The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume A: Literature to 1820

The Norton Anthology of American Literature Volume A Literature to The Norton Anthology of American Literature is the classic survey of American literature from its sixteenth century origins to its flourishing present This volumeVolume Acovers American literature fro

  • Title: The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume A: Literature to 1820
  • Author: Nina Baym
  • ISBN: 9780393978988
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Norton Anthology of American Literature is the classic survey of American literature from its sixteenth century origins to its flourishing present This volumeVolume Acovers American literature from its beginning to 1820.The Norton Anthology of American Literature is the classic survey of American literature from its sixteenth century origins to its flourishing present This volume Volume A covers American literature from its beginning to 1820.

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    1. I’m done I’m done I’M DONE!!!! **Happy Dance**Okay had to get that out of the way first. Okay so it is really difficult to rate this book a) because it was a “work” book rather than a “for fun” book but mostly, b) because it is an anthology therefore containing many works for which my enjoyment varied greatly. So what I will do is give a quick review of how I felt about the anthology as a whole and then for fun and anyone who is interested I’ll briefly comment on some of the indi [...]

    2. The tip of the iceberg, a diverse collection to wet the palate and kindle an interest in American literatureEncountering this anthology helped inspire a love of literature within me. And it demonstrates how incredibly wrong Europeans have always been and always will be, when they consider Americans as uncultured or inferior in the arts to themselves. Each volume in this set reveals the incredible diversity and achievements of American literature. It was the required textbook for an American lit. [...]

    3. I love the trivial bits of information included in the glosses and introductory essays. Like the fact that Thomas Paine's earthly remains' whereabouts are unknown. Or the irony of Jonathan Edwards's death following an inoculation taken to prove the positive good of inoculations. The pieces of literature are themselves not all that engrossing, thoughThough they do illuminate some interesting aspects of early American consciousness and the narrative for our nation with its burgeoning ideologies of [...]

    4. Let's not talk about it too much.With lots of skipping (obviously), I've finished the first half. The second half will be saved for a later semester.Highlights: the captivity narratives, Irving, the bits of Emerson that didn't make me want to smack him, Judith Sergeant Murray, Fuller (again), Bartleby (again), and Douglass. Lowlights: Basically everything else.

    5. Why Norton? I'm glad you asked, friend! There are many schools of thought on anthologies, some negative, some positive, all fascinating. Of course, if you're buying this because it's a university textbook then really you have no choice; for the rest of us, there's more than meets the eye.The negative responses tend to come in a few forms:1: Anthologies reward superficiality. Much like surtitles at the opera, which help convey the surface meaning but encourage people not to "read" the music and t [...]

    6. I didn't read this whole book, but I feel we read enough of it in my class to have a pretty good understanding. I thought it was okay for the most part. There were sections that i really liked, and there were others that I just sort of skipped over. A lot of these stories and readings made sense, but they were easier to understand after my professor explained things or my class had discussions. I would recommend this for an overall awareness of early American literature. I don't like reading mos [...]

    7. Emphasis on religion, can be a bit tedious to read some texts (this is one of those books that helps to talk to a professor about passages, because some can go over your head). The overall reaction my class had to this book was that it was tedious and difficult to analyze, and Volume B was preferred for it's entertainment value. But educationally, it's worthwhile to read both volumes and analyze them.

    8. This anthology is great! I have never been one to really dive into America Literature (especially early colonial writings), but I am really enjoying this and how each piece has shaped our country in some way. I think the writings and excerpts are the perfect amount, providing a solid foundation for further reading.

    9. I bought this book because it was on the required list for several classes, but I kept it because I liked having a good collection of classic American works around. It appeases the literary snob in me, plus makes a handy reference for any fiction writing I do that's set in the early American time period.

    10. Along with all the amazing pieces of literature that are included within this anthology, I was also pleased with the informative contextual material. Definitely a really good literature textbook that I will not be selling back.

    11. As always, the norton intros are insightful and totally relevant, so that was an obvious plus.Not too thrilled with the material, but it's just not my genre. I have no doubts the period is well represented by this volume and have loved all my other norton anthologies as well! <3

    12. I had to read these for my Lit class but I enjoyed them very much. They are not complete novels, they are parts of speeches and books by famous authors. But none the less, I learned a lot from these books. I've kept them and gone back to them several times.

    13. Selections for American Literature class, taken as an elective, with readings and assignments tailored to my minor in Gender Studies and Sexuality. Wish that I could afford to have bought and kept my own copy of this text and Volume B!

    14. Most of the Literature is amazing! There were a few that were not so good, but the whole book was an incredible experience and well worthwhile.

    15. I don't generally enjoy old (pre-founding fathers) American Lit. it wasn't always bad, but I didn't love it.

    16. One of three books I had to read for my American literature class. Some of the stories were eh and other I enjoyed.

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