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Concise Anthology of American Literature
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  • Concise Anthology of American Literature
  • Written by author George McMichael
  • Published by Pearson Prentice Hall, August 2006
  • This book contains selections from Volumes I and II of the Anthology of American Literature, Seventh Edition. Carefully selected works introduce readers to America's literary heritage, from the colonial times of William Bradford and Ann
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Christopher Columbus (1451—1506).


Columbus's Letter Describing His First Voyage.

 FROM The Diario of Christopher Columbus's First Voyage to America:

Thursday 11 October 1492.

Sunday 14 October 1492.


Captain John Smith (1580—1631).


FROM The General History of Virginia

The Third Book.

Powhatan's Discourse of Peace and War.


Native American Voices I.


Myths and Tales.

How the World Began.

How the WorldWas 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).


FROM Of Plymouth Plantation.

FROM Bradford on the Rise of Protestantism

FROM Chapter III, Of Their Settling in Holland, and Their Manner of Living. . .

FROM Chapter IV, Showing the Reasons and Causes of Their Removal.

FROM Chapter VII, Of Their Departure from Leyden. . .

FROM Chapter IX, Of Their Voyage. . .

FROM Chapter X, Showing How They Sought Out a Place of Habitation. . 

FROM Chapter XI [The Mayflower Contract].

FROM Chapter XII [Narragansett Threat].

FROM Chapter XIV [Ending of the 'Common Course . . . ]

FROM Chapter XXVIII [War with the Pequots].

FROM Chapter XXXVI [Winslow Abandons the Plymouth Colony].


John Winthrop (1588—1649).


FROM The Journal of John Winthrop.


The Bay Psalm Book (1640).


FROM The Bay Psalm Book.


The New England Primer (c. 1683).


FROM The New England Primer.


Anne Bradstreet (1612—1672).


The Prologue.


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 Absent Upon Public Employment

In Reference to Her Children, 23 June, 1659

In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet

On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet. . .

[On Deliverance] from Another Sore Fit.

Upon the Burning of our House, July 10, 1666

As Weary Pilgrim.

FROM Meditations Divine and Moral.


Edward Taylor (c. 1642—1729).



FROM Preparatory Meditations.

The Reflexion.

Meditation 6 (First Series).

Meditation 8 (First Series).

Meditation 38 (First Series).

Meditation 39 (First Series).

Meditation 150 (Second Series).

FROM God's Determinations.

The Preface.

The Joy of Church Fellowship Rightly Attended.

Upon a Spider Catching a Fly.


The Ebb and Flow.

A Fig for Thee Oh! Death.


Samuel Sewall (1652—1730).


FROM The Diary of Samuel Sewall.


Mary Rowlandson (c 1637—1711).


FROM A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.


William Byrd II (1674—1744).


FROM The Secret Diary of William Byrd of Westover, 1709-1712.


Jonathan Edwards (1703—1758).


Sarah Pierrepont.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.

FROM Images or Shadows of Divine Things.


Benjamin Franklin (1706—1790).


FROM The Autobiography.


Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crévecoeur (1735—1813).


FROM Letters from an American Farmer.

Letter III (What Is an American?).

Letter IX (Description of Charleston . . .).


Thomas Paine (1737—1809).


FROM Common Sense.

FROM The American Crisis.


Thomas Jefferson (1743—1826).


The Declaration of Independence.

FROM Notes on the State of Virginia.

FROM Query V: Cascades.

FROM Query VI: Productions Mineral, Vegetable and Animal.

FROM Query XVII: Religion.

FROM Query XVIII: Manners.

FROM Query XIX: Manufactures.

To James Madison.

To John Adams.


The Federalist (1787—1788).


The Federalist No.10.

The Federalist No.51.


Phillis Wheatley (1754?—1784).


On Virtue.

To the University of Cambridge, in New England.

On Being Brought from Africa to America.

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

On the Universality and Other Attributes of the God of Nature.


Hannah Webster Foster (1758-1840)


FROM The Coquette, "Letters LXV-LXXIV [the seduction, decline, and death of Eliza Wharton]"


William Bartram (1739-1823)

FROM Travels through North and South Carolina. . .


Native American Voices II.


FROM A Son of the Forest.

FROM Crashing Thunder. . .

FROM Story of the Indian.

FROM Pawnee Hero Stories. Legend of the Snake Order….

When the Coyote Married the Maiden.

The Creation of the Horse.




WashingtonIrving (1783—1859).


FROM A History of New York, by Diedrich Knickerbocker.

FROM The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

The Author's Account of Himself.

Rip Van Winkle.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.


James Fenimore Cooper (1789—1851).


Preface to the Leather-Stocking Tales.

FROM The Deerslayer.

FROM The Pioneers.


William Cullen Bryant (1794—1878).



To a Waterfowl.

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.

The City in the Sea.



The Raven.

Annabel Lee


The Fall of the House of Usher.

The Purloined Letter.

FROM "Twice-Told Tales, by Nathaniel Hawthorne" [A Review].

The Philosophy of Composition.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803—1882).



The American Scholar.


The Rhodora.

Each and All.

Concord Hymn.

The Problem.



Give All to Love.




Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804—1864).


Young Goodman Brown.

The Minister's Black Veil.

The Birth-Mark.


Herman Melville (1819—1891).


Bartleby, the Scrivener.

Benito Cereno.

The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids.

The Portent.


Malvern Hill.

The College Colonel.

The Æolian Harp.

The Tuft of Kelp.

The Maldive Shark.

The Berg.


Greek Architecture.


Henry David Thoreau (1817—1862).


Civil Disobedience.

FROM Walden.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807—1882).


A Psalm of Life.

The Arsenal at Springfield.

The Jewish Cemetery at Newport.

My Lost Youth.


The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls.


James Russell Lowell (1819—1891).


To the Dandelion.

FROM The Biglow Papers, First Series.

FROM A Fable for Critics.


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811—1896).


FROM Uncle Tom's Cabin.


Frederick Douglass (1817?—1895).


FROM The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.


Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813—1897).


FROM Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.


Abraham Lincoln (1809—1865).


To Horace Greeley.

Gettysburg Address.

Second Inaugural Address.


Walt Whitman (1819—1892).


Preface to the 1855 Edition of Leaves of Grass.

FROM Inscriptions.

One's-Self I Sing.

When I read the book.

Song of Myself.









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