Portal:American literature

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 formEdit

American poetryEdit

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

American novelsEdit

The Great Gatsby

American short storiesEdit

To build a Fire

American journals and autobiographiesEdit

American essaysEdit

American orationsEdit

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

American dramatic worksEdit

Other American worksEdit

Collections of American literatureEdit

Individual authorsEdit

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

Colonial period (17th & 18th centuries)Edit

Anne Bradstreet

19th centuryEdit

Frederick Douglass

1900 to 1960Edit

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Zora Neale Hurston

Works about American literatureEdit

Inside the Library of Congress


Articles and ChaptersEdit

Encyclopedic articlesEdit

Literary magazinesEdit

See alsoEdit

Child portalsEdit

Parent portalsEdit

Related portalsEdit

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