These sites provide information about Romanticism in American Literature. Learn about the tenets of Romanticism as well as the lives and works of prominent writers of the time including Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, and others. Also includes literature units designed to encourage a greater understanding of the authors from this time period. There is a link to eThemes resources on Edgar Allen Poe.
American Romanticism: Overview
This site provides a concise overview of the period, including a listing of: conditions that influenced American Romanticism, Literary Themes, Characteristics, Noted American and European Romanticists, and Highlights of the Period.
This site features background of the Romantic Movement in American Literature. Informaiton is adapted from "A Guide to the Study of Literature: A Companion Text for Core Studies 6", Landmarks of Literature, ©English Department, Brooklyn College.
PBS: The American Novel: 1820s to 1860s Romanticism
Learn about the tenets of American Romanticism and discover who the prominent authors of the time were.
On American Romanticism: Definitions from a "Handbook of Literature"
Authors C. Hugh Holman and William Harmon clearly delineate the period in literature known as American Romanticism in this excerpt from their "Handbook of Literature."
PBS: Thomas Hampson's " I Hear America Singing" - Romanticism
Learn more about Romanticism from PBS' "I Hear America Singing" series by Thomas Hampson.
PBS: American Experience: Walt Whitman
Watch the 11 part video featuring the story of Walt Whitman. Learn about Whitman's New York, read what American Scholars have to say about "The American Poet," discover what viewers think about the author, Explore a timeline featuring key times in Whitman's life, and find other educational resources and materials.
Walt Whitman's "America"
From the Walt Whitman Archives (MP3 format), hear what is believed to be Walt Whitman reading the first four lines from his noted poem, "America."
EDSITEment: Walt Whitman's Notebooks and Poetry: The Sweep of the Universe
Explore the writing of Walt Whitman in this lesson. Resources include: Introduction, Guiding Questions, Learning Objectives, Preparation Instructions, Lesson Activities, and Extension Activities
EDSITEment: Letters from Emily Dickinson 'Will You Be my Preceptor?'
Participate in a literature unit centered around Emily Dickinson's "Will You Be My Preceptor?" Resources include: three lessons with Introduction, Guiding Questions, Learning Objectives, Preparation Instructions, Lesson Activities, Assessment, and Extension Activities
EDSITEMENT: Hawthorne: Author and Narrator
Compare and Contrast the difference between author and narrator in this lesson featuring the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Resources include: lesson with Introduction, Learning Objectives, Lesson Activities, and Extension Activities.
EDSITEMENT: Midnight Ride of Paul Revere—Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License
Determine the historic accuracy of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." Resources include: lesson with Introduction, Guiding Questions, Learning Objectives, Preparation Instructions, Lesson Activities, Assessment, and Extension Activities.
EDSITEMENT: From Courage to Freedom: Frederick Douglass's 1845 Autobiography
Learn more about slavery and slaveholders from one of America's most reknowned experts, Frederick Douglass. Resources include: three lessons with Introduction, Guiding Questions, Learning Objectives, Preparation Instructions, Lesson Activities, and Extension Activities
EDSITEMENT: Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"
Learn about Kate Chopin in this literature unit. Resources include: three lessons with Introduction, Guiding Questions, Learning Objectives, Preparation Instructions, Lesson Activities, and Extension Activities
Favorite Poem Project
This site features video footage of noteable poems being read by real people. Poems include: Hart Crane: "At Melville's Tomb," Emily Dickinson: "#288 - I'm Nobody! Who are You?,"
Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Concord Hymn,"
Sylvia Plath: "Nick and the Candlestick,"
Sylvia Plath: "Polly's Tree," and Walt Whitman: "From Song of Myself"
William Cullen Bryant
Discover more about the life and work of William Cullen Bryant.
PBS: Thomas Hampson's "I Hear America Singing" Profile of Margaret Fuller
Learn about the life and works of Margaret Fuller in this PBS "I Hear America Signing" Profile on the author. NOTE: The site includes ads.
ThinkQuest: Edgar Allan Poe
From the perspecive of three high school students, learn about Edgar Allan Poe. This site features infofmation about the author and his writing and see how these student designer's rank his work.
eThemes Resource: Author Study: Edgar Allen Poe
Learn more about American Gothic author Edgar Allan Poe. Includes full-text versions of his stories and poems, plus information about his life. There are lesson plans and suggested classroom activities. Includes an eThemes resource on the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher.”