Increase Mather Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Hall, Michael G. The Last American Puritan: The Life of Increase Mather, 1639-1723. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1988, 428 p.

Examines Mather's life and his role in New England Puritanism.

Mather, Increase. The Autobiography of Increase Mather, edited by M. G. Hall. Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1962, 360 p.

Incorporates writings Mather intended to include in his autobiography as well as journal entries from his later years.


Eliot, Emory. "Storms of God's Wrath." In Power and the Pulpit in Puritan New England, pp. 88-135. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1975.

Examines some metaphors in Mather's writings as well as the growth of his thought and style.

Gragg, Larry. "The End of the Trials." In The Salem Witch Crisis, pp. 161-80. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1992.

Discusses Mather's role in ending the Salem witch trials through using his Cases of Conscience to call for limited use of spectral evidence.

Hall, David D. "Beyond Conversionism." In The Faithful Shepherd: A History of the New England Ministry in the Seventeenth Century, pp. 249-69. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1972.

Examines the stances Mather took on issues of church policies throughout his life.

Mather, Cotton. Magnalia Christi Americana; Or, The Ecclesiastical History of New-England. Hartford: Silus Andrus and Son, 1855, 626 p.

Detailed description of the Puritan church in New England from 1620 to 1698.

Robinson, Enders A. Salem Witchcraft and Hawthorne's House of Seven Gables. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books Inc., 1992.

Chronicles the events of the Salem witch trials and highlights some of the officials and families involved.

Ziff, Larzer. Puritanism in America: New Culture in a New World. New York: Viking Press, 1973, 338 p.

A study of the origins of Puritanism as well as its influence on nineteenth- and twentieth-century life.

Additional coverage of Mather's life and career is contained in the following source published by Gale Research: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 24.