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By Christopher D'Addario

The political and non secular upheavals of the 17th century brought on an unheard of variety of humans to to migrate, voluntarily or no longer, from England. between those exiles have been essentially the most very important authors within the Anglo-American canon. Christopher D'Addario explores how early sleek authors proposal and wrote concerning the event of exile in relation either to their misplaced fatherland and to the hot groups they created for themselves in a foreign country. He analyses the writings of first-generation New England Puritans, the Royalists in France in the course of the English Civil struggle, and the 'interior exiles' of John Milton and John Dryden. D'Addario explores the character of creative construction from the non secular and political margins of early glossy England, and in doing so, presents exact perception into the mental and fabric pressures of displacement and a miles late examine of the significance of exile to the improvement of early smooth literature.

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It does not seem a coincidence that the vigorous persecution of the separatist opinions of Roger Williams in 1635–6 coincided with reports of the impending arrival of Crown officials sent to rein in what Charles I felt to be the increasingly rebellious and schismatic attitudes of the colonists. The years 1635–6 also saw an original patentee of the colony and supporter of the Stuarts, Sir Fernando Gorges, bring a suit before the crown, with the help of the eccentric Thomas Morton, in an attempt to wrest control of the charter from Massachusetts Bay.

Dryden might be the first to admit that this stance was self-conscious, and yet, we might also ask how much our perception of Milton after the restoration has been colored by the author’s own heroic and deeply self-conscious presentation of his condition in Paradise Lost and elsewhere. c h a p te r 1 Nostalgia and nationalism in New England literature I would like to begin, as is our convention these days, with a story – the story, aptly for an exploration of exile, of a passage. 1 Yet, while I am ultimately concerned with this mass movement of individuals whose motives assuredly were untidily complex, I would like instead to begin, somewhat heretically, with the passage of an object.

Much like Williams and Cotton, colonial authors generally wrote for an English audience that was centered in the metropolis, but stretched, albeit unevenly, to the provincial counties and distant colonies of a budding British empire. The early 26 exile and journey in 17th century literature American book, at least before 1680 (and this date is overly conservative), was a decidedly transatlantic phenomenon. These considerations about the book trade in early New England begin to reveal a print world that is not simply a primitive forbear of a future, vibrant American public sphere.

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