The Romance of Pilgrims: A Great American Love-Story

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This wonderfully illustrated book retells a great American love-story and will be treasured by romantics of all ages. It is a dramatized portrayal of the Mayflower Pilgrims, part fact, part imagination, and presented as an epic poem -- a heroic legend -- a la Homer's Odyssey or Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Henry Longfellow, the celebrated poet and possible descendant of the lovers, first composed the tale long ago. He created a mesmerizing Shakespearean ballad about three young friends who were Mayflower Pilgrims. They became involved in a tragic love-triangle shortly after arriving in America. Before their personal conflict could be resolved, a fierce Indian war threatened their village. First published in 1858, the saga was runaway bestseller for decades and celebrated love, family, and an eternal American Dream. The story's sensitive portrayal of young lovers remains a cultural icon. Now David Bradford, an award-winning author, has rewritten the story for a new generation. He uses modern free-verse to restore the tale's Shakespearean tone. His updated poetic verse ranges from epic drama to mirthful humor to radiant beauty. Dozens of restored monochrome engravings and prints enliven the text, based on portraits by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Hals, and others. A charming portrait of a young woman in love, circa 1650, graces the book's cover. The result is an exceptionally life-like portrayal of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Includes more than 75-monochrome illustrations printed on crème paper.

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This is a great time for books about the Mayflower Pilgrims. Nathaniel Philbrick recently gave us Mayflower (Viking, 461 pages), a riveting account of tragic Indian wars fought by the Pilgrims. Now, The Romance of Pilgrims: A Great American Love-Story, (Boston Hill Press, 275 pages) reveals how those wars may have affected personal lives. This superbly illustrated story-book is based on a forgotten epic by Henry Longfellow, the celebrated poet and a great-grandson of the lovers in the tale.

However, this is not a narrative history or a novel. Rather, it is a dramatized portrayal of the Mayflower Pilgrims, akin to a docudrama, being part fact and part fiction. (Several years of events are condensed and poetically rearranged for dramatic effect.) The book is also a special form of historical fiction, being a carefully crafted, heroic legend, composed in poetic verse; Mr. Longfellow related a mesmerizing Shakespearean ballad about three friends who were Mayflower Pilgrims. The trio became involved in a tragic love-triangle, six months after arriving in America. Before their personal conflict could be resolved, a fierce Indian war threatened their village.

First published in 1858 as The Courtship of Miles Standish, the tale became a runaway bestseller and a national legend. The story's sensitive portrayal of young lovers remains an American icon. However, archaic grammar gradually made it a "lost" tale. Now, Boston Hill Press has restored this epic saga of the Pilgrims into modern English. This is an all new edition, written for today's readers, and not a reprint. An updated, poetic verse ranges from breathless drama to mirthful humor to radiant beauty. Dozens of historic portraits and engravings recreate a virtual photo-album of the Pilgrim era. In the faces of real people--some whom may have been friends of the Pilgrims--we see happiness, sorrow--and love--as painted by Rembrandt and other renown artists. (The teen-age Rembrandt was a neighbor of the Pilgrims when they lived in Holland in the early 1600's. The Pilgrims departed for America before he became a famed artist, but Rembrandt later painted portraits of their mutual neighbors.) Indeed, many will want to own The Romance of Pilgrims solely for its historic illustrations. A wonderfully recreated portrait of a young woman in love, circa 1650, graces the book's cover. (Originally painted by Frans Hals, a contemporary of Rembrandt.) This is one fairy-tale destined to become a coffee-table favorite, an inspiring look at the way we once were--and could still be.

Indeed, The Romance of Pilgrims is an exceptionally life-like portrayal of the Mayflower Pilgrims, one of the best ever. The famous rivalry between the hardened soldier, Miles Standish, and the boyish, bookish carpenter, John Alden, never seemed more alive--or modern. Their mutual love-interest, Priscilla Mullins, is not to be outdone. She artfully tweaks the noses of her fractious suitors, being very much the independent-minded woman. Despite being confined by primitive, frontier life to tedious "woman's chores," the Pilgrim maiden aspires to a new, better world for womankind. She literally gives the old saw, "spinster," a new birth of freedom. At a delicate moment in the story, Ms. Mullins slyly springs this cultural surprise upon her unsuspecting suitors with eye-popping effect. She utters one of the most breathtaking one-liners ever spoken in fact or fiction. (The original author, Henry Longfellow, claimed it was fact; an independent-minded Priscilla was his great-grandmother. Some though, claim that Longfellow, the greatest poet and story-teller of his era, overly embellished his family's already colorful history.)

Regardless, a fierce love-triangle tests the emotional bonds of three friends, mixing love with hate, duty with desire. All of this takes places against the backdrop of a terrifying Indian war, threatening the survival of Mayflower colony. Along the way, though, we get a glimpse of what the Pilgrims truly hoped to achieve in America--a wonderful world of loving homes for all. Young children constantly appear in heartwarming ways in this sentimental tale of a family-oriented people. This Pilgrim vision of a wonderful life ultimately became the American Dream. As such, The Romance of Pilgrims fills us with a desire to read and hear more. We wish to stay a while longer in the world of the Pilgrims. And that's the true beauty of this romantic tale--our wish comes true. We do live in the world the Pilgrims made -- America.

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This wonderfully illustrated book retells a great, American love-story. Henry Longfellow, the celebrated poet and a great-grandson of the lovers, first told the tale long ago.

He related a mesmerizing, Shakespearean ballad about three friends who were Mayflower Pilgrims. They became involved in a tragic love-triangle in the Spring of 1621, six months after arriving in America. Before their personal conflict could be resolved, a fierce Indian war engulfed their village.

First published in 1858, the saga was a runaway bestseller for decades, continuing well into the early twentieth-century. The story's sensitive portrayal of young lovers became an American icon. However, archaic language gradually obscured the original text, making it a "lost" tale.

Now, David W. Bradford, a Harvard and Yale-educated scholar, has rewritten the story for a new generation. He uses modern free-verse and historic portraits by Rembrandt to restore the tale's Shakespearean tone.

The result is an exceptionally life-like portrayal of the Mayflower Pilgrims, one of the best ever. This vibrant book is an instant classic, to be treasured by romantics of all ages.

Reader's Guide: This book is based on historical fact. Its breathless, poetic verse ranges from epic drama to mirthful humor to radiant beauty, including some of the most celebrated dialog in American literature. Historic portraits, engravings, and colonial-era designs enliven the text.

The tale, though, has one scene of regrettable war-time violence, accompanied by guilt and redemption. Nevertheless, the story celebrates love, friendship, family, and a sacred American Dream. We are all better Pilgrims for it.

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