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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 1: the Puritan writers (search)
t of his writing, are fearfully and wonderfully made: Christianus per Ignem; or, a Disciple Warming of Himself and Owning his Lord Nails Fastened; or, Proposals of Piety Complied Withal; and so on. No theme appeared to be simple enough for Cotton Mather to treat simply; and in consequence most of his work is now dead. Even that greatest book of his, the formidable Magnalia Christi Americana, Its sub-title was The Ecclesiastical history of New England from its first planting, in the year 1620, unto the year of our Lord 1698. It was first published in London in 1702. can now be read only by the special student of history. He was, says Professor Tyler, the last, the most vigorous, and therefore the most disagreeable representative of the fantastic school in literature; he prolonged in New England the methods of that school even after his most cultivated contemporaries there had outgrown them, and had come to dislike them. The expulsion of the beautiful from thought, from sentimen
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, chapter 13 (search)
w Arnold died. 1888. Bryce's The American Commonwealth. 1889. Browning died. 1892. Tennyson died. 1899. South African War. 1901. Queen Victoria died. American 1607. Landing at Jamestown. 1608. John Smith's True relation. 1620. Landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. 1620. William Bradford's Hitory of Plymouth plantation. 1626. George Sandys's Translation of the first fifteen books of Ovid's Metamorphoses. 1630-1648. John Winthrop's History of New England. 16401620. William Bradford's Hitory of Plymouth plantation. 1626. George Sandys's Translation of the first fifteen books of Ovid's Metamorphoses. 1630-1648. John Winthrop's History of New England. 1640. The Bay Psalm book by Richard Mather, John Eliot, etc. 1640. (The first book printed in America.) 1647. Nathaniel Ward's The simple Cobbler of Agawam. 1650. Anne Bradstreet's The Tenth Muse lately sprung up in America. 1662. Michael Wigglesworth's The day of doom. 1664. New Amsterdam became New York. 1673-1729. Samuel Sewall's Diary. 1675. King Philip's War. 1682. Philadelphia founded by Penn. 1689. Cotton Mather's Memorable Providences 1702. Cotton Mather's Magn