The Life and Times of Cotton Mather
By Kenneth Silverman
The eleventh annual Robert C. Baron Lecture
Kenneth Silverman, professor emeritus of English at NYU, has written acclaimed biographies of Edgar Allan Poe, Harry Houdini, Samuel F.B. Morse, and John Cage. For this year’s Baron Lecture, Professor Silverman will talk about his 1984 book The Life and Times of Cotton Mather, which won both the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the Bancroft Prize for American History. He will reflect on how he came to write his biography of Mather, and how that experience compares to the experience of writing biographies of some very different American cultural figures.
Named in honor of Robert C. Baron, past AAS chairman and president of Fulcrum Publishing, the annual Baron Lecture asks distinguished AAS members who have written seminal works of history to reflect on one book and its impact on scholarship and society in the years since its first appearance.