John Gorham Palfrey


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(1796–1881), Unitarian clergyman of Boston, owned and edited The North American Review (1835–43). In addition to books on religious subjects, he wrote a History of New England (5 vols., 1858–90), in its time considered impartial and revelatory because of its paralleling of colonial and English events. Later critics have found the work biased in favor of New England, particularly of Massachusetts.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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