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1. The Captive: The True Story of
2. The Narrative of the Captivity
3. American Puritanism: Religion,
4. Colonial American Travel Narratives
5. Cartographies of Desire: Captivity,
6. Goblin Market

1. The Captive: The True Story of the Captivity of Mrs Mary Rowlandson Among the Indians and God's Faithfulness to Her in Her Time of Trial
by Mary White Rowlandson
Paperback: 64 Pages (1990-08)
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Asin: 0929408039
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2. The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
by Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, Mary Rowlandson
Paperback: 94 Pages (1998-09-01)
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Asin: 0939218208
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The Lancaster Edition by Mary Rowlandson--Who was taken prisoner by the INDIANS with several others, and treated in the most barbarous and cruel Manner by those vile Savages: With many other remarkable Events during her Travels. Written by her own Hand, for her private Use, and now made public at the earnest Desire of some Friends, and for the Benefit of the afflicted. This classic account of a white settler held captive by Indians in 1675 is the first recorded captivity narrative. 96 pp 5 x 7 ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The first American Best-seller, writen by a woman
I read this good book, here in Brazil. This book was writen in the XVII century and is the first American Best-seller, writen by a woman.
Please I didn't read this ediction published by Dodo Press, but an old ediction available online.
The author, Mary White was born in England, but she immigrated with her family to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and grew up there. Mary White married Joseph Rowlandson, a Puritan minister.
She was a deeply religious woman; a true puritan, as you can read in this book. In fact, Mary White writes about God and bible, in almost every page of this short book. Another reviewer told that that Mary White was unfair with the Indians, but she never wrote that her treatment by the Indians, could be better.
The Indians coud not win or even survive, to the war led against them by the whites.
And they know this fact.
The American Indian King Philip or Metacomet was knowed, by the author of this book. In fact, King Philip or Metacomet was the leader of the Indians that captured Mary White. King Philip or Metacomet was murdered by another Indian, in 1676.
Good things in this book:
1- No fiction. All facts are true, even with prejudices, normal when this book was writen.
2- No contaminations with leftists liars borned after this book was writen, such as Jean Jacques Rousseau or Karl Marx. The savages of this book are the real savages, not the hoax of the "good savage" created by Jean Jacques Rousseau.
3- If you want to read the caracter of the persons that started, the strongest military and economic power of all times, this book is a good choice to begin.

4-0 out of 5 stars please give your review a title
type your review in the space below.Come on,read this book and see a bit of amerika's past.

5-0 out of 5 stars Obesity
If you're fat and found dieting is genuine starvation...blah, blah and you can't fill yourself now-you're real and not head tripping, you'll be interested to know that Mary Rowlandson could never feel physically fullafter the captivity.She points out that the Bible even mentions that syndrome. I recently switched to Creationism because everything in the Bible eventually turns out to be true scientifically.There is a malfunction from going too hungry that we haven't medically figured out yet.It is there in our faces.Mary and her Bible is to behold.The Lord used her.He used her to prove he is always right. She is for the year 2007.She went through that horror for our times.Not hers. "Twiggy" body is anti-christ and causes a real disease of perpetual hunger.

5-0 out of 5 stars a first person narrative is one of the best kind of books
Because it is a first hand account-and who better to tell the story than the person who lived through it?
That's why I take offense at the reviewer who said this book is too one-sided. Hello? Would YOU care to live through a New England winter without any modern conveniences? Would YOU like to be taken captive by hostile savages and have your life distrupted and your child die as a result? Perhaps it's not politically correct these days to see indians as savages but excuse me-they raped women and killed children. They burned homes and tortured men. Like it or not that's how many of them were back then. (Notice I didn't say ALL so don't get your dander up.)
This book is a look at a person's life and her perspective on it. How she dealt with a tragedy of unknown modern proportions. How she lived through it and what she learned from it.
Fascinating stuff, in my opinion.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very One sided
I loved all of this witches acounts of Wheetamoo, greatest sachem ever! but she was sooooooo one sided! I hated how she talked about the Sachem Wheetamoo. I wish that she was more two-sided and it is NOT understandable of her harsh words twordWheetamoo or any of the FRIENDLY indians The author is a mean witch with a b! ... Read more

3. American Puritanism: Religion, Grief, and Ethnology in Mary White Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative
by Mitchell Robert Breitwieser
Paperback: 224 Pages (1990-11-15)
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Asin: 0299126544
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely insightful
This book raises some interesting questions about the roles of religion (specifically Puritanism), mourning and grief in early American literature, specifically Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative. I recommend this book to anyone who does serious research into early American literature, history, and cultural context. This is *not* an easy or light read. ... Read more

4. Colonial American Travel Narratives (Penguin Classics)
by Various
 Paperback: 384 Pages (1994-08-01)
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Asin: 014039088X
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Colonial life in America, with its physical and psychological changes, are presented in this book from four different perspectives. Mary Rowlandson tells of her capture, in 1676, by native Americans, Sarah Kemble Knight's journal reflects her growing resourcefulness as she travels from Boston to New Haven in 1704, William Byrd II records the "secret history" of the 1728 expedition to survey a disputed boundary line between Virginia and North Carolina, whilst Dr Alexander Hamilton vividly describes colonial life in 1744. ... Read more

