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Daniels, Bruce C., PURITANS AT PLAY: Leisure and Recreation in Colonial New England. St Martins, October 1995., Fine/VG. First Edition. Two small closed tears & a small crease to dust jacket. Extensive notes, index, 271 pp.


Breen, Louise, TRANSGRESSING THE BOUNDS: Subversive Enterprises among the Puritan Elite in Massachusetts, 1630-1692. Oxford University Press. NEW copy, Hardcover, 292 pages. "This study offers a new interpretation of the Puritan "antinomian" controversy and a skillful analysis of its wider and long-term social and cultural significance."
~~~ "Louise A. Breen has written a very good book that tries to make sense out of an immensely complicated subject, dissent in Puritan New England ... If Breen's basic premise is simple, her demonstration of it is complex and nuanced ... Proponents of diversity will get a big boost from this fine book, and dissent will get an intriguing organizing principle." -- The Journal of American History
~~~ "This study offers a new interpretation of the puritan 'Antinomian' controversy and a skilful analysis of its wider and long term social and cultural significance. Breen argues that the controversy both reflected and fostered larger questions of identity that would persist in puritan New England throughout the seventeenth century: How much room for individualism among them of a more 'cosmopolitan' nature? How did they respond to those who did not share their celebrated tolerance toward Quakers, Indians, and outside influences in general? Central to Breen's study is the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, a private military company modelled on the fashionable 'artillery gardens' of London. Essentially an elite social club, this organization attracted a heterogeneous yet prominent membership whose diversity contrasted with the the social and religious ideals of the cultural majority."


Fiske, John, THE BEGINNINGS OF NEW ENGLAND or THE PURITAN THEOCRACY IN ITS RELATIONS TO CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Heritage Books, 2005. Reprint of the 1889 edition. Illustrations, color foldout map, index, 296 pages. "Compiled out of a lecture series, this work provides a sketch of the circumstances which attended to the settlement of New England. It provides a 19th century analysis of the effects of Puritanism on the socio- political climate of the pre-Revolutionary War era. Chapter One, ‘the Roman Idea and the English Idea,’ discusses the Roman method of nation-making and its fundamental defects, the English method of nation-making, and the victory of the English Idea, while also looking at the Teutonic institutions, the overthrow of feudalism, the Barons’ War and the first House of Commons. The second chapter, ‘the Puritan Exodus,’ looks at the influence of Puritanism upon modern Europe, Puritan sea-rovers, and Geographical Distribution of Puritanism in England. Chapter three, ‘The Planting of New England,’ describes the Company of Massachusetts Bay, Thomas Hooker and the Founding of Connecticut, and much more. The fourth chapter ‘The New England Confederacy,’ looks at many issues including: the theocratic ideal of Puritans, the Constitution of the Confederacy, the Presbyterian Cabal and executions of Quakers on Boston Commons. Chapter five, ‘King Philip’s War,’ looks at relations between the Puritan settlers and the Indians, and other pertinent war related facts. Chapter six, ‘The Tyranny of Andros,’ looks at the appointment of Sir Edmund Andros as viceroy over New England with despotic powers."


Hammond, Jeffry A., SINFUL SELF, SAINTLY SELF: The Puritan Experience of Poetry. University of Georgia Press, 1993. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket, still in shrinkwrap. Notes, bibliography, index, 305 pages. Synopsis: "The author seeks "to show how the major work of Puritan New England's three leading poets--Anne Bradstreet, Michael Wigglesworth, and Edward Taylor--met the didactic expectations of their Puritan readers." (Libr J). From the Publisher: "Sinful Self, Saintly Self is a comprehensive study of early New England verse in light of Puritan notions regarding the nature and uses of poetry. Through a new historical reading of three major Puritan poets -- Michael Wigglesworth, Anne Bradstreet, and Edward Taylor -- Jeffrey Hammond reconstructs this aesthetic framework using Puritan theology, artistic and exegetical traditions deriving from the Bible, and Puritan assumptions about the psychology of the saved soul. Despite the current resurgence of interest in early American literature, Puritan poetry remains only dimly understood and appreciated. With the exception of Edward Taylor's Preparatory Meditations and Anne Bradstreet's personal lyrics, it is often viewed as a poetry of gloom and doctrine rather than of affirmation and inspiration. In reconstructing the Puritan experience of poetry, Hammond argues that this widespread view reflects a persistent tendency to approach these poems from a modern perspective. The contemporary critical bias against didactic and conventional writing has made Bradstreet and Taylor seem to be the only Puritan poets worth reading. The most popular poet of the era, Michael Wigglesworth, author of the infamous Day of Doom, remains virtually ignored because of this bias. Moreover, Bradstreet and Taylor are often interpreted and assessed in terms of the poetic preferences of the modern reader. Hammond contends that by understanding how Puritans felt when they wrote and read verse, modern readers can appreciate these writings on their own terms. 'There was a Puritan way of reading,' he maintains, 'and it was not like ours. . . . Puritans were not merely content with their poetry but seem to have delighted in its didacticism and conventionality - the very qualities that distance the texts from us.' Sinful Self, Saintly Self provides an important corrective to anachronistic interpretations and allows contemporary readers to confront the 'otherness' of Puritan poetry."


