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Concise Anthology of American Literature, 4/e

George McMichael, California State University, Hayward
Frederick Crews, University of California, Berkeley
J.C. Levenson, University of Virginia
Leo Marx, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David E. Smith, Hampshire College

Published December, 1997 by Prentice Hall Humanities/Social Science

Copyright 1998, 2388 pp.
ISBN 0-13-373291-6

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The Concise Anthology of American Literature, Fourth Edition contains selections from Volumes I and II of the Anthology of American Literature, Sixth Edition.

Carefully selected readings introduce the readers to America's literary heritage, from the colonial times of William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet to the contemporary era of Saul Bellow and Toni Morrison.


    Christopher Columbus (1451-1506).

      FROM The Diario of Christopher Columbus' First Voyage to America. Thursday 11 October 1942. 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 World Was 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 “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 Compact].” FROM “Chapter XXVIII [The Pequot War].” FROM “Chapter XXXVI [Winslow's Final Departure].”

    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. Contemplations. 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. In Reference to Her Children. In Memory of My Dear Grandchild. On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet. Upon the Burning of Our House.

    Edward Taylor (c. 1642-1729).

      Prologue. 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. Huswifery. The Ebb and Flow. A Fig for Thee Oh! Death.

    Cotton Mather (1663-1728).

      FROM The Wonders of the Invisible World. FROM Magnalia Christi Americana.

    Samuel Sewall (1652-1730).

      FROM The Diary of Samuel Sewall.

    Mary Rowlandson (c 1637-1711).

      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.

    John Woolman (1720-1772).

      FROM The Journal of John Woolman.

    Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758).

      Sarah Pierrepont. Personal Narrative. FROM Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. FROM Images or Shadows of Divine Things.

    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).

      [Silence Dogood, No. 4]. FROM Poor Richard Improved, 1758. An Address to the Public. 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 Wheately (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 the Universality and Other Attributes of the God of Nature.

    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. Poems. Orations.
    Washington Irving (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.

    Thomas Bangs Thorpe (1815-1878).

      The Big Bear of Arkansas.

    James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851).

      Preface to the Leather-Stocking Tales. FROM The Deerslayer. FROM The Pioneers. FROM The Prairie.

    William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878).

      Thanatopsis. 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. Sonnet — Silence. Lenore. The Raven. Annabel Lee. Ligeia. 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).

      Nature. The American Scholar. Self-Reliance. The Rhodora. Each and All. The Snow-Storm. Concord Hymn. The Problem. Ode. Hamatreya. Give All to Love. Days. Brahma.

    Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864).

      Young Goodman Brown. The Minister's Black Veil. The Birth-Mark.

    Herman Melville (1819-1891).

      Bartleby, the Scrivener. Billy Budd. The Portent. Shiloh. Malvern Hill. The College Colonel. The Æolian Harp. The Tuft of Kelp. The Maldive Shark. The Berg. Art. 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. Aftermath. Chaucer. The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls.”

    John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892).

      Massachusetts to Virginia. Ichabod. Skipper Ireson's Ride. Snow-Bound.

    Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894).

      Old Ironsides. The Chambered Nautilus. The Deacon's Masterpiece.

    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.

    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. Song of Myself. FROM Children of Adam. Out of the rolling ocean the crowd. Once I pass'd through a populous city. Facing west from California's shores. FROM Calamus. I saw in Louisiana a live-oak growing. I hear it was charged against me. Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. FROM Sea-Drift. Out of the cradle endlessly rocking. FROM By the Roadside. When I heard the learn'd astronomer. The Dalliance of the Eagles. FROM Drum-Taps.Beat! Beat! Drums! Cavalry Crossing a Ford. Vigil strange I kept on the field one night. A march in the ranks hard-prest, and the road unknown. A sight in camp in the daybreak gray and dim. The Wound-Dresser. FROM Memories of President Lincoln. When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd. FROM Autumn Rivulets. There was a child went forth. Passage to India. The Sleepers. FROM Whispers of Heavenly Death. A noiseless patient spider. FROM Noon to Starry Night. To a Locomotive in Winter. FROM Goody-Bye My Fancy. L. of G.'s Purport.

    Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

      49. I never lost as much but twice. 67. Success is counted sweetest. 125. For each ecstatic instant. 130. These are the days when Birds come back. 165. A Wounded Deer—leaps highest. 185. “Faith” is a fine invention. 210. The thought beneath so slight a film. 214. I taste a liquor never brewed. 216. Safe in their Alabaster Chambers. 241. I like a look of Agony. 249. Wild Nights — Wild Nights! 258. There's a certain Slant of light. 280. I felt a Funeral, in my Brain. 287. A Clock stopped. 303. The Soul selects her own Society. 328. A Bird came down the Walk. 338. I know that He exists. 341. After great pain, a formal feeling comes. 401. What Soft—Cherubic Creatures. 435. Much Madness is divinest Sense. 441. This is my letter to the World. 448. This was a Poet — It is That. 449. I died for Beauty —but was scarce. 465. I heard a Fly buzz — when I died. 510. It was not Death, for I stood up. 585. I like to see it lap the Miles. 640. I cannot live with You. 650. Pain—has an Element of Blank. 670. One need not be a Chamber — to be Haunted. 709. Publication —is the Auction. 712. Because I could not stop for Death. 745. Renunciation— is a piercing virtue. 754. My life had stood —a Loaded Gun. 764. Presentiment — is that long Shadow— on the Lawn. 976. Death is a Dialogue between. 986. A narrow Fellow in the Grass. 1052. I never saw a Moor. 1078. The Bustle in a House. 1129. Tell all the truth but tell it slant. 1207. He preached upon “Breadth” till it argued him narrow. 1463. A Route of Evanescence. 1545. The Bible is an antique Volume. 1624. Apparently with no surprise. 1670. My life closed twice before its close. 1755. To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee. 1760.
    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930).

