Sunday, 7 June 2009

The Gentle Puritan: A Life of Ezra Stiles, 1727-1795

Has anyone ever read Edmund S. Morgan's "The Gentle Puritan: A Life of Ezra Stiles, 1727-1795"? Originally published in 1962, this book written by Yale's Emeritus Sterling Professor of American History is one of the all time best biographies of an eighteenth-century figure. Morgan's depiction of Yale's former president is so thorough and well written that it can't help but inspire one's own writings (He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006). For anyone studying colonial American history, "The Gentle Puritan" is a must read!

Jon Yeager

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