This page contains information about the Cambridge History of American Literature, general editor Sacvan Bercovitch.


I am currently revising “Emergent Literatures,” my contribution to Volume Seven: Prose Writing, 1940-1990, for publication by NYU Press.

The following books are original or revised versions of contributions to The Cambridge History of American Literature now available separately:

Jonathan Arac, The Emergence of American Literary Narrative, 1820-1860 (Harvard UP)
C. W. E. Bigsby, Modern American Drama, 1945-2000 (Cambridge UP)
Morris Dickstein, Leopards in the Temple: The Transformation of American Fiction, 1945-1970 (Harvard UP)
Robert A. Ferguson, The American Enlightenment, 1750-1820 (Harvard UP)
Frank Lentricchia, Modernist Quartet (Cambridge UP)
David Minter, A Cultural History of the American Novel: Henry James to William Faulkner (Cambridge UP)
Barbara Packer, The Transcendentalists (University of Georgia P)
Eric J. Sundquist, Empire And Slavery in American Literature, 1820-1865 (UP of Mississippi)

Volumes based on the contributions by Nancy Bentley, Susan Mizruchi, and Shira Wolosky are forthcoming.


Chinese Publication: Volume 7 of the Cambridge History has beenĀ been published in China in a translation by Sun Hong (Renmin University of China). Those of you who can read Chinese can find more information about theĀ Chinese edition at and the Wenhui Book Review. An English version of Sacvan Bercovitch’s introduction to the new edition is available here.

Lifetime Achievement: Sacvan Bercovitch was awarded the 2004 Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the American Literature Section of the MLA American Literature Section.