The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Late nineteenth century, 1865-1910

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 838 pages
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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 apparatus and its ancillaries.

Available in five volumes for greater flexibility, the Fifth Edition offers thematic clusters to stimulate classroom discussions and to show the treatment of important topics across the genres. The indispensable web site includes revised timelines, a multimedia gallery to support thematic clusters, and a searchable Instructor's Guide.

  • The thematic cluster, "Literacy, Literature, and Democracy in Postbellum America," shows the important role written literacy and literature played in Americans' participation in the nation's culture and politics.
  • Selections by authors such as Mark Twain, Charles Wadell Chesnutt, Henry James, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins call attention to the range of thinking during this era about the literary arts.
  • Kate Chopin's The Awakening is presented in full length.

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

User Review  - Robyn - Goodreads

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. Read full review

Review: The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume 2

User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

I love this anthology and will never part with it. If I could bring only one book to a deserted desert island, this would be it! Read full review


Publishing and Writing
Circumstances and Literary Achievements of Native Americans
Mary Antin 18811949

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About the author (2006)

Paul Lauter is the Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College. He has served as president of the American Studies Association and is a major figure in the revision of the American literary canon.