Thomas Morton (colonist) - Legacy - in Literature

In Literature

Morton appears as a member of the "jury of the damned" summoned by the Devil in Stephen Vincent Benet's short story, The Devil and Daniel Webster.

Philip Roth references Morton and the colony of Merry Mount in his novel The Dying Animal.

Nathaniel Hawthorne's story “The Maypole of Merry Mount” in his Twice-Told Tales (1837) and J. L. Motley's Merry Mount (1849) are based on Morton's career.

Morton is a central character in Robert Lowell's play "Endecott and the Red Cross," first published in The Old Glory (1965), a trilogy of one-act plays. Lowell cites Morton's book New Canaan and Hawthorn's story "The Maypole of Merry Mount" as two of his sources for the play.

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