This edition is the first book (of three) in Mark Twain's renowned story of Saint Joan of Arc. His novel is warm and heartfelt while still containing his classic humor and wit. This first book, "In Domremy," covers Joan's childhood, her adolescence when she begins hearing the voices of saints, and her journey to see the King of France.
This is a very good introduction to the life of Joan of Arc for readers of all ages. It is entertaining enough to hold the imaginations of children without delving too deeply into the harsher elements of war and imprisonment. For older readers, Mark Twain's "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" is also an extremely accurate account of her entire life. Twain spent twelve years researching in the libraries of Paris before he spent and additional two years writing.
If you have not read this book before, you should read the novel that Mark Twain considered his best. It is perhaps the greatest example of courage in all the stories ARose Books may publish.
About the original publication of "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc":
When the book was originally published as a serial in Harper's Magazine with the April 1895 issue, it was unsigned and the public generally assumed that it was a translation done by Jean Fran�ois Alden of the memoirs of Sieur Louis de Conte, a friend and constant companion of St. Joan of Arc during her lifetime. It was some time before the reading public found out that the author was Mark Twain, much to their surprise as mine.
Mark Twain's opinion of his work:
"I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing."
~ Mark Twain
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ARose Books Publishing
June 17, 2010
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