Book Event: Puritan, Entrepreneur, Heretic?
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00-7:30 pm
presented by author David Powers
NEHGS, Library and Archives
Misunderstandings between races—hostilities between cultures—anxiety from living in a time of war in one's own land—being accused of profiteering when food was scarce—unruly residents in a remote frontier community—charged with speaking the unspeakable and publishing the unprintable. All of this can be found in the life of one man: William Pynchon (1590-1662), the Puritan entrepreneur and founder of Springfield, Massachusetts. Two things in particular stand out in Pynchon's pioneering life: he enjoyed extraordinary and uniquely positive relationships with Native peoples, and he wrote the first book banned--and burned--in Boston. Damnable Heresy: William Pynchon, the Indians, and the First Book Banned (and Burned) in Boston provides the first comprehensive account of Pynchon's story, beginning in England, through his New England adventures, to his return home. Join author David M. Powers to discover the fabric of Pynchon’s times and the roles he played in the Puritan venture in Old England and New England. Book sales and signing to follow.