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Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
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Jul 30, 11

Read on July 30, 2011

Mark Twain's _Joan of Arc_, published first in 1899 in Harper's Magazine, is an amazing read. I didn't know about this book, but found it by happy accident while browsing Twain titles in an actual bookstore (not many still exist where I live). The books is a fictionalized account narrated by a fictional narrator, but seems to stick closely to the documented facts about Joan's short life. Yet it brings this story alive and makes sense of what has always been a bit confusing to me, especially facts about her role in the ending of the 100 years war and about her trial. It is long (450 pages) but a really absorbing read. I am fascinated by the way this woman became such a point of interest for modernists--late Twain, Vita Sackville West, Willa Cather, and how she was canonized in the 1920s so many years after her trial and rehabilitation hearing.
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