The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

The Witches: Salem, 1692

byStacy Schiff

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofCleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.

The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.

As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, THE WITCHES is Stacy Schiff's account of this fantastical story-the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.

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Stacy Schiff is the authorof Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov),winner of the Pulitzer Prize;Saint-Exupéry, Pulitzer Prize finalist;A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize; andCleopatra:A Life. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National...
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Title:The Witches: Salem, 1692Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:October 27, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316200603

ISBN - 13:9780316200608

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"Enchanting. Out of the shadows of the past come excitable young girls, pompous ministers, abusive judges, grieving parents, and angry neighbors, all of them caught up in a terrifying process that seemed to have no end: discovering who among them deserved death for being in league with Satan. The Witches is as close as we will ever come to understanding what happened in and around Salem in 1692. Courtrooms, streets, churches, farm yards, taverns, bedrooms-all became theater-like places where anger, anxiety, sorrow, and tragedy are entangled. An astonishing achievement."--David D. Hall, Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History, Harvard University"Schiff's books are based on serious scholarly research, yet they're conveyed in bright, accessible prose... She displays the same sharp intelligence and eclectic interests that distinguish her body of work."--Publishers Weekly, "Most Anticipated Books of the Fall""Schiff has beautifully combined remarkable story telling with historical accuracy and insight. She has opened up important new avenues for Salem scholarship."--Bernard Rosenthal, editor of Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt