The T&W Guide to Classic American Literature
Edited by Christopher Edgar and Gary Lenhart, 293 pp.
In “The American Scholar,” Ralph Waldo Emerson called for a literature emerging from the particularities of the new nation, and a host of great 19th- and 20th-century American poets, fiction writers, and playwrights responded to his call. The T&W Guide to Classic American Literature, published in association with The Library of America, provides teachers of writing at all levels with a rich and diverse range of approaches and insights into American literature: from introducing third-graders to Gertrude Stein, to teaching Emily Dickinson to prisoners, to using the paradigm of Henry David Thoreau’s diaries in the college classroom. This is an inspiring collection for anyone who teaches American literature or imaginative writing—or who is passionate about either.