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The Contemporary Period: 1946 - Present


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


   

 

 Arthur Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Links to Connections 

 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.

The Arthur Miller Society Official Website

Arthur Miller News- the New York Times

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

Click here to access a viewer's response/journal for Death of a Salesman and The Crucible.

 

 


We may also explore one or more of the following works: 

 

 

Tears of a Tiger

by

Sharon Draper

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The Things They Carried

by

Tim O'Brien

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Ellen Foster

by

Kaye Gibbons

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The Fault in Our Stars

by

John Green

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A Raisin in the Sun

by

Lorraine Hansberry

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Out of the Dust

by

Karen Hesse

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October Sky

by

Homer Hickam

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Dance Hall of the Dead

by

Tony Hillerman

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The Natural

by

Bernard Malamud

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The Crucible

by

Arthur Miller

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Death of a Salesman

by

Arthur Miller

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The Rookie

by

Jim Morris and Joel Engel

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Monster

by

Walter Dean Myers

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42: The Jackie Robinson Story

by

Aaron Rosenberg

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Even more writers to explore...


Julia Alvarez

 Links to Connections  

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

Julila Alvarez - biographical information and more from the Department of English at Emory University.

 

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

  • Short Story: "Antojos" -p. 1116

 


James Baldwin

 Links to Connections

American Masters: James Baldwin- a great resource from PBS

Perspectives in American Literature: James Baldwin-  a great research source from California State University

 

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

  • Short Story: "The Rockpile" -p. 1184

 


Gwendolyn Brooks

 Links to Connections 

 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

 Links to Connections 

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: The Metamorphosis of the Everyday" -p. 1164

 


Eugenia Collier

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

  • Short Story: "Marigolds" -p. 1012

 


Rita Dove

 Links to Connections 

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

 Links to Connections 

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

Tony Early- click here to see Early's Teacher/Professor web page at Vanderbilt University.

 

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

  • Short Story: "Aliceville" -p. 1030

 


Louise Erdrich

 Links to Connections 

 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

 Links to Connections

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

 Links to Connections 

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. 1148

 


Joy Harjo

 Links to Connections 

 

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

Perspectives in American Literature: Joy Harjo-  a great research source from California State University

 

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

  • Essay: "Suspended" -p. 1083

 


Robert Hayden

 Links to Connections  

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

 Links to Connections 

 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

 Links to Connections  

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

 Links to Connections 

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

 Links to Connections 

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

Additional Resources: 

  • Short Story: "The First Day" (handout)

John F. Kennedy

 Links to Connections  

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.

 Links to Connections  

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

 Links to Connections 

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

60 Years of Asian Heroes- Artists & Thinkers: Maxine Hong Kingston- great article from Time Magazine.

 

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

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

 


Yusef Komunyakaa

 Links to Connections 

 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

 Links to Connections  

Perspectives in American Literature: Carson McCullers-  a great research source from California State University.

 

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

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

 


Colleen McElroy

 Links to Connections  

Colleen McElroy- brief biography and more from the University of Portland.

 

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

  • Poem: "For My Children" -p. 1240

 


N. Scott Momaday

 Links to Connections 

Academy of Achievement: N. Scott Momaday- biographical information and more

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

 Links to Connections  

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

 Links to Connections

Perspectives in American Literature: Flannery O'Connor-  a great research source from California State University

Georgia Women of Achievement: 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

 Links to Connections  

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

Simon J. Ortiz: Native American Poet- from the University of Texas/Arlington, an informative site with link some of Ortiz's works.

 

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

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

 


Sylvia Plath

 Links to Connections 

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

 Links to Connections  

Newsweek, Contributing Editor: Anna Quindlen- biography and more from Newsweek.

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

 Links to Connections  

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

 


Theodore Roethke

 Links to Connections  

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

 Links to Connections  

Columnist Biography: William Safire- from the New York Times

The Daily Show: William Safire- Safire talks with Jon Stewart about his latest book: Safire's Political Dictionary.

 

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

  • Essay: "Onomatopoeia" -p. 1146

 


William Stafford

 Links to Connections 

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

 Links to Connections  

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

Academy of Achievement: Amy Tan- biographical information and more.

 

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

  • Excerpt from Memoir –The Opposite of Fate/Essay: "Mother Tongue" -p. 1172

 


David Sedaris

 Links to Connections 

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

 Links to Connections 

"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

 Links to Connections 

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

 Links to Connections  

 Alice Walker - biographical information and more from the College of Staten Island

 

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

 Links to Connections  

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.

 


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

American Masters: The American Novel Literary Timeline- a great site from PBS, this link offers lots of information on the various movements, periods, novels and authors of American literature.

 

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! 

Create your own "refrigerator" poem with Word Mover from the NCTE.