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Perry Miller


Born
in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
February 25, 1905

Died
December 09, 1963


Perry Miller was an American intellectual historian and Harvard University professor. He was an authority on American Puritanism, and one of the founders of what came to be known as 'American Studies'. Alfred Kazin once referred to him as "the master of American intellectual history."

In his most famous book, The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century (1939), Miller adopted a cultural approach to illuminate the worldview of the Puritans, unlike previous historians who employed psychological and economic explanations of their beliefs and behavior.

At Harvard, he directed numerous PhD dissertations; among his most notable students were historians Bernard Bailyn and Edmund Morgan. Margaret Atwood dedicated her famous book The Handmaid's Tale
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Errand into the Wilderness

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The New England Mind: The S...

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Transcendentalists: An Anth...

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The American Puritans: Thei...

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The New England Mind: From ...

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The Puritans: A Sourcebook ...

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The Life of the Mind in Ame...

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The Raven and the Whale: Po...

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“There was, however, one consequence of the original doctrine of regeneration that was eventually to accelerate the development of moralism: Puritans contended that regeneration was usually an ascertainable experience, that men could tell whether or not they were in a state of grace. With this conclusion they went beyond Augustine, for he would never have said point-blank that the presence of grace could be verified by external symptoms he would never have claimed that a man himself could positively know whether he had it or not, much less that a set of impartial examiners could discover the true state of his soul. Yet Augustinian theology, in other hands than Augustine’s, tends toward this deduction which the Reformation made explicit.”
Perry Miller, The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century

“hence the conclusion is frequently implied and often explicitly drawn that the Puritans looked upon philosophy as a sensual indulgence, upon classical authors as contemptible heathens, upon science as a work of the Devil and a hindrance to faith. Neither the friends nor the foes of the Puritans have shown much interest in their intellects, for it has been assumed that the Puritan mind was too weighted down by the load of dogma to be worth considering in and for itself.”
Perry Miller, The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century

“Cotton added, “zeale is but a wilde-fire without knowledge.”
Perry Miller, The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century

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