The Wonders Of The Invisible World
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The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Title: The Wonders of the Invisible World Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately Executed in New-England, to Which Is Added a Farther Account of the Tryals of the New-Engl...more
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Mark
A few years ago I read Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". In the climatic Van Tassel Halloween party Ichabod Crane is reading Cotton Mather's "The Wonders of the Invisible World" to scare the wits out of the young women (and himself) at the party. I was intrigued by the reference and decided that I wanted to read it someday too.

Having just finished "The Wonders of the Invisible World" I can definitely see why it scared the pants off Ichabod Crane and was prime fodder...more
Caleb
Weird stuff for sure. The Salem Witch Trials are a very emotional topic, even today. Same goes for the Crusades. Get a roomful of people together fed with a lifetime of sound bites from the History Channel and you’re off to the races. I read this mainly because of the references in Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow I’d seen over the years, and Franklin’s references to Cotton Mather in his writings. I also enjoy acquainting myself better with early Colonial American thought.
Jessica
Eh, this may be good as a supplement for when my students read The Crucible. However, it is certainly NOT light reading.
Lisette
Get beyond the language and you see a fascinating (and, frankly, scary) look into Puritan ideology and theology...and how these inform their worldview.
Ivan
A scummy man making excuses for his brutality. Well-written, but will make you sick to read his smug self-satisfaction.
Jasmine
fucking ridiculous...
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Cotton Mather A.B. 1678 (Harvard College), A.M. 1681; honorary doctorate 1710 (University of Glasgow), was a socially and politically influential New England Puritan minister, prolific author, and pamphleteer. Cotton Mather was the son of influential minister Increase Mather. He is often remembered for his connection to the Salem witch trials.

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On Witchcraft A Family Well-Ordered Magnalia Christi Americana or the Ecclesiastical History of New England V1: From Its First Planting in the Year 1620 Unto the Year of Our Lord 1698 Diary of Cotton Mather 1681-1709 V1 Memorable Providences: Relating To Witchrafts And Possessions (Notable American Authors)

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