Evert A. Duyckinck and George L. Duyckinck (essay date 1856)
SOURCE: Duyckinck, Evert A. and George L. Duyckinck. “Thomas Morton.” In Cyclopaedia of American Literature, edited by M. Laird Simons, Vol. I, pp. 33-5. Philadelphia: William Rutter & Co., 1877.
[In the following essay from a work first published in 1856, the critics present an overview of Morton's experiences in New England, using details presented in New English Canaan, a work they find to be humorous if not entirely factual.]
The readers of Nathaniel Hawthorne cannot fail to remember “the May-pole of Merry Mount.” The sketch, in its leading features, is a faithful presentation of a curious episode in the early history of New England. It has been...
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