Contemporary:  1946 to Present

Even more writers to explore...

Julia Alvarez   

Julia Alvarez- the author's own home page with biographical information and more. 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  Short Story: "A ntojos" -p. 1116 

James Baldwin

American Masters: James Baldwin- a great resource from PBS

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Short Story: "The Rockpiler" -p. 1184 

 Gwendolyn Brooks 

Modern American Poetry: Gwendolyn Brooks - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism

Gwendolyn Brooks-  from the Academy of American poets, biographical information and links to some of her works 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "The Explorer" -p. 1218.

Diana Chang 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "Most Satisfied by Snow" -p. 1133

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros - the author's own home page with biographical information and more

Modern American Poetry: Sandra Cisneros - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism

Sandra Cisneros-  biographical information and more from the Academy of American poets

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Essay: "Straw into Gold" -p. 1164

Eugenia Collier     

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  Short Story: "Marigolds" -p. 1012 

Rita Dove

Rita Dove's Homepage

Modern American Poetry: Rita Dove - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism

Rita Dove-  biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets. 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Essay: "For the Love of Books" -p. 1169 

Tony Earley 

An Interview with Tony Earley- from the New York Times Online

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Short Story: "Aliceville" -p. 1030 .

Louise Erdrich

Modern American Poetry: Louise Erdrich - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism

Native American Authors: Louise Erdrich- from the Native American Authors Project of the Internet Public Library 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "Bidwell Ghost" -p. 1243

Martin Espada

Modern American Poetry: Martin Espada - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.

Martin Espada-  biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets. 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper" -p. 1132

Ian Frazier   

Minnesota Public Radio- Humorist Series: Ian Frazier- this page from Minnesota Public Radio has links to biographical information and much more.

"Typewriter Man" by Ian Frazier - from The Atlantic Online.

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  Essay: "Coyote v. Acme" -p. 939 

Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo-  biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets

Native American Authors: Joy Harjo- from the Native American Authors Project of the Internet Public Library

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Essay: "Suspended" -p. 1083 

 Robert Hayden 

Modern American Poetry: Robert Hayden - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism

Robert Hayden-  biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets.

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "Frederick Douglass" -p.1219   

Poem: "Runagate Runagate" -p. 1220 

John Hersey

A Life in Writing: John Hersey, 1914- 1993- from Yale University's Alumni Magazine. 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Excerpt from Nonfiction: "Hiroshima" -p.  1198

Garrett Hongo

Modern American Poetry: Garrett Hongo - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism

Garrett Hongo-  biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets. 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "What For" -p. 1135 

Randall Jarrell  

Modern American Poetry: Randall Jarrell - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism

Randall Jarrell-  biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets

Featured Author: Randall Jarrell- from the New York Times on the web. 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "Losses" -p.1209

Poem: "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" -p. 1210 

Edward P. Jones

Edward P. Jones- biographical information and more from publisher Harper-Collins.

Additional Resources

Short Story: "The First Day" (handout) 

 John F. Kennedy 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Biography of John F. Kennedy- from The White House online 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Speech: "Inaugural Address" -p. 1228 

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - biographical information and more from the Nobel Foundation

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s  "I Have a Dream" speech - offers an answer to the question: "What is the American dream?" 

The King Center- the official website of the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia

American Memory- The Library of Congress:  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Excerpt from Letter:  "Letter from Birmingham City Jail" -p. 1232

Maxine Hong Kingston

Bill Moyers Journal: Maxine Hong Kingston- interesting information and more from PBS. 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Excerpt from Memoir: "The Woman Warrior" -p. 1104

Yusef Komunyakaa   

Modern American Poetry: Yusef Komunyakaa - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.

Yusef Komunyakaa-  biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets. 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  Poem: "Camouflaging the Chimera" -p. 1245 

Carson McCullers 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Essay: "Loneliness...An American Malady" -p. 1153 

 Colleen McElroy  

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "For My Children" -p. 1240 .

N. Scott Momaday

Modern American Poetry: N. Scott Momaday- from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism

Native American Authors: N. Scott Momaday- from the Native American Authors Project of the Internet Public Library

New Perspectives on the West: N. Scott Momaday- great resource from PBS

N. Scott Momaday-  biographical information and more from the Academy of American poets.  

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Excerpt from Nonfiction: The Names -p. 1076

Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye-  biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets

Naomi Shihab Nye: A Bill Moyers Interview- nice resource from PBS.

