Title The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 9/e
Subtitle Volumes A: Beginnings to 1820
Author Robert S. Levine, Michael A. Elliott, Sandra M. Gustafson, Amy Hungerford, Mary Loeffelholz
ISBN 9780393935714
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A responsive, refreshed, and media-rich revision of the market-leading anthology of American literature.

The most-trusted anthology for complete works, balanced selections, and helpful editorial apparatus, The Norton Anthology of American Literature features a cover-to-cover revision. The ninth Edition introduces new General Editor Robert Levine and three new-generation editors who have reenergized the volume across the centuries. Fresh scholarship, new authors—with an emphasis on contemporary writers—new topical clusters, and a new ebook make the Norton Anthology an even better teaching tool and an unmatched value for students.




Beginnings to 1820




STORIES OF THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD • The Iroquois Creation Story • The Navajo Creation Story • Hajínei (The Emergence) • TRICKSTER TALESFrom The Winnebago Trickster Cycle (edited by Paul Radin) • ORATORYFrom The World Encompassed by Sir Francis Drake • Powhatan’s Discourse of Peace and War • King Philip’s Speech • POETRY • Cherokee War Song • Lenape War Song • Two Cherokee Songs of Friendship

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (1451-1506) • Letter of Discovery (February 15, 1493) • From Letter to Ferdinand and Isabella Regarding the Fourth Voyage (July 7, 1503)

BARTOLOME DE LAS CASAS (1474-1566) • From An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies

ALVAR NUSIEZ CABEZA DE VACA (C. 1490-1558) • The Relation of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca • [Dedication] • [The Malhado Way of Life] • [Our Life among the Avavares and Arbadaos] • [Pushing On] • [Customs of That Region] • [The First Confrontation] • [The Falling-Out with Our Countrymen] •


FIRST ENCOUNTERS: EARLY EUROPEAN ACCOUNTS OF NATIVE AMERICA HERNAN CORTES: From Second Letter to the Spanish Crown • THOMAS HARRIOT: From A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia • SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN: From The Voyages of the Sieur de Champlain • ROBERT JUET: From The Third Voyage of Master Henry Hudson • JOHN HECKEWELDER: From History, Manners, and Customs of the Indian Nations • WILLIAM BRADFORD AND EDWARD WINSLOW: From Mourt’s Relation

JOHN SMITH (158o-1631) • The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles • The Third Book. From Chapter 2. What Happened till the First Supply • The Fourth Book. [Smith’s Farewell to Virginia] • From A Description of New England •  New England’s Trials

WILLIAM BRADFORD (1590-1657) • Of Plymouth Plantation • Book I • From Chapter I. [The English Reformation] • Chapter IV. Showing the Reasons and Causes of Their Removal • From Chapter VII. Of Their Departure from Leyden • Chapter IX. Of Their Voyage, and How They Passed the Sea; and of Their Safe Arrival at Cape Cod • Chapter X. Showing How They Sought Out a Place of Habitation; and What Befell Them Thereabout
Book II • Chapter Xl. The Remainder of Anno 1620 [Difficult Beginnings] [Dealings with the Natives] • Chapter XII. Anno 1621 [The First Thanksgiving] • Chapter XIX. Anno 1628 [Mr. Morton of Merrymount] • Chapter XXIII. Anno 1632 [Prosperity Weakens Community] • Chapter XXV. Anno 1634 • [Troubles to the West] • Chapter XXV II. Anno 1636 [War Threats] • Chapter XXVIII. Anno 1637 [War with the Pequots] • Chapter XXXII. Anno 1642 [A Horrible Truth] • Chapter XXXIV. Anno 1644 [Proposed Removal to Nauset]

THOMAS MORTON (c. 1579-1647) • New English Canaan • The Third Book [The Incident at Merry Mount] • Chapter XIV. Of the Revels of New Canaan • Chapter XV. Of a Great Monster Supposed to Be at Ma-re Mount • Chapter XVI. How the Nine Worthies Put Mine Host of Ma-re Mount into the Enchanted Castle at Plymouth

JOHN WINTHROP (1588-1649) • A Model of Christian Charity • From The Journal of John Winthrop

THE BAY PSALM BOOK Psalm 2 [“Why rage the Heathen furiously?”] • Psalm 19 [“The heavens do declare”] • Psalm 23 [“The Lord to me a shepherd is”] • Psalm 100 [“Make ye a joyful sounding noise]

ROGER WILLIAMS (C. 1603-1683) • A Key into the Language of America • To My Dear and Well-Beloved Friends and Countrymen, in Old and New England • Directions for the Use of Language • An Help to the Native Language • From Chapter I. Of Salutation • From Chapter II. Of Eating and Entertainment • From Chapter VI. Of the Family and Business of the House • From Chapter XI. Of Travel • From Chapter XVIII. Of the Sea • From XXI. Of Religion, the Soul, etc. • Poem [“Two sorts of men shall naked stand”] • From Chapter XXX. Of Their Paintings • From Christenings Make Not Christians

