American Literature

ISBN-10: 0321838637

ISBN-13: 9780321838636

Edition: 2nd 2014

Authors: William E. Cain, Dan Chiasson, Alice McDermott, Lance E. Newman, Hilary E. Wyss

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As part of the Penguin Academics series, American Literature Volume 2, offers a wide range of selections (with minimal editorial apparatus) at an affordable price. This new edition of American Literature presents an exciting opportunity for readers. Many of the pieces will be familiar to readers of American literature, but we have also taken steps to include selections that are not as well known and just as compelling. Making this new edition even more attractive are six thematic clusters of excerpts from documents illustrating key trends in American social and literary history; a richer selection of images; and a new page design to enhance the reading experience.
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List price: $35.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 10/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1472
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

Dan Chiassonis associate professor of English at Wellesley College. He is the author of three books of poetry,The Afterlife of Objects, Natural History,andWhere’s the Moon, There’s the Moon.

Alice McDermott was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 27, 1953. She received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1975 and an M.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 1978. After graduating college, she got a job reading unsolicited manuscripts for Redbook magazine and did some freelance reading for Esquire. She has taught writing at American University, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of California at San Diego. Currently, she is the Writing Seminars Professor of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Department. Her short stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Ms., Redbook, Mademoiselle, The New Yorker, Seventeen, the New York Times and the Washington Post. She has written several novels including A Bigamist's Daughter, At Weddings and Wakes, Child of My Heart, After This, and Someone. That Night was made into a film starring C. Thomas Howell and Juliette Lewis in 1992. She has won several awards including the National Book Award for fiction in 1998 for Charming Billy, a Whiting Writers Award, and the 2008 Corrington Award for Literature.

American Literature at the End of the Nineteenth Century
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)
Dsire'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
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
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: Po 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
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
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)
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
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 Glck (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
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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