Called “The Shakespeare of the Puritans” by Robert Southey, but striving to be no more than a “preacher of God’s Word” in his own words, Thomas Adams’ work is enduringly elegant and edifying. Adams came into adulthood in early modern England, just before the English Civil War, and throughout his life, he was personally acquainted with poverty. Appeals for the Gospel to manifest itself in tangible ways for the poor and oppressed mark his sermons throughout. Adams frequently uses satirical characters in his prose to call attention to those who slipped through the cracks amongst the grandiose politicking of his time. His pragmatic politics left him caught in the middle of two extremes—loyalists and radical puritans. Neither party supported him. Nevertheless, among the public he was a popular preacher and lecturer until late in his life.
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Thomas Adams (1583–1652) was an English clergyman and popular puritan preacher. He graduated from Cambridge in 1601 and was ordained in 1604. His eclectic and practical politics in the tumultuous time period made it difficult for him to maintain steady patronage. Despite his lack of political support, he remained a popular speaker and writer until late in his life.