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This is a collection of electronic texts written by US authors or widely read by Americans in the Gilded Age (loosely defined here as 1866-1901).
I asssign these as primary sources for William and Mary students doing projects in my postbellum US history courses. -

Scott Nelson

Adams, Henry (1838-1918)

Democracy (1880)

Alcott, Amos Bronson (1799-1888)

Ralph Waldo Emerson: An Estimate of his Character and Genius: in Prose and Verse

Alcott, Louisa May (1832-1888)

Flower Fables(1854)
Little Women (1869)
Good Wives (by chapter)

Aldrich, Thomas Bailey (1836-1907)

The Sisters' Tragedy, with Other Poems, Lyrical and Dramatic (189?)

Alger, Horatio (1832-1899)

The Cash Boy(1900)
Paul Prescott's Charge: A Series for Boys (18??)
Paul the Peddler, or the Fortunes of a Young Street Merchant (18??)
Struggling Upward

Bierce, Ambrose (1842-1914?)

Can Such Things Be? (1893)
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906)
Fantastic Fables (1899)
My Favorite Murder
An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge (1891)

Baum, L. Frank (1856-1919)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

Bowles, Samuel (1826-1878)

Our New West (1869)

Cable, George Washington (1844-1925)

Old Creole Days (1879)

Carnegie, Andrew (1835-1919)

Wealth (1889)

Chesnutt, Charles Waddell (1858-1932)

The Bouquet (1899)
The Colonel's Dream (1905)
The Conjure Woman (and other stories) (1899)
The Goophered Grapevine (1887)
Her Virginia Mammy
The House Behind the Cedars (1900) (by chapter)
Dave's Neckliss (1889)
Hot-Foot Hannibal (1899)
Po' Sandy (1888)
The Wife of His Youth (1898)

Chopin, Kate (1851-1904)

The Awakening & Selected Short Stories
A Night in Acadie (1897)
Ozeme's Holiday (1896)
Regret (1895)

Clark, John Bates (1847-1928)

Distribution as Determined by a Law of Rent (1890-90)

Cleveland, Grover (1837-1908)

First Inaugural Address (1885)
Second Inaugural Address (1893)

Collins, Wilkie (1824-1889)

The New Magdalen (1873)

Crane, Stephen (1871-1900)

The Blue Hotel (1899)
Maggie, A Girl of the Streets (1893)
The Red Badge of Courage (1895)
War is Kind and Other Lines (1899)

Darrow, Clarence (1857-1938)

Darwin, Charles (1809-1892)

Davis, Richard Harding (1864-1916)

The Princess Aline (1895)
Soldiers of Fortune (1897)

De Leon, Daniel (1852-1914)

Reform or Revolution? (1896)
What Means This Strike? (1898)

de Maupassant, Guy (1850-1893)

Short Stories of the Tragedy and Comedy of Life (1903)

Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)

Poems (second series) (1891)
Poems (third series) (1896)

Du Bois, WEB (1868-1963)

The Freedmen's Bureau (1901)
The Souls of Black Folk (1903)

Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)

The Conduct of Life (1870)

Field, Eugene (1850-1895)

The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac

Frederic, Harold (1856-1898)

The Damnation of Theron Ware (1896)

Garland, Hamlin (1860-1940)

"Under the Lion's Paw" from Main-Travelled Roads

Gaskell, Elizabeth (1810-1865)

Selected Contributions to Frasers (1865)

Garfield James A.(1831-1881)

Inaugural Address(1881)

George, Henry (1839-1897)

Progress and Poverty (1879) [abridged]

Grahame, Kenneth (1859-1931)

The Golden Age (1895)

Grant, Ulysses S (1822-1885)

First Inaugural Address (1869)
Second Inaugural Address (1873)

Gregory, Eliot

The Ways of Men (1897)
Worldly Ways And Byways

Guiney, Louise Imogen (1861-1920)

A Roadside Harp: A Book of Verses (1893)

Hale, Edward Everett (1822-1909)

The Brick Moon and Other Stories (1899)

Harper, Francis Ellen Watkins (1825-1911)

Atlanta Offering: Poems (1895)

Harrison, Benjamin(1833-1901)

Inaugural Address (1889)

Hayes, Rutherford B. (1822-1893)

Inaugural Address (1877)

Henry, O {Porter, William Sydney} (1862-1910)

The Gift Of The Magi

Henty, G. A.

