Covers, Titles, and Tables: The Formations of American Literary Canons


Welcome: Suggestions for Students xii
To the Instructor xv
Acknowledgments xvii
Epigraphs xviii

Letter to the reader: Contexts for Early American Literature   3

    Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)   34
       From Letter to Luis de Santangel Regarding the First
           Voyage   36

       From Letter to Ferdinand and Isabella Regarding the
           Fourth Voyage   38

    Bartalome De La Casa (1484-1566)   41

       From The Devastation of the Indies: Hispaniola   41

    Iroquois Creation Story   44

       A Tale of the Foundation of the Great Island, now North
           America:-- The two Infants born, and the Creation
           of the Universe    45

    John Smith (1580-1631)   49

       From A Description of New England, by Captain John
           Smith 50

    William Bradford (1590-1657) 55

       From Of Plymouth Plantation

            Book I, Chapter IX. Of Their Voyage, and how They
                Passed the Sea; and of their Safe Arrival
                at Cape Cod    54

            Book I, Chapters X. Showing How they Sought out a
                 Place of Habitation; and What Befell Them
                 Thereabout    58



Dr. Kenneth Roemer
University of Texas at Arlington

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