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.


Bercovitch, Sacvan. Typology and Early American Literature. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1972.

Cowell, Pattie, ed. Women Poets in Pre-Revolutionary America, 1650-1775: An Anthology. Troy: Whitston Publishing, 1981.

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

Hammond, Jeffrey A. Sinful Self, Saintly Self: The Puritan Experience of Poetry. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1993.

Lemay, J. A. Leo. Men of Letters in Colonial Maryland. Knoxville, U of Tennessee P, 1972.

Leon-Portilla, Miguel, ed. Fifteen Poets of the Aztec World. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1992.

Mazoff, C. D. “Strategies of Colonial Legitimation in the Early Canadian Long Poem.” Canadian Poetry 36.1 (1995): 81-113.

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

Meserole, Harrison T., ed. American Poetry of the Seventeenth Century. University Park: Pennsylvania State UP, 1986.

---. Seventeenth Century American Poetry. Garden City: Anchor-Doubleday, 1968.

Ruppert, James. Colonial and Nineteenth-Century. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1989. Vol. 1 of Guide to American Poetry Explication. 2 vols.

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

Schweitzer, Ivy. The Work of Self-Representation: Lyric Poetry in Colonial New England. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1991.

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

Steele, Timothy. All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification. Athens: Ohio UP, 1999.

White, Peter, ed. Puritan Poets and Poetics: Seventeenth-Century American Poetry in Theory and Practice. University Park: Pennsylvania State UP, 1985.

Wiget, Andrew. Native American Literature. Boston: Twayne, 1985. (810.9 W654n)

---. “A Talk Concerning First Beginnings: Teaching Native American Oral Literature.” The Heath Anthology of American Literature Newsletter No. 9 (Spring 1993): 4-6.