The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption by William Pynchon (1590 - 1662): A Facsimile Edition of the 1650 Original with an Introduction and Editorial Apparatus by Peter Lang Publishing Inc (Hardback, 1993)
The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption: A Facsimile Edition reproduces William Pynchon's rare 1650 theological treatise about the Atonement. Written in the dialogue genre and deemed heretical by Boston orthodoxy, the book was burned on the city Commons. More than three hundred years later Meritorious Price is transformed in On Preterition, a fictional counterpart that is inscribed in Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, a landmark in the contemporary American vel. The reworking of the Puritan past in this recent postmodernist vel in part results from Thomas Pynchon's direct descent from his Puritan ancestor, but more than that, it points at important continuities in American literature. Introductory essays by Michael W. Vella, Lance Schachterle, and Louis Mackey explore questions of genealogy, theology, and postmodernism in the presentation of this facsimile edition aimed at scholars and readers of both Pynchons.
The Editors: Michael W. Vella is Professor of American Literature at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he teaches Puritan and postmodern American literature. Lance Schachterle is Professor of English and Director of International Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Louis Mackey is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches literature and philosophy. All three professors have numerous publications and share a scholarly interest in Thomas Pynchon's works.
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI Studies) Studies in Science, Technology and Culture