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From the hour of the invention of printing, books, and not kings, were to rule the world. Weapons forged in the mind, keen-edged, and brighter than a sunbeam, were to supplant the sword and battle-axe. --Edwin Percy Whipple, Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 386.



 
Textbook: Outline of American Literature (2006)

Author: Kathryn VanSpanckeren
Textbook URL: http://www.america.gov/publications/books/outline-of-american-literature.html
Reviewer: Susan Amper, Assoc. Professor of English, Bronx Community College

lit2 *Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0 Reviewer's Comments
I would recommend this book. I would adopt the chapters on early America and the 19th century for a survey class for freshmen or sophomores. The chapters dealing with the 20th century and beyond could be useful in a class on poetry. The text is not modular, so if possible, modular capability should be added.

 
Textbook: Studies in Classic American Literature

Author: D.H. Lawrence
Textbook URL: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/LAWRENCE/lawrence.html
Reviewer: Alena Hairston, MFA, English Professor, Solano Community College
Review Date: March, 2012

studies in classic american lit chart *Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0 Reviewer's Comments
This textbook is recommended for high school through four year college students, and is appropriate for first year composition and upper division writing and rhetoric courses. The principal strength of this book is that it is a public domain edition of the D. H. Lawrence text, so is completely free for use and adaptation. It provides a particularly strong exploration of the American white male identity and its continual conflict with the reality of human equality and the myth of a racial and gendered superiority. The book would benefit from greater modularity and footnotes and/or links to additional resources to help contextualize the time period and style of writing.