AMERICAN LITERATURE LIST
American Literature, the Colonial Period, 1620s–1776.
1812, With the War of 1812 and an increasing desire to produce uniquely American literature and culture, a number of key new literary figures emerged, perhaps most prominently Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe.
1820, The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving.
1826, The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757, James Fenimore Cooper.
1836, In 1836, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) started a movement known as Transcendentalism. Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) wrote Walden, which urges resistance to the dictates of organized society. The political conflict surrounding abolitionism inspired the writings of William Lloyd Garrison and Harriet Beecher Stowe in her world-famous Uncle Tom’s Cabin. These efforts were supported by the continuation of the slave narrative autobiography, of which the best known example from this period was Frederick Douglass‘s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.
1845, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, Frederick Douglas.
1850, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne.
1851, Moby Dick, Herman Melville.
1852, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe.
1855, Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman.
1855, My Bondage and My Freedom, Frederick Douglas.
1855, The Song of Hiawatha, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
1888, The Young Acrobat, Horatio Alger, Jr.
1893, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, Stephen Crane.
1895, The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane.
1898, The Turn of the Screw, Henry James.
1900, Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser.
1902, The Wings of the Dove, Henry James.
1903, The Ambassadors, Henry James.
1903, The People of the Abyss, Jack London.
1903, Call of the Wild, Jack London.
1904, The Golden Bowl, Henry James.
1905, The House of Mirth, Edith Warton.
1906, White Fang, Jack London.
1908, “To Build a Fire,” Jack London.
1908, The Iron Heel, Jack London.
1909, Three Lives, Gertrude Stein.
1911, Ethan Frome, Edith Warton.
1913, O Pioneers!, Willa Cather.
1918, My Antonia, Willa Cather.
1920, This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
1920, The Age of Innocence, Edith Warton.
1922, The Beautiful and the Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
1924, Billy Budd, Herman Melville, published postumously in 1924.
1924, The Making of Americans, Gertrude Stein.
1925, An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser.
1925, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
1927, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder.
1929, A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway.
1931, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley.
1933, Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder.
1934, Tender Is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
1935, Lucy Gayheart, Willa Cather.
1944, The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams.
1947, A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams.
1948, The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer.
1949, Shane, Jack Schaefer.
1949, Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller.
1951, The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger.
1952, The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway.
1953, The Crucible, Arthur Miller.
1953, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury.
1964, Herzog, Saul Bellow.
1965, An American Dream, Norman Mailer.
1991, Harlot’s Ghost, Norman Mailer.
1996, The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks.
2002, The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold.