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American Literature, Volume II (Penguin Academics Series), 2nd Edition

By William E. Cain, Alice McDermott, Lance E Newman, Hilary E. Wyss, Hillary E Wyss

Published by Longman

Published Date: Oct 8, 2013

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As part of the Penguin Academics series, American Literature Volume 2, offers a wide range of selections (with minimal editorial apparatus) at an affordable price.

  

This new edition of American Literature presents an exciting opportunity for readers. Many of the pieces will be familiar to readers of American literature, but we have also taken steps to include selections that are not as well known and just as compelling.  Making this new edition even more attractive are six thematic clusters of excerpts from documents illustrating key trends in American social and literary history; a richer selection of images; and a new page design to enhance the reading experience.

Table of Contents

Part One: American Literature at the End of the Nineteenth

                     Century

To the Reader

 

Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) (1835-1910)

        Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

        Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses

 

        Context and Response: Artemus Ward, from Artemus Ward (His Travels) Among the Mormons

 

Bret Harte (1836-1902)

        The Outcasts of Poker Flat

 

W. D. Howells (1837-1920)

        Editha

 

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?)

        Chickamauga

        The Devil’s Dictionary: selections

 

        Context and Response: The poetry of Dorothy Parker

 

William James (1842-1910)

        Pragmatism

 

Henry James (1843-1916)

        The Pupil

 

Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908)

        The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story

         

Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)

        The New Colossus

 

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)

        A White Heron

 

Kate Chopin (1850-1904)

        Désirée’s Baby 

        The Storm

 

Mary E Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930)

        The Revolt of “Mother”

 

Booker T. Washington (1856?-1915).

        Up From Slavery: Chapter XIV. The Atlanta Exposition Address

 

        Context and Response: Olaudah Equiano, Excerpt from Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah

            Equiano; or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself

           

Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932)

        The Sheriff’s Children

 

Hamlin Garland (1860-1940)

        Under the Lion’s Paw

 

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

        The Yellow Wall-paper

 

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

        The Other Two

 

Sui Sin Far (Edith Maude Eaton) (1865-1914) 

        Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian

 

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963).

        The Souls of Black Folk: Chapter III. Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others

 

Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)

        Old Rogaum and His Theresa

         

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

        An Experiment in Misery

        An Episode of War

        War Is Kind

 

Jack London (1876-1916)

        To Build a Fire

 

Gallery 1: The South Since Reconstruction

Frederick Douglass: The Future of the Negro

George Washington Cable: The Freedman’s Case in Equity (excerpt)

Henry W. Grady: The New South (excerpt)

U.S. Supreme Court: Plessy v. Ferguson (excerpt)

Pauli Murray: Proud Shoes (excerpt)

Marion Post Wolcott, Entrance to a Movie House, Mississippi Delta

H. L. Mencken: The Sahara of the Bozart (excerpt)

Lizzie Woodworth Reese: A War Memory (1865)

Donald Davidson: A Mirror for Artists (excerpt)

Arthur Rothstein, Southern Movie Theater

 

 

 

Part Two: Modern American Literature

To the Reader

 

Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950)

        Lucinda Matlock

        Davis Matlock

 

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

        Richard Cory

        Miniver Cheevy

        Eros Turannos

 

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

        Lift Every Voice and Sing

        O Black and Unknown Bards

        Image: James Weldon Johnson

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)  

        Sympathy

        We Wear the Mask

 

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

        Paul’s Case

 

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

        The Gentle Lena

 

Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

        The Captured Goddess

        Venus Transiens

        Madonna of the Evening Flowers

        September, 1918

        New Heavens for Old

        The Taxi

 

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

        The Pasture

        Mending Wall

        Home Burial

        After Apple-Picking

        The Wood-Pile

        The Road Not Taken

        Birches

        “Out, Out–“

        Fire and Ice

        Nothing Gold Can Stay

        Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

        Desert Places

        Design

        Neither out Far nor in Deep

 

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

        Winesburg, Ohio: Hands

        Image: Sherwood Anderson

 

Susan Glaspell (1876-1948)

        Trifles

 

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

        Chicago

 

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

        The Snow Man

        Sunday Morning

        Anecdote of the Jar

        Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

        The Death of a Soldier

        The Idea of Order at Key West

        Of Modern Poetry

        The Plain Sense of Things

 

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

        The Young Housewife

        Portrait of a Lady

        Spring and All

        To Elsie

        The Red Wheelbarrow

        Death

        This Is Just to Say

        The Dance (“In Brueghel's great picture, The Kermess”)

        Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

 

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

        Portrait d’une Femme

        A Pact

        In a Station of the Metro

        The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter

        The Cantos: I (“And then went down to the ship”)

 

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) (1886-1961)

        Oread

        Leda

        Helen

 

Marianne Moore (1887-1972)

        Poetry

        A Grave

        To a Snail

 

John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974)

        Piazza Piece

 

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

        The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

        The Waste Land

        Gerontion

        The Hollow Men

        Four Quartets: Burnt Norton

 

Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953)

        The Emperor Jones

 

Claude McKay (1889-1948)

        If We Must Die

        America

 

Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980)

        Flowering Judas

 

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)

        The Gilded Six-Bits

 

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

        Recuerdo

        I Think I Should Have Loved You Presently

        [I, being born a woman]

        Apostrophe to Man

        I Too beneath Your Moon, Almighty Sex

        Spring

        I Forgot for a Moment

 

Context and Response: The poetry of Lisel Mueller

 

Archibald Macleish (1892-1982)

        Ars Poetica

 

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

        General Review of the Sex Situation.

 

e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

        in Just--

        Buffalo Bill’s

        the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls.

        “next to of course god america I”

        if there are any heavens my mother will (all by herself) have

        somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond

        anyone lived in a pretty how town

 

Jean Toomer (1894-1967)

        Georgia Dusk

        Fern

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

        Babylon Revisited

 

Louise Bogan (1897-1970)

        Medusa

 

William Faulkner (1897-1962)

        That Evening Sun

 

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

        The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

 

        Context and Response: Pío Baroja, excerpt from The Chasm

 

Hart Crane (1899-1932)

        At Melville's Tomb

        Voyages: I (“Above the fresh ruffles of the surf”)

        III (“Infinite consanguinity it bears-”)

        V (“Meticulous, past midnight in clear rime”)

        The Bridge: Poem: To Brooklyn Bridge

 

Allen Tate (1899-1979)

        Ode to the Confederate Dead

 

Sterling A. Brown (1901-1989)

        He Was a Man

        Break of Day

        Bitter Fruit of the Tree

 

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

        The Negro Speaks of Rivers

        Mother to Son

        The Weary Blues

        The South

        Ruby Brown

        Let America Be America Again

        Poet to Patron

        Ballad of the Landlord

        Too Blue

        Theme for English B

        Poet to Bigot

        I, Too

 

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)

        Yet Do I Marvel

        Incident

 

Richard Wright (1908-1960)

        Long Black Song

        Image: Negro Tenant Farmer

 

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980)

        Effort at Speech Between Two People

        Poem

 

Gallery 2: American Writers and the Great Depression

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address (excerpt)

Mary Heaton Vorse, School for Bums (excerpt)

Anonymous, Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt

Robert Johnson, Cross Road Blues

Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again (excerpt)

Alfred Kazin, Starting Out in the Thirties (excerpt)

Agnes Smedley, China Fights Back (excerpt)

Kenneth Fearing, Devil’s Dream

John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (excerpt)

Dorothea Lange, Mexican Field Worker’s Home, California

Woody Guthrie, This Land Is Your Land

Dorothea Lange, The Mochida Family

 

 

 

Part Three: American Prose Since 1945

To the Reader

 

Eudora Welty (1909-2001)

        A Worn Path

                  

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)

        Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

 

        Context and Response: Carson McCullers, from The Member of the Wedding

 

John Cheever (1912-1982)

        The Sorrows of Gin

 

Ralph Ellison (1914-1994)

        Battle Royal

 

Grace Paley (1922-2007)

        The Loudest Voice

 

James Baldwin (1924-1987)

        Notes of a Native Son

 

Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964)

        Revelation

 

Toni Morrison (b. 1931)

        Recitatif

 

John Updike (1932-2009)

        Separating

 

Philip Roth (b. 1933)

        Defender of the Faith

 

        Context and Response: Saul Bellow, excerpt from Herzog

 

Amiri Baraka (b. 1934)

        Dutchman

 

Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)

        Where are you going, where have you been?

 

Raymond Carver (1938-1988)

        Cathedral

 

Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995)

        The Lesson

 

Terrance McNally (b. 1939)

        Andre’s Mother

 

Alice Walker (b. 1944)

        Everyday Use

 

Tim O’Brien (b. 1946)

        The Things They Carried

 

Mark Helprin (b. 1947)

        White Gardens

 

Leslie Marmon Silko (b. 1948)

        Lullaby

 

Edward P. Jones (b. 1951)

        Blindsided

 

Amy Tan (b. 1952)

        Two Kinds

 

Louise Erdrich (b. 1954)

        The Red Convertible

 

David Henry Hwang (b. 1957)

        The Sound of a Voice

 

Jhumpa Lahiri (b. 1967)

        Hell-Heaven

 

Gallery 3: Post-Modernism

Carl Andre, Equivalent VII; Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall; Michael Heizer, Levitated Mass

Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism and the Consumer Society (excerpt)

Sherrie Levine, After Walker Evans: 4; Batman and the Joker; Madonna at Super Bowl XLVI

Jonathan Franzen, On Rainer Maria Rilke

Cindy Sherman, Untitled

Diane Williams, Human Being

Charles Bernstein, thinking i think i think

Mitch Stevens, OMG! I just got born!

Alan Kirby, The Death of Postmodernism and Beyond (excerpt)

Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Cans; Mark Tansey, The Innocent Eye

Test; Jeff Koons, New Hoover Convertibles

 

Part Four: American Poetry Since World War II

To the Reader

 

Robert Penn Warren (1905—1989)

        Bearded Oaks

        Mortal Limit

 

Theodore Roethke (1908—1963)

        Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze

        My Papa’s Waltz

        The Waking

        Night Crow

        I Knew a Woman

        In a Dark Time

 

Charles Olson (1910—1970)

        Maximus, to Himself

                         

Elizabeth Bishop (1911—1979)

        The Fish

        Sestina

        In the Waiting Room

        The Moose

        One Art

 

Robert Hayden (1913—1980)

        Homage to the Empress of the Blues

        Those Winter Sundays

        Frederick Douglass   

 

William Stafford (1914-1993)

        Traveling Through the Dark

 

Randall Jarrell (1914—1965)              

        The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

        The Woman at the Washington Zoo

 

John Berryman (1914—1972)

        Dream Songs (excerpts)

        14 ("Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so")

        29 ("There sat down, once, a thing on Henry’s heart")

        40 ("I’m scared a lonely. Never see my son")

        45 ("He stared at ruin. Ruin stared straight back")

        385 ("My daughter’s heavier. Light leaves are flying")

 

Robert Lowell (1917—1977)

        Mr. Edwards and the Spider

        Memories of West Street and Lepke

        Skunk Hour

        Night Sweat

        For the Union Dead

 

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

        We Real Cool

        Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919)

        Constantly Risking Absurdity

 

Robert Duncan (1919—1988)

        Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow

        Interrupted Forms

 

Richard Wilbur (b. 1921)

        Years-End

        Love Calls Us to the Things of This World

 

James Dickey (1923-1997)

        Drowning with Others

        The Heaven of Animals

 

Mitsuye Yamada (b. 1923)

        To the Lady

 

Denise Levertov (1923-1997)

        In Mind

        September 1961

        What Were They Like

        Zeroing In

 

A. R. Ammons (1926-2001)

        Corsons Inlet

               

James Merrill (1926—1995)

        The Broken Home 

 

Robert Creeley (1926-2005)

        For Love

        The Messengers

 

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

        Howl

 

Frank O’Hara (1926—1966)

        To The Harbormaster

        The Day Lady Died

 

Galway Kinnell (b. 1927)

