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Adam Morris
Adam Morris
Author of American Messiahs and translator from Spanish and Portuguese
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Talk soon,
Sam

Nice to meet you.

On my mind

I've put a project on the American occult on the back burner while I develop my first novel. Right now I'm working through a lot of ideas related to love, and to the interrelation of jealousy and envy that can arise in intense, intellectual friendships.

Why I'm excited to talk with readers

Readers expose me to new ideas and authors. They see connections I don't.

Yours,

Adam

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American Messiahs

False Prophets of a Damned Nation

Mania surrounding messianic prophets has defined the national consciousness since the American Revolution. From Civil War veteran and virulent anticapitalist Cyrus Teed, to the dapper and overlooked civil rights pioneer Father Divine, to even the megalomaniacal Jim Jones, these figures have routinely been dismissed as dangerous and hysterical outliers. After years of studying these emblematic figures, Adam Morris demonstrates that messiahs are not just a classic trope of our national culture; their visions are essential for understanding American history. As Morris demonstrates, these charismatic, if flawed, would-be prophets sought to expose and ameliorate deep social ills-such as income inequality, gender conformity, and racial injustice. Provocative and long overdue, this is the story of those who tried to point the way toward an impossible "American Dream": men and women who momentarily captured the imagination of a nation always searching for salvation.

“A fine writer of prose, with an instinctive feel for storytelling and a genius for quotation….Morris is onto something.”

— Tom Bissell, The New Yorker

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