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.


American Literary Scholarship: An Annual. Durham: Duke UP, 1963-.

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

Appleby, Joyce. “A Different Kind of Independence: The Postwar Restructuring of the Historical Study of Early America.” William and Mary Quarterly 50.2 (1993): 245-67.

Brigham, Clarence. History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1962.

Davis, Richard Beale. A Colonial Southern Bookshelf: Reading in the Eighteenth Century. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1979.

Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography.

Evans, Charles. American Bibliography . . . 1639 . . . 1820. New York: P. Smith, 1941--.

The Future of Early American History. Spec. issue of William and Mary Quarterly 50.2 (1993): 299-466.

Greenberg, Douglas. “The Middle Colonies in Recent American Historiography.” William and Mary Quarterly 36.3 (1979): 396-427.

Gura, Philip F. “The Study of Colonial American Literature, 1966-1987: A Vade Mecum.” William and Mary Quarterly 45.2 (1988): 305-41.

Hall, David D. “On Common Ground: The Coherence of American Puritan Studies.” William and Mary Quarterly 44.2 (1987): 193-229.

Hayes, Kevin J. A Colonial Woman’s Bookshelf. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1996.

Heimert, Alan, and Andrew Delbanco, eds. The Puritans in America: A Narrative Anthology. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1985.

Journal of American History.

Leary, Lewis, comp. Articles on American Literature: 1900-1950. Articles on American Literature: 1950-1967. Articles on American Literature: 1968-1975. Durham: Duke UP.

Levernier, James, and Douglas R. Wilmes, eds. American Writers Before 1800. Westport: Greenwood P, 1983.

Miller, Perry, and Thomas H. Johnson, eds. The Puritans: A Sourcebook of Their Writings. New York: American Book Co., 1938.

Montgomery, Michael S. American Puritan Studies: An Annotated Bibliography of Dissertations, 1882-1981. Westport: Greenwood P, 1984.

Parker, Patricia L. Early American Fiction: A Reference Guide. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1984.

PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association.

Rubin, Louis D. A Bibliographical Guide to the Study of Southern Literature. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1969. Updated as Southern Literature, 1968-1975: A Checklist of Scholarship. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1978.

Ruoff, A. LaVonne Brown, and Jerry W. Ward, Jr., eds. Redefining American Literary History. New York: Modern Language Association, 1990.

Ruppert, James. Guide To American Poetry Explication. Colonial and Nineteenth- Century. Vol. 1. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1989.

Rutman, Anita. “Still Planting the Seeds of Hope: The Recent Literature of the Early Chesapeake Region.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 95.1 (1987): 3-24.

Scheick, William J., and JoElla Doggett. Seventeenth Century American Poetry: A Reference Guide. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1977.

Spiller, Robert, et al., eds. Literary History of the United States. New York: Macmillan, 1948. Vol. 3 and the 1959 “Bibliography Supplement.”

Woodress, James. Dissertations in American Literature, 1891-1966. Durham: Duke UP, 1968.

Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies.