American Literature

General Information


  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Barnes and Noble Classics) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Dover) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin (Dover) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • The Gold Bug and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe (Dover) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • The Raven and Other Favorite Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (Dover) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • Evangeline and Other Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Dover) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • Billy Budd by Herman Melville (Barnes and Noble) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Dover) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (Barnes and Noble) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (Dover) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • Humorous Stories and Sketches by Mark Twain (Dover) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • Short Stories by Edith Wharton (Dover) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson (Dover) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • The Road Not Taken and Other Poems by Robert Frost (Dover) – Purchase Online: Amazon
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Dover Thrift Edition: Purchase Online – Amazon
  • White Fang by Jack London, Dover Thrift Edition: Purchase Online – Amazon


The purposes of this course are to educate the student on classic American literature, to train the student how to think critically when reading and analyzing a text, and to expand the student’s vocabulary. Upon completion of this course, the student should have improved skills in reading analytically, writing critically, and speaking descriptively. As a corollary, the student will also have a greater appreciation of America’s heritage. All of these disciplines will be approached with a Christian worldview.

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