Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-280) and index.
Introduction: Antebellum America and the Culture of Seventeenth-Century England -- 1. Cultural Predicaments and Authorial Responses -- 2. "A Seraph's Eloquence": Emerson's Inspired Language and Milton's Apocalyptic Prose -- 3. Margaret Fuller's "The Two Herberts," Emerson, and the Disavowal of Sequestered Virtue -- 4. "As if a green bough were laid across the page": Thoreau's Seventeenth-Century Landscapes and Extravagant Personae -- 5. Melville's Mardi and Moby-Dick, Marvelous Travel Narratives, and Seventeenth-Century Methods of Inquiry -- 6. Surmising the Infidel: Melville Reads Milton.