Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896)

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896)

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by Mark Twain, Justin Kaplan, Susan K. Harris, Shelley Fisher Fishkin
     
 

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Twain himself said, "I like Joan of Arc best among all my books. It is the best; I know it perfectly well." A serious and carefully considered story about a compelling heroine, the Maid of Orléans, Twain viewed the work both as a bid to be accepted as a serious writer and as a gift of love to his favorite daughter, Suzy, who would die tragically

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Twain himself said, "I like Joan of Arc best among all my books. It is the best; I know it perfectly well." A serious and carefully considered story about a compelling heroine, the Maid of Orléans, Twain viewed the work both as a bid to be accepted as a serious writer and as a gift of love to his favorite daughter, Suzy, who would die tragically three months after Joan of Arc was published. Suzy declared to her sister Clara that Joan of Arc was "perhaps even more sweet and beautiful than The Prince and the Pauper," which she had earlier called "unquestionably the best book" her father had ever written. Modeled in part after Suzy herself, the figure of Joan is a celebration of Twain's ideal woman: gentle, selfless, and pure, but also brave, courageous, and divinely eloquent. Despite its romantic idealism, however, as William Howells wrote, "the book has a vitalizing force. Joan lives in it again, and dies, and then lives on in the love and pity and wonder of the reader." A compelling story of this inspiring heroine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195114164
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
Oxford Mark Twain Series
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 8.76(h) x 1.68(d)

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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
TraditionalCatholic More than 1 year ago
This book was a touching portrait of the great "Maid of Orleans", St. Joan of Arc. It is both inspiring and beautiful, and it is one of the best books I've ever read. It is very accurate in the details of her life, from her life as a peasant in Domremy, to the great warrior that rallied France against England. Great book, and a great saint!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely wonderful. The tale of the miraculous Maid of Orleans changed me. The story is amazingly acurate and yet is so interesting that it is hard to believe that a peasant girl of 17 could really be the savior of France. I can't describe how great this book is. Critics cut down this wonderful work because they say that Twain portrayed Joan more as a 19th century schoolteacher than as a 15th century warrior. I say to these critics that if they had any taste what so ever they'd appreciate this wonderful book and the years of research Twain put into it. I highly recommend this book and when you read it the poor doomed peasant girl will win you over too.
Patricia Hills Cottrell More than 1 year ago
The main fault is with the publisher and the editors---the typos are rampant making it difficult to make out the words at times. Makes for an interesting read--lol.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mark's inspiring novel 'Personal Recol- lections of Joan of Arc' is a must for all readers who want to read something that can change their outlook on thigs and their personal life. His accounts of Joan of Arc is chilling and enjoyble. You will find yourself turning the pages without knowing it, or almost trying to find the power to continue. This book has chanded my life in so many ways and I hope it has this impact on you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never knew Twain did a book like this. We read the popular ones in school. But I came across this and am happy I chose to read it! Especially as it was free! Give it a try. You will be glad you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After spending 12 yrs of researching original period documents, mark twain set to writing what he considered his greatest book of all. The most accurate rendition of her story in english.
1958MR More than 1 year ago
would have been a five if the keyboarding had been edited. But the book was great. I am surprised.
DustyRoads More than 1 year ago
Try as I might, I CANNOT get this version to load!!! I did load a different version of the same book, and am enthralled!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the story is familiar, Twain provides an engaging version, told from the perspective of a village friend of Joan. It reads like a proper period piece (although there are a few anachronistic linguistic items). This is not one of Twain's humorous works, but he does slip some tongue in cheek observations into even dark moments. The ebook version has a few scan errors, which are a little distracting.
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The ARose Books version of "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" has been carefully edited to present a beautiful book with custom illustrations. It is a wonderful story by Mark Twain and this edition is a keepsake.
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