v. 1. abolitionist writing to gothic fiction -- v. 2. Harpers ferry to quakers -- v. 3. "The Raven" to "Young Goodman Brown" and index.
Presents literature not as a simple inventory of authors or titles but rather as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives. The set, which is "new historicist" in its approach to literary criticism, endorses the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history.