This course aspires to help my students explore early American literature in an interesting and profound way. Both literary texts and their social contexts will enjoy our critical attention, contributing together to my students’ appreciation of individual works as well as the literary traditions they are embedded in. Their investigation of Puritanism, American Renaissance, Transcendentalism and other literary terms, hopefully, will promise enriching and inspiring experiences. Last but not the least, the students’ participation in research projects and classroom activities is expected to join forces with their reading experiences of the texts. They will be encouraged not only to savor the masterpieces individually but also to delve into their shared quintessence that explains how those classics surpass the limit of time and live on.