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2nd Edition

American Literature


Students will explore the power and beauty of America’s greatest literary works from a Biblical Christian worldview. Even those who have never connected with classic literature will discover how enjoyable it can be, how it speaks to their lives today, and how it affirms and illuminates Biblical truth. 

Recommended Grade Level: 10th-12th

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In American Literature, 2nd Edition, the author uses the Socratic method of asking probing questions, leading students into a deeper understanding of each work. Beautifully illustrated in a stunning softcover edition, our American Literature, 2nd Edition course features the following: 

  • An emphasis on reading whole works 
  • Novels, plays, short stories, poems, and other works from every major period and literary movement, from the Colonial to Modern Age
  • In-depth study and analyses of whole works
  • Biographical essays examining the background, culture, and beliefs of each author 
  • Meaningful, thoughtful study questions
  • Extensive online solutions within Apologia’s Book Extras, offering greater insight and clarity to both parents and students 

The 2nd Edition is slightly condensed without compromising the overall scope and sequence of the course.

These assigned literary works are not reproduced in the textbook but can be easily obtained online or through your local library or bookstore:

Novels and Plays

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry 

Short Stories and Poems

  •  “A Leader of the People,” John Steinbeck
  • “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” James Thurber
  • “Barn Burning,” William Faulkner
  • “A Worn Path,”  Eudora Welty
  • “Revelation,” Flannery O’Connor
  • “Design” and “Never Again Would Birds’ Song Be the Same,” Robert Frost
  • “Harlem,” Langston Hughes
  • “My Papa’s Waltz” and “The Waking,” Theodore Roethke

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Dr. Whit Jones

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An Artful Labor of Love

Dr. Whit Jones has prepared an excellent American literature anthology for high school students (ideal for both classroom and homeschool instruction). Would you like to tour American literary classics with a seasoned college professor who wisely draws out the best in the pieces he has selected? A kindly professor who fashioned his curricula to bless his own children with a winsome course of study for their homeschooling years? Then this is the anthology for you. American Literature, 2nd Edition, is an artful labor of love, evident from the introductory paragraphs Jones penned on Beauty and Truth, on the Power of Stories, and on Evil in Literature to the final online resources he included on testing, grammar, essay composition, and grading. Likewise, in each section, Dr. Jones sets the background beautifully with an insightful overview of the period for consideration, replete with biblical insights while keeping his literary topic clear and historically situated. Then onto the text themselves, abundant, carefully chosen, featuring just enough pictures and media to supplement the texts without becoming too busy or distracting. Apologia did wonderful work setting columns, colors, contrasts, fonts, and overall design to be attractive and engaging, easy for the eye to follow, leaving room for note-taking. Finally, Dr. Jones' reading questions and assignments are excellently crafted to provide good guidance while encouraging thoughtful reflection from the reader. It's everything one could ask for in an anthology. From the Colonial Age to the Constitution to Modern times, from the poetry of Anne Bradstreet to Poe and Robert Frost, from the Romantic to the Existentialist to the comedic to the Southern Gothic, herein lies a literary plenty to bless every American Christian soul. Enjoy the feast Dr. Jones has set!

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Weight 5.25 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 1.5 × 11 in