The American Puritans: Their Prose and Poetry / Edition 1

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Perry Miller's classic one-volume anthology of Puritan writings recreates the world of seventeenth-century New England through a judicious selection of tracts, journals, sermons, and poetry by the major Puritan writers: William Bradford, Cotton Mather, John Winthrop, Thomas Hooker, Anne Bradstreet, Michael Wigglesworth, and Edward Taylor among them.

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The world of seventeeth-century New England is recreated in Miller's judicious selection of tracts, journals, sermons, and poetry by the major Puritan writers.

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Editorial Reviews

Larzer Ziff
The American Puritan movement is the essential starting point for all considerations of American culture and no book in print provides a better introduction to it than does this one.
Sacvan Bercovitch
The best collection of American Puritan writings, selected by the foremost American intellectual historian of our century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231054195
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/1982
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter One: History1. Of Plymouth Plantation, by William Bradford2. A Defense of the Answer, by Thomas Shepard3. Wonder-Working Providence of Sion's Savior, by Edward Johnson4. Journal, by John Winthrop5. The Antinomian Crisis, by John Winthrop6. A General Introduction, by Cotton MatherChapter Two: State and Society1. A Model of Christian Charity, by John Winthrop2. Limitation of Government, by John Cotton3. Hartford Election Sermon, by Thomas Hooker4. Speech to the General Court, by John Winthrop5. The Simple Cobler of Aggawam, by Nathaniel Ward6. Nehemiah on the Wall, by Jonathan Mitchell7. New England's True Interest, by William Stoughton8. The Happiness of a People, by William Hubbard9. Vindication of the Government of New England Churches, by John Wise10. A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission, by Jonathan MayhewChapter Three: This World and the Next1. The Covenant of Grace, by Thomas Shepard2. The Lesson of the Covenant, for England and New England, by Peter Bulkeley3. A True Sight of Sin, by Thomas Hooker4. Repentant Sinners and Their Ministers, by Thomas Hooker5. Christian Calling, by John Cotton6. Man Knows Not His Time, by Increase Mather7. The Sovereign Efficacy of Divine Providence, by Urian Oakes8. Phaenomena, by Samuel Sewall9. Bonifacius, by Cotton Mather10. Concerning Ancestors, by Solomon StoddardChapter Four: Personal Narrative1. Autobiography, by Thomas Shepard2. Richard Mather, by Increase Mather3. Diary, by Samuel Sewall4. The Redeemed Captive, by John WilliamsChapter Five: Poetry1. Several Poems, by Anne Bradstreet2. Meditations, by Anne Bradstreet3. The Day of Doom, by Michael Wigglesworth4. God's Controversy with New England, by Michael Wigglesworth5. A Threnodia, by E.B.6. God's Determinations Touching His Elect, by Edward Taylor7. Poems and Sacramental Meditations, by Edward TaylorChapter Six: Literary and Educational Ideals1. The Bay Psalm Book, by Richard Mather2. New England's First Fruits3. The Praise of Eloquence, by Michael Wigglesworth4. Of Style, by Cotton Mather

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