Course Readings

The primary readings for the American Renaissance MOOC are listed below.  During the run of the course, we recommended a pace of one author per week.

Week 1: Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Experience” PDF
“Nature” PDF
“Literary Ethics” PDF
“Self-Reliance” PDF
“Emancipation in the British West Indies” PDF

Print Edition: The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Modern Library Classics. 978-0679783220.

Week 2: Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Gutenberg Google Books Kindle

Print Edition:  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. Yale University Press. 978-0300087017

Week 3: Walt Whitman

“Walt Whitman,” Leaves of Grass (1860) PDF
“As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free” PDF

Print Edition:  The Complete Poems. Penguin. 978-0140424515

Week 4: Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter Gutenberg Google Books Kindle

Print Edition: The Scarlet Letter. Penguin. 978-1440656484

Week 5: Herman Melville

Moby-Dick Gutenberg Google Books Kindle

Print Edition: Moby-Dick. Norton, 978-0393972832

Week 6: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Gutenberg Google Books Kindle

Print Edition: Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Penguin. 978-0140390032

Week 7: Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Gutenberg Google Books Kindle

Print Edition: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Penguin.  978-0143107323