THE SHAPING OF LONGFELLOW'S JOHN ENDICOTT: A TEXTUAL HISTORY, INCLUDING TWO EARLY VERSIONS EDWARD L. TUCKER

THE SHAPING OF LONGFELLOW'S JOHN ENDICOTT
THE SHAPING OF LONGFELLOW'S JOHN ENDICOTT
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Longfellow is frequently considered to be a writer of only romantic and sentimental works. Yet in his play John Endicott he recorded a dark moment in the American struggle for religious freedom and human dignity—the intolerable persecution of the Quakers by the Puritans during the final days of John Endicott’s term as governor of Massachusetts. Longfellow did add a love story between a Puritan man and a Quaker girl to the play and telescoped events so that the all occurred in the year of Endicott’s death (1665). Essentially, however, he remained true to his historical sources for the work, including the hanging of four Quakers from the elm tree in Boston common. This topic has been little treated in American literature, so Tucker’s publication here of two versions of Longfellow’s work, along with a historical introduction and textual apparatus, provide scholars with an important historical record. Hardcover 192 pages