American Literature Awards

It’s the English 241 American Literature Awards, and you are the judge. Of the authors we’ve studied in English 241, who are your top three? Rank them in order: first place, second place, and third place. Use the writings of the three writers to explain how writing is often a product of the time and/or circumstances in which each author lived. Refer to specific passages by the authors when justifying your selections. You can also refer to works that we did not read in class. It’s not required, but you may use resources other than our textbook as you see fit. At a minimum, you should refer to selections from our textbook. 

We’ve covered the following authors:

* Ralph Waldo Emerson

* William Bradford

* Anne Bradstreet 

* Jonathan Edwards

* Benjamin Franklin

* Washington Irving

* Henry David Thoreau 

* Nathaniel Hawthorne

* Edgar Allan Poe

* Herman Melville

* Walt Whitman

* Emily Dickinson

The paper must meet the following requirements:

* Typed, double spaced, MLA format

* 3-5 pages long

* Black ink, 11 or 12 point font- either Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri (