American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s

Authors: Adam Augustyn

American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s (The Britannica Guide to World Literature)

  • Library Binding: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Rosen Education Service (August 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615301240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615301249

The fi rst two centuries of American history saw the

emergence of a national literature that soon rivaled

those of much older countries. From Anne Bradstreet’s

conventional religious poems to Herman Melville’s sprawl-

ing and lyrical  Moby Dick , the writings of Americans were

extremely diverse and occasionally of surpassingly high

quality. The dissenting religious opinions that forced early

colonists to strike out for the new continent were fol-

lowed by the radical democratic political ideas of the 18th

century, leading to Americans defi ning themselves by their

difference from all other world citizens. That difference

became the crucible in which a distinct national character

was eventually forged. And as authors’ nationalities shifted

from that of the colonizing English to “native” Americans,

writers and works became increasingly unifi ed by this

growing sense of national identity. However, by the mid-

dle of the 19th century, that identity would soon prove to

be signifi cantly less cohesive than many presented it to be.

Chapter 1: Early American
Literature  21
John Smith  25
The State of Verse 25
Michael Wigglesworth 26
Bay Psalm Book  29
The Story of Mary
Rowlandson  29

Chapter 2: The 18th Century

Chapter 3: Early 19th-Century Literature

Chapter 4: The American Renaissance

American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s (The Britannica Guide to World Literature) (Library Binding)
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