Ann Hutchinson is recognized as an important figure in colonial New England history, but the meaning of her dissent has long been controversial. Lang approaches Hutchinson from a fresh and revealing perspective by examining the treatment of ``the American Jezebel'' in American literature from the 17th to the 19th centuries. After a brief, lucid analysis of the historical Hutchinson, Lang demonstrates why she was such a compelling figure for so many religious, historical, and imaginative writers. Lang is especially skillful in analyzing the connections usually drawn between Hutchinson's gender and her heretical religious views. A work of great value for women's studies and for American intellectual history, literature, and religion.Mel Piehl, Christ Coll., Valparaiso Univ., Ind.