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.


Andrews, William L. To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography, 1760-1865. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1986.

Appleby, Joyce. Recollections of the Early Republic: Selected Autobiographies. Boston: Northeastern UP, 1997.

Brown, Richard D. Knowledge is Power: The Diffusion of Information in Early America, 1700-1865. New York: Oxford UP, 1989

Brumble, H. David, III. American Indian Autobiography. Berkeley: U of California P, 1988.

Caldwell, Patricia. The Puritan Conversion Narrative: The Beginnings of American Expression. New York: Cambridge UP, 1983.

Couser, G. Thomas. American Autobiography: The Prophetic Mode. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1979.

Culley, Margo, ed. A Day at a Time: The Diary Literature of American Women from 1764 to the Present. New York: Feminist P, 1985.

Eagan, Jim. Authorizing Experience: Refigurations of the Body Politic in Seventeenth-Century New England Writing. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1999.

Edkins, Carol. “Quest for Community: Spiritual Autobiographies of Eighteenth-Century Quaker and Puritan Women in America.” Women’s Autobiography: Essays in Criticism. Ed. Estelle C. Jelinek. Bloomington: U of Indiana P, 1980. 39-52.

Fichtelberg, Joseph. The Complex Image: Faith and Method in American Autobiography. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1989.

Hoffman, Ronald, Mechal Sobel, and Fredrika J. Teute. Through a Glass Darkly: Reflections on Personal Identity in Early America. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1997.

Imbarrato, Susan Clair. Declarations of Independency in Eighteenth-Century AmericanAutobiography. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1998.

Kagle, Steven E. American Diary Literature, 1620-1799. Boston: Twayne, 1979.

Krupat, Arnold. For Those Who Come After: A Study of Native American Autobiography. Berkeley: U of California P, 1985.

McKay, Nellie. “Autobiography and the Early Novel.” The Columbia History of the American Novel. Ed. Emory Elliott. New York: Columbia UP, 1991. 26-45.

Nelson, Dana D. “Reading the Written Selves of Colonial America: Franklin, Occom, Equiano, and Palou/Serra.” Resources for American Literary Study 19.2 (1993): 246-59.

Sayre, Robert F., ed. American Lives: An Anthology of Autobiographical Writing. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1994.

Shea, Daniel B. “The Prehistory of American Autobiography.” American Autobiography: Retrospect and Prospect. Ed. Paul John Eakin. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1991. 25- 46.

---. Spiritual Autobiography in Early America. 1968. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1988.

Watkins, Owen C. The Puritan Experience: Studies in Spiritual Autobiography. New York: Schocken, 1972.

Wong, Hertha Dawn. Sending My Heart Back across the Years: Tradition and Innovation in Native American Autobiography. New York: Oxford UP, 1992.

Ziff, Larzer. Writing in the New Nation: Prose, Print, and Politics in the Early United States. New York: Yale UP, 1991.