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.

The Eighteenth Century

Aldridge, Alfred Owen, and J. A. Leo Lemay. Deism, Masonry, and the Enlightenment: Essays Honoring Alfred Owen Aldridge. Newark: U of Delaware P, 1987.

Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of The American Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1967.

---. Pamphlets of the American Revolution, 1750–1776. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1965.

Becker, Carl L. The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas. New York: Knopf, 1942.

Bloch, Ruth. Visionary Republic: Millenial Themes in American Thought, 1756-1800. New York: Cambridge UP, 1985.

Boorstin, Daniel. The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Holt, 1948.

Brumwell, Stephen. Redcoats: The British Soldier and War in the Americas, 1755–1763. New York: Cambridge UP, 2005.

Burstein, Andrew. The Inner Jefferson: Portrait of a Grieving Optimist. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 1995.

---. Sentimental Democracy: The Evolution of America’s Romantic Self-Image. New York: Hill and Wang, 1999.

Butler, Jon. Becoming America: The Revolution before 1776. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2000.

Byrne, Peter. Natural Religion and the Nature of Religion: The Legacy of Deism. New York: Routledge, 1989.

Carson, Gary, Ronald Hoffman, and Peter J. Albert, eds. Of Consuming Interest: The Style of Life in the Eighteenth Century. Charlottesville: U Virginia P, 1994.

Cott, Nancy F. The Bonds of Womanhood: “Woman’s Sphere” in New England, 1780-1835. New Haven: Yale UP, 1977.

Crowley, J. E. This Sheba, Self: The Conceptualization of Economic Life in Eighteenth-Century America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1974.

Davidson, Cathy N. Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America. New York: Oxford UP, 1986.

Dowling, William C. Poetry and Ideology in Revolutionary Connecticut. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1990.

Duncan, Christopher M. The Anti-Federalists and Early American Political Thought. DeKalb: Northern Illinois UP, 1995.

Elliott, Emory. Revolutionary Writers: Literature and Authority in the New Republic, 1725-1810. New York: Oxford UP, 1982.

Emerson, Everett. American Literature, 1764-1789: The Revolutionary Years. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1977.

Ferguson, Robert A. The American Enlightenment, 1750-1820. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1997.

Fichtelberg, Joseph. Critical Fictions: Sentiment and the American Market 1780-1870. Athens, Georgia: Uof Georgia P, 2003.

Fischer, David Hackett. Paul Revere’s Ride. New York: Oxford UP, 1994.

Fliegelman, Jay. Prodigals and Pilgrims: The American Revolution Against Patriarchal Authority, 1750-1800. New York: Cambridge UP, 1982.

Foner, Eric. Tom Paine and Revolutionary America. New York: Oxford UP, 1976.

Gay, Peter. The Enlightenment: An Interpretation. 2 volumes. New York, Knopf, 1966-69.

Giles, Paul. Transatlantic Insurrections: British Culture and the Formation of American Literature, 1730–1860. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2001.

Godbeer, Richard. Sexual Revolution in Early America. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins UP, 2002.

Granger, Bruce. Political Satire in the American Revolution, 1763–1783. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell UP, 1960.

Gustafson, Thomas. Representative Words: Politics, Literature, and the American Language, 1776-1865. New York: Cambridge UP, 1992.

Hatch, Nathan O. The Sacred Cause of Liberty: Republican Thought and the Millennium in Revolutionary New England. New Haven: Yale UP, 1977.

Hedges, William L. “The Myth of the Republic and the Theory of American Literature.” Prospects 4 (1979): 101-20.

---. “Towards a Theory of American Literature, 1765-1800.” Early American Literature 4 (1969-70): 5-14.

Heimert, Alan. Religion and the American Mind: From the Great Awakening to the Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1966.

“The ‘Iroquois Influence’ Thesis--Con and Pro.” Forum section of William and Mary Quarterly 53.3 (1996): 587-636.

Holmes, David L. The Faiths of the Founding Fathers. New York: Oxford UP, 2006.

Kerber, Linda. “The Republican Mother: Women and the Enlightenment -- An American Perspective.” American Quarterly 28 (1976): 187-205.

---. Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1980.

Lambert, Frank. Inventing the “Great Awakening.” Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Larkin, Edward. Thomas Paine and the Literature of Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge & New York: UP, 2005.

Lawson-Peebles, Robert. Landscape and Written Expression in Revolutionary America: The World Turned Upside Down. New York: Cambridge UP, 1988.

Lemay, J. A. Leo. The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Volume 1 Journalist, 1706-1730. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2005.

----. The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Volume 2. Printer and Publisher, 1730-1747. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2005.

Lewis, Jan. “The Republican Wife: Virtue and Seduction in the Early Republic.” William and Mary Quarterly 44 (1987): 689-721.

Lienesch, Michael. New Order of the Ages: Time, the Constitution, and the Making of Modern American Political Thought. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1988.

Looby, Christopher. Voicing America: Language, Literary Form, and the Origins of the United States. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1996.

Maier, Pauline. American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence. New York: Knopf, 1997.

May, Henry F. The Enlightenment in America. New York: Oxford UP, 1976.

McWilliams, John P. The American Epic: Transformations of a Genre, 1770-1860. New York: Cambridge UP, 1989.

Nelson, Dana D. National Manhood: Capitalist Citizenship and the Imagined Fraternity of White Men. Durham: Duke UP, 1998.

Norton, Mary Beth. Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800. Boston: Little, Brown, 1980.

Patterson, Mark R. Authority, Autonomy, and Representation in American Literature, 1776-1865. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1988.

Petter, Henri. The Early American Novel. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 1971.

Pocock, J. G. A. The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1975.

Porter, Roy. The Enlightenment. Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press International, 1990.

Regis, Pamela. Describing Early America: Bartram, Jefferson, Crevecoeur, and the Rhetoric of Natural History. DeKalb: Northern Illinois UP, 1992.

Saillant, John. Black Puritan, Black Republican: The Life and Thought of Lemuel Haynes, 1753-1833. New York: Oxford UP, 2003.

Shields, David S. Civil Tongues and Polite Letters in British America. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1997.

---. Oracles of Empire: Poetry, Politics, and Commerce in British America, 1690-1750. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1990.

Shuffelton, Frank, ed. The American Enlightenment. Rochester: U of Rochester P, 1993.

---, ed. Mixed Race: Ethnicity in Early America. New York: Oxford UP, 1993.

Silverman, Kenneth. A Cultural History of the American Revolution: Painting, Music, Literature, and the Theatre in the Colonies and the United States from the Treaty of Paris to the Inauguration of George Washington, 1763-1789. New York: Crowell, 1976.

Simpson, Lewis P. “The Symbolism of Literary Alienation in the Revolutionary Age.” Journal of Politics 38 (1977): 79-100.

Sloan, William David, and Julie Hedgeeth Williams. The Early American Press, 1690–1783. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood P, 1994.

Thompson, Peter. Rum Punch and Revolution: Taverngoing and Public Life in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1999.

Triber, Jayne E. A True Republican: The Life of Paul Revere. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1998.

Valeri, Mark R. Law and Providence in Joseph Bellamy’s New England: The Origins of the New Divinity in Revolutionary America. New York: Oxford UP, 1994.

Walters, Kerry S. The American Deists: Voices of Reason and Dissent in the Early Republic. Lawrence: UPof Kansas, 1992.

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

Watts, Edward. Writing and Postcolonialism in the Early Republic. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 1998.

Watts, Steven. The Republic Reborn: War and the Making of Liberal America, 1790-1820. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1987.

Wills, Garry. Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Garden City: Doubleday, 1978. (973.313 W741i)

Withington, Ann Fairfax. Toward a More Perfect Union: Virtue and the Formation of American Republics. New York: Oxford UP,1991.

Wood, Gordon S. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1969.

---. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. New York: Knopf, 1992.

Young, Alfred E. Masquerade: The Life and Times of Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier. New York: Knopf, 2004.

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

Zuckerman, Michael. Peaceable Kingdoms: New England Towns in the Eighteenth Century. New York: Knopf, 1970.