      “A New England Nun.”

    Bret Harte (1836-1902).

      “Tennessee's Partner.”

    Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908).

      “How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox.” “Free Joe and the Rest of the World.”

    Mark Twain (1835-1910).

      “The Dandy Frightening the Squatter.” “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” “Whittier Birthday Dinner Speech.” Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    William Dean Howells (1837-1920).


    Henry James (1843-1916).

      “Daisy Miller: A Study.” “The Real Thing.” “The Jolly Corner.”

    Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914).

      “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”

    Kate Chopin (1851 - 1904).

      Nég Créol.

    Stephen Crane (1871 - 1900).

      “Black riders came from the sea.” “In the desert.” “A god in wrath.” “Supposing that I should have the courage.” “On the horizon the peaks assembled.” “Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind.” “A man said to the universe.” “A man adrift on a slim spar.” “A Mystery of Heroism.” “The Open Boat.”

    Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937).

      “The Other Two.”

    Theodore Dreiser (1871 - 1945).


    Henry Adams (1838 -1918). FROM The Education of Henry Adams, (Chapter XXV).
    Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935).

      “Richard Cory.” “Cliff Klingenhagen.” “Miniver Cheevy.” “How Annandale Went Out.” “Eros Turannos.” “Mr. Flood's Party.”

    Robert Frost (1874-1963).

      “Mending Wall.” “Home Burial.” “After Apple-Picking.” “The Road Not Taken.” “An Old Man's Winter Night.” “Birches.” “The Oven Bird.” “For Once, Then, Something.” “Fire and Ice.” “Design.” “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” “Desert Places.” “Neither out Far Nor in Deep.” “The Silken Tent.” “In Winter in the Woods Alone.”

    Carl Sandburg (1878-1967).

      “Chicago.” “The Harbor.” “Happiness.” “Graceland.” “Fog.” “Cool Tombs.” “Grass.”

    Willa Cather (1873-1947).

      “Neighbour Rosicky.”

    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946).

      FROM Three Lives. “The Gentle Lena.” “Susie Asado.” “Picasso.”

    Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941).

      “Death in the Woods.”

    Eugene O'Neill (1888 - 1953).

      The Hairy Ape.

    Ezra Pound (1885-1972).

      “Portrait d'une Femme.” “Salutation.” “A Pact.” “In a Station of the Metro.” “The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter.” FROM Hugh Selwyn Mauberley. “I [E. P. Ode pour I'Election de son Sepulchre].” “II [The age demanded an image].” “III [The tea-rose tea-grown, etc.].” “IV [These fought in any case].” “V [There died a myriad].” FROM The Cantos. “I [And then went down to the ship].” “XLV [With UsuraD].” “LXXXI [What thou lovest well remains].”

    T. S. Eliot (1888-1965).

      “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” “Preludes I - IV.” “Gerontion.” “The Waste Land.” “Notes on `The Waste Land'.” “Journey of the Magi.” “Burnt Norton.”

    E. E. Cummings (1894 - 1962).

      “[in Just-I].” “[O sweet spontaneous].” “[Buffalo's Bill defunct].” “[the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls].” “[nobody loses all the time].”“[”next to of course god America i"]." “[my sweet old etcetera].” “[r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r].” “[anyone lived in a pretty how town].” “[pity this busy monster, manunkind].” “[I(a].”

    Hart Crane (1899-1932).

      “Chaplinesque.” “At Melville's Tomb.” “Voyages I, II, III.” FROM The Bridge. “To Brooklyn Bridge.” “Powhatan's Daughter.” “The Harbor Dawn.” “Van Winkle.” “The River.” “Atlantis.”

    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955).

      “Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock.” “Sunday Morning.” “The Death of a Soldier.” “Anecdote of the Jar.” “A High-Toned Old Christian Woman.” “The Emperor of Ice-Cream.” “The Idea of Order at Key West.” “Of Modern Poetry.” “No Possum, No Sop, No Taters.” “Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour.” “The Plain Sense of Things.”

    William Carlos Williams (1883-1963).

      “Con Brio.” “Tract.” “Danse Russe.” “Queen-Ann's-Lace.” “Spring and All.” “To Elsie.” “The Red Wheelbarrow.” “At the Ball Game.” “This Is Just to Say.” “The Yachts.” “These.” “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.” “The Use of Force.”

    Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962).

      “Boats in a Fog.” “Hurt Hawks.” “Shine, Perishing Republic.” “The Purse-Seine.”

    Marianne Moore (1887-1972).

      “To a Steam Roller.” “The Fish.” “Poetry.” “The Student.” “In Distrust of Merits.”

    Countée Cullen (1903-1946).

      “Yet Do I Marvel.” “For a Lady I Know.” “From the Dark Tower.” “A Brown Girl Dead.” “Heritage.”

    John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974).

      “Here Lies a Lady.” “Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter.” “Blue Girls.” “Piazza Piece.”

    Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938).

      “Only the Dead Know Brooklyn.”

    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940).

      “The Rich Boy.” “Babylon Revisited.”

    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961).

      “The Killers.” “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.”

    William Faulkner (1897-1962).

      “That Evening Sun.” “A Rose for Emily.”

    Langston Hughes (1902-1967).

      “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” “The Weary Blues.” “Young Gal's Blues.” “I, Too.” “Note on Commercial Theatre.” “Dream Boogie.” “Harlem.” “Theme for English B.” “On the Road.”

    John Steinbeck (1902-1968).


    Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980).

      “Flowering Judas.”

    Eudora Welty (1909-).

      “Death of a Traveling Salesman.”

    Richard Wright (1908-1960).

      FROM Eight Men. “The Man Who Was Almost a Man.”

    Ralph Ellison (1914-1994).

      FROM Invisible Man. “Chapter I.”

    Arthur Miller.(1915-).

      Death of a Salesman.

    Theodore Roethke (1908-1963).

      “Open House.” “Cuttings.” “Cuttings (Later).” “Root Cellar.” “My Papa's Waltz.” “I Knew a Woman.” “In a Dark Time.”

    Randall Jarrell (1914-1965).

      “Losses.” “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner.” “A Girl in a Library.” “In Montecito.”

    Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979).

      “A Miracle for Breakfast.” “The Fish.” “Over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance.” “Visits to St. Elizabeths.” “Sestina.” “The Armadillo.” “Brazil, January 1, 1502.” “In the Waiting Room.”

    Robert Lowell (1917-1977).

      “The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket.” “Mr. Edwards and the Spider.” “Memories of West Street and Lepke.” “Skunk Hour.” “For the Union Dead.” “Waking Early Sunday Morning.” “Will Not Come Back.”

    Allen Ginsberg (1926-).

      “Howl.” “A Supermarket in California.” “America.” “American Change.” “Mugging.”

    Anne Sexton (1928-1974).

      “The Farmer's Wife.” “Ringing the Bells.” “All My Pretty Ones.” “And One for My Dame.” “The Addict.” “Us.” “Rowing.”

    Sylvia Plath (1932-1963).

      “All the Dead Dears.” “Two Views of a Cadaver Room.” “The Bee Meeting.” “Lady Lazarus.” “Ariel.” “The Applicant.” “Daddy.” “Fever 103°.”

    James Dickey (1923-1997).

      “The Lifeguard.” “Reincarnation (I).” “In the Mountain Tent.” “Cherrylog Road.” “The Shark's Parlor.”

    W. S. Merwin (1927-).

      “Grandfather in the Old Men's Home.” “The Drunk in the Furnace.” “Noah's Raven.” “The Dry Stone Mason.” “Fly.” “Strawberries.” “Direction.” “Thanks.” “The Morning Train.”

    James Baldwin (1924-1987).

      “Sonny's Blues.”

    Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964).

      “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”

    John Updike (1932-).


    Bernard Malamud (1914-1986).

      “The Magic Barrel.”

    Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) (1934-).

      “In Memory of Radio.” “An Agony. As Now.” “A Poem for Speculative Hipsters.” “A Poem Some People Will Have to Understand.” “Poem for Half-White College Students.”

    Rita Dove (1952-).

      “Kentucky, 1833.” “Adolescence - I.” “Adolescence - II.” “Adolescence - III.” “Banneker.” “Jiving.” “The Zepplin Factory.” “Under the Viaduct, 1932.” “Roast Possum.” “Weathering Out.” “Daystar.”

    Edward Albee (1928-).

      “The Zoo Story.”

    Saul Bellow (1915-).

      The Silver Bowl.

    Joyce Carol Oates (1938-).

      “How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Correction and Began My Life over Again.”

    Donald Barthelme (1931-1989).

      “The School.”

    Bobbie Ann Mason (1940-).


    Gloria Naylor (1950-).

      FROM The Women of Brewster Place. “Lucielia Louise Turner.”

    Raymond Carver (1938-1988).


    Sandra Cisneros (1954-).

      FROM Woman Hollering Creek. “Mericans.”

    Louise Erdrich (1954-).

      FROM Love Medicine. “The Red Convertible (1974).”

    Toni Morrison (1931-).

      FROM Sula. “1922.”

    Reference Works, Bibliographies.
    Criticism, Literary and Cultural History.
    Index to Authors, Titles, and First Lines.

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