American Literature, Vol. 2: Realism to the Present
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American Literature, Vol. 2: Realism to the Present

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For courses in American Literary Survey. This leading, two-volume anthology represents America's literary heritage from the colonial times of William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet to the contemporary era of Saul Bellow and Alice Walker. This anthology is best known for its solid headnotes and introductions as well as a balance approach to selections.
Paperback, 2400 pages
Published October 31st 2003 by Prentice Hall (first published 1974)
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Ana Mardoll
American Literature, Vol. 2 / 0-13-083815-2

This anthology completely reversed the long-standing impression formed in my childhood that American literature is intrinsically boring. This volume includes hundreds of wonderful examples of superb American literature, particularly and especially from minority voices that I had never before been exposed to. The short stories provided by female and African American authors are absolutely wonderful, and they provide an important contrast to the "traditio...more
Textbook. Realism to the present. I remember the overview of different movements was good, as I never really saw American Literature as a whole before. I'd like to read more on the topic...someday! At 2223 pages in paperback, this one is VERY hard to handle physically -- won't lay flat, but can't be held up. Oh, to have had e-books in college!
Mar 12, 2013 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone into American Literature
I will prolly never read this whole thing. I love having it around though as a sort of outline of American lit. It helps to be able to wrap your head around the movements and how they fit together.
One of the finest collections of short story, novella, poetry and other American literature forms....I have read and reread and reread this book over the last thirty years....Outstanding!!!
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