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New English Canaan by Thomas Morton of "Merrymount": Text, Notes, Biography & Criticism Paperback – January 21, 2000
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"...done with directness and verve that propel the reader. Dempsey has helped me go beyond my own studies....A project of fundamental significance for the humanities. If this new Canaan helps bring about the "return" of Morton, it will be a magnificent achievement." -- Richard Drinnon, Professor Emeritus of History/Bucknell University, and author of Schocken Books' Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating and Empire-Building
"Based on collations of the sixteen surviving original copies of Canaan, Dempsey's extensively annotated presentation supersedes previous versions in textual accuracy and the thoroughness of its explanatory apparatus." -- professional journal Early American Literature Volume 34 #3, Fall 1999
"Dr. Dempsey's discreetly modernized, lavishly annotated version is worth attention. If Morton was 'America's first poet in English,' we started below scratch." -- The Atlantic Monthly, October 1999
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"What classical and country traditions inspired Morton's notorious New English Canaan -- a perceptive, witty, and often slapstick portrait, in prose and poetry, of Native New England peoples, land, creatures, and colonists? Was this first colonial "criminal" America's first poet in English?"
This edition was created from and textually-collated with all known copies in the world. Additionally in this book, one finds illustrations, a chronology, an introduction, a "sampler" of commentary on Morton's writing, glossary, index. Additionally, over 40 pp of bibliographic information.
Trade paperback, 411 pp.