VAN ENGEN, A.,
Sympathetic Puritans. Calvinist Fellow Feeling in Early New England.
Oxford University Press, 2015. 328p. Hardback. Series: Religion in America. Van Engen's gracefully written study, both original and informed, is a pleasure and a provocation. His reframing of some of early America's most studied moments requires that readers press a kind of reset button on familiar, even iconic, texts and moments. Puritan sympathy invites a reconsideration of the essential meaning and influence of Puritan sensibility not on 'America' or the 'American self,' but on reader and genre, particularly as a precursor to the novel. Eileen Razzari Elrod, American Literary History |a 26/3/18 (Publisher's information).