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Burt, Daniel S. (Editor); Melville, Herman; Faulkner, William; Hemingway, Ernest & Others . THE CHRONOLOGY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE: AMERICA'S LITERARY ACHIEVEMENTS FROM THE COLONIAL ERA TO MODERN TIMES. New York City, NY: Houghton And Mifflin, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 805 pages. As New/As New.

Landmark account on its subject. Widely praised when it first came out, the book is now considered the definitive reference. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "Includes more than 8, 400 literary works by more than 5, 000 writers. Sections for each year are grouped in five chapters by period, from 1582 to 1999. Within each year, entries are grouped by genre, such as diaries and other personal writings, fiction, essays, literary criticism and scholarship, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Within each genre, authors are listed alphabetically. Each chapter has an Introduction that gives an overview of the major events of the period. Not surprisingly, increasing attention is given to more recent years. The last chapter, 'Modernism and Postmodernism', treats the years 1950-1999 and fills 245 pages, compared to the 86 pages of 'The Colonial Period' (1582-1789). Interspersed throughout the text are black-and-white images, primarily of writers, and tables of events, such as births and deaths from the period, bestsellers, and literary awards and prizes. The author and title indexes are indispensable. Includes the widest array of both popular and little-studied authors. 'The Chronology of American Literature' is easy to browse and for book lovers, difficult to put down" (Booklist). An indispensable, "must-have" title for every collector of American literature. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings. This is one of very few copies of the true First Edition (number line ending in 1) still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. One of the finest accounts of its kind ever written. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0618168214. $70.00

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