Contemporary

1946 - Present

Literature of this period reflects the social activism and social change characteristic of the times. In the latter half of this period, the influence of the digital age is reflected in new and emerging forms of writing and literacy.

Featured author for this period...

Arthur Miller


Arthur Miller


Even more writers to explore...

Julia Alvarez

    • Julia Alvarez- the author's own home page with biographical information and more.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Short Story: "A ntojos" -p. 1116


James Baldwin

    • American Masters: James Baldwin- a great resource from PBS
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Short Story: "The Rockpiler" -p. 1184


Gwendolyn Brooks

    • Modern American Poetry: Gwendolyn Brooks - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism
    • Gwendolyn Brooks- from the Academy of American poets, biographical information and links to some of her works
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "The Explorer" -p. 1218.


Diana Chang

    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "Most Satisfied by Snow" -p. 1133


Sandra Cisneros

    • Sandra Cisneros - the author's own home page with biographical information and more
    • Modern American Poetry: Sandra Cisneros - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism
    • Sandra Cisneros- biographical information and more from the Academy of American poets
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Essay: "Straw into Gold" -p. 1164


Eugenia Collier

    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Short Story: "Marigolds" -p. 1012


Rita Dove

    • Rita Dove's Homepage
    • Modern American Poetry: Rita Dove - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism
    • Rita Dove- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Essay: "For the Love of Books" -p. 1169


Sharon Draper


Tony Earley

    • An Interview with Tony Earley- from the New York Times Online
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Short Story: "Aliceville" -p. 1030.


Louise Erdrich

    • Modern American Poetry: Louise Erdrich - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism
    • Native American Authors: Louise Erdrich- from the Native American Authors Project of the Internet Public Library
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "Bidwell Ghost" -p. 1243


Martin Espada

    • Modern American Poetry: Martin Espada - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.
    • Martin Espada- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper" -p. 1132


Ian Frazier

    • Minnesota Public Radio- Humorist Series: Ian Frazier- this page from Minnesota Public Radio has links to biographical information and much more.
    • "Typewriter Man" by Ian Frazier - from The Atlantic Online.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Essay: "Coyote v. Acme" -p. 939


Kaye Gibbons

Ellen Foster


John Green

The Fault in Our Stars


Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun


Joy Harjo

    • Joy Harjo- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets
    • Native American Authors: Joy Harjo- from the Native American Authors Project of the Internet Public Library
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Essay: "Suspended" -p. 1083


Robert Hayden

    • Modern American Poetry: Robert Hayden - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism
    • Robert Hayden- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "Frederick Douglass" -p.1219
        • Poem: "Runagate Runagate" -p. 1220


John Hersey

    • A Life in Writing: John Hersey, 1914- 1993- from Yale University's Alumni Magazine.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Excerpt from Nonfiction: "Hiroshima" -p. 1198


Karen Hesse

Out of the Dust


Homer Hickam

October Sky


Tony Hillerman

Dance Hall of the Dead


Garrett Hongo

    • Modern American Poetry: Garrett Hongo - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism
    • Garrett Hongo- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "What For" -p. 1135


Randall Jarrell

    • Modern American Poetry: Randall Jarrell - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism
    • Randall Jarrell- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets
    • Featured Author: Randall Jarrell- from the New York Times on the web.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "Losses" -p.1209
        • Poem: "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" -p. 1210


Edward P. Jones

    • Edward P. Jones- biographical information and more from publisher Harper-Collins.
    • Additional Resources
        • Short Story: "The First Day" (handout)


John F. Kennedy


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Maxine Hong Kingston

    • Bill Moyers Journal: Maxine Hong Kingston- interesting information and more from PBS.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Excerpt from Memoir: "The Woman Warrior" -p. 1104


Yusef Komunyakaa

    • Modern American Poetry: Yusef Komunyakaa - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.
    • Yusef Komunyakaa- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "Camouflaging the Chimera" -p. 1245


Bernard Malamud

The Natural


Carson McCullers

    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Essay: "Loneliness...An American Malady" -p. 1153

Colleen McElroy

    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "For My Children" -p. 1240.


N. Scott Momaday


Jimmy Morris and Joel Engel

The Rookie


Walter Dean Myers

Monster


Naomi Shihab Nye


Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried


Flannery O'Connor

    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Short Story: "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" -p. 983


Simon J. Ortiz

    • Native American Authors: Simon J. Ortiz- from the Native American Authors Project of the Internet Public Library
    • Simon J. Ortiz- biographical information from the Academy of American poets.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "Hunger in New York City" -p. 1134


Sylvia Plath

    • Sylvia Plath- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets
    • Modern American Poetry: Sylvia Plath- from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "Mirror" -p. 1216


Anna Quindlen

    • Interviews: Anna Quindlen- interesting insights from a PBS interview.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Essay: "One Day, Now Broken in Two" -p. 1156


Adrienne Rich

    • Adrienne Rich- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets
    • Modern American Poetry: Adrienne Rich- from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "In a Classroom" -p. 1217


Thoedore Roethke

    • Theodore Roethke- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets
    • Modern American Poetry: Theodore Roethke- from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "The Light Comes Brighter" -p. 1052


Aaron Rosenberg

42: The Jackie Robinson Story


William Safire


Rosalynn Schanzer

Witches! The Absolutely True Story of Disaster in Salem


William Stafford

    • William Stafford- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets
    • Modern American Poetry: William Stafford- from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/ criticism.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "Traveling Through the Dark" -p. 1053


Amy Tan

    • Amy Tan's Official Website- the author's own webpage filled with lots of great information.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Excerpt from Memoir: The Opposite of Fate - "Mother Tongue" -p. 1172.


David Sedaris

    • The Official Davis Sedaris Site- lots of interesting information about this author and his works.
    • Additional Resources:
        • Short Story: "Go Carolina" (handout excerpted from Me Talk Pretty One Day by Sedaris)


Anne Tyler

John Updike


Alice Walker

    • Alice Walker- biographical information and more from the Academy of American poets.
    • Featured Author: Alice Walker- great resource (many links) from the New York Times.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Short Story: "Everyday Use" -p. 1090


Robert Penn Warren

    • Robert Penn Warren- biographical information and much more from the Academy of American poets.
    • Modern American Poetry: Robert Penn Warren- from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "Gold Glade" -p. 1050.


Overall "Text to World" & "Text to Text" Connections for this Literary Period