The Witches: Salem, 1692 (Hardcover)

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Effectivly combining historical research and an engaging narrative, Schiff creates a book where fact and storytelling intertwine making this book both informative and captivating. It reads as a suspence-filled fiction, yet shows an unfliching look at the real terror and bad blood circulating in Salem township.

— Caitlin


The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Cleopatra," 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.

About the Author

Stacy Schiff is the author "of Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), " winner of the Pulitzer Prize; "Saint-Exupery," Pulitzer Prize finalist; "A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America," winner of the George Washington Book Prize; and Cleopatra A Life. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Named a 2011 Library Lion by the New York Public Library, she lives in New York City."

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780316200608
ISBN-10: 0316200603
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: October 27th, 2015
Pages: 512
Language: English