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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Authors Listed by Name
A - B


Adams, Abigail
Abigail Adams's Diary of Her Return Voyage to America, March 30-May 1, 1788 (1788) [Published in 1961]
Chapter VI: The Virgin of Chartres (1904)
Chapter XXV: The Dynamo and the Virgin (1907)
from Autobiography of John Adams (1776-1778) [Published in 1961]
from Letter from John Adams to Mercy Otis Warren, April 16, 1776 (1776) [Published in 1917]
from Letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, November 15, 1813 (1813) [Published in 1963]
from Letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, September 2, 1813 (1813) [Published in 1963]
from Letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, October 28, 1813 (1813) [Published in 1963]
from Letters from John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776 (1776) [See entry for Abigail Adams; Published in 1975]
Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, June 30, 1778 (1778) [See entry for John Adams; Published in 1975]
Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 31, 1776 (1776) [See entry for John Adams; Published in 1975]
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, April 14, 1776 (1776) [See entry for Abigail Adams; Published in 1975]
Adams, Henry
Saint-Gauden's statue of General Sherman (1907)
African American Folktales
Baby in the Crib (1967)
Fox and Rabbit in the Well (1967)
How Sandy Got His Meat (1916)
John Steals a Pig and a Sheep (1967)
Malitis (1945)
Massa and the Bear (1935)
Master Disguised (1919)
Old Boss Wants into Heaven (1967)
Ole Massa and John Who Wanted to Go to Heaven (1935)
Talking Bones (1967)
The Diviner (1919)
The Flying Africans (1940)
The Signifying Monkey (1964)
Two Tales form Eatonville, Florida (1931)
When Brer Deer and Brer Terrapin Runned a Race (1898)
Who Ate Up the Butter? (1967)
Why Mr. Dog Runs Brer Rabbit (1899)
Albee, Edward
The Sand Box (1960)
Alcott, Louisa May
My Contraband (1863) [First published under the title "The Brothers"]
The Civil War Nurse (1863)
The Massachusetts 54th (1863)
Alexie, Sherman
Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Woodstock (1993)
Jimi Hendrix performing at Woodstock (1993)
Allison, Dorothy
Don't Tell Me You Don't Know (1988)
Alsop, George
Trafique is Earth's Great Atlas (1666)
Anaya, Rudolfo A.
Dieciocho (1972)
Anderson, Sherwood
Death in the Woods (1933)
Hands (1919)
Antin, Mary
from Chapter IV (1912)
III (1912)
The Immigrant Dream and the US as a Land of Opportunity (1912)
Anzald˙a, Gloria
Chapter 3: Entering into the Serpent (1987)
Chapter 7: La conciencia de la mestiza/ Towards a New Consciousness (1987)
Images of Coatlicue (1987)
Apess (Pequot), William
An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man (1833)
The Indian Removal Act (1833)
William Apess' Appeal to Whites (1833)
Ashbery, John
As You Came from the Holy Land (1975)
Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape (1970)
The Instruction Manual (1956)
Ashbridge, Elizabeth
from Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge, . . . Written by her own Hand many years ago (1755)
Aupaumut (Mahican), Hendrick
from A Short Narration of My Last Journey to the Western Contry (1827)
Austin, Mary
Chapter III (1932)
Bacon, Nathaniel
Manifesto Concerning the Present Troubles in Virginia (1670)
Baldwin, James
Sonny's Blues (1948)
Bambara, Toni Cade
My Man Bovanne (1972)
Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Amiri
A Poem Some People Will Have to Understand (1969)
An Agony. As now. (1964)
Black People: This Is Our Destiny (1969)
Dutchman (1964)
Ka 'Ba (1969)
Numbers, Letters (1969)
Barlow, Joel
The Hasty Pudding, A Poem, in Three Cantos (1793)
Barnes, Djuna
Smoke (1917)
Barth, John
Lost in the Funhouse (1968)
Barthelme, Donald
At the End of the Mechanical Age (1977)
Bear (Machunazha) (Ponca), Standing
Standing Bear's legal challenge (1881)
What I Am Going to Tell You Here Will Take Me Until Dark (1881)
Bellow, Saul
Looking for Mr. Green (1951)
Bennett, Gwendolyn B.
Advice (1927)
Heritage (1923)
Lines Written at the Grave of Alexander Dumas (1927)
To Usward (1924)
Bierce, Ambrose
Chickamauga (1889)
Bishop, Elizabeth
At the Fishhouses (1955)
Filling Station (1965)
The Fish (1946)
The Man-Moth (1946)
Bleecker, Ann Eliza
from The History of Maria Kittle (1777-1780) [Written, first published 1790-1792 in installments, 1793 in whole]
On the Immensity of Creation (1773)
Written Before the Retreat from Burgoyne (1773)
Blues Lyrics

