The life and times of cotton mather won the pulitzer prize for biography in 1985 and very rightly so it is a highly intelligent keenly insightful and scholarly yet readable account of a very remarkable man. Cotton mather was one of if not the most prominent american colonialists until benjamin franklin and the other founding fathers in fact a teenaged franklin the nebulous mythological mather serves to symbolize what american character is not or should not be bigoted superstitious authoritarian and devious. Cotton mather was a puritan a member of a group that broke away from the church of england in the sixteenth and seventeenth century preacher historian recorder of events and culture of the times and the youngest man to graduate from harvard college. At the lords table the life and times of cotton mather by kenneth silverman harper row 479 pp 2995 any biographer of cotton mather is faced with a lot of wrongs to redress
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