The Romantic Period originated in Germany. Writers like Wordsworth and Coleridge are famous Romantic writers in England. In American literature, famous writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne created fiction during the Romantic Period in the United States. Explore the American fiction from the Romantic Period.
1. Moby Dickby Herman Melville. "Moby Dick" is the famous seafaring tale of Captain Ahab and his obsessed search for a white whale. Read the full text of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," along with footnotes, biographical details, engravings, a bibliography, and other critical materials.
Nathaniel Hawthorne. "The Scarlet Letter" (1850) tells the tale of Hester and her daughter, Pearl. Adultery is represented by the beautifully sewn scarlet letter and by the impish Pearl. Discover "The Scarlet Letter," one of the greatest works of American literature in Romantic period.
James Fenimore Cooper. "The Last of the Mohicans" (1826) depicts Hawkeye and the Mohicans, against the backdrop of the French and Indian War. Although popular at the time of its publication, the novel has been criticized in more recent years for overly romanticizing and stereotyping the Native American experience.