RECOMMENDED REFERENCE AND SECONDARY SOURCES
Special tip: to learn more about your author see:
Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Research Company.
You can use other reference works to learn about your literary/historical period. Here are just a few literary histories that are available at our library:
James D. Hart , The Oxford Companion To American Literature, with revisions and additions by Phillip W. Leininger. 6th ed. New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Guide To American Literature And Its Backgrounds Since 1890. Edited by Howard Mumford Jones and Richard M. Ludwig.Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972.
Literary History of the United States. Edited by Robert E. Spiller. Third ed.. New York: Macmillan, 1963.
Brander Matthews. An Introduction to the Study of American Literature. New York: American Book Company, 1896.
Vernon Louis Parrington. Main Currents in American Thought. New York : Harcourt, Brace, 1954
The Penguin Companion To American Literature. Edited by Malcolm Bradbury, Eric Mottram and Jean Franco. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1971.
Reconstructing American Literary History. Edited by Sacvan Bercovitch. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986.
The Roots Of National Culture: American Literature To 1830. Edited by Robert E. Spiller and Harold Blodgett. New York : Macmillan, 1949.
You can also consult texts that focus particularly on your period or topic. For example, to investigate Puritan thought you could read:
Sacan Bercovitch. The American Puritan Imagination; Essays in Revaluation. London: Cambridge University Press, 1974.
Sacan Bercovitch. The Puritan Origins of the American Self. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1975.
Perry Miller. Errand into the Wilderness. New York: Harper & Row, 1964.
Marilyn Westerkamp, Women and Religion in Early America, 1600-1550: The Puritan and Evangelical Traditions. London: Routledge, 1999.
If you are working on either the conventions of captivity narratives or on the topic of race, you may also wish to consult the following secondary works available at the Reserve Reading Room of the D'Alzon Library:
Richard Slotkin's So Dreadfull a Judgment : Puritan Responses to King Philip's War, 1676-1677
Richard Slotkin's Regeneration Through Violence; The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600-1860.
Jill Lepore's The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity, 1998.
John Demos' The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America.
If you are working on Franklin's commitment to getting ahead, on the other hand, you might want to see:
Joyce Appleby, Capitalism and a New Social Order: the Republican Vision of the 1790s
If you are working on the Enlightenment Ideals of the Founders, see:
Sentimental Democracy: The Evolution of America's Romantic Self-Image by Andrew Burstein
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