Compiled for the American Literature Group of
The Modern Language Association of America

Secretary of the Group

The following bibliography represents a first attempt to bring together such material as should be readily accessible to every investigator in the field of American literature. Thanks are due to scholars and librarians who have aided in making the list as full as it is. Professor J. B. Hubbell, of Southern Methodist University, has helped materially in securing information from various libraries. Despite every endeavor toward accuracy and completeness there are omissions and there may be misstatements. The compiler will be grateful if corrections will be directed to him at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois.


1. On Individual Writers

Bird, R. M., Life and Dramatic Works of. C. E. Foust. 1917. Penna. Knickerbocker.

Boker, George Henry. E. S. Bradley. 1925. Penna.

Brown, Charles Brockden. D. L. Clark. 1923. Columbia. Privately printed.

Carey, Mathew: Editor, Author, and Publisher. E. L. Bradsher. 1912. Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

Cooke, John Esten, Virginian. J. O. Beaty. 1922. Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

Cooper, J. F., Interpreter and Critic of America. G. L. Paine. 1924. Chicago.

Crèvecoeur, St. Jean de. Julia Mitchell. 1916. Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

1 The date following the author's name indicates the year in which the dissertation was accepted. Where no publisher is indicated, the dissertation is yet unpublished. Asterisks indicate dissertations in Germanics; § in History; † in Romance Languages.

Dennie, Joseph, and his Circle. H. M. Ellis. 1913. Harvard. U. of Texas Bulletin.

Emerson, The Philosophy of. H. D. Gray. 1904. Columbia. Stanford U. Studies.

Emerson, The Contribution of to Literature. D. S. Maulsby. 1909. Chicago. Tufts College Studies.

Emerson's Theories of Literary Expression. E. G. Sutcliffe. 1918. Illinois. U. of Ill. Studies.

Emerson's Debt to Wordsworth, Carlyle, and Coleridge. F. T. Thompson. 1925. N. Carolina.

*Fuller, Margaret, and Goethe. F. A. Braun. 1910. Illinois. Holt. Haliburton, Thomas Chandler. V. I. O. Chittick. 1924. Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel, A Study. A. W. Fisher. 1906. Cornell.

*Hoffman, Influence of Tales on Poe. P. Cobb. 1908. Columbia. Columbia U. Press and S. P. Vol. II.

Hopkinson, F., Life and Works of. G. E. Hastings. 1918. Harvard. Howells, William Dean, a Critical Study. D. G. Cooke. 1917. Illinois. Dutton.

Longfellow's Poetry, Sources of. C. A. Schumacher. 1894. Yale.
Longstreet, Augustus B. J. D. Wade. 1923. Columbia. Macmillan.
Lowell, James Russell, as a Critic. J. J. Reilly. 1911. Yale. Putnams.
Mather, Increase, Life and Works of. K. Murdock. 1924. Harvard.
Harvard U. Press.

Paulding, James K., Life of. A. L. Harold. 1924. Columbia.
Poe's Critical Principles. Margaret Alterton. 1922. Iowa.

Poe's Politian, edited by T. O. Mabbott. 1923. Columbia. Banta.

*Sealsfield, Charles: Ethnic Elements. B. A. Uhlendorf. 1921. Illinois. Ger.-Am. Annals.

Smith, R. P., Life and Writings of. B. W. McCullough. 1917. Penna. Banta.

Tabb, Father: His Life and Works. F. A. Litz. 1922. Johns Hopkins. Hopkins Press.

*Taylor's Translation of Goethe's Faust. Juliana Haskell. 1908. Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

Tourgée, Albion W. R. F. Dibble. 1921. Columbia. Lemcke and


Twain, Mark: His Theory of Humor. H. P. Scott. 1917. Michigan. Webster's Spellings. J. H. Neumann. 1925. Columbia.

Whitman's Reception in the British Isles, History of. Ella Warner. 1916. Yale.

