This is more than a book about Puritans or about death. It is also about family, community, and identity in the modern world. The book is an intelligent and highly original study of 17th-century attitudes toward death, which were profoundly different from those in our own time. Prof. Stannard's object is not merely to understand that period but to provide a perspective on the present. He skillfully combines historical research with important hypotheses concerning social change. The book rests upon a strong command of social science literature and is written with grace and style. Illustrations. "A richly diverse and highly readable book that skillfully combines historical research with important hypothesis concerning social change."
"A bellwether book--an intelligent and highly original study of seventeenth-century attitudes toward death. The book rests upon a strong command of social science literature and is written with style and grace."--David Hackett Fischer, The New Republic
"Stannard skillfully weaves diverse rich sources into this interdisciplinary study of death--a common human concern. His study of the Puritan way of death sets the tone for all the following eras of American culture."--Mary Pope, Westmar College