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ISBN-13: 9780134053363
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 10/31/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 1472
Sales rank: 196,130
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

William E. Cain is Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English at Wellesley College. Among his many publications is a monograph on American literary and cultural criticism, 1900-1945, in The Cambridge History of American Literature, Vol. 5 (2003). He is a co-editor of the Norton Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism (2nd ed., 2010), and, with Sylvan Barnet, he has co-authored a number of books on literature and composition. His recent publications include essays on Ralph Ellison, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Shakespeare, Edith Wharton, and the painter Mark Rothko.

Alice McDermott is the author of the forthcoming novel Someone and six previous novels, including After This; Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. McDermott lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.

Lance E. Newman is Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where he teaches Early American Literature, Environmental Literature, and Creative Writing. He has also worked as a river guide for more than two decades, leading rafting trips in Southeastern Utah and in Grand Canyon. He is the author of The Grand Canyon Reader (University of California Press, 2011) and Our Common Dwelling: Henry Thoreau, Transcendentalism, and the Class Politics of Nature (Palgrave, 2005). With Joel Pace and Chris Keonig-Woodyard, he co-edited Transatlantic Romanticism: An Anthology of British, American, and Canadian Literature, 1767-1867 (Longman, 2006). He co-produced the documentary film Canyonlands: Edward Abbey and the Great American Desert (2011) with Roderick Coover. Newman’s poems have appeared in many print and web magazines, and he is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Come Kanab (Dusi-e/chaps Kollectiv, 2007) and 3by3by3 (Beard of Bees, 2010), both available free on the Web.

Hilary E. Wyss is Hargis Professor of American Literature at Auburn University, where she teaches courses in early American literature, American studies, and Native American studies. She is the author of over a dozen articles and book chapters as well as three books, including English Letters and Indian Literacies: Reading, Writing, and New England Missionary Schools, 1750-1830 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012); Early Native Literacies in New England: a Documentary and Critical Anthology (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008, co-edited with Kristina Bross); and Writing Indians: Literacy, Christianity, and Native Community in Early America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2000). She has won teaching awards at Auburn University as well as national research grants to support her work. She has served on the editorial board of the journal Early American Literature and was most recently the President of the Society of Early Americanists.

Table of Contents

Part One: American Literature at the End of the Nineteenth


To the Reader

Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) (1835-1910)

Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses

Context and Response: Artemus Ward, from Artemus Ward (His Travels) Among the Mormons

Bret Harte (1836-1902)

The Outcasts of Poker Flat

W. D. Howells (1837-1920)


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?)


The Devil’s Dictionary: selections

Context and Response: The poetry of Dorothy Parker

William James (1842-1910)


Henry James (1843-1916)

The Pupil

Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908)

The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story

Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)

The New Colossus

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)

A White Heron

Kate Chopin (1850-1904)

Désirée’s Baby

The Storm

Mary E Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930)

The Revolt of “Mother”

Booker T. Washington (1856?-1915).

Up From Slavery: Chapter XIV. The Atlanta Exposition Address

Context and Response: Olaudah Equiano, Excerpt from Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah

Equiano; or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself

Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932)

The Sheriff’s Children

Hamlin Garland (1860-1940)

Under the Lion’s Paw

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

The Yellow Wall-paper

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

The Other Two

Sui Sin Far (Edith Maude Eaton) (1865-1914)

Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963).

The Souls of Black Folk: Chapter III. Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others

Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)

Old Rogaum and His Theresa

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

An Experiment in Misery

An Episode of War

War Is Kind

Jack London (1876-1916)

To Build a Fire

Gallery 1: The South Since Reconstruction

Frederick Douglass: The Future of the Negro

George Washington Cable: The Freedman’s Case in Equity (excerpt)

Henry W. Grady: The New South (excerpt)

U.S. Supreme Court: Plessy v. Ferguson (excerpt)

Pauli Murray: Proud Shoes (excerpt)

Marion Post Wolcott, Entrance to a Movie House, Mississippi Delta

H. L. Mencken: The Sahara of the Bozart (excerpt)

Lizzie Woodworth Reese: A War Memory (1865)

Donald Davidson: A Mirror for Artists (excerpt)

Arthur Rothstein, Southern Movie Theater

Part Two: Modern American Literature

To the Reader

Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950)

Lucinda Matlock

Davis Matlock

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

Richard Cory

Miniver Cheevy

Eros Turannos

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

Lift Every Voice and Sing

O Black and Unknown Bards

Image: James Weldon Johnson

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)


We Wear the Mask

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Paul’s Case

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

The Gentle Lena

Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

The Captured Goddess

Venus Transiens

Madonna of the Evening Flowers

September, 1918

New Heavens for Old

The Taxi

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

The Pasture

Mending Wall

Home Burial

After Apple-Picking

The Wood-Pile

The Road Not Taken


“Out, Out–“

Fire and Ice

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Desert Places


Neither out Far nor in Deep

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

Winesburg , Ohio : Hands

Image: Sherwood Anderson

Susan Glaspell (1876-1948)


Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)


Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

The Snow Man

Sunday Morning

Anecdote of the Jar

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

The Death of a Soldier

The Idea of Order at Key West

Of Modern Poetry

The Plain Sense of Things

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

The Young Housewife

Portrait of a Lady

Spring and All

To Elsie

The Red Wheelbarrow


This Is Just to Say

The Dance (“In Brueghel's great picture, The Kermess”)

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Portrait d’une Femme

A Pact

In a Station of the Metro

The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter

The Cantos: I (“And then went down to the ship”)

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) (1886-1961)




Marianne Moore (1887-1972)


A Grave

To a Snail

John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974)

Piazza Piece

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

The Waste Land


The Hollow Men

Four Quartets: Burnt Norton

Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953)

The Emperor Jones

Claude McKay (1889-1948)

If We Must Die


Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980)

Flowering Judas

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)

The Gilded Six-Bits

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)


I Think I Should Have Loved You Presently

[I, being born a woman]

Apostrophe to Man

I Too beneath Your Moon, Almighty Sex


I Forgot for a Moment

Context and Response: The poetry of Lisel Mueller

Archibald Macleish (1892-1982)

Ars Poetica

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

General Review of the Sex Situation.

e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

in Just--

Buffalo Bill’s

the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls.

“next to of course god america I”

if there are any heavens my mother will (all by herself) have

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond

anyone lived in a pretty how town

Jean Toomer (1894-1967)

Georgia Dusk


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

Babylon Revisited

Louise Bogan (1897-1970)


William Faulkner (1897-1962)

That Evening Sun

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Context and Response: Pío Baroja, excerpt from The Chasm

Hart Crane (1899-1932)

At Melville's Tomb

Voyages: I (“Above the fresh ruffles of the surf”)

III (“Infinite consanguinity it bears-”)

V (“Meticulous, past midnight in clear rime”)

The Bridge: Poem: To Brooklyn Bridge

Allen Tate (1899-1979)

Ode to the Confederate Dead

Sterling A. Brown (1901-1989)

He Was a Man

Break of Day

Bitter Fruit of the Tree

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Mother to Son

The Weary Blues

The South

Ruby Brown

Let America Be America Again

Poet to Patron

Ballad of the Landlord

Too Blue

Theme for English B

Poet to Bigot

I, Too

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)

Yet Do I Marvel


Richard Wright (1908-1960)

Long Black Song

Image: Negro Tenant Farmer

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980)

Effort at Speech Between Two People


Gallery 2: American Writers and the Great Depression

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address (excerpt)

Mary Heaton Vorse, School for Bums (excerpt)

Anonymous, Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt

Robert Johnson, Cross Road Blues

Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again (excerpt)

Alfred Kazin, Starting Out in the Thirties (excerpt)

Agnes Smedley, China Fights Back (excerpt)

Kenneth Fearing, Devil’s Dream

John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (excerpt)

Dorothea Lange, Mexican Field Worker’s Home, California

Woody Guthrie, This Land Is Your Land

Dorothea Lange, The Mochida Family

Part Three: American Prose Since 1945

To the Reader

Eudora Welty (1909-2001)

A Worn Path

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Context and Response: Carson McCullers, from The Member of the Wedding

John Cheever (1912-1982)

The Sorrows of Gin

Ralph Ellison (1914-1994)

Battle Royal

Grace Paley (1922-2007)

The Loudest Voice

James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Notes of a Native Son

Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964)


Toni Morrison (b. 1931)


John Updike (1932-2009)


Philip Roth (b. 1933)

Defender of the Faith

Context and Response: Saul Bellow, excerpt from Herzog

Amiri Baraka (b. 1934)


Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)

Where are you going, where have you been?

Raymond Carver (1938-1988)


Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995)

The Lesson

Terrance McNally (b. 1939)

Andre’s Mother

Alice Walker (b. 1944)

Everyday Use

Tim O’Brien (b. 1946)

The Things They Carried

Mark Helprin (b. 1947)

White Gardens

Leslie Marmon Silko (b. 1948)


Edward P. Jones (b. 1951)


Amy Tan (b. 1952)

Two Kinds

Louise Erdrich (b. 1954)

The Red Convertible

David Henry Hwang (b. 1957)

The Sound of a Voice

Jhumpa Lahiri (b. 1967)


Gallery 3: Post-Modernism

Carl Andre, Equivalent VII; Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall; Michael Heizer, Levitated Mass

Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism and the Consumer Society (excerpt)

Sherrie Levine, After Walker Evans: 4; Batman and the Joker; Madonna at Super Bowl XLVI

Jonathan Franzen, On Rainer Maria Rilke

Cindy Sherman, Untitled

Diane Williams, Human Being

Charles Bernstein, thinking i think i think

Mitch Stevens, OMG! I just got born!

Alan Kirby, The Death of Postmodernism and Beyond (excerpt)

Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Cans; Mark Tansey, The Innocent Eye

Test; Jeff Koons, New Hoover Convertibles

Part Four: American Poetry Since World War II

To the Reader

Robert Penn Warren (1905—1989)

Bearded Oaks

Mortal Limit

Theodore Roethke (1908—1963)

Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze

My Papa’s Waltz

The Waking

Night Crow

I Knew a Woman

In a Dark Time

Charles Olson (1910—1970)

Maximus, to Himself

Elizabeth Bishop (1911—1979)

The Fish


In the Waiting Room

The Moose

One Art

Robert Hayden (1913—1980)

Homage to the Empress of the Blues

Those Winter Sundays

Frederick Douglass

William Stafford (1914-1993)

Traveling Through the Dark

Randall Jarrell (1914—1965)

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

The Woman at the Washington Zoo

John Berryman (1914—1972)

Dream Songs (excerpts)

14 ("Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so")

29 ("There sat down, once, a thing on Henry’s heart")

40 ("I’m scared a lonely. Never see my son")

45 ("He stared at ruin. Ruin stared straight back")

385 ("My daughter’s heavier. Light leaves are flying")

Robert Lowell (1917—1977)

Mr. Edwards and the Spider

Memories of West Street and Lepke

Skunk Hour

Night Sweat

For the Union Dead

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

We Real Cool

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919)

Constantly Risking Absurdity

Robert Duncan (1919—1988)

Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow

Interrupted Forms

Richard Wilbur (b. 1921)


Love Calls Us to the Things of This World

James Dickey (1923-1997)

Drowning with Others

The Heaven of Animals

Mitsuye Yamada (b. 1923)

To the Lady

Denise Levertov (1923-1997)

In Mind

September 1961

What Were They Like

Zeroing In

A. R. Ammons (1926-2001)

Corsons Inlet

James Merrill (1926—1995)

The Broken Home

Robert Creeley (1926-2005)

For Love

The Messengers

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)


Frank O’Hara (1926—1966)

To The Harbormaster

The Day Lady Died

Galway Kinnell (b. 1927)

The Porcupine

John Ashbery (b. 1927)


The Lament Upon the Waters

W. S. Merwin (b. 1927)

For the Anniversary of My Death

For a Coming Extinction

James Wright (1927—1980)

Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

To the Evening Star: Central Minnesota

A Blessing

Philip Levine (b. 1928)


Anne Sexton (1928—1974)

The Truth the Dead Know

Sylvia’s Death

Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

Storm Warnings

Diving into the Wreck

Gary Snyder (b. 1930)


August on Sourdough, A Visit from Dick Brewer

Ripples on the Surface

Sylvia Plath (1932—1963)

Morning Song

Lady Lazarus



Linda Pastan (b. 1932)


Amiri Baraka (b. 1934)

A Poem for Black Hearts

Mary Oliver (b. 1935)

The Black Snake


Marge Piercy (b. 1936)

A Work of Artifice

Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)

In the inner city

Michael S. Harper (b. 1938)

Dear John, Dear Coltrane

Martin’s Blues

“Bird Lives”: Charles Parker in St. Louis

Frank Bidart (b. 1939)

Self-Portrait, 1969

Billy Collins (b. 1941)


The Names

Gloria Anzaldua (1942-2004)

To live in the Borderlands means you

Joseph Bruchac III (b. 1942)

Ellis Island

Sharon Olds (b. 1942)

Rites of Passage

The Victims

Dave Smith (b. 1942)

Tide Pools

Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943)


Louise Glück (b. 1943)

The Drowned Children

Gretel in Darkness

Kay Ryan (b. 1945)

A Certain Kind of Eden

Home to Roost

Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947)

Facing It

C. D. Wright (b. 1949)



Jorie Graham (b. 1950)

Sea-Blue Aubade

Joy Harjo (b. 1951)

Call It Fear

White Bear

Eagle Poem

Andrew Hudgins (b. 1951)

Death and Doom

Jimmy Santiago Baca (b. 1952)

Cloudy Day

Rita Dove (b. 1952)




Straw Hat


Judith Ortiz Cofer (b. 1952)

My Father in the Navy

Alberto Rios (b. 1952)

Wet Camp

Advice to a First Cousin

Mark Doty (b. 1953)

Golden Retrievals

At the Gym

Aurora Levins Morales (b. 1954)

Child of the Americas

Lorna Dee Cervantes (b. 1954)

Refugee Ship

Cathy Song (b. 1955)

The White Porch



Li-Young Lee (b. 1957)

The Gift


This Room and Everything in It

Martin Espada (b. 1957)


Sherman Alexie (b. 1966)

On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City

Gallery 4: Americas Sings the Blues: A Collection of Songs

Child with Tambourine Accompanying Guitarist, 1930s

W. C. Handy: St. Louis Blues

Bessie Smith: Thinking Blues

Robert Johnson: Walkin’ Blues

W.H. Auden: Funeral Blues

Johnny Cash: Folsom Prison Blues

Folsom State Prison, cell door, 1960s

Merle Haggard: Working Man Blues

Linda Pastan: Mini Blues

Allen Ginsberg: Father Death Blues

Charles Wright: Laguna Blues

Marilyn Chin: We Are Americans Now, We Live in the Tundra

Sherman Alexie: Reservation Blues

Indian photographing tourist photographing Indians, Crow Fair, Montana, 1991

Arrested Development: Tennessee




Map of the United States

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