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Author of Salem Story at Slider Oct. 30, 2007

By Duane Bonifer
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Adair County and nearby area residents have a chance to get into the Halloween spirit on Tuesday night at Lindsey Wilson College.

Author Bernard Rosenthal will speak about Revisiting the Salem Witch Trials at 7pmCT on Tuesday, October 30, in W.W. Slider Humanities Center Recital Hall. His talk, which is part of the 2007-08 Lindsey Wilson Cultural Affairs Series, is free and open to the public.

Rosenthal, who is author of the critically acclaimed Salem Story: Reading the Witch Trials of 1692, will speak about the late-17th century event that is synonymous with the Massachusetts town.

If you own only one book about the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, it should be this one, and if you have others, this one should be among them, a review in the Journal of American Folklore proclaimed about Salem Story, which was published by Cambridge University Press.

Rosenthal, who is professor of English at the State University of New York at Binghamton, is working on another book about the trials. Titled The Records of the Salem Witch Hunt, when the book is published in mid-2008 it will be the first comprehensive record of all legal documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials.

In Salem Story, Rosenthal explores primary documents about the witch trials and compares the actual events to mythologies about it that emerged over the last several centuries.

Writing in American Literature, Anne G. Myles declared that Rosenthals book should be essential reading for anyone working on the trials, and I can think of no better starting place for students of the field. ... A true legal thriller, Salem Story is also that rare academic work with the capacity to reach a wider popular readership.

Author Bernard Rosenthal will speak about Revisiting the Salem Witch Trials at 7:00pmCT on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, in W.W. Slider Humanities Center Recital Hall. For more information, contact the college at or (270) 384-8012.

The writer, Duane Bonifer is Director of Public Affairs at Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY.

This story was posted on 2007-10-29 09:36:48
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