Hawthorne, Nathaniel, THE SCARLET LETTER (Signature Classics). NEW copy. Hardcover. Trident Press International, 298 pages.
~~~~~ "As she emerges from the prison of a Puritan New England town, Hester Prynne defies the dark gloom much as the rose blooms against the prison door. With her illegitimate baby, Pearl, clutched in her arms and the letter A -- the mark of an adulteress - embroidered in scarlet thread on her breast, Hester holds her head high as she faces the malice and scorn of the townsfolk. Her powerful, bittersweet story is an American classic that continues to touch the hearts of modern readers with its timeless themes of guilt, passion and repentance."


Johnson, Gerald Garth, PURITAN CHILDREN IN EXILE: The Effects of the Puritan Concepts of the Original Sin, Death, Salvation, and Grace upon the Children and Grandchildren of the Puritan Emigrants leading to the Collapse of the Puritan Period . . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Heritage Books, 2002. Appendices, bibliography, index, 284 pages. "Anyone who is curious about the Puritan society and religion should read this thought provoking book. Although the focus centers on Puritan beliefs about the place of children and the parenting practices provided for these disenfranchised children, the basic concepts and motivations of Puritanism are explained and examined with insight and detail. In addition to the concepts mentioned in the title, this work discusses the influence of Bible-based laws in New England; Puritan ideas of death, heaven and hell; Reverend Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson and the pursuit of toleration; the collapse of the Puritan Period; Puritans becoming outnumbered; economic changes; migration; the Geneva Bible; children, adolescents and families in the Puritan society; psychological, social and other problems of growing up Puritan; and much more. Appendices include: Reverend John Cotton’s Catechism and Spiritual Milk for Babes Drawn out of the Breasts of both Testaments for their Souls Nourishment; a List of 90 books borrowed by Rev. Richard Mather in 1647 from Captain John Johnson; The Massachusetts Body of Liberties (1641); and Thomas Weld’s The cursed opinions of Anne Hutchinson. Scholarly perspective is provided in a foreword by Reverend Joyce Larson Frame and a lengthy analytical epilogue by Dr. Lita Linzer Schwartz, Psychologist."


[Mather], Middelkauff, Robert, THE MATHERS: Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals, 1596--1728. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. University of California Press. 440 pages. "In this classic work of American religious history, Robert Middlekauff traces the evolution of Puritan thought and theology in America from its origins in New England through the early eighteenth century. He focuses on three generations of intellectual ministers, Richard, Increase, and Cotton Mather - in order to challenge the traditional telling of the secularization of Puritanism, a story of faith transformed by reason, science, and business."


[Milton] Stavely, Keith W. F., PURITAN LEGACIES: Paradise Lost and the New England Tradition, 1630-1890. Cornell University Press, 1995. NEW copy. PAPERBACK. Notes, index, 312 pages. Stavely presents "Milton's Paradise Lost as a model of the tensions inherent in mid-17th-century English Puritanism and in New England Puritanism through 1890. He {seeks to} show how Milton's portrayal of Adam, Eve, and Satan represents persistent Puritan conflicts between hierarchy and egalitarian individual autonomy and between rationality and enthusiasm. {In an attempt} to illustrate his thesis, Stavely studies the career of 18th-century Westborough, Massachusetts pastor Rev. Ebenezer Parkman and 19th-century Marlborough, Massachusetts newspaper editor Charles F. Morse."


~ SOLD ~ Morgan, Edmund S., THE PURITAN FAMILY: Religion and Domestic Relations in Seventeenth-century New England. Harper Torchbooks, 1966., NEW. PAPERBACK. Notes, index, 196 pp. Originally published in 1944, enlarged and revised by the author for the 1966 Harper Torchbook edition.


Slotkin, Richard, and James K. Folsom (eds), SO DREADFULL A JUDGMENT: Puritan Responses to King Philip's War, 1676-1677. Wesleyan University Press, 1999. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, index, 501 pages.
~~~ TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction • Increase Mather: Puritan Mythologist • Benjamin Thompson: First American Epic Poet • Thomas Wheeler: The Christian Hero • Samuel Nowell: Prophet of Preparedness • Mary Rowlandson: Captive Witness • Benjamin Church: King of the Wild Frontier • Bibliography • Index.
~~~ "For the newly established New England colonies, the war with the Indians of 1675–77 was a catastrophe that pushed the settlements perilously close to worldly ruin. Moreover, it seemed to call into question the religious mission and spiritual status of a group that considered itself a Chosen People, carrying out a divinely inspired "errand into the wilderness." Seven texts reprinted here reveal efforts of Puritan writers to make sense of King Philip’s War. Largely unavailable since the 19th century, they represent the various divisions of Puritan society and literary forms typical of Puritan writing, from which emerged some of the most vital genres of American popular writing. Thoroughly annotated, the book contains a general introduction and introductions to each text."
~~~ “The editorial apparatus in its entirety becomes a masterful essay in cultural studies. I dare say that no other Puritan texts have been edited is so interesting a manner… This is a splendid book, a whole that is greater than its parts.” — David D. Hall, Catholic Historical Review.
~~~ “A major and permanent contribution to the study of American culture, equally valuable for the fullness of its selections and for the incisive, comprehensive, and enormously suggestive commentaries by the editors” — Sacvan Bercovitch.


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