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Stories of the American Experience

Edited by Barbara Perkins and George Perkins

Publication Date - January 1993

ISBN: 9780195072228

688 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $109.99


This innovative multicultural reader gathers together diaries, histories, autobiographies, short stories, and excerpts from novels to bring the many facets of the American experience to life, from sixteenth-century explorations to this century's ongoing saga of immigration and acculturation. Extending the traditional boundaries of the American literary canon, the editors first offer a comprehensive overview of the history of multicultural social and literary patterns in the United States, and then present a wealth of richly diverse stories--construing that term in the broadest possible sense--from both celebrated and lesser-known authors emphasizing pluralistic experience. Whenever possible, they present narratives of cross-cultural contact and exchange, rather than reports of cultures observed in isolation. Offering a uniquely broad range of readings within a strong thematic structure, Kaleidoscope is an enjoyable and enlightening reader for anyone interested in American literature and history, or the new emphasis on multiculturalism.

About the Author(s)

George Perkins is editor of The American Tradition in Literature (Seventh Edition, 1990), the leading American literature survey text. George and Barbara Perkins are co-authors or co-editors of Contemporary American Literature (1988), The Reader's Encyclopedia of American literature (1991), and Women's Work: American Literature by Women (1994), and founders and editors of The Journal of Narrative Technique.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: The American Multicultural Experience; Notes toward Understanding
    Verrazzano's Voyage: 1524, Giovanni da Verrazzano (c. 1485-1528)
    [from] The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca, Alva Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (c. 1490-1557)
    [from] Voyages of Samuel de Champlain, Samuel de Champlain (c. 1567-1635)
    [from] The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles, John Smith (1580-1631)
    [from] Of Plymouth Plantation, William Bradford (1590-1657)
    [from] A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, Mary Rowlandson (1636?-1711?)
    [from] An Account of the Remarkable Occurrences in the Life and Travels of Col. James Smith, James Smith (1737-1812)
    [from] The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Olaudah Equiano (1745?-1797?)
    [from] A Narrative of the Incidents Attending the Capture, Detention, and Ransom of Charles Johnston of Virginia, Charles Johnston (1769-1833)
    [from] Domestic Manners of the Americans, Frances Trollope (1780-1863)
    Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving (1783-1859)
    The Prairie, John James Audubon (1785-1851)
    [from] A Son of the Forest, William Apes (1798-?)
    The Maypole of Merry Mount, Nathaniel Hawthore (1804-1864)
    The Two Camps, William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870)
    [from] Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs (c. 1813-1897)
    [from] The Heroic Slave, Frederick Douglass (c. 1815-1862)
    [from] La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West, Francis Parkman (1823-1893)
    John Lamar, Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910)
    "Posson Jone'", George Washington Cable (1844-1925)
    [from] Life Among the Piutes, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (1844-1891)
    La Belle Zoraïde, Kate Chopin (1851-1904)
    The Sheriff's Children, Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932)
    Circumstances, Abraham Cahan (1860-1951)
    Edith Maud Eaton (Sui Sin Far) (1865-1914)
    Neighbour Rosicky, Willa Cather (1873-1947)
    [from] Giants in the Earth, Ole Rölvaag (1876-1931)
    [from] The Promised Land, Mary Antin (1881-1949)
    [from] Dust Tracks on the Road, Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)
    [from] Wah'kon-Tah, John Joseph Mathews (c. 1894-1979)
    [from] Jews Without Money, Michael Gold (1894-1967)
    [from] Becky, Jean Toomer (1894-1967)
    A Justice, William Faulkner (1897-1962)
    [from] Pnin, Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)
    Studs, James T. Farrell (1904- )
    Antranik of Armenia, William Saroyan (1908-1981)
    [from] Black Boy, Richard Wright (1908-1960)
    [from] Mount Allegro, Jerre Mangione (1909- )
    [from] Christ in Concrete, Pietro Di Donato (1911- )
    [from] America Is in the Heart, Carlos Bulosan (1913-1956)
    Flying Home, Ralph Ellison (1914- )
    A Silver Dish, Saul Bellow (1915- )
    [from] Eat a Bowl of Tea, Louis Chu (1915-1970)
    Tears of Autumn, Yoshiko Uchida (1921- )
    [from] No-No Boy, John Okada (1923-1971)
    [from] I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou (1928- )
    El Patron, Nash Candelaria (1928- )
    [from] Sula, Toni Morrison (1931- )
    [from] Sound-Shadows of the New World, Ved Mehta (1934- )
    [from] The Way to Rainy Mountain, N. Scott Momaday (1934- )
    The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Maxine Hong Kingston (1940- )
    Rosa in Television Land, Daniela Gioseffi (1941- )
    News from Phoenix, Joseph Geha (1944- )
    Exchange Value, Charles Johnson (1948- )
    The Man to Send Rain Clouds, Leslie Marmon Silko (1948- )
    Mariah, Jamaica Kincaid (1949- )
    Half and Half, Amy Tan (1952- )
    The Red Convertible, Louise Erdrich (1954- )