The completion of this renowned series is a landmark event in the field of American literature. Now available together as a set, the eight volumes of this History offer the most comprehensive narrative and analysis of four centuries of achievement in all genres of writing. The authors include many of the most eminent scholars working in the field today. Spanning three decades of achievement in American literary criticism, they represent the continuities as well as the disruptions sustained between generations of scholarship.
Volume I: 1590–1820 Myra Jehlen, Emory Elliott, David S. Shields, Robert A. Ferguson, Michael T. Gilmore; Volume II: Prose Writing, 1820–1865 Michael D. Bell, Eric Sundquist, Barbara L. Packer, Jonathan Arac; Volume III: Prose Writing, 1860–1920 Richard H. Brodhead, Nancy Bentley, Walter Benn Michaels, Susan L. Mizruchi; Volume IV: Nineteenth-Century Poetry, 1800–1910 Neal Dolan, Barbara Packer, Shira Wolosky; Volume V: Poetry and Criticism, 1900–1950 Andrew Dubois, Frank Lentricchia, Irene Ramalho Santos, William Cain; Volume VI: Prose Writing, 1910–1950 Jonathan Fortescue, David Minter, Rafia Zafar, Werner Sollors; Volume VII: Prose Writing, 1940–1990 Christopher Bigsby, Morris Dickstein, John Burt, Wendy Steiner, Cyrus R. K. Patell; Volume VIII: Poetry and Criticism, 1940–1995 Robert von Hallberg, Evan Carton, Gerald Graff.
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