Joan of Arc by Twain, Mark
Mark Twain

Joan of Arc -- Mark Twain

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Very few people know that Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important but also his best work. He spent twelve years in research and many months in France doing archival work and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell. He reached his conclusion about Joan's unique place in history only after studying in detail accounts written by both sides, the French and the English. Because of Mark Twain's antipathy to institutional religion, one might expect an anti-Catholic bias toward Joan or at least toward the bishops and theologians who condemned her. Instead one finds a remarkably accurate biography of the life and mission of Joan of Arc told by one of this country's greatest storytellers. The very fact that Mark Twain wrote this book and wrote it the way he did is a powerful testimony to the attractive power of the Catholic Church's saints. This is a book that really will inform and inspire.

Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Published: 09/01/1989
Pages: 455
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.07lbs
Size: 7.94h x 5.30w x 1.14d
ISBN: 9780898702682

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.4
Point Value: 1
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 151679 / Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc