On 1/12/2012 11:48 AM, John Morgenstern wrote:
> Thank you, Ken and Richard, for your useful responses. My curiosity was
> piqued while reading D. H. Lawrence's essay on /The Autobiography of
> Benjamin Franklin/ in /Studies in Classic American Literature/, where
> Lawrence counters Franklin's list of virtues with his own creed: "/That
> gods, strange gods, come forth from the forest into the clearing of my
> known self, and then go back/." Given Lawrence's presence in Eliot's
> cultural critique, I wondered about possible connections. Guy Story
> Brown's alignment of "strange gods" in the Old Testament with
> (presumably) Winthrop's "city upon a hill" is striking, especially in
> the context of Lawrence's attack on Franklin's brand of Calvinism.
> Unfortunately, I fail to follow Brown's logic connecting the OT and
> early American sermons. This is probably due to my own ignorance, but
> would either of you mind spelling it out for me?
As memory serves Brown left the TSE list not long after I joined at the
start of my Eliot hobby. Maybe Ken can re-post more of the original GSB
P.S. It's Rick or Rickard, not Richard. No apologies needed; it's
something I live with.