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Unrivaled diversity and ease of use have made THE HEATH ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE: VOLUME A: BEGINNINGS TO 1800, 7th Edition, a best-selling text since 1989, when the first edition was published. In presenting a more inclusive canon of American literature, the seventh edition of Volume A continues to balance the traditional, leading names in American literature with lesser-known writers. Available in five volumes for greater flexibility, the 7th Edition offers thematic groupings, called" In Focus," to stimulate classroom discussions and showcase the treatment of important topics across the genres.

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"Of any American literature anthology, the most generous variety of authors and texts with richly contextualized headnotes and footnotes."

"It's very thorough and complete, offering a huge array of options. The headnotes are useful and provide clear information to students (and teachers!). The layout is clear and clean. It's readable."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133310228
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/31/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 1584
  • Sales rank: 340,768
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Lauter is the Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College. He has served as president of the American Studies Association and is a major figure in the revision of the American literary canon.

Richard Yarborough is Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles. His work focuses on African American literature and on the construction of race in U.S. culture. He directs the University Press of New England's Library of Black Literature series.

John Alberti teaches at Northern Kentucky University and has a Ph.D. in American literature from UCLA. His main area of research is multicultural American literature and culture.

Mary Pat Brady teaches U.S. Literature. She has written extensively on contemporary U.S. Latino literature.

Dr. Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation) is associate professor of First Nations Studies and English at the University of British Columbia. In addition to numerous essays on Indigenous literature and cultural history, he is the author of Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History, and the Indigenous fantasy epic, The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles.

