New English Canaan By Thomas Morton Of "Merrymount": Text, Notes, Biography & Criticism
Until recent facsimile printings without notes, "New English Canaan" (originally published in 1637) has been reprinted only twice, one in Peter Force's "Tracts" (1836) and in 1883 by the Massachusetts Historical Society. This book represents the first edition created from and textually-collated with all known original copies in the world; it also constitutes the first full...more
Published September 1st 1999
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The story behind the story is probably what is the most interesting here. Thomas Morton was the original American rebel, butting heads with the Puritans of Plymouth during the 1600s because of his embrace of Indians and the unfettered life. Unfortunately, this book of his is very hard going, given its old language, its time-lost references and the fact that the original typesetter may not have even spoken English.