The American Puritans: Their Prose and Poetry

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Ravenio Books, 1956

Perry Miller was born in Chicago on February 25, 1905. He was educated at the University of Chicago where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1931. Since then Mr. Miller taught at Harvard University and in 1946 became a Professor of American Literature there. He died in 1963.


He was the author of Orthodoxy in Massachusetts (1933); The New England Mind (1939); Jonathan Edwards (1949); Roger Williams (1953); The Raven and the Whale (1956); and Errand into the Wilderness (1956).


This anthology is organized as follows:


Foreword


Chapter One. History

1. William Bradford, 1590-1657

Of Plymouth Plantation

2. Thomas Shepard, 1605-1649

A Defense of the Answer

3. Edward Johnson, 1598-1672

Wonder-Working Providence of Sionís Savior

4. John Winthrop, 1588-1649

Journal

5. John Winthrop, 1588-1649

The Antinomian Crisis

6. Cotton Mather, 1663-1728

A General Introduction


Chapter Two. State and Society

1. John Winthrop, 1588-1649

A Model of Christian Charity

2. John Cotton, 1584-1652

Limitation of Government

3. Thomas Hooker, 1586-1647

Hartford Election Sermon

4. John Winthrop, 1588-1649

Speech to the General Court

5. Nathaniel Ward, 1578-1652

The Simple Cobler of Aggawam

6. Jonathan Mitchell, 1624-1668

Nehemiah on the Wall

7. William Stoughton, 1631-1701

New Englandís True Interest

8. William Hubbard, 1621-1704

The Happiness of a People

9. John Wise, 1652-1725

Vindication of the Government of New England Churches

10. Jonathan Mayhew, 1720-1766

A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission


Chapter Three. This World and the Next

1. Thomas Shepard, 1605-1649

The Covenant of Grace

2. Peter Bulkeley, 1583-1659

The Lesson of the Covenant, for England and New England

3. Thomas Hooker, 1586-1647

A True Sight of Sin

4. Thomas Hooker, 1586-1647

Repentant Sinners and Their Ministers

5. John Cotton, 1584-1652

Christian Calling

6. Increase Mather, 1639-1723

Man Knows Not His Time

7. Urian Oakes, 1631-1681

The Sovereign Efficacy of Divine Providence

8. Samuel Sewall, 1652-1730

Phaenomena

9. Cotton Mather, 1663-1728

Bonifacius

10. Solomon Stoddard, 1643-1729

Concerning Ancestors


Chapter Four. Personal Narrative

1. Thomas Shepard, 1605-1649

Autobiography

2. Increase Mather, 1639-1723

Richard Mather

3. Samuel Sewall, 1652-1730

Diary

4. John Williams, 1664-1729

The Redeemed Captive


Chapter Five. Poetry

1. Anne Bradstreet, 1612-1672

Several Poems

2. Anne Bradstreet, 1612-1672

Meditations

3. Michael Wigglesworth, 1631-1705

The Day of Doom

4. Michael Wigglesworth, 1631-1705

Godís Controversy With New England

5. E.B.

A Threnodia

6. Edward Taylor, 1645?-1729

Godís Determinations Touching His Elect

7. Edward Taylor, 1645?-1729

Poems and Sacramental Meditations


Chapter Six. Literary and Educational Ideals

1. Richard Mather, 1596-1669

The Bay Psalm Book

2. New Englandís First Fruits

New Englandís First Fruits

3. Michael Wigglesworth, 1631-1705

The Praise of Eloquence

4. Cotton Mather, 1663-1728

Of Style

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Contents

Foreword
Thomas Shepard 16051649
John Winthrop 15881649
Nathaniel Ward 15781652
Jonathan Mitchell 16241668

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