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The Gentle Puritan

A Life of Ezra Stiles, 1727–1795

Edmund Morgan

Copyright 1962
University of North Carolina Press

Now available again, this important biography of the early New England intellectual leader was greeted as a "landmark in the history of the American mind" by Clifford K. Shipton when it appeared in 1962. Stiles lived at a critical time—the transition from the Reformation to the Enlightenment, which came suddenly in New England—and because of his position, his influence was great."

Originally published in 1974.

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About the Author

Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. His many books include American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia and Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and Am


Through this great scholarly effort of Yale’s Professor Morgan, we now have a unique access to the culture and intellectual life of 18th-century America. We also have for the first time a full biography of a remarkable colonial worthy, one which general readers can enjoy and scholars use with confidence.

--Library Journal

For bringing Ezra Stiles before us in so eminently readable and engaging a portrait, Professor Morgan deserves our thanks.

--Christian Science Monitor

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