Early American Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Material

Early American Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Material: A bibliography of print criticism divided in categories designed to provide teachers and students a starting place for class preparation and research projects complied by Edward J. Gallagher up to 1999. For Recent Publications in the field of Early American studies, please consult: The Society of Early Americanists Page of Recent and Forthcoming Publications and Journals. Thank you.


Alexander, Michael, ed. Discovering the New World, Based on the Works of Theodore de Bry. New York: Harper & Row, 1976.

Ammerman, David L., and Philip D. Morgan. Books About Early America: 2001 Titles. Williamsburg: Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1989.

Bercht, Fatima, et al. Taino: Pre-Columbian Art and Culture from the Caribbean. New York: Monacelli, 1997.

Bucher, Bernadette. Icon and Conquest: A Structural Analysis of the Illustrations of de Bry’s Great Voyages. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1981.

Chiappelli, Fredi, ed. First Images of America: The Impact of the New World on the Old. Berkeley: U of California P, 1976.

Clancy, Flora, et al. Maya: Treasures of an Ancient Civilization. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1985.

Coe, Ralph T. Sacred Circles: Two Thousand Years of North American Indian Art. London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1976.

Conley, Tom. “De Bry’s Las Casas.” Amerindian Images and the Legacy of Columbus. Ed. Rene Jara and Nicholas Spadaccini. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1992. 103-31.

Craven, Wayne. American Art: History and Culture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994.

---. Colonial American Portraiture: The Economic, Religious, Social, Philosophical, Scientific, and Aesthetic Foundations. New York: Cambridge UP, 1986.

Diaz, Gisele, and Alan Rodgers. The Codex Borgia. New York: Dover, 1993.

Doggett, Rachel, ed. New World of Wonders: European Images of the Americas, 1492-1700. Washington: Folger Shakespeare Library, 1992.

Emmerich, Andre. Art Before Columbus. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1963.

Flexner, James T. American Painting: The Light of Distant Skies, 1760-1835. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1954.

Gruzinski, Serge. Painting the Conquest: The Mexican Indians and the European Renaissance. Paris: Flammarion, 1992.

Honour, Hugh. The New Golden Land: European Images of America from the Discoveries to the Present Time. New York: Pantheon, 1975.

Hulton, Paul. America 1585: The Complete Drawings of John White. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1984.

Moffitt, John F., and Santiago Sebastian. O Brave New People: The European Invention of the American Indian. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 1996.

Lacey, Barbara E. “Visual Images of Blacks in Early American Imprints.” William and Mary Quarterly 53.1 (1996): 137-80.

Lorant, Stefan, ed. The New World: The First Pictures of America Made by John White and Jacques Le Moyne and Engraved by Theodore De Bry. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1946.

McElroy, Guy C. Facing History: The Black Image in American Art, 1710-1940. San Francisco: Bedford Arts, 1990.

Montgomery, Charles F., and Patricia E. Kane. American Art, 1750-1800: Towards Independence. Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976.

Nygren, Edward J., and Bruce Robertson. Views and Visions: American Landscape before 1830. Washington: Corcoran Gallery, 1986.

Parry, Ellwood. The Image of the Indian and the Black Man in American Art, 1590-1900. New York: Braziller, 1974.

Saunders, Richard H., and Ellen G. Miles. American Colonial Portraits: 1700-1776. Washington: Smithsonian, 1987.

Schele, Linda, and Mary Ellen Miller. The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art. New York: Braziller, 1986.

Stierlin, Henri. Art of the Maya: From the Olmecs to the Toltec-Maya. New York: Rizzoli, 1981.

Truettner, William H., ed. The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820- 1920. Washington: Smithsonian, 1991.