The Writings of Elizabeth Webb: A Quaker Missionary in America, 1697-1726

Author:   Rachel Cope ,  Zachary McLeod Hutchins
Publisher:   Pennsylvania State University Press
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9780271082226


Pages:   240
Publication Date:   04 January 2019
Format:   Hardback
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The Writings of Elizabeth Webb: A Quaker Missionary in America, 1697-1726


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This comprehensive collection brings together every extant text known to have been penned by Elizabeth Webb, a missionary for the Society of Friends who traveled and taught in England and America during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Webb's work circulated widely in manuscript form during her lifetime, but has since become scarce. This annotated collection reintroduces her as a major contributor to women's writing and religious thought in early America. Her autobiographical works highlight the importance of ecstatic or visionary experiences in the construction of Quaker identity and illustrate the role that women played in creating religious and social networks. Webb used the book of Revelation as a lens through which to comprehend episodes from American history, and her commentary on the book characterized the colonization of New England as a sign of the end times. Eighteenth-century readers looked to her commentary for guidance during the American War of Independence. Her unique take on Revelation was not only impactful in its own day, but puts contemporary understanding of eighteenth-century Quaker quietism into new perspective. Collecting the earliest known writings by an American Quaker, and one of the earliest by an American woman, this annotated volume rightly places Webb in the company of colonial women writers such as Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, and Sarah Kemble Knight. It will be an invaluable resource for scholars of early America, women's history, religious history, and American literature.

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Author:   Rachel Cope ,  Zachary McLeod Hutchins
Publisher:   Pennsylvania State University Press
Imprint:   Pennsylvania State University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 22.90cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.562kg
ISBN:  

9780271082226


ISBN 10:   0271082224
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   04 January 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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Rachel Cope and Zachary McLeod Hutchins have done a major service to scholars of early American history, women's history, and Quakerism in reclaiming for us Quaker minister Elizabeth Webb. Her writings provide us with a marvelous view into the spiritual and interior life of a remarkable woman equally at home on both sides of the colonial Atlantic. --Thomas Hamm, author of The Quakers in America This extraordinary collection of mostly unpublished Quaker documents fills a major gap in early American writings by women and is a major contribution to early American archival scholarship. Webb's keen observations range from personal narratives, letters, and travelogues to a unique commentary on the book of Revelation, and the introduction beautifully situates these documents in their historical and intellectual contexts. --Reiner Smolinski, author of The Threefold Paradise of Cotton Mather A very important volume, bringing to light a forgotten Quaker minister, adding to the new and necessary scholarship on Quaker women's writings, and helping rewrite our understanding of apocalyptic thought within eighteenth-century Quakerism. It is required reading for all Quaker studies scholars. --Ben Pink Dandelion, author of The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction


A very important volume, bringing to light a forgotten Quaker minister, adding to the new and necessary scholarship on Quaker women's writings, and helping rewrite our understanding of apocalyptic thought within eighteenth-century Quakerism. It is required reading for all Quaker studies scholars. -Ben Pink Dandelion, author of The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction


A very important volume, bringing to light a forgotten Quaker minister, adding to the new and necessary scholarship on Quaker women's writings, and helping rewrite our understanding of apocalyptic thought within eighteenth-century Quakerism. It is required reading for all Quaker studies scholars. --Ben Pink Dandelion, author of The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction


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Rachel Cope is Associate Professor of Church History at Brigham Young University and coeditor of Family Life in Britain and America, 1690-1820. Zachary McLeod Hutchins is Assistant Professor of English at Colorado State University and author of Inventing Eden: Primitivism, Millennialism, and the Making of New England.

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