The American Tradition in Literature: v. 1

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This anthology of American literature incorporates many new classic and contemporary offerings, with a special emphasis on women writers and writers from diverse backgrounds.

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Period introductions, headnotes, footnotes, and bibliographies have been extensively rewritten and updated to meet the needs of students and scholars in the twenty-first century. The presentation of the selections has been revised to clarify the rich connections between the literature and its social and historical contexts.
Representation of women and ethnic writers has been greatly expanded in all volumes.
A new supplement for adopters, 'Teaching Resources for The American Tradition in Literature' provides creative suggestions for teaching, a variety of class handouts, historical timelines, annotated bibliographies for all writers, thematic syllabi, video suggestions, tips on using the World Wide Web, and a large bank of writing assignments and exam questions.
The colored plates introduced in the eighth edition have been augmented with black and white reproductions interspersed throughout the anthology.
Representation of early American diversity has been expanded with descriptions of Native American life and of a famous quarrel with the Puritans taken from Thomas Morton's New English Canaan; with selections on politics and women's issues from the letters of John and Abigail Adams; with chapters on the author's experience as an American slave from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano; and with a new selection from Harriet Jacob's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
In response to increased interest in New England witchcraft, selections from Cotton Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World have been added to supplement the overview of the trials previously included in his 'Life of His Excellency Sir William Phips' from Magnalia Christi Americana.
Selections from Catherine Maria Sedgwick's Hope Leslie display a fine woman novelist wrestling with questions of Indian and European confrontation at the time of the Pequot War.
The Southwestern humorists Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, T. B. Thorpe, and George Washington Harris have been introduced as early exemplars of local color and American colloquial humor.
Margaret Fuller's 'Woman in the Nineteenth Century' has been introduced as an example of early feminist thought, and Rebecca Harding Davis's 'Life in the Iron Mills' as a solid contribution to early American realism.
The return of Melville's 'Benito Cereno' reintroduces a literary work and cultural document of considerable relevance.
Literary merit remains the criterion by which readings are selected.
A flexible organization, with Walt Whitman fully represented in both Volume I and Volume II, allows instructors to tailor the material to the design of their courses.
Period and author introductions make students aware of the connections between literature and social and intellectual history, and between literature and biography.
Numerous annotations accompany the selections to facilitate understanding, but interpretive footnotes are avoided, ensuring an unbiased presentation that gives students the freedom to develop their own critical perspectives.
A full-color art portfolio in each volume enriches students' understanding of the literature and the culture in which it was produced.

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George Perkins is Professor of English at Eastern Michigan University and an Associate Editor of Narrative. He holds degrees from Tufts and Duke universities and received his Ph.D. from Cornell. He has been a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Newcastle in Australia and has held a Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. In addition to Newcastle and Edinburgh, he has taught at Washington University, Baldwin-Wallace College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. His books include THE THEORY OF THE AMERICAN NOVEL, REALISTIC AMERICAN SHORT FICTION, AMERICAN POETIC THEORY, THE HARPER HANDBOOK TO LITERATURE (with Northrup Frye and Sheridan Baker), THE PRACTICAL IMAGINATION (with Frye, Baker and Barbara Perkins), BENET'S READER'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN LITERATURE (with Barbara Perkins), KALEIDOSCOPE: Stories of the American Experience (with Barbara Perkins), WOMEN'S WORK; An Anthology of American Literature (with Barbara Perkins and Robyn Warhol), and THE AMERICAN TRADITION IN LITERATURE, 9TH edition (with Barbara Perkins). Barbara Perkins is Adjunct Professor of English at the University of Toledo and Associate Editor of Narrative. Since its founding, she has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Baldwin-Wallace College, The University of Pennsylvania, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has contributed essays to several reference works including CONTEMPORARY NOVELISTS, GREAT WRITERS OF THE ENLGISH LANGUAGE, and THE WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA. Her books include CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN LITERATURE (with George Perkins), BENET'S READER'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN LITERATURE (with George Perkins and Phillip Leininger), KALEIDOSCIPE: Stories Of the American Experience (with George Perkins), WOMEN'S WORK: An Anthology of American Literature (with George Perkins and Robyn Warhol) and THE AMERICAN TRADITION IN LITERATURE, 9th edition (with George Perkins).

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