5. Cartographies of Desire: Captivity, Race, and Sex in the Shaping of an American Nation
by Rebecca Blevins Faery
 Hardcover: 275 Pages (1999-09)
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Asin: 0806131497
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible!
Faery's novel is boring, contrived, and downright stupid. I am hard pressed to find even a few sentences in her book that she has actually written. The rest are quotations from other authors. She attempts to use fancy and eloquent English not to further her points, but simply to sound for authoritative. Her points are pointless. She uses picture books as examples for her research, and this book has little relevance to anything. Stay Away! Faery is the worst author of the century!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excavating Our National Narratives of Race and Gender
Novelistic sweep combines with rigorous textual analysis to produce this compulsively readable excavation of our national narratives of race and gender.As Faery demonstrates, the stories by which we tell ourselves whowe are twist, turn, mutate in response to the exigencies of the historicalmoment, yet the interests they have subserved have remained remarkablyconsistent. ... Read more

6. Goblin Market
by Christina Rossetti
Hardcover: 69 Pages (1997-10-01)
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Asin: 0811816494
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Experience the temptation, pleasure, punishment, and redemption of Christina Rossetti's brilliant poetic masterpiece in this classic keepsake edition, gorgeously illustrated with Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Christina's brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Published in 1862, this phantasmagoric tale of two maidens seduced by lewd goblin men provides a startling glimpse into the depths of the Victorian psyche. Full color throughout . ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Prettily Presented Classic
Noted Italian/English poetess of the 1800's Christina Rossetti's imagination catching poetry has stood the test of time, being still loved and studied today.Because of its title, Goblin Market sometimes gets put into a juvenile category, but this is a poem for mature readers.This moral tale depicts the epic struggle between bad and good.The goblin's onslaught on virtue immediately engages the reader's inner ear and heart.This poem is really gripping reading. Goblin Market is often considered Christina Rossetti's best poem.This re-issue, replete with noted illustrator Arthor Rackham's beautifully eerie drawings, is a book worth owning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, sensual, and subject to infinite interpretation
Goblin Market, a verse fairy tale that was first published in 1862, is a rather fascinating piece of masterful poetry.It tells a wonderfully sensuous tale that has inspired a myriad of interpretations.I've spent more time reading about Goblin Market than I did actually reading it - savoring it, rather, for it really calls for a much more personal treatment than a mere reading.This pre-Raphaelite work harbors latent eroticism that echoes with both renunciation and desire.Thus, some term it a work of repressed Victorian eroticism and grin knowingly (and leeringly) as they recount the fact that Goblin Market was quite a popular children's fairy tale in its day.Christine Rossetti was herself a recluse along the lines of Emily Dickinson, allowing her heart to sing freely even as she kept herself separated from any possible objects of her latent desires.

In the poem, one sister gives in to the temptation of the forbidden fruit offered by the dark goblins forever lurking in the twilight to seduce their victims to a first taste of their exotic wares.The desire to obtain more of the passion fruit overtakes her young life, yet the goblins appear to her no more; as a result, she begins to waste away near to death.At this point, her sister, who sensibly avoided temptation, willingly seeks to bargain with the goblins, only to have them force their juicy wares upon her.The fruity residue is enough, however, to revive her sister.The act of salvation is obviously the juiciest part of the story on a number of levels - such a sensual act between sisters, with lines such as "Hug me, kiss me, suck my juices" and "Eat me, drink me, love me," cries out for interpretation of all kinds - and those quick to criticize the hypocritical prudishness of Victorian society have a veritable field day with it.

Some say this is not a poem for children's ears?Balderdash.Like any masterful work of poetry, Goblin Market can be read and interpreted on many levels.Children will delight in its lyrical rhyming patterns, its allusions to wee goblins hawking the most delicious of fruits, and interpret the salvation of the tempted sister in comparatively innocent terms.I say leave the interpretations to the adults.And what interpretations there are of this lengthy poem.Some see in it a recreation of the genesis story, a story of sacrifice and redemption, a tale of lesbian yearning, a declaration of the power of sisterhood, a commentary on women as commodities in market society, evidence of sexual molestation by Rossetti's father, etc.There's no limit to the interpretations put forth about what is, on the surface, an engaging fairy tale set to verse.

This is a fascinating work of lyrical poetry that can be read fairly quickly yet will sustain your interest through multiple readings, all sorts of fascinating research into analysis and interpretation, and just plain wonderment.As sensual as it is beautiful, Goblin Market is probably one of the most fascinating and insightful products of Victorian literature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic erotica not for children
I wonder if the good folk at the end of the 19th century when this poem was originally published were just too obtuse to understand the gist of Rossetti's work; if so, we have an innocent artifact that has evolved into something erotic because of our twentieth century sensibilities (we have dirtier minds than our compatriots from the past).

Don't let the word "erotica" scare you away. This is not a blatantly sexual work in its language; it is not a "dirty" book. Just understand that despite what anyone else says or writes, this is about as unambiguously EROTIC as you can get. With phrasing like "Eat me, drink me, love me; Laura, make much of me; For your sake I have braved the glen; And had to do with goblin merchant men."

Since the original work is now in the public domain, if you want to read the full text online just do a search using most standard search engines with the terms "Christina Rossetti Goblin Market" and you should turn up a number of links to the actual poems, go read it, and decide for yourself about it.

This makes a wonderful gift for people you are very close too. However, it is also a very personal poem, and if given inappropriately could actually scare someone away!

5-0 out of 5 stars A tale to dream on...
A children tale for adults. It's a light and thoughtful reading.The story of two sisters and lewd goblin men. Innocence, temptation and emotions all together. This inspiring story has wonderful work of DanteGabriel Rossetti.

5-0 out of 5 stars Redemption
This tale is not about sexuality but about redemption and the need to help others.Read deep into the story to find the meaning that Rossetti intended. ... Read more

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