Cooke, Ebenezer

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Cooke, Ebenezer

his every move denies all things heroic. [Am. Lit.: The Sot-Weed Factor]

Cooke, Ebenezer

his irresolution usually leads to catatonia. [Am. Lit.: The Sot-Weed Factor]
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Ebenezer Cooke was born in June 1666 in Maiden, an estate in Maryland's Dorchester County owned by a tobacco merchant (or rather, a sot-weed factor, as representatives of this profession were known by this name at those times).
No one is in the position to precise what made Ebenezer Cooke think that Maryland, the gate to the whole continent, is a fit subject matter of a poem and warrants its poet laureate.
Throughout Barth's The sot-weed factor its protagonist, Ebenezer Cooke keeps on writing and rewriting the texts of his own poems.