The first in a series of three Literary Timeline posters that colorfully depict the progression of American literary works in three ways. The poster's top portion is a grouping of portraits of some of the top authors of the era including: Ben Franklin, William Cullen Bryant, Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville. The midsection of the poster is a book shelf holding some of the era's top titles and their publication dates including: "Common Sense," "The Sketch Book," "Thanatopsis," and "The Raven." The shelf provides a graphic approximation of the prevailing literary trend. Also included at the foot of the poster is a brief history timeline that hits the highlights and provides context. These posters are huge, so make room on your walls or buy all three and hang them over your blackboard.