Mid 1800s

These writers infused their writing with “fancy, imagination, emotion, nature, individuality and exotica” (The American Experience). Transcendentalism and anti-transcendentalism are hallmarks of this era as many of these writers explored man’s relationship to nature and his desire to reach a higher consciousness outside traditional theology.

Featured author for this period...

Walt Whitman

Even more to explore...

Louisa May Alcott  

 Louisa May Alcott- learn about the author of Little Women and the Alcott family from the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association. 

Hospital Sketches- a compilation of four short stories inspired by Alcott's own experiences.  

William Cullen Bryant  

Emily Dickinson

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Margaret Fuller  

Margaret Fuller was America's "first true feminist" and a colleague of Emerson, Thoreau and the  Alcotts. Click here to learn more about her and explore some of her works.  

Nathaniel Hawthorne  

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Washington Irving

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  

Herman Melville 

Edgar Allan Poe

Audio Book/MP3 

Poe's classic short story - "The Tell-Tale Heart" is available as "literature for your eyes and ears" through! Here are some more works by Poe also available as "literature for your eyes and ears":   "Alone",  "Annabel Lee", "A Dream within a Dream", "Eldorado", "The Raven".

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Henry David Thoreau  

John Greenleaf Whittier

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