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The Norton Anthology of American Literature: Volumes A & B

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Published in two volumes, the newest edition of THE NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE presents the work of 212 writers--38 newly included. From trickster tales of the Native American tradition to bestsellers of early women writers to postmodernism, this edition conveys the diversity of American literature from its origins to the present. Volume 2 covers the period of ...more
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Published February 4th 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1979)
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Molly Hansen
"The Book of Love" piece in the goodreads' newsletter reminded me of this wonderful anthology--which I purchased in a travel shop in Barcelona during the Summer of 1990. I anticipated that the various narratives found in the collection would teach me more about American history. But, what surprised and touched me was the unique blend of history, insight, support and love found in the letters between John and Abigail Adams. Although there are separate books that contain the Adams' letters alone, ...more
The sad thing about those literary survey classes is that you get to taste a little of everything within a respective time line. The first course of American Literature gives you a look at the writings of great people in history, such as Benjamin Franklin. The second course, starting in 1850, starts out well enough with Walt Whitman, but unfortunately ends with post-modernism. You get to read stupid crap about a big red balloon floating through Manhattan. You get to see literature get progressiv ...more
Favorites(from the piece I read for the class):
The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman pg 508
Lady Lazarus, Sylvia Plath pg 1478
Robert Frost's poems, which begin at pg 776, especially After Apple Picking, Desert Places, and pg 787.
Emily Dickinson's poems, beginning on 93. (There are more in Vol 1, including most of the ones I like best.)

I officially LOVE American literature.
A selection of American writing from the time the Puritans landed to the beginning of the Civil War. It begins with histories of the early settlements, personal diaries and journals of the settlers, and their sermons and poems. This is followed by the revolutionary writings by Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and Benjamin Franklin(including the text of the Declaration of Independence). The latter 2/3 of the book includes work by the great nineteenth century writers: the guilty pleasures of Edgar ...more
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Nina Baym, comp., The Norton Anthology of American Literature Volume A. (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2007).

Judul : The Norton Anthology of American Literature Volume A

Penulis/Editor : Nina Baym (General Editor)

Ringkasan : Buku ini memuat karya sastra Amerika berawal dari tahun 1700, berlanjut ke tahun 1700 hingga 1820. Adalah survei klasik mengenai literatur Amerika yang menghadirkan 212 penulis, sejak trickster tales dari tradisi Amerika pribumi hingga karya dengan penjualan terb
Okay, so not as good as the British versions, both because the British ones are three times as big and the early American writing isn't my favorite, but still enjoyable. I breezed through the first two sections, namely because I didn't have to read anything except a short biography of Anne Bradstreet according to GRE test prep material, and read only the third section in detail. I have always wanted to read Bartleby, the Scrivener and this book gave me that chance. I also enjoyed the excerpt fro ...more
I definitely like American Literature more than British Literature and this volume featured a lot of authors I hadn't even HEARD of before. It offered a fairly broad overview of the literature at the time, although, as my professor pointed out, it still could have featured more women writers/native american authors/other minorities, but it highlighted some of the best known authors and their work. I really enjoyed the class because my teacher made the material interesting and as a class we looke ...more
Adam K.
I should have reviewed parts as they came along. I spent most of the last 6 months reading this, so some parts are vague and I don't feel motivated to push myself toward writing higher literary criticism. I would just advise readers to pay good attention to some of the lesser known works of Jonathan Edwards compiled here, as they give an indication that his sermons and works were not all fire and brimstone but mostly filled with grace and pleasure toward God. In fact, from guys like John Piper I ...more
I'd forgotten about this until I came across a posting mentioning this anthology. I read it in my Freshman English Class in College, although at the time Michigan State had termed the course American Thought & Language.

I don't think that I ever read the entire anthology but many of the works were assigned reading back then.

It's probably symbolic in a way that MY copy of this book was lost in the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 I'd taken it to work to resolve some debate that came
These volumes were my required texts for American Literature II, and they definitely served as an interesting companion to the class. I actually loved almost every author I read from these books, and came out of reading them a lot more informed about the literature of the mid-to-late 19th century in the United States and how it affected later literature coming into modernism. These volumes were even so compelling as to make me resist selling them back to the student store from which I purchased ...more
I love the Norton books. Such good summaries of the various authors and time periods. My main problem with this particular book is which contemporary authors they have chosen to include and which to exclude, but I guess that's the fault of the canon and Norton is simply teaching to the trend.
Zena V.
This contains a lot of really important texts. I gave it a 4 because some of the inclusions were absolutely terrific (some were pretty mediocre). I have not read all of it, but enough to say its a great anthology that I will definitely want to pick through more of sometime in the future.
Amber Ellison
Of course my first review is a textbook. I love anthologies though. Typical biography followed by a few works format. No new invention of the wheel, but a good beginning representation of early American lit that wasn't ridiculously expensive as a textbook.
Liston Morris
This is an incredible collection of American literature that begins with the Puritan settlers. There is of course a good deal of work by the revolutionary fathers. Also, I never realized that the story of Rip Van Winkle was so political.
Totally indispensable guide to American Lit. Everything worth reading from the early years, from poetry, stories, essays and even the occasional novel. Weighs a tonne with tissue thin pages. Love this book.
Included wonderful authors but the editors got a bit carried away in their cutting-skewed some of the essays-most noticeable is Margaret Fuller's "The Great Lawsuit."
OF EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE STUDIED IN MY FIELD, THIS BY FAR IS MY FAVORITE NORTON OF ALL TIME!!! I could eat the pages! I love(d) studying this particular Norton!
Keyla Santiago
Great book for a short read...just pick an author and read their short story, poem or even novel. One of them has the Scarlet Letter included.
I haven't read every story, but a large portion and I found some really great works in there. Stories I hope to tell my children one day!
Another great package from Norton, although I prefer the British anthologies... largely because I prefer British literature.
I bought this book for a college class.

I read most of Volume A, and a about 22 stories in Volume B.
I didn't love this as much as English Lit, but still some amazing docs and reads.
Mick Cloverloft
I wrote essays on Jonathan Edwards and Ralph Waldo Emerson using this text.
Lots of good pieces of literature in this anthology and interesting comments.
Finished Plath, Miller and Dickinson, going through Whitman and Hawthorne now.
Huma Rashid
I don't like anthologies in general. This one's okay.
Jack Shoegazer
This is for my Survey of American Lit class.
This is one of the best american lit anthologies
Anne Bradstreet was a favorite in this.
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