In addition to discussing the works of James Revell, Ebenezer Cooke
, and Thomas Craddock, Richards also considers Aphra Behn's 1689 play, The Widdow Ranter.
"The Process of Americanization as Portrayed in Ebenezer Cooke
's The Sot-Weed Factor." SLJ, 29 (Fall 1996), 18-25.
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.
Bacon also appears in Aphra Behn's play The Widow Ranter (produced in 1690) and in Ebenezer Cooke
's burlesque poem The History of Colonel Nathaniel Bacon's Rebellion (in The Maryland Muse, 1731).