The Bedford Anthology of American Literature, Volume Two
Second Edition   ©2014

The Bedford Anthology of American Literature, Volume Two

1865 to the Present

Susan Belasco (University of Nebraska, Lincoln) , Linck Johnson (Colgate University)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-67869-X; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-67869-2; Format: Paper Text, 1696 pages

A more wide ranging selection of literary works in Volume Two include short stories by Bret Harte, Meridel Le Sueur, and Junot Díaz; poems by Emma Lazarus and Yusef Komunyakaa; an autobiographical essay by Jack Kerouac; a play by August Wilson; and the opening chapter of Alison Bechdel’s celebrated graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. New selections also include works by Henry James, Charles W. Chesnutt, Edith Wharton, Sui Sin Far, Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, H. D., Marianne Moore, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sterling Brown, Langston Hughes, Sherwood Anderson, Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Bishop and John Ashbery.

A continued emphasis on complete works. In Volume Two, all poems, stories, sketches, and essays are printed in their entirety. Portions of extended works of nonfiction that can be effectively excerpted are also included: Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery, W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk, and (new) Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.

New Writers on Writers sections in Volume Two put writers in conversation with each other, through brief commentaries by one writer on another, such as Toni Morrison’s observations about the most famous Southern writer, William Faulkner. These units help students understand the complex ways in which writers, read, influence, and inspire one another.

More value options than ever before for assigning the novels of your choice in print or e-book format. For maximum flexibility in course planning and for the sake of pleasurable reading, key novels and novellas are published separately as part of the Bedford College Edition series. Titles such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Awakening, Daisy Miller, and My Ántonia are available in print or as Bedford E-Books to Go, which are downloadable to e-readers, and can be economically packaged with the anthology. The first print novel (an $8 value) can be packaged for free; subsequent print volumes can be packaged for $3 net. All E-Books to Go can be packaged for free. See the Literary Reprints Tab for more information.

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