A Mirror for Witches Creat Esther Forbes are Books Esther Forbes was born in Westboro Massachusetts in as the youngest of five children Her family roots can be t
A Mirror for Witches Creat Esther Forbes are Books Esther Forbes was born in Westboro, Massachusetts in 1891, as the youngest of five children Her family roots can be traced back to 1600s America one of her great uncles was the great historical figure and leader of the Sons of Liberty, Sam Adams Her father was a probate judge in Worcester and her mother, a writer of New England reference books Both her parents were historical enthusiasts.Even as a little child, Forbes displayed an affinity for writing Her academic work, however, was not spectacular, except for a few writing classes After finishing high school, she took classes at the Worcester Art Museum and Boston University, and later, Bradford Academy, a junior college She then followed her sister to the University of Wisconsin where Forbes wrote extensively for the Wisconsin Literary Magazine After developing her writing skills, she returned to Massachusetts where she began working for Boston s Houghton Mifflin As a reader of manuscripts, Forbes used this experience to advance her own writing career Her first novel, O Genteel Lady was published in 1926 to critical praise With its selection by the newly formed Book of the Month Club, the novel gained popular appeal as well That year, Forbes also married Albert L Hoskins, Jr a Harvard Law School student.As Forbes continued to write and gain notoriety, her marriage suffered because her husband disapproved of her career They divorced in 1933 After several other novels, Forbes began her research of Paul Revere with her mother, who was then in her mid eighties When the historical biography, Paul Revere and the World He Lived In won the Pulitzer Prize in History, Forbes recognized her mother s immense contributions During the process of researching Paul Revere, Forbes became fascinated with the large role young apprentices played in the war Thus, she wrote Johnny Tremain, a historical novel of a young boy growing up in the time of the Revolutionary War With poignant character development and a keen sense of history, it contained the elements for lasting popularity It was published as A Novel for Old and Young In 1944, it won the Newberry Award, the top award for children s literature and became an instant children s classic Forbes continued to turn out award winning books, most notably, The Running of the Tide, which was commissioned as a movie but never filmed While working on a book about witchcraft in seventeenth century Massachusetts, she died in 1967 of rheumatic heart disease.Forbes literary achievements, awards, and recognition speak for themselves in regards her place in letters Johnny Tremain is still read widely in schools and its popularity makes it one of the few lasting classics of American children literature.. A novel written in the 1920s and set in the Salem witch hunting days A young girl is convinced by the spirit of the times that the accusation against her of witchcraft is true.. Good Books A Mirror for Witches This is an absolutely fascinating story written in a style I haven't come across before. If you're a reader who likes reading about the Salem witch trials, you need to add this to your list pronto.Forbes wrote this book back in the late 1920's, but the style and "voice" she used for the narrative is so authentic to the 17th century that it's almost like reading a 350 year old manuscript. It's written in 3rd person, almost like a moral/religious text primer, with elaborate and long-sentenced chapter titles and black and white woodcut prints throughout.The story itself, concerning the life of an orphaned girl named Doll Bilby, is both pathetic and compelling at the same time. Doll's parents were both burned as witches/warlocks in Brittany and Doll witnesses their fiery deaths. An English merchant sea captain adopts Doll and takes her home to his wife, who despises Doll from day one and attributes all kinds of satanic powers to the child. The Puritan Bilby family soon leave England for the new world and settle into a small community near Salem, MA. As Doll grows into womanhood, her wild and un-Puritan-like ways set her against the rigid religious community. It doesn't help that she's also a beauty.The narrative is written in such a way as to showcase the outrage against Doll's perceived witchcrafty-ness, while at the same time provoking in the reader the very opposite effect. The supernatural events related throughout the story can all have an alternative, logical, man-made source, but is deliberately vague as to whether Doll's alleged crimes are occult in nature, or just the product of the hyper-religious superstition, hysteria and hatred that was prevalent in the culture at that time.Excellent, thought-provoking stuff.