2. On Topics of a General Nature

American Literature, 1815-33, with Especial Reference to Periodicals.
W. B. Cairns. 1897. Wisconsin. U. of Wisconsin Bulletin.
American Dictionaries. S. A. Steger. 1913. Virginia. Furst.
American Periodicals, 1850-60. Irving Garwood. 1922. Chicago.

American Historical Novel before 1860, The. E. E. Leisy. 1923. Illinois. American Indian in English Literature of the 18th Century. B. H. Bissell. 1923. Yale.

American Short Story, The: Influence of Locality in the Development of. 1911. E. Lieberman. N. Y. U.

American Verse, 1625-1807. W. B. Otis. 1909. N. Y. U. N. Y. U. Press. American Literature in Spain. J. D. Ferguson. 1916. Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

†American Travellers in Spain. Carrie Farnham. 1921. Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

American Adaptations of French Plays on the New York and Philadelphia Stages, 1790-1833. H. W. Schoenberger. 1924. Penna. Privately printed.

American Travellers in England up to 1835. R. E. Spiller. 1924. Penna. Privately printed.

Aspects of Early Literary Culture in New England. T. G. Wright. 1917. Yale. Yale U. Press.

Ballads and Songs of W. Virginia, The. J. H. Cox. 1924. Harvard. Byron and Byronism in America. W. E. Leonard. 1905. Columbia. Privately printed.

Crackerbox Philosophers. Jennette Tandy. 1925. Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

Democratic Idealism in American Literature from Penn to Whitman. H. D. Wild. 1925. Chicago.

Development of the Natural History Essay in American Literature. P. M. Hicks. 1923. Penna. Privately printed.

Early American Essay. J. E. D. Murdaugh. 1925. Virginia.

Early American Novel, The (to 1830). Lillie Loshe. 1907. Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

Early Literary Activity in New York. Henrietta Moore. 1904. Columbia. Not preserved.

English Traveller in America, The. Jane Mesick. 1922 . Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

English Language in Virginia, The. E. F. Shumake. 1920. Virginia. Pub. in part.

Essay in American Literature, The. Adeline Conway. 1911. N. Y. U. N. Y. U. Grad. School Studies.

European Borrowings and Parallels in North American Indian Tales. S. Thompson. 1914. Harvard.

Folk-Songs of Canada, The. C. J. Macmillan. 1909. Harvard. +French Criticism of American Literature before 1850. H. E. Mantz. Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

History of the Chicago Theatre, 1847-57. J. N. Wilt. 1923. Chicago. History of Literature in S. Carolina, A. Irene Dillard. 1924. N. Carolina.

History of English Canadian Literature to the Confederation: its

Relation to the Literature of Gt. Britain and the U. S. R. P. Baker. 1916. Harvard. Harvard U. Press.

Influence of the South on American Fiction. Sister I. Dillon. 1923. Fordham.

Introspection in New England. E. S. Jones. 1918. Illinois.

Italian Influences on Longfellow's Art. E. Goggio. 1918. Harvard. Liberty of the Press in the Colonies before the Revolution. L. R. Schuyler. 1905. N. Y. U. N. Y. U. Press.

§ Library in Colonial New York, The. A. B. Keep. 1909. Columbia. De Vinne Press.

Literary Influences in Colonial Newspapers. Elizabeth Cook. 1912. Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

Local Literature of the Upper Ohio Valley, with Especial Reference to the Pioneer and Indian Tale, 1820-40. Mary Atkeson. 1919. Ohio. U. Bulletin.

Lyceum in America, The. K. C. R. White. 1918. Harvard.

Negro in American Fiction, The. J. H. Nelson. 1923. Cornell.

Novel of Democracy in America, The. Alice DuBreuil. 1923. Johns Hopkins. Furst.

Political Verse of the Revolution in Magazines of Massachusetts. C. A. Strong. 1911. Penna.