ANNE BRADSTREET (C. 1612-1672) The Prologue • In Honor of that High and Mighty Princess Queen Elizabeth of Happy Memory • To the Memory of My Dear and Ever Honored Father Thomas Dudley Esq. • To Her Father with Some Verses • Contemplations • The Flesh and the Spirit • The Author to Her Book • Before the Birth of One of Her Children • To My Dear and Loving Husband • A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment • Another [Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment] • In Reference to Her Children, 23 June 1659 • In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet • In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Anne Bradstreet • On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet • For Deliverance from a Fever • Here Follows Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House • As Weary Pilgrim • To My Dear Children

MICHAEL WIGGLESWORTH (1631-1705)From The Day of Doom

MARY ROWLANDSON (C. 1637-1711) • A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

EDWARD TAYLOR (C. 1642-1729) • Preparatory Meditations • Prologue • Meditation 8 (First Series) • God’s Determinations • The Preface • Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children • Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold • Huswifery

SAMUEL SEWALL (165 2-1730) From The Diary of Samuel Sewall • The Selling of Joseph: A Memorial

COTTON MATHER (1663-1728) • The Wonders of the Invisible World [A People of God in the Devil’s Territories] [The Trial of Martha Carrier] • Magnolia Christi Americana • Guleucius Secundus: The Life of William Bradford, Esq., Governor of Plymouth Colony • Nehemius Americanus: The Life of John Winthrop, Esq., Governor of the Massachusetts Colony • A Notable Exploit: Dux Fceminu Facti • Bonifacius • From Essays to Do Good

JONATHAN EDWARDS (1703-1758) • Personal Narrative • On Sarah Pierpont • Sarah Edwards’s Narrative • A Divine and Supernatural Light • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God




JEROME LALEMANT: From How Father Isaac Jogues Was Taken by the Iroquois, and What He Suffered on His First Entrance into Their Country •
P. F. X. DE CHARLEVOIX: From Catherine Tegahkouita: An Iroquois Virgin • SOR JUANA INES DE LA CRUZ: • Love Opened a Mortal Wound • Suspend, Singer Swan • FRANCIS DANIEL PASTORIUS: [In These Seven Languages] • ELIZABETH ASHBRIDGE: From Some Account of the Early Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge • JOHN WOOLMAN: From The Journal of John Woolman • JOHN MARRANT: From A Narrative of the Lord’s Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black • REBECCA SAMUEL: Letters to Her Parents • SAGOYEWATHA: Reply to the Missionary Jacob Cram

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790) • The Way to Wealth • The Speech of Miss Polly Baker • Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One • Information to Those Who Would Remove to America • Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America • The Autobiography

SAMSON OCCOM (1723-1792) From An Account of the Mohawk Indians, on Long Island • A Short Narrative of My Life • From A Sermon at the Execution of Moses Paul, an Indian • Hymns • The Sufferings of Christ, or Throughout the Saviour’s Life We Trace • A Morning Hymn, or Now the Shades of Night Are Gone • A Son’s Farewell, or I Hear the Gospel’s Joyful Sound



SARAH KEMBLE KNIGHT: From The Private Journal of a Journey from Boston to New York in the Year 1704 • WILLIAM BYRD: From The Secret Diary of William Byrd of Westover 1710-1712 • From The History of the Dividing Line • ALEXANDER HAMILTON: From Hamilton’s Itinerarium • WILLIAM BARTRAM: Anecdotes of an American Crow • HENDRICK AUPAUMUT: From History of the Muh-he-con-nuk Indians

J. HECTOR ST. JOHN DE CREVECOEUR (1735-1813) • Letters from an American Farmer • From Letter III. What Is an American? • From Letter IX. Description of Charles-Town; Thoughts on Slavery; on Physical Evil; A Melancholy Scene • From Letter X. On Snakes; and on the Humming Bird • From Letter XII. Distresses of a Frontier Man

ANNIS BOUDINOT STOCKTON (1736-1801) • A Hymn Written in the Year 1753 • An Elegiak Ode on the 28th Day of February [1782]. The Anniversary of Mr. [Stockton’s] Death • On a Little Boy Going to Play on a Place from Whence He Had Just Fallen • Addressed to General Washington, in the Year 1777, after the Battles of Trenton and Princeton • [L]ines on Hearing of the Death of Doctor Franklin

JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826) AND ABIGAIL ADAMS (1744-1818) • The Letters • Abigail Adams to John Adams (Aug. 19, 1774) [Classical Parallels] • John Adams to Abigail Adams (Sept. 16, 1774) [Prayers at the Congress] • John Adams to Abigail Adams (July 23, 1775) [Dr. Franklin] • John Adams to Abigail Adams (Oct. 29, 1775) [Prejudice in Favor of New England] • Abigail Adams to John Adams (Nov. 27, 1775) [The Building Up a Great Empire] • Abigal Adams to John Adams (March 31, 1776) [Remember the Ladies] • John Adams to Abigail Adams (July 3, 1776) [These colonies are free and independent states] • John Adams to Abigail Adams (July 3, 1776) [Reflections on the Declaration of Independence] • Abigail Adams to John Adams (July 14, 1776) [The Declaration. Smallpox. The Grey Horse] • John Adams to Abigail Adams (July 20, 1776) [Do My Friends Think I Have Forgotten My Wife and Children?] • Abigail Adams to John Adams (July 21, 1776) [Smallpox. The Proclamation for Independence Read Aloud]

THOMAS PAINE (1737-1809) • Common Sense • Introduction • From III. Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs • The Crisis, No. 1 • The Age of Reason • Chapter I. The Author’s Profession of Faith • Chapter II. Of Missions and Revelations • Chapter XI. Of the Theology of the Christians, and the True Theology

THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) • The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson • From The Declaration of Independence • Notes on the State of Virginia • From Query V. Cascades [Natural Bridge] • From Query XIV. Laws [Slavery] • Query XVII. [Religion] • Query XIX. [Manufactures]

THE FEDERALIST • No. 1 [Alexander Hamilton] • No. 10 [James Madison]

OLAUDAH EQUIANO (1745-1797) • The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavas Vassa, the African, Written by Himself • From Chapter 1 • Chapter II • From Chapter III • From Chapter IV • From Chapter V • From Chapter VI • From Chapter VII • From Chapter IX

JUDITH SARGENT MURRAY (1751-1820) • On the Equality of the Sexes

PHILIP FRENEAU (1752-1832) • The Wild Honey Suckle • The Indian Burying Ground • To Sir Toby • On Mr. Paine’s Rights of Man • On the Religion of Nature

PHILLIS WHEATLEY (C. 1753-1784) • On Being Brought from Africa to America • To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth • To the University of Cambridge, in New England • On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield, 1770 • Thoughts on the Works of Providence • To S. M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works • To His Excellency General Washington • Letters • To John Thornton (Apr. 21, 1772) • To Rev. Samson Occom (Feb. 11, 1774)

ROYALL TYLER (1757-1826) • The Contrast

HANNAH WEBSTER FOSTER (1758-1840) • The Coquette; or, The History of Eliza Wharton

CHARLES BROCKDEN BROWN (1771-1810) • Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist



CANASSATEGO: Speech at Lancaster

PONTIAC: Speech at Detroit

LOGAN: From Chief Logan’s Speech

CHEROKEE WOMEN: To Governor Benjamin Franklin

TECUMSEH: Speech to the Osages

WASHINGTON IRVING (1783-1859) • A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Dietrich Knickerbocker • Book II, Chapter I [Hudson Discovers New York] • Rip Van Winkle





About the General Editor:

Robert S. Levine (Ph.D. Stanford) is Distinguished University Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Conspiracy and Romance: Studies in Brockden BrownCooper, Hawthorne, and MelvilleMartin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity; and Dislocating Race and Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism. He has edited a number of books, including The Cambridge Companion to Herman MelvilleMartin R. Delany: A Documentary ReaderHemispheric American Studies; and a Norton Critical Edition of Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables.

About the Editors:

Michael A. Elliott (Editor, 1865–1914) Ph.D. Columbia, is Professor of English and American Studies at Emory University. He is the author of The Culture Concept: Writing and Difference in the Age of Realism and Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer. He is also the co-editor of two additional books: The American Novel, 1865-1940 (Volume 6 of the Oxford History of the Novel in English) and American Literary Studies: A Methodological Reader.

Sandra M. Gustafson (Editor, Beginnings to 1820), Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic and Eloquence Is Power: Oratory and Performance in Early America and co-editor of Cultural Narratives: Textuality and Performance in American Culture before 1900. Since 2008 she has edited the MLA-affiliated journal Early American Literature. She is a faculty affiliate of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and a faculty fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Amy Hungerford (Editor, Literature Since 1945), Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, is Professor of English and American Studies and Director of the Division of the Humanities at Yale University. She is a scholar of twentieth-and twenty-first-century American literature and the author of The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification; Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960; and, most recently, Making Literature Now. She is a founder of the Post45 collective and site editor of the group’s open access journal on post-1945 American literature and culture (post45.org).

Mary Loeffelholz (Ph.D. Yale) is Professor of English and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Northeastern University. She is the author of Dickinson and the Boundaries of Feminist TheoryExperimental Lives: Women and Literature, 1900–1945; and, most recently, From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry. With Martha Nell Smith, she edited the Blackwell Companion to Emily Dickinson. Her essays have appeared in such journals as American Literary HistoryEnglish Literary History, the Yale Journal of Criticism, and Modern Language Quarterly.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of Literature, especially those interested in American Literature.


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