Wilderness Lost: The Religious Origins of the American Mind

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Susquehanna University Press, 1987 - History - 293 pages
This book establishes that there is a consistent tradition of wilderness imagery in American literature, A psychological reading of theology is applied to the writings of such authors as Thomas Hooker, Jonathan Edwards, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, and Dickinson.
 

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In this scholarly, clearly written monograph, Williams traces the influence of Calvinism on American literature and thought from the 17th century to the present. Along the way, he insightfully ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
11
The Wilderness
23
New England Canaan and the Wilderness
46
The Great Awakening of Fear
83
Revival and Revolution
111
The Transcendental Growth
149
Hawthorne Very and Dickinson The Wilderness of the Mind
180
Herman Melville The Watery Wilderness
213
Wilderness Lost Oliver Wendell Holmes and the OneHoss Shay
235
9 Conclusion
249
Notes
254
Bibliography
274
Index
287
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