Portal:American literature

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American literature

American literature is literature written or produced in the United States or in its preceding colonies. Before the founding of the United States, the British colonies on the eastern coast of the present-day United States were heavily influenced by English literature. The American literary tradition thus began as part of the broader tradition of English literature.

This portal is not intended as an exhaustive list of works by Americans. Items that are listed might be included in a course on American literature, or have had a significant cultural impact. Literature courses typically do not cover scholarly works, whether historical, philosophical, religious, or scientific, so those works are not listed here. However, scholarly works about American literature are included under the appropriate sections.

See Portal:United States for works created by or pertaining to the government of the United States.

Literature by form[edit]

American poetry[edit]

O Captain! My Captain!
For a more extensive listing see Category:American poetry.

American novels[edit]

The Great Gatsby
For a more extensive listing see Category:American novels.

American short stories[edit]

To build a Fire

American journals and autobiographies[edit]

American essays[edit]

American orations[edit]

See also Portal:Speeches by United States Presidents and Category:American speeches.

American dramatic works[edit]

Other American works[edit]

Collections of American literature[edit]

Individual authors[edit]

For a more extensive listing see Category:United States authors.

Colonial period (17th & 18th centuries)[edit]

Anne Bradstreet

19th century[edit]

Frederick Douglass

1900 to 1960[edit]

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Zora Neale Hurston

Works about American literature[edit]

Inside the Library of Congress


Articles and Chapters[edit]

Encyclopedic articles[edit]

Literary magazines[edit]

See also[edit]

Child portals[edit]

Parent portals[edit]

Related portals[edit]

  • Portal:United States - for works created by or written about the United States government or its agencies.