Bly, Robert
Counting Small-Boned Bodies (1967)
The Teeth Mother Naked at Last (1970)
Bogan, Louise
After the Persian (1937)
Night (1963)
Roman Fountain (1937)
The Dragonfly (1963)
The Sleeping Fury (1937)
Women (1922)
Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa) (Sioux), Gertrude
Chapter I: The Land of Red Apples (1900)
Chapter II: The Cutting of My Long Hair (1900)
Chapter III: The Snow Episode (1900)
Chapter VI: Four Strange Summers (1900)
Chapter VII: Incurring My Mother's Displeasure (1900)
Photographic portraits of Zitkala Sa (1900)
Why I Am a Pagan (1902)
Boudinot (Cherokee), Elias
An Address to the White (1826)
Bourne, Randolph
Trans-National America (1916)
Boyle, Kay
A Communication to Nancy Cunard (1937)
Bradford, William
Chapter XI: The Remainder of Anno 1620 [The Mayflower Compact, The Starving Time, Indian Relations] (1646-1650)
from Chapter I: The Separatist Interpretation of the Reformation in England 1550-1607 (1646-1650)
from Chapter IX: Of their Voyage, and how they Passed the Sea; and of their Safe Arrival at Cape Cod (1630)
from Chapter XIV: Anno Domini 1623 [End of the "Common Course and Condition"] (1646-1650)
from Chapter XIX: Anno Domini 1628 [Thomas Morton of Merrymount] (1646-1650)
from Chapter XXIII: Anno Domini 1632 [Prosperity Brings Dispersal of Population] (1646-1650)
from Chapter XXIX: Anno Domini 1638 [Great and Fearful Earthquake] (1646-1650)
from Chapter XXVIII: Anno Domini 1637 [The Pequot War] (1646-1650)
from Chapter XXXII: Anno Domini 1642 [Wickedness Breaks Forth; A Horrible Case of Bestiality] (1646-1650)
from Chapter XXXIII: Anno Domini 1643 [The Life and Death of Elder Brewster, The New England Confederation and the Narragansetts] (1646-1650)
from Chapter XXXIV: Anno Domini 1644 [Proposal to Remove to Nauset] (1646-1650)
To the Reader, in Vindication of this Book (1707)
Bradstreet, Anne
A Letter to Her Husband, Absent Upon Public Employment (1678)
Before the Birth of One of Her Children (1678)
In Honour of Queen Elizabeth (1643) [Written in 1643]
In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet, Who Deceased August, 1665, Being a Year and Half Old (1678)
On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet, Who Died on 16 November, 1669, being but a Month, and One Day Old (1678)
Puritan Gravestones and Attitudes Toward Death (1672)
The Author to Her Book (1678)
The Flesh and the Spirit (1678)
The Prologue [To Her Book] (1650)
To Her Father With Some Verses (1678)
To My Dear and Loving Husband (1678)
To My Dear Children (1867)
Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666 (1666)
Brooks, Gwendolyn
A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon (1960)
Emmett Till (1960)
Religion (1991)
The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmet Till (1960)
The Mother (1945)
The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smith (1945)
We Real Cool (1960)
Brown, William Wells
II: The Negro Sale (1867)
Ma Rainey (1932)
Remembering Nat Turner (1939)
Slim in Hell (1932)
Somnambulism, a fragment (1805)
Song of Triumph (1980)
Strong Men (1931)
When de Saints Go Marching Home (1927)
X: The Quadroon's Home (1867)
XI: To-day a Mistress, To-morrow a Slave (1867)
XVIII: A Slave-Hunting Parson (1867)
Bryant, William Cullen
Abraham Lincoln (1865)
Thanatopsis (1817)
The Prairies (1832)
The Yellow Violet (1814)
To a Waterfowl (1815)
To Cole, the Painter, Departing for Europe (1829)
To the Fringed Gentian (1829)
Bulosan, Carlos
Chapter XIV (1946)
Chapters XIII (1946)
Filipino immigrant laborers (1946)
Byrd II, William
British views of the Colonies (1841)
from The History of the Dividing Line betwixt Virginia and North Carolina and The Secret History of the Line (1841) [Version from 1929]
Letter to Mrs. Jane Pratt Taylor (October 10, 1735) (1735) [Published in 1901]




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