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.

History of the Book

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

Arner, Robert D. Dobson’s Encyclopaedia: The Publisher, Text, and Publication of America’s First Britannica, 1789-1803. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1991.

Axtell, James. The School Upon a Hill: Education and Society in Colonial New England. New Haven: Yale UP, 1974.

Blumenthal, Joseph. The Printed Book in America. Boston: Godine, 1977.

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

Cremin, Lawrence A. American Education: The Colonial Experience, 1607-1783. New York: Harper & Row, 1970.

Davidson, Cathy N., ed. Reading in America: Literature and Social History. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1989.

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

Dzwonkoski, Peter, ed. American Literary Publishing Houses, 1638-1899. Dictionary of Literary Biography 49. Detroit: Gale, 1986.

Ferguson, Robert A., Reading the Early Republic. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2004.

Hall, David D. Cultures of Print: Essays in the History of the Book. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1996.

---. “A History of the Book in American Culture.” Book Research Quarterly 6.2 (1990): 63-69.

---. “On Native Ground: From the History of Printing to the History of the Book.” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 93.2 (1983): 313-36.

---. “The Uses of Literacy in New England, 1600-1850.” Printing and Society in Early America. Ed. William L. Joyce et al. Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 1983. 1-47.

---. “The World of Print and Collective Mentality in Seventeenth-Century New England.” New Directions in American Intellectual History. Ed. John Higham and Paul K. Conkin. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1979. 166-80.

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

Hudak, Leona M. Early American Women Printers and Publishers, 1639-1820. Metuchen: Scarecrow P, 1978.

Lockridge, Kenneth A. Literacy in Colonial New England: An Enquiry into the Social Context of Literacy in the Early Modern West. New York: Norton, 1974.

Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut, Lawrence C. Wroth, and Rollo G. Silver. The Book in America: A History of the Making and Selling of Books in the United States. 2nd ed. New York: Bowker, 1951.

Joyce, William L., et al., eds. Printing and Society in Early America. Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 1983.

Mohler, Stephen C. “Publishing in Colonial Spanish America: An Overview.” Inter-American Review of Bibliography 28.3 (1978): 259-73.

Stowell, Marion Barber. Early American Almanacs: The Colonial Weekday Bible. New York: Burt Franklin, 1977.

Thomas, Isaiah. The History of Printing in America with a Biography of Printers. New York: Burt Franklin, 1972.

Warner, Michael. The Letters of the New Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1990.

Watters, David H. “ ‘I spake as a child’: Authority, Metaphor, and The New-England Primer.” Early American Literature 20.3 (1985-86): 193-213.

Wolf, Edwin, II. The Book Culture of a Colonial American City: Philadelphia Books, Bookmen, and Booksellers. New York: Oxford UP, 1988.

---. The Library of James Logan of Philadelphia, 1674-1751. Philadelphia: Library Company of Philadelphia, 1974.

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