Introduction to the Study of American Literature by William Cranston Lawton (Rare Book Collection)
In this volume the attempt has been made to distinguish the salient epochs in American literature, brief though the story is. The relation of the artist and his work to the general life of his time and of his people has been frequently recalled. This relation is especially illustrated in the chronological tables, which may be supplemented from the regular textbooks in American history.
Nevertheless, the treatment in the text itself is in the main biographical. That is, the effort has almost always been to make the single life appear an articulated and rational whole. This method craves far more space than was here available; but, any such volume as this must serve merely as an introduction to far wider reading.