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Salem: Place, Myth and Memory

Morrison, Dane Anthony; Schultz, Nancy Lusignan (Editors)

Published by Boston, Massachusetts: Northeastern University Press, 2004
ISBN 10: 1555536093 / ISBN 13: 9781555536091
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Title: Salem: Place, Myth and Memory

Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts: Northeastern University Press

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition...


A fine copy in a fine, mylar protected DJ, 1st edition; Presentation copy to a noted educator, inscribed and signed by both editors and also inscribed and signed by J. D. Scrimgeour on page 315 next to the author's poem. Illustrated; 8vo., 348 pages., 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 18250

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Synopsis: How is a sense of place created, imagined, and reinterpreted over time? That is the intriguing question addressed in this comprehensive look at the 400-year, multi-layered history of Salem, Massachusetts, and the experiences of fourteen generations of people who lived in a place forever enshrined, indeed mythologized, in the public imagination by the horrific witch trials and executions of 1692 and 1693. By exploring the rich textures of Salem as a local, national, and global entity from its settling in 1626 to the present, this highly original, cohesive, and teachable collection Illuminates how people influence a place and how a place influences its people. The contributors combine the perspectives of history, literary studies, the arts, and popular culture with compelling photographs to examine Salem's many-sided urban identities over four centuries: frontier outpost of European civilization, cosmopolitan seaport, gateway to the Far East, mecca of exceptional architecture, refuge for religious diversity, center for education, and "Witch City" tourist attraction. This passage through Salem's long history - its people, legacies, and myths - challenges readers to reconsider the multiple meanings of any place. For courses in American studies, this unique work will deepen one's understanding of how a place's present resonates with its past; and, for the general reader, it will enrich the experience of visitors touring Salem's historic sites and vibrant cultural institutions.

Product Description: A superb collection of essays on Salem's rich history and cultural life over the past four centuries.

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