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Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt - by Bernard Rosenthal (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 1012

Genre: Literary Criticism

Sub-Genre: American

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: General

Author: Bernard Rosenthal

Language: English

TCIN: 78109533
UPC: 9781107689619
Item Number (DPCI): 247-76-5985

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"Bernard Rosenthal and his exceptionally talented, international team of associate editors have produced the most comprehensive and carefully edited collection of legal documents from the Salem witch trials ever published. Unlike the three-volume collection of The Salem Witchcraft Papers, edited by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, who used the typescript prepared by the Works Progress Administration during the New Deal, the Rosenthal team has gone back to the original manuscripts and, in the process, corrected a number of serious errors of transcription. They have included more than thirty new documents either never published before or only printed in part. Unlike the earlier compilations that followed the practice of seventeenth-century courts in organizing the documents on a case-by-case basis in alphabetical order, this volume proceeds in chronological order, which permits the user to see on any given day how the larger crisis unfolded and how accusations against the victims were interrelated. Noting that scholars have disagreed sharply about the trials, Rosenthal declares that 'This edition will not settle these differences, but if it succeeds it will give the reader the most comprehensive, most carefully and consistently transcribed record ever produced of the Salem witch trials, as well as a chronological ordering of the documents.' His team has achieved this extraordinary goal." -John Murrin, Princeton University
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