by Erica Jong, Joseph A. Smith
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Witches by Erica Jong, Joseph A. Smith

This witch's brew of a book is back in all its tantalizing glory to enchant a new generation of readers. Best-selling author Erica Jong here turns her attention to the fantastical and factual world of witchcraft. In beguiling poetry and prose, she looks at the figure of the witch both as historical reality and as archetype-as evil crone and full-breasted seductress, as a lingering vestige of a primeval religion and a projection of fear of the unknown.Joseph A. Smith's powerful, haunting illustrations enliven each page, as Jong investigates the witch as a survivor of the age of sorcery, as a scapegoat for male-dominated church-state politics, as a remarkable natural healer, and as a hexer without peer. Real recipes for love potions and flying lotions, along with formulas for spells and incantations, make this book a rich journey of mystery and delight. Available in paperback for the first time, Witches has been a favorite since it was published more than 20 years ago-a testament to the enduring fascination with the myths and truths about these intriguing figures. Author Bio: Erica Jong is the author of the novels Fear of Flying, Shylock's Daughter, Inventing Memory, and Sappho's Leap. She has also written six volumes of poetry and a number of nonfiction works, including the memoir Fear of Fifty. Jong lives in New York City and Westport, Connecticut. Joseph A. Smith, a painter and sculptor, is a professor of fine arts at Pratt Institute in New York City.

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ISBN-13: 9780810981577
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/1999
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 12.37(h) x 0.87(d)

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Witches 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Dace More than 1 year ago
I love the book. I first read it when I was 12 yrs. old and I loved everything about it and I still do now some 28 yrs. later. The pictures are wonderful as is the writing. It's not about belittling Wicca or any form of witchcraft. It explains the thoughts people had at that time about witchcraft and witches. The dark times aren't completely over with yet for witches. Unfortunately some people still see witches as evil to this day. It gives some spells that do work quite well, especially the love poppet spell. If you read this book thinking it will explain everything about witches, witchcraft, and spells you'll be slightly disappointed. It's still a great book though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. I think the illustrations are great, and I think it gives a nice general overview. The bibliobtaphy is helpful, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book. The language in it was uncalled for, you can't tell if the author is against wicca or understands it. The pictures & poems are too graphic. She spends too much time focusing on the ways the witches were tortured. She says wicca has nothing to do with the devil but then she has pictures of the devil throughout it. If you want to find a book about wicca this is not it. It focuses on the history of wicca mainly the tortures. We know all about that. We don't have to see them in detail. This is the worst book I have bought. I just hated this book. Please do not buy this book. Save your money for a much better author like silver ravenwolf or Raymond Buckland, Janet Thompson, Gerald gardner, these authors are great for the beginner and they focus on what wicca is truly about not about the dark days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hated this book & here are the reasons why first you can't tell if this author is against wicca or understands it. Here is just a sentence from her book : The poor, the disenfranchised, the unlucky, the ignorant light candles and chant things they donot understand. Second the pictures were to me too graphic o.k. you can tell us about the tortures they used but do we have to see them in pictures. Thirdly the language I'm sorry but some of the language was uncalled for and the last reason I hated this book is because she states that withcraft is frequently misrepresented by being confused with satanism but then the author has drawings in the book of the devil and the horned goat all through out it. I think this author wrote too much on the tortures the innocents had to got through.Yes we know they were tortured but we did not have to see the pictures and read the poems in graphic detail to know that. I did learn a few things but they were very few and far between most of this book was a waste of my time and money. I had high hopes for this book.I'm always looking for books on wicca but sadly this book was a waste. Please save your money and buy a better book from a better author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the perfect book for everything!