The Dover Anthology of American Literature, Volume 1: From the Origins to the Civil War

The Dover Anthology of American Literature, Volume 1: From the Origins to the Civil War

Bob Blaisdell

Language: English

Pages: 590

ISBN: 2:00297885

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Compact, inexpensive anthology features contributions from Jonathan Edwards, Anne Bradstreet, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, and many others. Includes introductory notes and suggestions for further reading.



















evermore. And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating “ ’Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door— Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;—This it is and nothing more.” Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, “Sir,” said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is I was

hand know what your right hand does, for it is not worth knowing. Rescue the drowning and tie your shoestrings. Take your time, and set about some free labor. Our manners have been corrupted by communication with the saints. Our hymn-books resound with a melodious cursing of God and enduring Him forever. One would say that even the prophets and redeemers had rather consoled the fears than confirmed the hopes of man. There is nowhere recorded a simple and irrepressible satisfaction with the gift

kindly. The captain soon came to advise us to go on deck for fresh air. His friendly and respectful manner, combined with Fanny’s testimony, reassured me, and we went with him. He placed us in a comfortable seat, and occasionally entered into conversation. He told us he was a Southerner by birth, and had spent the greater part of his life in the Slave States, and that he had recently lost a brother who traded in slaves. “But,” said he, “it is a pitiable and degrading business, and I always felt

Indian preasents, and a great part of our most valuable stores were wet and much damaged on this ocasion. To examine, dry and arrange our stores was the first object; we therefore passed over to the lard. side opposite to the entrance of the rapid fork where there was a large gravly bar that answered our purposes; wood was also convenient and plenty. Here we fixed our camp, and unloaded all our canoes and opened and exposed to dry such articles as had been wet. A part of the load of each canoe

teenaged boy who tries to save his mother and siblings from the Pequot attack. Magawisca, a Pequot survivor, is the foster child of the Fletchers and beloved by Everell; Digby is the Fletchers’ faithful working-hand. Nelema is an old Pequot woman who has never reconciled herself to life under Puritan rule. In Chapter 4, Magawisca relates to Everell the story, which Sedgwick based on historical sources, of the Christians’ slaughter of her tribe and the execution of her brother. In Chapter 5,

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