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American Literature (Individual Course)

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This course provides a chronological study of classic American literature from the early 1600s to the twentieth century. Detailed historical sections, timelines, and author biographies provide background information on the people, forces, and philosophies that shaped the various literary styles and periods. Featured authors include William Bradford, Benjamin Franklin, Irving, Longfellow, Emerson, Melville, Dickinson, Clemens, Crosby, Frost, Sandburg, and Hemingway.

Suggested Grade Level: 10th–12th

Author: Raymond A. St. John

Publisher: Bob Jones University Press

Copyright: 2003 (2nd edition)

Number of Pages: 732

Academic Credit: 0.5

Prerequisites: A course equivalent to World Literature is highly recommended.

Book Report Books: Choose any two from the following and list them in the comment box.


Title: The Scarlet Letter (book report book)
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Item Number: 23700
Publisher: Bantam Dell Number of Pages: 247
Copyright: 2003 (1850)  
Description: Set in early New England, this “tale of human frailty and sorrow” shows the terrible impact of sin on three people and deals with such issues as guilt and redemption, hypocrisy, and shame.


Title: Moby-Dick (book report book)
Author: Herman Melville Item Number: 23701
Publisher: Bantam Dell Number of Pages: 670
Copyright: 2003 (1967)  
Description: This is the story of Captain Ahab and his mad quest for the White Whale. Considered to be one of the greatest sea stories ever written, this book tells the tale of vengeance and obsession, and their effect on man.


Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (book report book)
Author: Mark Twain Item Number: 23702
Publisher: Bantam Dell Number of Pages: 305
Copyright: 2003 (1884)  
Description: This is the story about a young boy named Huckleberry Finn and his journey down the Mississippi River. Written in the vernacular of the day, Twain uses the adventures of Huck to explore life in America prior to the Civil War. Although controversial for its use of racial stereotypes, this book satirizes slavery and the society that supported it.


Title: The Portrait of a Lady (book report book)
Author: Henry James Item Number: 25795
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc. Number of Pages: 477
Copyright: 2006 (1881)  
Description: This novel examines the differences between Europe and America through the life of a young American woman who moves to England and is caught in a struggle between independence and social propriety.

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