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Table of Contents

BEGINNINGS TO 1700. Indigenous Literary Traditions. Native American Oral Literatures. Creation/Emergence Accounts:Talk Concerning the First Beginning. Changing Woman and the Hero Twins after the Emergence of the People. Origin of the Sun Shower. Wohpe and the Gift of the Pipe. The Origin of Stories. Iroquois or Confederacy of the Five Nations. Iktomi and the Dancing Ducks. Man's Dependence on Animals. Origin of Disease and Medicine. Raven and Marriage.Creation of the Whites. The Arrival of the Whites. Ritual Poetry, Song, and Ceremony:Sayatasha's Night Chant. The Singer's Art. Two Songs. Like Flowers Continually Perishing. Moved. Improvised Greeting. Song.Widow's Song. My Breath. Deer Hunting Song. Song of Repulse to a Vain Lover. A Dream Song.Song of the Drum. Song of War. Song of War. War Song. Song of War. Song of War. Thanksgiving Address. Formula to Attract a Woman. Formula for Going to the Water. IN FOCUS: AMERICA IN THE WORLD/THE WORLD IN AMERICA- AMERICA IN THE EUROPEAN IMAGINATION. Thomas More:from Utopia. Michel de Montaigne:from "Of Cannibals." Theodor Galle: after a drawing by Jan van der Straet, [Stradanus] America, c. 1575. John Donne:Elegie XIX, To his Mistris Going to Bed. Francis Bacon:from New Atlantis. Bartolome de Las Casas:from Brevisima relacion de la destruccion de las Indias. NEW SPAIN. Christopher Columbus:from Journal of the First Voyage to America, 1492-1493.from Narrative of the Third Voyage, 1498-1500. IN FOCUS: AESTHETICS-AESTHETICS AND CRITICISM—PARADIGMS OF CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS. Frederick Jackson Turner:from The Significance of the Frontier in American History. Andrew Wiget:from Reading Against the Grain: Origin Stories and American Literacy History. Annette Kolodny:from Letting Go Our Grand Obsessions:Notes Toward a New Literary History of the American Frontiers. Mary Louise Pratt:from Imperial Eyes:Travel Writing and Transculturation. Paul Gilroy:from The Black Atlantic:Modernity and Double Consciousness. Paula M. L. Moya and Ramon Saldivar:from Fictions of the Trans-American Imaginary. Anibal Quijano and Immanuel Wallerstein:from "Americanity as a Concept," or "the Americas in the Modern World-System." "Decolonial Aesthetics (I)" TDI/Transnational Decolonial Institute. Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca:from Relation. Prologue. From Chapter VII. Chapter VIII. Chapter X. Chapter XI. Chapter XXI. Chapter XXIV. Chapter XXVII. Chapter XXXII. Chapter XXXIII. Chapter XXXIV. Fray Marcos de Niza:from A Relation, Touching His Discovery of the Kingdom of Ceuola or Cibola. Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala:from El Primer Nueva Coronica y Buen Gobierno. from Part 5:The Conquest of This Kingdom. Fray Alonso Gregorio de Escobedo:from La Florida. Juan de Onate y Salazar:Letter Written by Don Juan de Onate from New Mexico, 1599. Gaspar Perez de Villagrá:from Historia de la Nueva Mexico. The Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531. Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz:48,In Reply to a Gentleman from Peru. 94,Which Reveals the Honorable Ancestry of a High-Born Drunkard. 317,Villancico VI, from "Santa Catarina," 1691. Don Antonio de Otermin:Letter on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt (Hopi). Don Diego de Vargas:from Letter on The Reconquest of New Mexico, 1692. NEW FRANCE. Rene Goulaine de Laudonnière:from A Notable Historie Containing Foure Voyages unto Florida. Samuel de Champlain:from The Voyages of Samuel de Champlain, 1604-1618. The Jesuit Relations:from The Relation of 1647. CHESAPEAKE. Thomas Harriot:from A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia. Edward Maria Wingfield:from A Discourse of Virginia. John Smith: from The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles. from A Description of New England. from Advertisements for the Unexperienced Planters of New-England. Richard Frethorne:to His Parents (Virginia, 1623). Nathaniel Bacon:his Manifesto Concerning the Present Troubles in Virginia. James Revel:The Poor, Unhappy Transported Felon. NEW NETHERLAND. Adriaen van der Donck:from A Description of New Netherland. NEW ENGLAND. Thomas Morton:from New English Canaan. John Winthrop:from A Modell of Christian Charity. from The Journal of John Winthrop. William Bradford:from Of Plymouth Plantation. Roger Williams:from A Key into the Language of America. To the Town of Providence. Testimony of Roger Williams relative to his first coming into the Narragansett country. Thomas Shepard:Autobiography [My Birth and Life.]. Anne Bradstreet:The Prologue. In Honour of . . . Queen Elizabeth. The Author to Her Book. To Her Father with Some Verses. The Flesh and the Spirit. Before the Birth of One of Her Children. To My Dear and Loving Husband. A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment. In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet. On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet, Who Died on 16 November, 1669. Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666.To My Dear Children. Michael Wigglesworth:from The Diary of Michael Wigglesworth. A Song of Emptiness. The Bay Psalm Book (1640) and The New England Primer. Mary White Rowlandson [Talcott]:from A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. Edward Taylor:from God's Determinations. from Occasional Poems. from Preparatory Meditations, First Series. from Preparatory Meditations, Second Series. from A Valediction to all the World preparatory for Death 3d of the 11m 1720 (from Version 1). Samuel Sewall:from The Diary of Samuel Sewall. The Selling of Joseph, A Memorial.My Verses upon the New Century [ Jan. 1, 1701]. Cotton Mather:from The Wonders of the Invisible World. from Magnalia Christi Americana. from Decennium Luctuosum: An History of Remarkable Occurrences in the Long [Indian] War. from The Negro Christianized. from Bonifacius. John Williams:from The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion. IN FOCUS: SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ANGLO-AMERICAN POETRY. Thomas Tillam: Uppon the first sight of New-England June 29, 1638. John Wilson: Anagram made by mr John Willson of Boston upon the Death of Mrs. Abigaill Tompson. John Josselyn:Verses made sometime since upon the Picture of a young and handsome Gypsie. The Poem. John Saffin:[Sweetly (my Dearest) I left thee asleep]. The Negroes Character. George Alsop:Trafique is Earth's Great Atlas. Sarah Whipple Goodhue: Lines to Her Family. Benjamin Tompson:Chelmsford's Fate. A Supplement.Richard Steere:On a Sea-Storm nigh the Coast. Anna Tompson Hayden:Upon the Death of Elizabeth Tompson. Elizabeth Sowle Bradford:To the Reader, in Vindication of this Book. Roger Wolcott:from A Brief Account of the Agency of the Honorable John Winthrop, Esq. Mary French, from A Poem Written by a Captive Damsel. EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.SETTLEMENT AND RELIGION. Sarah Kemble Knight:The Journal of Madam Knight. Louis Armand de Lom d'Arce, Baron de Lahontan:from New Voyages to North-America…from 1683 to 1694. William Byrd II: from The History of the Dividing Line betwixt Virginia and North Carolina and The Secret History of the Line. Letter to Mrs. Jane Pratt Taylor, Virginia, the 10th of October, 1735. IN FOCUS: RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY-ON NATURE AND NATURE'S GOD. John Locke:from Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Alexander Pope:from Essay on Man, Epistle I. Jonathan Edwards:from Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. James Otis:from The Discourse of Nature and Government. Anna Eliza Bleecker:On the Immensity of Creation. Philip Freneau:On the Universality and Other Attributes of the God of Nature. Thomas Paine:from The Age of Reason. Jonathan Edwards:from Images of Divine Things. On Sarah Pierrepont. from A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God. Personal Narrative. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Elizabeth Ashbridge:from Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge. John Woolman:from The Journal of John Woolman. from Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes. Francisco Palou:from Life of Junipero Serra. IN FOCUS: EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ANGLO-AMERICAN POETRY. Ebenezer Cook:The Sot-weed Factor. Susanna Wright:To Eliza Norris-at Fairhill. Anna Boylens Letter to King Henry the 8th. Richard Lewis: A Journey from Patapsko to Annapolis, April 4, 1730. William Dawson:The Wager. A Tale. Jane Colman Turell:Psalm CXXXVII. Paraphras'd August 5th, 1725. AETAT. 17.[Lines on Childbirth]. On Reading the Warning By Mrs. Singer. To My Muse, December 29, 1725. Lucy Terry:Bars Fight. Thomas Godfrey:from The Prince of Parthia, A Tragedy. Annis Boudinot Stockton: To Laura. Epistle, To Lucius. A Poetical Epistle. The Vision, an Ode to Washington. Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson:Upon the Discovery of the Planet By Mr. Herschel of Bath. On a Beautiful Damask Rose, Emblematical of Love and Wedlock. On the Mind's Being Engrossed by One Subject. Nathaniel Evans:Hymn to May. Ode to the Memory of Mr. Thomas Godfrey. To Benjamin Franklin. Anna Young Smith:On Reading Swift's Works. An Elegy to the Memory of the American Volunteers. Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton:from Ouâbi: or the Virtues of Nature, An Indian Tale. Stanzas to a Husband Recently United. The African Chief. Margaretta Bleecker Faugères:The following Lines were occasioned by Mr. Robertson's refusing to paint for one Lady, and immediately after taking another lady's likeness, 1793. To Aribert. October, 1790. Poems Published Anonymously:The Lady's Complaint. Verses Written by a Young Lady, on Women Born to Be Controll'd! The Maid's Soliloquy. NATIVE AMERICAN POLITICAL TEXTS AND ORATORY. Katteuha:Letter from Cherokee Indian Women, to Benjamin Franklin. Corn (Old) Tassel/ Kai-yah-teh-hee/Onitossitah:Cherokee Reply to the Commissioners of North Carolina and Virginia, July 1777. NATIVE AMERICA IN FOCUS: NORTHERN NEW YORK:MOHEGAN/ BROTHERTON TRIBES. Samson Occom (Mohegan):A Short Narrative of My Life. A Sermon Preached by Samson Occom. Handsome Lake:How America Was Discovered. Joseph Johnson:Speech to the Oneidas. Hendrick Aupaumut:from A Short Narration of My Last Journey to the Western Country. VOICES OF REVOLUTION AND NATIONALISM. Benjamin Franklin:The Way to Wealth: Preface to Poor Richard Improved. A Witch Trial at Mount Holly. The Speech of Polly Baker. An Edict by the King of Prussia. The Ephemera, an Emblem of Human Life. Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America. On the Slave-Trade: To the Editor of the Federal Gazette. Speech in the Convention: At the Conclusion of Its Deliberations. From The Autobiography.Mercy Otis Warren:To Fidelio. from The Ladies of Castille. from An Address to the Inhabitants of the United States of America. J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur:from Letters from an American Farmer. Thomas Paine: from Common Sense. from The American Crisis. from The Age of Reason. John Adams and Abigail Adams:from Autobiography of John Adams. Letters from Abigail Adams to John Adams. Thomas Jefferson:from Notes on the State of Virginia. from Letter to James Madison, Oct. 28, 1785. from Letter to James Madison, Dec. 20, 1787. Letter to Benjamin Banneker, Aug. 30, 1791. Letter to the Marquis de Condorcet, Aug. 30, 1791. Letter to Edward Coles, Aug. 25, 1814. Letter to Peter Carr [Young Man's Education], Aug. 10, 1787. from Letter to Benjamin Hawkins [Civilization of the Indians], Feb. 18, 1803. Letter to Nathaniel Burwell [A Young Woman's Education, March 14, 1818. from Indian Addresses: To Brother Handsome Lake, Nov. 3, 1802. Federalist and Anti-Federalist Contentions:The Federalist No. 6 (Alexander Hamilton). The Federalist No. 10 ( James Madison). An Anti-Federalist Paper, To the Massachusetts Convention. Toussaint L'Ouverture:Proclamations and Letters. Jose Álvarez de Toledo y Dubois, "Address to Mexicans." IN FOCUS: E PLURBIS UNUM—ON THE DISCOURSE OF LIBERTY. John Locke:from Concerning Civil Government, Second Essay. Andrew Hamilton, Closing Argument in the Libel Trial of John Peter Zenger. Hannah Griffitts:The Female Patriots. Addres'd to the Daughters of Liberty in America, 1768. Phillis Wheatley, Letter to Samson Occom. Thomas Jefferson:from Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson. Prince Hall:To the Honorable Council & House of Representatives for the State of Massachusetts-Bay in General Court assembled January 13th 1777. The Petition of a great number of Negroes who are detained in a state of Slavery in the Bowels of a free & Christian Country Humbly Shewing. Anonymous:Rights of Woman. Fisher Ames:On the Dangers of Democracy. PATRIOT AND LOYALIST SONGS AND BALLADS. "Patriot" Voices. The Liberty Song. Alphabet. The King's own Regulars, And their Triumphs over the Irregulars, A New song, To the Tune of, An old Courtier of the Queen's, and the Queen's old Courtier. The Irishman's Epistle to the Officers and Troops at Boston. The Yankee's Return from Camp. Nathan Hale. Sir Harry's Invitation. Volunteer Boys. "Loyalist" Voices. When Good Queen Elizabeth Governed the Realm. Song for a Fishing Party near Burlington, on the Delaware, in 1776. Burrowing Yankees. A Birthday Song, for the King's Birthday, June 4, 1777. A Song. An Appeal. CONTESTED VISIONS, AMERICAN VOICES. Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Briton Hammon:An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ, with Penitential Cries. An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly. James Grainger:from The Sugar-Cane. A Poem. Briton Hammon:Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings and Surprizing Deliverance of Briton Hammon. Prince Hall:A Charge, Delivered to the African Lodge, June 24, 1797, at Menotomy. Olaudah Equiano:from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. Judith Sargent Murray:Desultory Thoughts upon the Utility of Encouraging a degree of Self-Complacency, especially in Female Bosoms. On the Domestic Education of Children. On the Equality of the Sexes. Occasional Epilogue to The Contrast, a Comedy, Written by Royall Tyler, Esq. Ann Eliza Bleecker: Written in the Retreat from Burgoyne. from The History of Maria Kittle. Philip Freneau:The Power of Fancy. A Political Litany. To Sir Toby. The Wild Honey Suckle. from The Country Printer. On Observing a Large Red-streak Apple. The Indian Burying Ground. On the Causes of Political Degeneracy. Timothy Dwight: from Greenfield Hill. Phillis Wheatley:To Mæcenas. Letter to the Right Hon'ble The Earl of Dartmouth per favour of Mr. Wooldridge. To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth, His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for North-America, &c. Letter to the Rt. Hon'ble the Countess of Huntingdon. On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield 1770. On the Death of Dr. Samuel Marshall 1771. On Being Brought from Africa to America. A Farewell to America. To the University of Cambridge, in New England. Philis's Reply to the Answer in our Last by the Gentleman in the Navy. To His Excellency General Washington. Liberty and Peace, A Poem by Phillis Peters. Lemuel Haynes:Liberty Further Extended. Universal Salvation. Joel Barlow:The Prospect of Peace. The Hasty Pudding, A Poem. Advice to a Raven in Russia, December, 1812. Royall Tyler:The Contrast. Hannah Webster Foster:from The Coquette. Susanna Haswell Rowson:Slaves in Algiers. Charles Brockden Brown:Somnambulism, a fragment. Simon Bolivar:Carta de Jamaica [Letter from Jamaica].

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