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Midnight : three women at the hour of reckoning / Victoria Shorr.

By: Shorr, Victoria.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, 2019Edition: First edition.Description: 299 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780393652789.Subject(s): Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 | Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851 | Joan, of Arc, Saint, 1412-1431 | Women -- Biography | Women authors -- Biography | Christian women saints -- BiographyDDC classification: 920
Contents:
Midnight and Jane Austen -- Mary Shelley on the beach -- Joan of Arc in chains.
Summary: "Moments of great intensity in the lives of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Joan of Arc, when each faced a decision that would shape her legacy. When Jane Austen's father deeded the family home to her brother, Jane was tossed to the winds, no money to her name, probably too old to be wed. At this bleak moment, she receives a proposal of marriage from a rich but boring man. Midnight takes us to the hour of her decision: between financial security and her writing career. When sixteen-year-old Mary Godwin eloped to France with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, she was already pregnant. Midnight finds her pacing the Italian shore, five days after her husband has ventured out in a shaky boat on a stormy day. He has not returned. The fanatic Joan of Arc maintained faith in divine rescue until the first time she was tied to the stake. Realizing that she would burn, she recanted. In Midnight, she confronts her imminent death before facing the flames for a second time"-- Provided by publisher.
List(s) this item appears in: New acquisitions July-August 2019
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"Joan of Arc in Chains" was previously published as GIRL X. Copyright (c) 2000 by V. Shorr -- title-page verso.

Includes bibliographical references.

Midnight and Jane Austen -- Mary Shelley on the beach -- Joan of Arc in chains.

"Moments of great intensity in the lives of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Joan of Arc, when each faced a decision that would shape her legacy. When Jane Austen's father deeded the family home to her brother, Jane was tossed to the winds, no money to her name, probably too old to be wed. At this bleak moment, she receives a proposal of marriage from a rich but boring man. Midnight takes us to the hour of her decision: between financial security and her writing career. When sixteen-year-old Mary Godwin eloped to France with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, she was already pregnant. Midnight finds her pacing the Italian shore, five days after her husband has ventured out in a shaky boat on a stormy day. He has not returned. The fanatic Joan of Arc maintained faith in divine rescue until the first time she was tied to the stake. Realizing that she would burn, she recanted. In Midnight, she confronts her imminent death before facing the flames for a second time"-- Provided by publisher.

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