Published by Teachers & Writers Collaborative in association with The Library of America, The T&W Guide to Classic American Literature is an anthology of essays that provides rich and diverse approaches and insights to writers and teachers of writing at all levels. These include introducing third graders to Gertrude Stein, teaching Emily Dickinson's poetry to prisoners, and using the model of Henry David Thoreau's journals in the college classroom. The other authors discussed in this book are James Baldwin, Elizabeth Bishop, Raymond Chandler, Stephen Crane, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Zora Neale Hurston, Henry James, Herman Melville, Eugene O'Neill, Lorine Niedecker, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Porter, Wallace Stevens, Jean Toomer, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and William Carlos Williams. The T&W Guide to Classic American Literature also includes a useful bibliography and essay on using World War II journalism to inspire imaginative writing. The distinguished contributors to this volume are veteran teachers of imaginative writing from across the country. The T&W Guide to Classic American Literature is an inspiring collection for teachers American literature and imaginative writing. It is also a fascinating read for anyone passionate about teaching, literature, or creative writing.