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Essay: "Mint Snowball" -p. 1081

Flannery O'Connor   

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  Short Story: "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" -p. 983

Simon J. Ortiz

Native American Authors: Simon J. Ortiz-  from the Native American Authors Project of the Internet Public Library

Simon J. Ortiz-  biographical information from the Academy of American poets.

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "Hunger in New York City" -p. 1134 

 Sylvia Plath 

Sylvia Plath-  biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets

Modern American Poetry: Sylvia Plath- from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "Mirror" -p. 1216 .

Anna Quindlen

Interviews: Anna Quindlen- interesting insights from a PBS interview. 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Essay: "One Day, Now Broken in Two" -p. 1156

Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich-  biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets

Modern American Poetry: Adrienne Rich- from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "In a Classroom" -p. 1217 

Thoedore Roethke   

Theodore Roethke-  biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets

Modern American Poetry: Theodore Roethke- from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.  

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  Poem: "The Light Comes Brighter" -p. 1052 

William Safire

Columnist Biography: William Safire- from the New York Times.

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Essay: "Onomatopoeia" -p. 1146 

 William Stafford 

William Stafford-  biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets

Modern American Poetry: William Stafford- from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/ criticism. 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "Traveling Through the Dark" -p. 1053

Amy Tan

Amy Tan's Official Website- the author's own webpage filled with lots of great information.

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Excerpt from Memoir: The Opposite of Fate - "Mother Tongue"  -p. 1172.

David Sedaris

The Official Davis Sedaris Site- lots of interesting information about this author and his works. 

Additional Resources: 

Short Story: "Go Carolina"  (handout excerpted from Me Talk Pretty One Day by Sedaris) 

Anne Tyler

"Anne Tyler digs writing, puttering" - interesting USA Today interview by Carol Memmott

Featured Author: Anne Tyler- great resource (many links) from the New York Times.

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Short Story: "Average Waves in Unprotected Waters" -p. 1062

 

John Updike   

John Updike: Biography- a wonderful resource from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

"Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu" - from The New Yorker.

Additional Resources: 

Short Story: "A & P" (handout)

Alice Walker

Alice Walker-  biographical information and more from the Academy of American poets. 

Featured Author: Alice Walker- great resource (many links) from the New York Times. 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Short Story: "Everyday Use" -p. 1090 

 Robert Penn Warren 

Robert Penn Warren- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets. 

Modern American Poetry: Robert Penn Warren- from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism. 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: "Gold Glade" -p. 1050.

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Overall "Text to World" & "Text to Text" Connections for this Literary Period

American Memory Timeline - from the Learning Page at The Library of Congress, this link will help you connect American history to American literature.

The Contemporary American Poetry Archive- find some new and amazing poets at this site from the Connecticut College Department of English. 

Favorite Poem Project -one of my favorite sites, this site features "American saying poems they love" and is sponsored by Boston University. 

Poetry Foundation- great resources and a wide collection of poetry!

Poems that GO - click here to visit a site that can best be described as cutting edge. Perhaps this is the start of an entirely new genre in poetry.  

Poetry 180- A Poem a Day for American High Schools - we'll be reading one poem a day from this fantastic site thanks to poet laureate Billy Collins! 


Featured Literary Works...

Tears of a Tiger  by Sharon Draper 

Ellen Foster  by Kaye Gibbons

The Fault in Our Stars  by John Green

A Raisin in the Sun  by Lorraine Hansberry

Out of the Dust  by Karen Hesse

October Sky  by Homer Hickam

Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman

The Natural  by Bernard Malamud

The Crucible  by Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman  by Arthur Miller

The Rookie  by Jim Morris and Joel  Engel

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

The Things They Carried  by Tim O'Brien

42: The Jackie Robinson Story by Aaron Rosenberg

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer

 

Literature of this period reflects the social activism and social change characteristic of the times. In the latter half of this period, the influence of the digital age is reflected in new and emerging forms of writing and literacy.

We will read and explore one or more of the literary works by the featured author for this period:  

Arthur Miller

The Kennedy Center Honors:  Arthur Miller - interesting biographical information on Miller 

 Arthur Miller Biography -short bio. on Miller from Biography.com

Arthur Miller- a rich resource from National Endowment for the Humanities.

Official Website of The Arthur Miller Society 

Arthur Miller News- the New York Times

 
Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Play:  The Crucible  -p. 1257

Scroll down to discover links to two of Miller's works: Death of a Salesman and The Crucible.