History Discussion Group

Mystery Diuscussion Group (Leader: Mary Ellen Johnson)

Title: The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem

Author: Stacy Schiff

Date: October 31, 2021

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM

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Description


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 Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award; Cleopatra: A Life, winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography; and The Witches: Salem, 1692.

Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and named a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French Government, she lives in New York City.

Event date: 

Sunday, October 31, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

7419 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316200592
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 20th, 2016

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