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For courses in American Literary Survey. This leading, two-volume anthology represents America's literary heritage from the colonial times of William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet to the contemporary era of Saul Bellow and Alice Walker. This anthology, known for its solid headnotes and introductions, now features a way to customize. Volume I covers Christopher Columbus through Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.

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For nearly three decades, students and instructors have complemented their introductory American Literature studies with Anthology of American Literature. The McMichael anthology has secured its reputation with a solid core of writers and works and has enhanced that reputation with quality ancillaries, including the Pick-a-Penguin Program, American Literature Database, text specific Companion Website™, and Research Navigator™. Because it allows such flexibility in meeting individual course needs, Anthology of American Literature is truly a complete American Literature resource.

In revising Volume II of this eighth edition, we have continued to follow the principles of selection that have made the previous editions so successful:

  • We have selected works primarily for their literary significance.
  • We have represented authors by offering extensive samplings of their works.
  • We have included, where possible, long works in their entirety.
  • We have provided clear, concise, and informative introductions and headnotes that are appropriate for student readers.
  • We have explained unfamiliar terms and allusions through in-text references and footnotes.
  • We have presented author bibliographies that are selective and current.

Authors and works in the anthology follow a generally chronological order. In deciding on a standard text from among the various editions available for selections, we have chosen, whenever possible, that edition most respected by modern scholars. The text reprinted is identified at the end of the headnote for each author. Spelling and punctuation are, in some instances, regularized and modernized to correct obvious errors and to suit the reader's convenience. An editorial excision of one paragraph is indicated by an ellipsis (...); excisions of a paragraph or more are indicated by a centered ellipsis:

New to the Eighth Edition

Building on the anthology's solid foundation, we were able to accommodate requests for enhancements to the content:

  • We have divided the volume into three periods that cover the latter half of the nineteenth century through to the present.
  • We have included new headnotes and selections for W. E. B. Du Bois, Susan Glaspell, Gary Snyder, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Nikki Giovanni, Audre Lorde, Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen Dunn, Jamaica Kincaid, Julia Alvarez, and Billy Collins.
  • We have revised or updated many other headnotes, including those for Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Robert Frost, Willa Cather, Ezra Pound, T S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Rita Dove, and Leslie Marmon Silko.

Anthology of American Literature also offers design features that make it more accessible to students. The typeface for the headnotes and the literary selections is easy to read. Updated chronological charts (formerly placed at the end of the anthology and now integrated in the three section introductions) offer students at-a-glance information about authors' lives and works, as well as key historical, political, technological, and cultural contexts.

A Complete American Literature Resource

How does the McMichael Anthology of American Literature offer more of what students and instructors want for their American Literature courses?

Pick-a-Penguin Program

Prentice Hall is proud to announce an agreement with Penguin Putnam that allows us to package—at substantial discounts—the most popular American Literature trade paperbacks with the McMichael Anthology of American Literature. Ask your Prentice Hall sales representative for details and for a listing of available American Literature titles.

American Literature Database

Now instructors can customize course material with the Pearson Custom Library of American Literature. A database featuring more than 1,700 literary works, the Pearson Custom Library of American Literature gives instructors the flexibility to choose other selections they might want to use along with the McMichael anthology. For details, visit http://www.pearsoncustom.com/database/americanlit, or contact your Prentice Hall sales representative.

American Literature Online

The expanded Companion Website™ at www.prenhall.com/mcmichael offers an interactive experience for students and instructors. Weblinks, interactive timelines, author profiles, essay questions, and general resources all make the McMichael Website an excellent resource for in-class discussions and out-of-class research.

Research Navigator™

Research Navigator™ is an ideal tool for instructors and students who need more resources for research. Available free for qualified adopters, Research Navigator TM offers coverage of the research writing process with three databases of source material, including EBSCO's ContentSelect™, The New York Times Search-by-Subject Archive, and a Literature Link Library. Take a tour on the Web at http://www.researchnavigator.com.

To obtain other supplements, including the Instructor's Manual, please contact your Prentice Hall sales representative.

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