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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume A: Colonial Period to 1800

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Unrivaled diversity and teachability have made The Heath Anthology a best-selling text since the publication of its first edition in 1989. In presenting a more inclusive canon of American literature, The Heath Anthology continues to balance the traditional, leading names in American literature with lesser-known writers and to build upon the anthology's other strengths: its ...more
Paperback, 5th Edition, 1387 pages
Published 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company (first published December 13th 2004)
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Terri Lynn
I have wallowed in this book, spending much time reading one piece after another, sometimes for hours. This volume covers American literature from Native America oral tradition to 1800 and is refreshing in that it includes lots of writings by women and people of color as well as the usual dead white men. There are interesting introductory articles that are full of interesting information.

I pitied poor Richard Frethorne who came to America as an indentured servant and wrote pathetic letters to
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Sunniva
Nov 12, 2014 Sunniva rated it liked it
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This anthology is really good if you are interested in an overview the literature from the colonial period. It contains excerpts from the most significant parts of literature written in that time period. If you are more interested in the history, I would not recommend this anthology, apart from as a source for extra material. The literature is highly subjective and not very organised in terms of creating an understanding of the historical events. Good book to have as a source of secondary readin ...more
Trina
Sep 09, 2008 Trina rated it really liked it
The Puritans were hilarious people. If only this was the stuff we had to read in high school; junior year of English would have been far more interesting. I think my favorite passage is "A Sad Case of Bestiality." It's important when reading this book, however, to have a computer close by with access to that dictionary that provides all of the previous meanings of words.
Robyn
Nov 01, 2012 Robyn rated it really liked it
I'll be honest. I read what was required for class and then skimmed. To be read more thoroughly over break. Love the variety and inclusion of women writers, as well as native tales and slave narratives. America was not solely the land of the male and white.
Colin Futrelle
Jan 01, 2008 Colin Futrelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in history
I learned a lot of history from this book which goes untaught in schools.
Cindy
Oct 30, 2007 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to anyone who has to teach American Literature survey I

Get the instructor's guide if possible. Never had one before. It helps. Some.
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