Review: Anthology of American Literature, Vol. 1

Anthology of American Literature, Volume I: Colonial Through RomanticAnthology of American Literature, Vol. 1
by George McMichael

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

American Literature, Vol. 1 / 0-13-083814-4

This American Literature anthology encompasses the Colonial to Romantic periods of American literature. Although the anthology starts out on a European note with Columbus' "Letter Describing His First Voyage" and fails to start the volume of American culture and writings prior to European discovery of the Americas, the volume does at least provide some American Indian myths and writings throughout the anthology. There are also female voices included (Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, Louisa May Alcott) and writings which represent the slavery voice (Olaudah Equiano, Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe). All told, this is an excellent anthology of early Colonial and United States literature, and I appreciate the effort made to include voices which are often underrepresented in anthologies.

- American Indian Legends
- Bay Psalm Book
- Bradford, William
- Bradstreet, Anne
- Byrd, William II
- Columbus, Christopher
- Edwards, Jonathan
- Mather, Cotton
- Morton, Thomas
- New England Primer
- Rowlandson, Mary
- Sewall, Samuel
- Smith, John
- Taylor, Edward
- Wigglesworth, Michael
- Williams, Roger
- Winthrop, John
- Woolman, John

- Bartram, William
- de Crevecoeur, Michel-Guillaume-Jean
- Equiano, Olaudah
- Federalist
- Franklin, Benjamin
- Freneau, Philip
- Jefferson, Thomas
- Paine, Thomas
- Wheatley, Phillis

- Alcott, Louisa May
- Bryant, William Cullen
- Cooper, James Fenimore
- Dickenson, Emily
- Douglass, Frederick
- Emerson, Ralph Waldo
- Hawthorne, Nathaniel
- Holmes, Oliver Wendell
- Irving, Washington
- Jacobs, Harriet Ann
- Lincoln, Abraham
- Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
- Lowell, James Russell
- Melville, Herman
- Poe, Edgar Allan
- Stowe, Harriet Beecher
- Thoreau, Henry David
- Thorpe, Thomas Bangs
- Whitman, Walt
- Whittier, John Greenleaf

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