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 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

Books edit

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.