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THE LITERATURE OF COLONIAL AMERICA.
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506). THE LITERATURE OF REASON AND REVOLUTION. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). THE AGE OF ROMANTICISM. Washington Irving (1783-1859).
Columbus' Letter Describing His First Voyage
Captain John Smith (1580-1631).
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).
Thomas Morton (c. 1579-1647).
John Winthrop (1588-1649).
Roger Williams (c. 1603-1683).
The Bay Psalm Book (1640).
The New England Primer (c. 1683).
Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672).
The Prologue. Contemplations. 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. . . In Reference to Her Children. In Memory of My Dear Grandchild . . . On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet. . . On Deliverance From Another Sore Fit. Upon the Burning of Our House . . . As Weary Pilgrim.
Michael Wigglesworth (1631-1705).
Edward Taylor (c. 1642-1729).
Cotton Mather (1663-1728).
Samuel Sewall (1652-1730).
Mary Rowlandson (c 1637-1711).
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.
William Byrd II (1674-1744).
John Woolman (1720-1772).
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758).
Sarah Pierrepont. Personal Narrative.
Silence Dogood, No. 4. A Witch Trial at Mount Holly. Old Mistresses Apologue. The Speech of Miss Polly Baker.
Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crévecoeur (1735-1813).
Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797).
Thomas Paine (1737-1809).
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826).
The Declaration of Independence.
The Federalist (1787-1788).
The Federalist No. 1. The Federalist No. 10.The Federalist No. 51.
Phillis Wheately (1754?-1784).
On Virtue. To the University of Cambridge, in New England. On Being Brought from Africa to America. On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield, 1770. An Hymn to the Morning. An Hymn to the Evening. On Imagination. To S.M. A Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works. Recollection. To His Excellency General Washington.
Philip Freneau (1752-1832).
The Power of Fancy. The Hurricane. To Sir Toby. The Wild Honey Suckle. The Indian Burying Ground. On Mr. Paine's Rights of Man. On a Honey Bee. On the Universality and Other Attributes of the God of Nature. On the Religion of Nature.
William Bartram (1739-1823).
Native American Voices II.
Thomas Bangs Thorpe (1815-1878).
The Big Bear of Arkansas.
James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851).
Preface to the Leather-Stocking Tales.
William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878).
Thanatopsis. The Yellow Violet. To a Waterfowl. A Forest Hymn. To Cole, the Painter, Departing for Europe. To the Fringed Gentian. The Prairies. Abraham Lincoln.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849).
Sonnet—To Science. To Helen. Israfel. The City in the Sea. Sonnet—Silence. Lenore. The Raven. Ulalume—A Ballad. Annabel Lee. William Wilson. The Oval Portrait. Ligeia. The Fall of the House of Usher. The Tell-Tale Heart. The Purloined Letter.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).
Nature. The American Scholar. The Divinity School Address. Self-Reliance. The Over-Soul. The Poet. The Rhodora. Each and All. The Snow-Storm. Concord Hymn. The Problem. Ode. Hamatreya. Give All to Love. Days. Brahma. Terminus.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864).
My Kinsman, Major Molineux. Young Goodman Brown. The Maypole of Merry Mount. The Minister's Black Veil. The Artist of the Beautiful. Wakefield. The Birth-Mark. Ethan Brand. The Custom-House: Introductory to The Scarlet Letter. The Scarlet Letter.
Herman Melville (1819-1891).
Bartleby, the Scrivener. Benito Cereno. The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids. Billy Budd. The Portent. Shiloh. Malvern Hill. The College Colonel. The Æolian Harp. The Tuft of Kelp. The Maldive Shark. The Berg. Art. Greek Architecture.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862).
Civil Disobedience. Walden.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882).
A Psalm of Life. The Arsenal at Springfield. The Jewish Cemetery at Newport. My Lost Youth. Aftermath. The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls.
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892).
Massachusetts to Virginia. The Hunters of Men. Ichabod. Skipper Ireson's Ride. Telling the Bees.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894).
Old Ironsides. The Chambered Nautilus. The Deacon's Masterpiece.
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891).
To the Dandelion.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896).
Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Frederick Douglass (1817?-1895).
Complete text of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas.
Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897).
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).
To Horace Greeley. Gettysburg Address. Second Inaugural Address.
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888).
Walt Whitman (1819-1892).
Preface to the 1855 Edition of Leaves of Grass.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).
49. I never lost as much but twice. Success is counted sweetest. For each ecstatic instant. These are the days when Birds come back. A Wounded Deer—leaps highest. “Faith” is a fine invention. The thought beneath so slight a film. I taste a liquor never brewed. Safe in their Alabaster Chambers. I like a look of Agony. Wild Nights—Wild Nights! There's a certain Slant of light. I felt a Funeral, in my Brain. A Clock stopped. The Soul selects her own Society. Some keep the Sabbath going to Church. A Bird came down the Walk. I know that He exists. After great pain, a formal feeling comes. What Soft—Cherubic Creatures. 'Twas like a Maelstrom, with a notch. Much Madness is divinest Sense. This is my letter to the World. This was a Poet—It is That. I died for Beauty —but was scarce. I heard a Fly buzz—when I died. It was not Death, for I stood up. I started Early—Took my Dog. I like to see it lap the Miles. They shut me up in Prose. The Brain — is wider than the sky. I cannot live with You. Pain—has an Element of Blank. I dwell in Possibility. One need not be a Chamber — to be Haunted. Publication —is the Auction. Because I could not stop for Death. She rose to His Requirement—dropt. Renunciation — is a piercing virtue. My life had stood —a Loaded Gun. Presentiment — is that long Shadow— on the Lawn. Death is a Dialogue between. A narrow Fellow in the Grass. I never saw a Moor. The Bustle in a House. Tell all the truth but tell it slant. He preached upon “Breadth” till it argued him narrow. A Route of Evanescence. The Bible is an antique Volume. Apparently with no surprise. In Winter in my Room. My life closed twice before its close. To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee. Elysium is as far as to.
Reference Works, Bibliographies.
Criticism, Literary and Cultural History.
Index to Authors, Titles, and First Lines.
THE LITERATURE OF REASON AND REVOLUTION.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). THE AGE OF ROMANTICISM. Washington Irving (1783-1859).
THE AGE OF ROMANTICISM.
Washington Irving (1783-1859).