Newly transcribed from the original manuscripts, the volume has been edited by a leading specialist in Puritan studies, Professor Michael McGiffert of the University of Denver. He has also written a perceptive introduction, guiding the reader with a sure hand through the labyrinth of Puritan spirituality. The last edition of the Autobiography appeared more than forty years ago. The Journal, published in an incomplete version by Thomas Prince in 1747, is now printed for the first time in its entirety.
Professor Edmund S. Morgan of Yale University has commented about the Journal, "I know of no other unpublished manuscript of comparable importance by a first-generation New England minister."
God's Plot is the first volume in The Commonwealth Series of the University of Massachusetts Press. Under the general editorship of Professor Winfred E.A. Bernhard, the series will present new scholarly editions of classic works revealing the cultural development of New England.
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