American Saint : The Life of Elizabeth Seton

American Saint : The Life of Elizabeth Seton

Description

In this riveting biography of Elizabeth Seton critically acclaimed and bestselling author Joan Barthel tells the mesmerizing story of a woman whose life featured wealth and poverty, passion and sorrow, love and loss. Elizabeth was born into a prominent New York City family in 1774. Her father was the chief health officer for the Port of New York and she lived down the block from Alexander Hamilton. She danced at George Washington's sixty-fifth Birthday Ball wearing cream slippers, monogrammed. Catholicism was illegal in New York when she was born; Catholic priests seen in the city were arrested, sometimes hung. When Elizabeth and her wealthy husband Will sailed to Italy in a doomed attempt to cure his tuberculosis, she and her family were quarantined in a damp dungeon. And when Elizabeth later became a Catholic, she was so scorned that people talked of burning down her house. American Saint is the inspiring story of a brave woman who forged the way for the other women who followed and who made a name for herself in a world entirely ruled by men. Elizabeth resisted male clerical control of her religious order, as nuns are doing today, and the publication of her story could not be more timely. Maya Angelou has contributed the foreword.


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Details

Author(s)
Joan Barthel, Maya Angelou
Format
Hardback | 293 pages
Dimensions
163 x 243 x 29mm | 508g
Publication date
04 Mar 2014
Publisher
Thomas Dunne Books
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
Illustrations, black and white
ISBN10
0312571623
ISBN13
9780312571627
Bestsellers rank
956,946