Bibliography (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Baker, Dorothy Z. America’s Gothic Fiction: The Legacy of “Magnalia Christi Americana.” Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2007. In this study, Baker examines how nineteenth-century writers Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, among others, turned to Mather’s Magnalia Christi Americana to “refashion his historical accounts as gothic fiction.”
Bercovitch, Sacvan. “Cotton Mather.” In Major Writers of Early American Literature, edited by Everett Emerson. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1972. Answers charges that Mather was egotistical and ostentatious by demonstrating his moral idealism, his subordination of self to Christ, and his belief in the unity of all knowledge.
Levin, David. Cotton Mather: The Young Life of the Lord’s Remembrancer, 1663-1703. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1978. Chronicles the first forty years of Mather’s life. Includes discussions of the Magnalia Christi Americana, its structure, and its biographical pattern of finding variety in one essential paradigm of good individuals.
Levy, Babette M. Cotton Mather. 1979. Reprint. New York: G. K. Hall, 1999. A basic study covering the life and works of Mather with a chronology, notes, and a bibliography. Includes a full chapter on the Magnalia Christi Americana.
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