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Writing New England

An Anthology from the Puritans to the Present

Edited by Andrew Delbanco

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ISBN 9780674335486

Publication Date: 10/19/2001

463 pages

9 halftones

Belknap Press


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  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • The Founding Idea
    • John Winthrop * From A Model of Christian Charity
    • Samuel Danforth * From A Brief Recognition of New England’s Errand into the Wilderness
  • God Speaks to the Rain
    • Edward Taylor * Preface to God’s Determinations Touching His Elect
    • Cotton Mather * From The Christian Philosopher
    • Jonathan Edwards * The Spider Letter
    • William Cullen Bryant * “Forest Hymn”
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson * From Nature
    • Margaret Fuller * “Dialogue”
    • Richard Henry Dana * From Two Years before the Mast
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne * From American Notebooks
    • Peter Oliver * From The History of the Puritan Commonwealth
    • Emily Dickinson * “Four Trees upon a Solitary Acre”
    • Henry David Thoreau * From The Maine Woods
    • Mark Twain * “The Oldest Inhabitant-The Weather of New England”
    • William James * “What Pragmatism Means”
    • Robert Frost * “Out, Out-”
    • Wallace Stevens * “The Snow Man”
    • Henry Beston * From The Outermost House
    • Robert Lowell * “Mr. Edwards and the Spider”
    • Galway Kinnell * “Another Night in the Ruins”
    • Richard Wilbur * “Mayflies”
  • The Examined Self
    • John Cotton * From Christ the Fountain of Life
    • Anne Bradstreet * “Before the Birth of One of Her Children”
    • Jonathan Edwards * Personal Narrative
    • Emily Dickinson * “I Should Have Been Too Glad, I See”
    • Henry Adams * From The Education of Henry Adams
    • W. E. B. Du Bois * From Darkwater
    • Robert Frost * “To Earthward”
    • Elizabeth Bishop * “In the Waiting Room”
    • Dorothy West * From The Richer, the Poorer
  • A Gallery of Portraits
    • Harriet Beecher Stowe * From Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    • Elizabeth Stoddard * From The Morgesons
    • Henry James * From The Bostonians
    • Edwin Arlington Robinson * “Miniver Cheevy”
    • William Dean Howells * From Literary Friends and Acquaintance
    • E. E. Cummings * “The Cambridge Ladies”
    • John P. Marquand * From The Late George Apley
    • Edwin O’Connor * From The Last Hurrah
    • John Cheever * “Reunion”
    • John Updike * “Plumbing”
    • Timothy Lewontin * From Parsons’ Mill
  • Education
    • Harvard College * From New England’s First Fruits
    • Benjamin Franklin * Dogood Papers, No. 4
    • Elizabeth Palmer Peabody and A. Bronson Alcott * From Conversations with Children
    • Horace Bushnell * From Christian Nurture
    • Charles Sumner * “Equality before the Law”
    • Charles W. Eliot * Inaugural Address
    • John Jay Chapman * “The Function of a University”
    • Dorothy Canfield Fisher * “Sex Education”
    • Louis Auchincloss, John McPhee, and Geoffrey Wolff * Schoolmasters
  • Dissident Dreamers
    • John Winthrop * Letter to His Wife
    • James Otis * From The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved
    • Abigail Adams and John Adams * Letters
    • George Ripley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne * Letters concerning Brook Farm
    • John Quincy Adams * Argument before the Supreme Court in the Amistad Case
    • Nathaniel Parker Willis * “The Lady in the White Dress, Whom I Helped into the Omnibus”
    • Daniel Webster * Speech in the United States Senate
    • Theodore Parker * From Three Sermons
    • Julia Ward Howe * “Battle-Hymn of the Republic”
    • Louisa May Alcott * Transcendental Wild Oats
    • William Graham Sumner * From What Social Classes Owe to Each Other
    • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. * “Natural Law”
    • John F. Kennedy * Broadcast Address
    • A. Bartlett Giamatti * “The Green Fields of the Mind”
  • Strangers in the Promised Land
    • The Salem Court * Examination of Susanna Martin
    • William Apess * From Eulogy on King Philip
    • Frederick Douglass * From My Bondage and My Freedom
    • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow * “The Jewish Cemetery at Newport”
    • Mary Antin * From The Promised Land
    • Felix Frankfurter * From “The Case of Sacco and Vanzetti”
    • F. O. Matthiessen * Journal Letters
    • Jean Stafford * From Boston Adventure
    • Shirley Jackson * “The Lottery”
    • Robert Lowell * “For the Union Dead”
    • Malcolm X and Alex Haley * From The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    • Anne Sexton * “Her Kind”
    • Jonathan Kozol * From Death at an Early Age
    • J. Anthony Lukas * From Common Ground
  • The Abiding Sense of Place
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson * “Hamatreya”
    • Sarah Orne Jewett * “A White Heron”
    • Henry James * From The American Scene
    • E. B. White * “Maine Speech”
    • Fred Allen * Letter to The Cape Codder
    • Donald Hall * “Scenic View”
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • Andrew Delbanco Is a 2011 National Humanities Medal Winner
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