Welcome Literary Explorers!!  Much like Quinn from Jaws, you will be 
filtering through the ocean that is America’s literary cannon to uncover 
each period’s influential authors, poets and playwrights and their 
corresponding work.  What will be unveiled is a trail leading from where 
our country started in its literary journey to us now.  Along the way, we’ll 
see how literature influenced society around it and was in turn directed 
by it.  We stand upon the shoulders of those who have come before us.  
Therefore, to truly know where we are going, we must know what has 
brought us to our current state.  It’s your job to show us what writers and 
works took up America’s literary torch.