Instructor's Guide


Edited by Judith A. Stanford, Rivier College

The Instructor's Guide for the Heath Anthology is a uniquely comprehensive resource. The 728-page Guide, edited by Judith Stanford, offers a wealth of information drawn from the classroom experience and research knowledge of more than 200 American literature specialists, each an expert on an individual author or period.

If you are using the Heath Anthology and have not received a copy of the Instructor's Guide, please contact your D. C. Heath representative or call toll free to request a copy at (800) 235-3565.

Selections from Whitman and Dickinson

The extensive offerings of Whitman and Dickinson selections in the Heath Anthology appear in Volume 1. If you would like to teach Whitman and Dickinson with Volume 2, however, we've created a simple way for you to do so. All of the Whitman and Dickinson selections from Volume 1 have been published in a 212-page paperback supplement which may be shrinkwrapped with Volume 2. The net price of the package will be two dollars above the cost of the text alone. To make certain your bookstore orders the correct item, specify the Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume 2, with the Whitman/Dickinson supplement and use the ISBN (24907-6). If at any time you are using Volume 2 alone and would like to add the supplement to your order, use the ISBN (24998-X). We will ship it at a net price of two dollars, in a quantity not to exceed the number of copies of Volume 2 ordered.

Concise Edition

A number of you have expressed interest in using a concise, one-volume edition of the Heath Anthology. We will be contacting those of you we've heard from and asking you to cut the existing two-volume table of contents in half. If you do not hear from us this spring and are interested in giving us your suggestions, please contact Paul Smith, Senior Editor, directly, at the address below.

Heath Anthology of American Literature Newsletter

We hope that this newsletter provides a valuable forum for American literature specialists to share information about courses and curricula, canon reform and expansion, texts and the role for publishers, student needs, conference meetings, etc.


"Your newsletter is both a pragmatic and a philosophical contribution to U. S. college courses in American literature."

Dr. D. Wilson, Hartford State Technical College

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If you have suggestions, requests, or submissions for future issues of the Newsletter, please note (or enclose) them with the response card included with this newsletter. If the response card is missing, or has already been returned, send your materials to us at the address below:

Lauren Gill, Newsletter Editor
D. C. Heath and Company
125 Spring Street
Lexington, MA 02173

Heath Anthology Syllabus Builder

Now available exclusively to adopters of the Heath Anthology of American Literature, the Syllabus Builder software program is a unique, groundbreaking course preparation supplement.

System Requirements

You must have a Macintosh computer running System 6.0.5 or higher, at least 2 megabytes of RAM, a hard disk drive with at least 2.3 megabytes of free space, Hypercard 2.1 and a Home card. (Note: You must have version 2.1 of Hypercard to run Syllabus Builder. If you do not have access to version 2.1, call the

D. C. Heath Technical Support Line for assistance: (617) 860-1218.)

Syllabus Builder Kit Contents:
2 disks containing the Heath Fonts file and 5 Hypercard stacks
34-page User's Guide


One of the most frequently expressed concerns from instructors who would like to use the Heath Anthology is that a text so innovative and rich poses significant class-preparation challenges for those not familiar with certain primary texts contained only in this anthology. The expansive Instructor's Guide, with over 700 pages of teaching suggestions, is a considerable resource for instructors. Now, the Syllabus Builder, edited by Professor Randall Bass of Georgetown University at the Brown University Institute for Research in Information and Scholarship, extends the reach of instructors with a state-of-the-art software tool for course design and preparation.


The Syllabus Builder program is designed to make it easy to:

look for new ideas or alternative ways to organize a particular kind of American literature course; investigate the way other instructors incorporate a particular author into their American literature courses; revise an existing syllabus within particular themes or emphases; incorporate new pedagogies or revise some teaching strategies in your course; present additional themes or issues connected to a particular author you are already teaching in your course; find additional ideas for paper topics, final examinations, or final projects on particular authors

The Syllabus Builder takes advantage of Hypercard's flexible access to information. The program allows you to search for information in several different ways: by author, by concept or term, by course, and by pedagogy. At any point in the search, it is easy to link to the Instructor's Guide essays or the syllabi resident in the program. The syllabus cards contain both course profile information and reading and pedagogy listings.

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