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CHAPTER XIV
AMERICAN LITERATURE

UNLIKE other great literatures, the literature oi America began not with songs and epics, but with sober prose. The early Puritan settlers regarded poetry as a frivolous occupation and the playhouse as a place of sin ; so in an age when England was teeming with poets and dramatists of the first rank the men of New England were sternly writing and reading histories, political pamphlets, and religious tracts-if, indeed, they had leisure to write or read at all.
That picturesque explorer Captain John Smith, 1580-1631, may be regarded as the father of American historians. His Generall Historie of Virginia is not entirely reliable, but it is a good booknone the less. William StraChey, who is known to have flourished between 16o9 and 1618, was another
Virginian writer early in the field. He was Secretary to the colony for three years, and his narrative of a shipwreck off the Bermudas is said to have given Shakespeare the idea of The Tempest. The honour of being the first American `poet' has been claimed for Michael Wigglesworth,1631-1705, whose grim and lurid verses in The Day of Doom won him instant popularity. He was a physician as well as a pastor. Cotton Mather, 1663-1728, was a pastor, a graduate

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