U.S. Literature

Authors' Lives

Winthrop Born

1588

Bradstreet Born

1612

Rowlandson Born

1636

Taylor Born

1642

Winthrop Died

1649

Bradstreet Died

1672

Edwards Born

1703

Franklin Born

1706

Rowlandson Died

1711

Taylor Died

1729

Crevecoeur Born

1737

Paine Born

1737

Murray Born

1751

Wheatley Born

1753

Edwards Died

1758

Irving Born

1783

Wheatley Died

1784

Franklin Died

1790

Apess Born

1798

Child Born

1802

Emerson Born

1803

Hawthorne Born

1804

Paine Died

1809

Poe Born

1809

Fuller Born

1810

Crevecoeur Died

1813

Brown Born

1814

Thoreau Born

1817

Douglass Born

1818

Melville Born

1819

Whitman Born

1819

Murray Died

1820

Stoddard Born

1823

Apess Died

1839

Poe Died

1849

Fuller Died

1850

Irving Died

1859

Thoreau Died

1862

Hawthorne Died

1864

Child Died

1880

Emerson Died

1882

Brown Died

1884

Melville Died

1891

Whitman Died

1892

Douglass Died

1895

Stoddard Died

1902

Publishing Dates

Winthrop's "A Model of Christian Charity"

1630

Bradstreet's Poems

1650

Rowlandson's

1682

Taylor's Poems

1690

Edwards's "Personal Narrative"

1723

Crevecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer

1769

Wheatley's Poems

1770

Franklin's "Rules by Which..."

1773

Paine's "Common Sense"

1776

Franklin's "Fart Proudly"

1781

Franklin's "Remarks Concerning the Savages" and Autobiography Part II

1784

Murray's "On the Equality of the Sexes"

1790

Paine's The Age of Reason

1793

Irving's "Rip Van Winkle"

1819

Poe's Poems

1831

Apess's "An Indian Looking Glass..."

1833

Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown"

1835

Emerson's Nature

1836

Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher"

1839

Emerson's "Self-Reliance"

1841

Child's "The Quadroons"

1842

Fuller's "The Great Lawsuit"

1843

Thoreau's "Resistance to Civil Government"

1849

Douglass's "What to the Slave..."

1852

Brown's Clotel

1854

Brown's Clotel

1854

Melville's Benito Cereno

1855

Stoddard's "Lemorne v. Huell"

1863

Whitman's Poems

1867

Literary Movements

Puritanism/Didactic Writing

1630 - 1750

Enlightenment, or Age of Reason Begins

1760 - 1820

Fiction in the U.S. takes off

1784

Call for "American" literature

1814

Romantic Era

1820 - 1860

Transcendentalism

1830 - 1860

Historical Events

Arabella ship brings members of Massachusettes Bay Colony from England to Salem

1630

First War between Puritans and Pequots

1636

King Phillip's War

1675 - 1678

Revolutionary War

1775 - 1783

Declaration of Independence Adopted

1776

U.S. Constitution Adopted

1788

Trail of Tears

1838

Mexican-American War

1846 - 1848

Women's Rights

1848

Fugitive Slave Law

1850

Civil War

1861 - 1865

Black Americans given right to vote

1870