The Witches

The Witches Cover

The Witches

Salem, 1692

By Stacy Schiff

Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316200608, 512pp.

Publication Date: October 27, 2015

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Cleopatra," the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.
It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.
The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.
As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, THE WITCHES is Stacy Schiff's account of this fantastical story-the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.

About the Author
Stacy Schiff is the author "of Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), " winner of the Pulitzer Prize; "Saint-Exupery," Pulitzer Prize finalist; "A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America," winner of the George Washington Book Prize; and Cleopatra A Life. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Named a 2011 Library Lion by the New York Public Library, she lives in New York City."

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015

In her new book, Stacy Shiff evokes the world of Salem, Mass., and the bitter winter of 1692 when 19 people were hanged for witchcraft. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan calls The Witches a "haunting" tale. More at

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Monday, Oct 26, 2015

Pulitizer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff's last book was a best-seller about Cleopatra. Now, the Massachusetts native is out with a history of a subject closer to home: the 1692 Salem witch trials. More at

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