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Concise Anthology of American Literature, 7th Edition

About the Author

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Shelley Fisher Fishkin's principal concern throughout her career has been literature and social justice. Much of her work has focused on issues of race and racism in America, and on recovering and interpreting voices that were silenced, marginalized, or ignored in America's past. 

Her broad, interdisciplinary research interests have led her to focus on topics including the challenge of doing transnational American Studies; the place of humor and satire in movements for social change; the role literature can play in the fight against racism; the influence of African American voices on canonical American literature; the need to desegregate American literary...

Prentice Hall


This concise version of a leading, two-volume anthology represents America's literary heritage from the colonial times of William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet to the contemporary era of Toni Morrison and David Mamet.

Supported by rich contextual information–both historical and critical–as well as solid headnotes and instructions, the Concise Anthology offers a balanced approach to American literature.  Canonical authors like Melville, Hawthorne, Dickinson, and Whitman are joined by a wide array of selections by women and writers of color, including both African Americans and Native Americans.