Book Description: The best-selling survey of American literature from its beginnings to the present day is now brought to readers in an innovative revision. Here are the classic writers of the American tradition -- from Wheatley and Franklin to Poe and Dickinson to Cather, Hemingway, and Ellison. Eleven major works are included in their entirety, among them Nature, Song of Myself, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Daisy Miller, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Death of a Salesman, and Howl. Here too are contemporary and newly recovered writers and traditions -- from Native American Trickster tales to the early best-selling writers Susanna Rowson and Fanny Fern to the contemporary bestsellers Toni Morrison and Leslie Marmon Silko. Helpful introductions, headnotes, bibliographies, maps, and timelines accompany the texts.