Short Stories


Required Reading

Available for Papers

Edgar Allen Poe

“The Raven”

“The Cask of Amontillado”


The Black Cat

“Tell-Tale Heart”

 “Murders in the Rue Morgue”

"The Purloined Letter"

“The Premature Burial”

“The Gold Bug”

“Descent into the Maelstrom”

“MS Found in a Bottle”

"The Fall of the House of Usher" 

Washington Irving:

“Rip Van Winkle”

 “The Devil and Tom Walker”

"Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Any other

Nathaniel Hawthorne:

“Dr. Heidiegger’s Experiment”

“The Birthmark”

 “Young Goodman Brown”

“My Kinsman, Major Molineux”

 “Rappaccini’s Daughter”

“Mrs. Hutchinson”

“The Minister’s Black Veil”

Herman Melville

 Selection from Moby Dick

"Benito Cereno" 

“Billy Budd, Sailor”

"Bartleby, the Scrivner”



Single, Longer Romantic Poems that are Available for Papers

Longfellow’s “Skeleton in Armor”

John Greenleaf Whittier’s Snowbound

William Cullen Bryant’s “Thanatopsis”






Required Reading

Available for Papers

Henry David Thoreau

Walden (condensation)

“Civil Disobedience”


Ralph Waldo Emerson



“The American Scholar”






Available for Papers

James Fennimore Cooper

The Deerslayer

Early adventures with the hostile Hurons on Lake Otsego, NY.  Natty Bumppo is 23; Takes place in 1740-45. 

The Last of the Mohicans

An adventure of the French and Indian Wars in the Lake George county.  Natty Bumppo is 40; Takes place in 1757. 

The Pathfinder

Continuing the same border warfare in the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario country.  Natty Bumppo is 40; Takes place in 1757.

The Pioneers

Natty Bumppo first appears as a seasoned scout in advancing years, with the dying Chingachgook, the old Indian chief and his faithful comrade.  As the eastern forest frontier begins to disappear, Chingachgook dies.  Natty Bumppo is 70; Takes place in 1793. 

The Prairie

Set in the new frontier, where the Leatherstocking dies.  Natty Bumppo is 90; Takes place in 1804.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The House of the Seven Gables

Descendants are cursed because the ancestor murdered in order to steal land. 

The Scarlet Letter

Probably the best novel written during this period.  Skip the introduction. 

Herman Melville

Moby Dick

A young man with no money goes to sea and ends up in a ship with a madman. 


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

This is a modern novel, but demonstrates that the clash of ideals between Romantics and Classics is still very much alive. 

 (Information on James Fennimore Cooper is from )