A History of American Literature (2nd Edition) by Richard Gray

By Richard Gray

Up to date all through and with a lot new fabric, A heritage of yankee Literature, moment Edition, is the main up to date and entire survey on hand of the myriad varieties of American Literature from pre-Columbian instances to the current.

* the main complete and updated background of yank literature on hand today

* Covers fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction, in addition to different kinds of literature together with folktale, spirituals, the detective tale, the mystery, and technology fiction

* Explores the plural personality of yankee literature, together with the contributions made through African American, local American, Hispanic and Asian American writers

* Considers how our realizing of yankee literature has replaced during the last thirty years

* Situates American literature within the contexts of yank historical past, politics and society

* deals a useful creation to American literature for college students in any respect degrees, educational and basic readers

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Or, if they were simply trying to sell the idea of colonization to businessmen or aristocratic investors, they at least claimed to believe in that dream. ” It unfolded visions of lost innocence and innocence regained, past perfection and future promise. That writer, the author of this not untypical piece of nostalgic utopianism, was one Edward Williams (fl. 1650). He was writing in 1650, in one of the pamphlets (“Virginia, more especially the South Part thereof Richly and Truly Valued”) supporting the colonizing enterprises of the London Company in what was then known as Virginia.

It became commonplace to “prove” the providential nature of the place by such things as the miraculous escape of two early English explorers, called Gates and Somers, from shipwreck and their subsequent discovery of Bermuda. It became equally commonplace to describe in detail the fertility and beauty of the countryside, as in this passage from “Virginia … Richly and Truly Valued” by Williams, suggesting how the supposed virginity of the new country was accompanied by a pleasing ripeness: Nor is the present wilderness of it without a particular beauty, being all over a natural Grove of Oaks, Pines, Cedars, Cypress, Mulberry, Chestnut, Laurel, Sassafras, Cherry, Plumtree, and Vines, all of so delectable an aspect, that the melancholiest eye in the World cannot look upon it without contentment or admiration.

They are mixed New World beings now; and their tale, finally, is about neither conquest nor captivity but about the making of Americans. Anglo-American Encounters Into that making, from its earliest stages, went not only the Spanish and the Portuguese, the French and the Native Americans, but also the English and their immediate neighbors in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. From the beginning, the story of America is a story neither of a monolith nor a melting pot but a mosaic: a multicultural environment in which individuals negotiate an identity for themselves between the different traditions they encounter.

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