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Harper Single Volume American Literature, 3rd Edition 3rd Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0321012692
ISBN-10: 0321012690
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A richly diverse gathering of new and familiar voices, on subjects new and old, The Harper Single Volume American Literature takes the reader on a journey through America's literary past and ever-projecting future. Eleven cultural portfolios provide windows into historic moments in our literary past and present; superbly informative and readable period introductions further deepen the reader's understanding of the America from which this literature evolved. Five great plays, an unprecedented wealth of complete works, approximately one hundred carefully chosen black and white images - a collection both deeper and broader than other single volume anthologies. The Harper Single Volume American Literature, Third Edition has it all.

About the Author

ROBERT ATWAN has been the series editor of "The Best American Essays" since its inception in 1986. He has edited numerous literary anthologies and written essays and reviews for periodicals nationwide.

Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, Martha Banta is the author of Imaging American Women: Ideas and Ideals in Cultural History (New York, 1987).


Justin Kaplan is also the author of Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. He is general editor of Bartlett s Familiar Quotations and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is married to the novelist Anne Bernays. They have three daughters and six grandchildren, and live in Cambridge and Truro, Massachusetts.

David Minter is Libby Shearn Moody Professor of English at Rice University. He is co-editor of The Harper American Literature and The Columbia Literary History of the United States. He is author of Heirs of Changing Promise: A Cultural History of the American Novel, 1890 1940; William Faulkner: His Life and Work; and The Interpreted Design.

<div><b>Donald McQuade</b> is Professor of En&shy;glish at the University of California, Berkeley.<br></div>
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Product Details

  • Series: The Harper single volume American Literature Third Edition
  • Paperback: 3000 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3rd edition (December 27, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321012690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321012692
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on September 10, 2001
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No anthology of United States literature is going to be ideal for every student, teacher, or general reader. But "The Harper Single Volume American Literature," under the general editorship of Donald McQuade, is probable the best overall anthology of its kind. Weighing in at about 3000 pages, this is a huge gathering of American voices. The third edition of this text includes some major changes.
The anthology starts out with such foundational texts as Native American myths, an excerpt from an Icelandic saga about the discovery of the New World, and writings of Christopher Columbus. There follows a good sampling of 17th century Colonial literature. From there, the anthology moves chronologically to the contemporary era.
There is a great diversity of material here: poetry, autobiography, letters, speeches, short stories, excerpts from novels, plays, political documents, and more. The authors chosen represent the ethnic diversity of the U.S.: there are Asian American, African American, Native American, Jewish, Latino/a, and other voices. There is a good balance of male and female authors, and an interesting representation of lesbian and gay literature (most notably the first part of Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America"). Through it all, most of the great names in U.S. literature appear.
There are informative introductions to each of the book's separate sections. Also fascinating are the several "Cultural Portfolios" scattered throughout the book. These are gatherings of texts and (in most cases) images that reflect a focused theme: the Salem witch trials, the Harlem Renaissance, etc. The most interesting of these Cultural Portfolios, in my opinion, is the one entitled "Who Is an American Writer?
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but this is undoubtedly the best Anthology of American Literature available, if only because of the sheer variety and bulk of literature contained in it. As an added plus, there's background information on every author contained in the book. The writing varies from Columbus's diaries to late 20th century poetry, so there's something to interest everyone. All in all, it's a wonderful buy for the price.
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This is a nice collection for the 21st century, including lots of new voices while still maintaining enough of the canon for a good survey course. It's a big, heavy book (for a paperback) that might have been easier to read in two volumes, but as far as content goes, this one has Norton's beat by miles.
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I did buy it used, so I should have known. The binding didn't last more than a month. The cover ripped off, and the pages were all ripped. I had to hold it like a baby. I didn't return it because I didn't have time to waste. Overall, very upset, however I bought it used and never have problems with amazon, so I was not going to complain. Just make sure you read the conditions before buying the books. As far as the quality in the book goes, well worth the price! So many full American Literature stories inside, such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and poems from Emily Dickinson. Great college book!
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This anthology was bought for a college class I took at U of P. It is well written, the biography of each author is included prior to each selection. Before each new era of American literature there is a "historical" piece. My only camplaint was the font was too small (for my 40 year old eyes) and the pages too thin, so it was hard to use a highlighter other than yellow otherwise it bled through.
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I had to buy this book for school and I'm glad I did. I couldn't possibly do a better review than Mr. Mazza's so I won't even try. He is correct in every aspect so I'll leave it at that except to add that even after being done with the class I'm still enjoying the book!
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I'm overall very satisfied with this purchase. I received a shipping confirmation from the seller, received it promptly after ordering, and the book was in good condition.
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I would recommend this product and yall to others. Defintiely what I ordered! I chose this rating because there is nothing wrong with it. Great buy!
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