The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff (Paperback / softback, 2016)
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- Description<strong>Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff, author of the #1 bestseller <i>Cleopatra</i>, provides an electrifying, fresh view of the Salem witch trials.</strong></br></br> The panic began early in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's niece began to writhe and roar. It spread quickly, confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children one ather. It ended less than a year later, but t before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. Speaking loudly and emphatically, adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis. Along with suffrage and Prohibition, the Salem witch trials represent one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history. Drawing masterfully on the archives, Stacy Schiff introduces us to the strains on a Puritan adolescent's life and to the authorities whose delicate agendas were at risk. She illuminates the demands of a rigorous faith, the vulnerability of settlements adrift from the mother country, perched-at a politically tumultuous time-on the edge of what a visitor termed a remote, rocky, barren, bushy, wild-woody wilderness. With devastating clarity, the textures and tensions of colonial life emerge; hidden patterns subtly, startlingly detach themselves from the darkness. Schiff brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own. In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever. <i>The Witches </i>is Schiff 's riveting account of a seminal episode, a primal American mystery unveiled-in crackling detail and lyrical prose-by one of our most acclaimed historians.
- Author BiographyStacy Schiff is the author <i>of Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), </i> winner of the Pulitzer Prize; <em>Cleopatra: A Life</em>, a #1 bestseller and winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography;<em> Saint-Exupery</em>, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and <i>A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America</i>, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as an Academy Award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in New York City.
- Author(s)Stacy Schiff
- PublisherBack Bay Books
- Date of Publication20/09/2016
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectRegional History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBack Bay Books
- Weight454 g
- Width140 mm
- Height208 mm
- Spine36 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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