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I've been looking for a list of American Literature that lists the books according to their historical significance...for example, a book written about the Civil War would be listed during that time...not listed when the author lived or wrote the book...


Does that make any kind of sense???


If anyone has a listing or a link, post it here!


Thanks a bunch,


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Here's my list of American literature -- works we're considering for next year. It is listed by publishing date, but where I could find a date for the setting for the novel, I've included that time frame as well; otherwise I assume most of the other works are set in the time frame in which the book was written/published. BEST of luck! Warmly, Lori D.



AMERICAN LIT (chronological list by when written/published)



Washington Irving

- "Rip Van Winkle" (short story) -- set before & after Revolutionary War

- "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (short story) -- set c. 1790




James Fenimore Cooper

- The Deerslayer (novel) -- set in 1744

- Last of the Mohicans (novel) -- set in 1757




Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Twice-Told Tales (collection of short stories)

- "My Kinsman, Major Molineux" (short story) -- set pre-Revolutionary War

- "Young Goodman Brown" (short story) -- late 1600s

- "The Minister's Black Veil" (short story)




Nathaniel Hawthorne

- "Rappaccini's Daughter" (short story) -- set in medieval Italy


Edgar Allen Poe

- "Fall of the House of Usher" (short story)

- "The Black Cat" (short story)

- "The Tell-Tale Heart" (short story)

- "The Raven" (poem)




Harriet Beecher Stowe

- Uncle Tom's Cabin (novel)


Henry David Thoreau

- Walden (essays/journal)


Herman Melville

- "Billy Budd" (short story) -- set in 1797

- Moby Dick (novel)

- "Bartleby the Scrivner" (short story)


Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlett Letter (novel) -- set in 17th century

- The House of Seven Gables (novel) -- set mid-19th century

- Tanglewood Tales (short story collection)

- "Feathertop? (short story) -- set in 17th century





Bret Harte

- "Outcasts of Poker Flats" (short story) -- set in 1850

- "Luck of Roaring Camp" (short story) -- set in 1849/1850


Ralph Waldo Emerson

- Self Reliance (essay)


Mark Twain

- "Celebrated Jumping Frog" (short story)

- Adventures of Tom Sawyer (novel) -- set in 1830s-50s


Louisa May Alcott

- Hospital Sketches -- her letters while a Civil War nurse

- Little Women (novel) -- set during Civil War

- Little Men (novel) -- set in the years after Civil War




Mark Twain

- Prince and the Pauper (novel) -- set in 1547

- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (novel) -- set in 1830s-50s

- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (novel) -- set in 528






Stephen Crane

- "Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" (short story)

- "The Monster" (short story)

- "The Open Boat" (short story)

- The Red Badge of Courage -- set in Civil War


Ambrose Bierce

- "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" (short story) -- set in Civil War




Jack London

- Call of the Wild (novel)

- White Fang (novel)

- The Sea Wolf (novel)

- "To Build a Fire" (short story)


O. Henry

- "Gift of the Magi" (short story)

- "Ransom of Red Chief" (short story)


Edith Wharton

- Ethan Fromme (novel)

- The House of Mirth (novel)


Upton Sinclair

- The Jungle (novel) -- set early 1900s




Willa Cather

- O Pioneers! (novel) -- set at turn of 20th century

- My Antonia (novel)


Booth Tarkington

- Penrod (collection of comic sketches) -- set in pre-WW1




Edith Wharton

- Age of Innocence (novel) -- set in the 1870s


Willa Cather

- Death Comes for the Archbishop (novel) -- set in the 1840s-1890s


F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The Great Gatsby (novel) -- just after WW1

- "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" (short story)

- "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (short story)

- "Babylon Revisited" (short story) -- set in post 1929 Stock Market Crash



1930s - 1940s

Ernest Hemingway

- Farwell to Arms (novel) -- set during WW1

- For Whom the Bell Tolls (novel) -- set in Spanish Civil War (1930s)

- "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (short story)

- The Old Man and the Sea (novella)


Zora Neale Hurston

- Their Eyes Were Watching God (novel) -- set pre-WW1 20th century


Thornton Wilder

- Our Town (play) -- set in 1901-1913


William Faulkner

- a short story???


John Steinbeck

- The Grapes of Wrath (novel) -- set in the 1930s

- The Pearl (novella)



1950s - 1960s

Arthur Miller

- Death of a Salesman (play) set in 1949

- The Crucible (play) -- set in 1690s Salem witch trials


Ralph Ellison

- The Invisible Man (novel)


John Howard Griffin

- Black Like Me (biography) -- set in 1959


J.D. Salinger

- Catcher in the Rye (novel)


Lorraine Hansberry

- A Raisin in the Sun (play) -- set in 1950s


Flannery O'Connor

- "A Good Man is Hard to Find" (short story)

- "Revelation" (short story)


Shirley Jackson

- "The Lottery" (short story)


Harper Lee

- To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) -- set in the 1930s


Chaim Potok

- The Chosen (novel) -- set in the 1940s


Margaret Craven

- I Heard The Owl Call My Name (novel)


Ray Bradbury

- The Martian Chronicles (novel)

- Fahrenheit 451 (novel)

- Something Wicked This Way Comes (novel)

- R is For Rocket (collection of short stories)

- "There Will Come Soft Rains" (short story)


N. Scott Momaday

- House Made of Dawn (novel) -- set in post WW2




Ursula LeGuin

- Earthsea trilogy: Wizard of Earthsea; Tombs of Atuan; The Farthest Shore (novels)

- The Left Hand of Darkness (novel)

- Lathe of Heaven (novel)

- "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" (short story)




Amy Tan

- The Joy Luck Club (novel)






William Bradford (1590-1657)

- Of Plymouth Plantation (journal)



Benjamin Franklin (1707-1790)

- Poor Richard's Almanac -- pub. 1732-1758

- autobiography


Jonathan Edwards

- Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (sermon) -- preached 1741


Thomas Paine

- Common Sense (essay) -- pub. 1776



Fredrick Douglass (1818-1895)

- A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass



Booker T. Washingtony (1856-1915)

- Up From Slaver






Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)



Phyllis Wheatley (1753-1784)



William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

Emily Dickenson (1838-1886)

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)



Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963)

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Hart Crane (1899-1932)

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

William Carlos William (1883-1963)

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)



Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Anne Sexton (1928-1974)

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

E.E. Cummings (1894-1962)

Richard Wilbur (1921)

Robert Bly (1926)

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