hutchinson Community College on 11/16/21

The text offers a good variety of readings that are typical of any early American Lit. textbook. I appreciate that the editors include several early Native American creation stories. In addition to these, I would have liked to have seen some of... read more

Reviewed by Hannah Saltmarsh, Assistant Professor of English, Mount Mercy University on 10/26/21

The book doesn't cover key aspects of American Literature, including sufficient representation of slave narratives, black writers, and women writers. I was surprised there were more Native American writers presented than I would have expected. read more

Reviewed by Sean McPherson, Adjunct English Professor, Berkshire Community College on 6/30/21

This text covers all of the major literary movements that you would find in an Am Lit 1 course well. I like that this text includes Native American oral tales and literature of the European explorers in the beginning. Many anthologies skip... read more

Reviewed by Anne Greenhoe, Adjunct Instructor, Portland Community College on 6/13/21

The anthology provides a sample of genres and voices over the periods that formed and established a new country. The six chapters focus on thoughts that were influential at the time rather than on the players. Some voices that are surveyed in high... read more

Reviewed by Jane Rosecrans, Professor of English, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College on 3/29/21

A number of important works are missing from this anthology. There is very little coverage of slavery or the abolition movement, the primary social reform of the 19th century. There are no black writers cover in the section "Literature of 19th... read more

Table of Contents

  • I. Literature of Exploration and Discovery
  • II. Literature of Colonial America
  • III. Literature of the Revolutionary Period
  • IV. Literature of the New Nation
  • V. Literature of the Romantic Era
  • VI. Literature of Nineteenth Century Reform

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  • About the Book

    This book offers an anthology of texts that includes letters, journals, poetry, newspaper articles, pamphlets, sermons, narratives, and short fiction written in and about America beginning with collected oral stories from Native American tribes and ending with the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Many major and minor authors are included, providing a sampling of the different styles, topics, cultures, and concerns present during the formation and development of America through the mid-nineteenth century.

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    Jenifer Kurtz, Virginia Western Community College

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