The Salem Witch Trials remain one of the more astonishing chapters in American history. The Massachusetts village was gripped in hysteria in the late 17th century, officials accusing more than 200 women and men of witchcraft. Nineteen were hanged, and 80-year-old Giles Corey was pressed to death with large stones for refusing to enter a plea. Few records were kept.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff explores the unsettling saga in a public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III about her book The Witches: Salem, 1692.
Schiff won a Pulitzer in 2000 for her biography Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), and was a 1995 Pulitzer finalist for Saint-Exupéry. She also wrote the 2010 best-seller Cleopatra.
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