Prairie in Making of Middle America, The. Dorothy Dondore. 1923. Columbia.

Reaction against Puritanism in American Periodicals of the Eighteenth Century. E. Jackson. (?) Harvard.

Realistic Presentation of American Characters in Native Plays prior to 1870. P. I. Reed. 1918. Ohio. Ohio State U. Bulletin.

Satirical Element in the American Novel, The. E. J. Hall. 1922. Penna. Privately printed.

Scandinavian Influence on English (and American) Literature. P. R. Lieder. 1915. Harvard.

Social Types in Southern Prose Fiction. M. C. Harrison. 1921. U. of Virginia.

Spirit of the American Revolution in Verse, 1760-83. S. W. Patterson. 1913. N. Y. U. Badger.

Studies in New England Transcendentalism. H. C. Goddard. 1908. Columbia. Columbia U. Press.

Southern Fiction Prior to 1860: a first-hand bibliography. J. G. Johnson. 1909. Virginia. U. of Va.

Southern War Poetry of the Civil War. E. E. Ellinger. 1918. Penna. Privately printed.

Virginia Life in Fiction. J. B. Hubbell. 1923. Columbia. Abstract privately printed.

Virginian Writers of Fugitive Verse. A. C. Gordon, Jr. 1921. Virginia. J. W. White Co.


1. On Individual Writers

Boker, George Henry, The Dramas of. A. H. Quinn. PMLA 32 (1917) 233.

Bryant's Beziehungen zur deutschen Dichtung. A. H. Herrick. MLN 32 (1917) 34.

Chateaubriand's America. E. K. Armstrong. PMLA 22 (1907) 345. Chateaubriand en Amerique. G. Chinard. Mod. Phil. 9 (1911-12) 129. Cooper, Balzac and: Les Chouans. E. P. Dargan. Mod. Phil. 13 (1915) 193.

Leather Stocking Tales, The Model of the. J. Routh. MLN 28 (1913) 77.

The Spy, Influence of, on Hauff's Lichtenstein. C. D. Bremer. MLN 30 (1915) 207.

Emerson, The Influence of. A. S. Hill. Stud. & Notes in Phil. & Lit. (1897) 23.

Emerson, Bibliographical Notes on. H. R. Steeves. MLN 32 (1917) 431. James, Henry, The Later Manner of. Clara McIntyre. PMLA 27 (1912) 354.

Lanier, Sidney, Concerning. C. Furst. MLN 4 (1889) 393.
Lanier's Poems, A Study of. C. W. Kent. PMLA 7 (1892) 33.
Longfellow's Attitude toward Goethe. W. A. Chamberlain. Mod. Phil.
16 (1918) 57.

Longfellow's Poems on Slavery in Relation to Freiligrath. A. Appelman.
MLN 30 (1905) 101.

Longfellow's Nature. J. D. Rea. Mod. Phil. 18 (1920) 48.

Longfellow and Schiller's Lied von der Glocke. J. W. Scholl. MLN 28 (1913) 49.

Longfellow's Sources for the Second Part of Evangeline, Some of. M. G. Hill. PMLA 31 (1916) 161.

Evangeline, The Meter of. R. B. Steele. MLN 9 (1894) 413.

Lowell, James Russell. J. M. Hart. PMLA 7 (1892) 25.

Notes on Influence of Hoffman upon Poe. G. Gruener. PMLA 19 (1904) 1.

Poe's Knowledge of German. G. Gruener. Mod. Phil. 2 (1904) 125. Poe's Poetry, Coleridge's Influence on. H. T. Baker. MLN 25 (1910) 94 Poe, E. A. and Spielhagen: Their Theory of the Short Story. P. Cobb. MLN 25 (1910) 67.

This list excludes articles on American literature in journals like the Sewanee Review (which alone contains as many articles as are given here), because these are indexed in the Reader's Guide Supplement. For articles in scholarly journals since 1921 see the annual bibliography in PMLA.

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