With Lee in Virginia

Howells, William Dean (1837-1920)

An East-Side Ramble (1896)
The Rise of Silas Lapham (1884) (by chapter)
The Rise of Silas Lapham (1884) (by chapter)
Their Wedding Journey (1871, 1887) (by chapter)
The Shadow of A Dream (1890) (by chapter)

Hubbard, Elbert (1856-1915)

A Message to Garcia (1899)

Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

Les Miserables (1862) (English trans. by Isabel F. Hapgood)

Ingersoll, Robert Green (1833-1899)

James, Henry (1843-1916)

The American (1877) (SGML)
Confidence (1879) (SGML)
The Portrait of a Lady (1881)
Roderick Hudson (1875) (SGML)
Washington Square (1880)
Watch and Ward (1871) (SGML)

Jameson, John Franklin

The History of Historical Writing in America (1891)

Jevons, William Stanley

Brief Account of a General Mathematical Theory of Political Economy (1866)

Jewett, Sarah Orne (1849-1909)

The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896)
Tales of New England (1890)

Kropotkin, Prince Piotr Alekseyevich (1842-1921)

An Appeal to the Young (1880)
Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution (1902)

Lanier, Sidney (1842-1881)

Poems (1885)

London, Jack (1876-1916)

The People of the Abyss (1903)

Maitland, Frederic (1850-1906)

McKinley, William(1843-1901)

First Inaugural Address (1897)
Second Inaugural Address (1901)

Marshall, Alfred (1842-1924)

Principles of Economics (1890)

Marx, Karl (1818-1883)

Manifesto of the Communist Party (English, 1888)

Melville, Herman (1819-1891)

Billy Budd (written 1885-91, pub'd 1924)(by chapter)

Norris, Frank (1870-1902)

Blix (1899)
McTeague: A Story of San Francisco (1899) (by chapter)
McTeague: A Story of San Francisco (1899) (Proj. Gutenberg) (by chapter)
The Octopus: A Story of California (1901)
The Pit: A Story of Chicago (1903)

Page, Thomas Nelson (1853-1922)

The Burial of the Guns (1894?)

People's Party

Platform (1896)

Pokagon, Simon

The Future of the Red Man (1897)

Spencer, Herbert (1820-1903)

Man Versus State (1884)

Spofford, Harriet Prescott (1835-1921)

[An early writer of American detective stories]
The Nemesis of Motherhood (1899)

Twain, Mark (1835-1910)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889)
(with Charles Dudley Warner)The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (chapters 24-28)
The Innocents Abroad (by chapter)
Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894) (by chapter)
The Prince and the Pauper (1881)
Speeches (1868-1909)
To the Person Sitting in Darkness
Tom Sawyer (1884)
A Tramp Abroad (1880)

Veblen, Thorstein (1857-1929)

The Beginnings of Ownership (1898)
The Instinct of Workmanship and the Irksomeness of Labor (1898-9)
The Barbarian Status of Women (1898-9)
The Preconceptions of Economic Science pt. 1(1899)
The Preconceptions of Economic Science pt. 2(1899)
The Preconceptions of Economic Science pt. 3(1899)
The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899)
Why is Economics Not an Evolutionary Science"(1898)

Verne, Jules (1828-1905)

Around the World in Eighty Days (1873)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1873)

Wallace, Lew (1827-1905)

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880)

Washington, Booker T. (1856-1915)

Up From Slavery: An Autobiography (1901)

White, Andrew Dixon (1832-1918)

A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (1898)

Wilde, Oscar (1854-1900)

The Complete Shorter Fiction (by chapter)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) (by chapter)
The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898) (by poem)

Zitkala-Sa (1876-1938)

The School Days of an Indian Girl (1900)

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