        The Porcupine

 

John Ashbery (b. 1927)

        Illustration

        The Lament Upon the Waters

 

W. S. Merwin (b. 1927)

        For the Anniversary of My Death

        For a Coming Extinction

     

James Wright (1927—1980)

        Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

        To the Evening Star: Central Minnesota

        A Blessing

             

Philip Levine (b. 1928)

        Starlight

               

Anne Sexton (1928—1974)

        The Truth the Dead Know

        Sylvia’s Death

 

Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

        Storm Warnings

        Diving into the Wreck

 

Gary Snyder (b. 1930)

        Riprap

        August on Sourdough, A Visit from Dick Brewer

        Ripples on the Surface

 

Sylvia Plath (1932—1963)

        Morning Song

        Lady Lazarus

        Ariel

        Daddy

 

Linda Pastan  (b. 1932)

        Marks

 

Amiri Baraka (b. 1934)

        A Poem for Black Hearts

 

Mary Oliver (b. 1935)

        The Black Snake

        Hawk

 

Marge Piercy (b. 1936)

        A Work of Artifice

 

Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)

        In the inner city

             

Michael S. Harper (b. 1938)              

        Dear John, Dear Coltrane

        Martin’s Blues

        “Bird Lives”: Charles Parker in St. Louis

 

Frank Bidart (b. 1939)  

        Self-Portrait, 1969

 

Billy Collins (b. 1941)

        Sonnet

        The Names

 

Gloria Anzaldua (1942-2004)

        To live in the Borderlands means you

 

Joseph Bruchac III (b. 1942)

        Ellis Island

 

Sharon Olds (b. 1942)

        Rites of Passage

        The Victims

 

Dave Smith (b. 1942)

        Tide Pools

 

Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943)

        Nikki-Rosa

 

Louise Glück (b. 1943)

        The Drowned Children

        Gretel in Darkness

 

Kay Ryan (b. 1945) 

        A Certain Kind of Eden

        Home to Roost

 

Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947)

        Facing  It

 

C. D. Wright (b. 1949)

        Tours

        Personals

 

Jorie Graham (b. 1950)

        Sea-Blue Aubade

 

Joy Harjo (b. 1951)

        Call It Fear

        White Bear

        Eagle Poem

 

Andrew Hudgins (b. 1951)

        Death and Doom

 

Jimmy Santiago Baca (b. 1952)

        Cloudy Day

 

Rita Dove (b. 1952)

        Daystar

        Adolescence–I

        Adolescence–II

        Straw Hat

        Missing

 

Judith Ortiz Cofer (b. 1952)

        My Father in the Navy

 

Alberto Rios (b. 1952)

        Wet Camp

        Advice to a First Cousin

 

Mark Doty (b. 1953)

        Golden Retrievals

        At the Gym

 

Aurora Levins Morales (b. 1954)

        Child of the Americas

 

Lorna Dee Cervantes (b. 1954)

        Refugee Ship

              

Cathy Song (b. 1955)

        The White Porch

        Chinatown

        Heaven

 

Li-Young Lee (b. 1957)

        The Gift

        Mnemonic

        This Room and Everything in It

 

Martin Espada (b. 1957)

        Bully

 

Sherman Alexie (b. 1966)                  

        On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City

 

Gallery 4: Americas Sings the Blues: A Collection of Songs

Child with Tambourine Accompanying Guitarist, 1930s

W. C. Handy: St. Louis Blues

Bessie Smith: Thinking Blues

Robert Johnson: Walkin’ Blues

W.H. Auden: Funeral Blues

Johnny Cash: Folsom Prison Blues

Folsom State Prison, cell door, 1960s

Merle Haggard: Working Man Blues

Linda Pastan: Mini Blues

Allen Ginsberg: Father Death Blues

Charles Wright: Laguna Blues

Marilyn Chin: We Are Americans Now, We Live in the Tundra

Sherman Alexie: Reservation Blues

Indian photographing tourist photographing Indians, Crow Fair, Montana, 1991

Arrested Development: Tennessee

 

Chronology

Credits           

Index 

Map of the United States 

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