Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Volumes 1 & 2 by Mark Twain

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Mark Twain’s work on Joan of Arc is titled in full “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte.” De Conte is identified as Joan’s page and secretary. For those who’ve always wanted to “get behind” the Joan of Arc story and to better understand just what happened, Twain’s narrative makes the story personal and very accessible. The work is fictionally presented as a translation from the manuscript by Jean Francois Alden, or, in the words of the published book, “Freely Translated out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France.”It was originally published as a serialization in Harper’s Magazine beginning in 1895 and later published in book form in 1896. However the Harper’s editors decided to cut 12 chapters that describe much of Joan’s Great Trial, saying the chapters were not suitable for serialization since, “They will not bear mutilation or interruption, but must be read as a whole, as one reads a drama.” This recording contains the complete text! De Conte is a fictionalized version of Joan of Arc’s page Louis de Contes, and provides narrative unity to the story. He is presented as an individual who was with Joan during the three major phases of her life – as a youth in Domremy, as the commander of Charles’ army on military campaign, and as a defendant at the trial in Rouen. The book is presented as a translation by Alden of de Conte’s memoirs, written in his later years for the benefit of his descendants. Twain based his descriptions of Joan of Arc on his daughter, Susy Clemens, as he remembered her at the age of seventeen. Twain said, “I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and got none.”

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Mark Twain’s work on Joan of Arc is titled in full “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte.” De Conte is identified as Joan’s page and secretary. For those who’ve always wanted to “get behind” the Joan of Arc story and to better understand just what happened, Twain’s narrative makes the story personal and very accessible. The work is fictionally presented as a translation from the manuscript by Jean Francois Alden, or, in the words of the published book, “Freely Translated out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France.”It was originally published as a serialization in Harper’s Magazine beginning in 1895 and later published in book form in 1896. However the Harper’s editors decided to cut 12 chapters that describe much of Joan’s Great Trial, saying the chapters were not suitable for serialization since, “They will not bear mutilation or interruption, but must be read as a whole, as one reads a drama.” This recording contains the complete text! De Conte is a fictionalized version of Joan of Arc’s page Louis de Contes, and provides narrative unity to the story. He is presented as an individual who was with Joan during the three major phases of her life – as a youth in Domremy, as the commander of Charles’ army on military campaign, and as a defendant at the trial in Rouen. The book is presented as a translation by Alden of de Conte’s memoirs, written in his later years for the benefit of his descendants. Twain based his descriptions of Joan of Arc on his daughter, Susy Clemens, as he remembered her at the age of seventeen. Twain said, “I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and got none.”
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2019-11-12 12:58
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2017-04-20 00:00
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20.04.2017

00 – Vol. I, Book I-IN DOMREMY – Preface

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19.04.2017

01 – When Wolves Ran Free in Paris

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18.04.2017

02 – The Fairy Tree of Domremy

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17.04.2017

03 – All Aflame with Love of France

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16.04.2017

04 – Joan Tames the Mad Man

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15.04.2017

05 – Domremy Pillaged and Burned

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14.04.2017

06 – Joan and Archangel Michael

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13.04.2017

07 – She Delivers the Divine Command

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12.04.2017

08 – Why the Scorners Relented

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11.04.2017

09 – Book II-IN COURT AND CAMP – Joan Says Good-By

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10.04.2017

10 – The Governor Speeds Joan

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9.04.2017

11 – The Paladin Groans and Boasts

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8.04.2017

12 – Joan Leads Us Through the Enemy

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7.04.2017

13 – We Pierce the Last Ambuscades

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6.04.2017

14 – Joan Convinces the King

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5.04.2017

15 – Our Paladin in His Glory

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4.04.2017

16 – Joan Persuades the Inquisitors

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3.04.2017

17 – She Is Made General-in-Chief

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2.04.2017

18 – The Maid’s Sword and Banner

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1.04.2017

19 – The War March Is Begun

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31.03.2017

20 – Joan Puts Heart in Her Army

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30.03.2017

21 – Checked by the Folly of the Wise

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29.03.2017

22 – What the English Answered

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28.03.2017

23 – My Exquisite Poem Goes to Smash

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27.03.2017

24 – The Finding of the Dwarf

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26.03.2017

25 – Sweet Fruit of Bitter Truth

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25.03.2017

26 – Joan’s First Battle-Field

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24.03.2017

27 – We Burst In Upon Ghosts

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23.03.2017

28 – Joan Makes Cowards Brave Victors

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22.03.2017

29 – She Gently Reproves Her Dear Friend

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21.03.2017

30 – The Fate of France Decided

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20.03.2017

31 – Joan Inspires the Tawdry King

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19.03.2017

32 – Tinsel Trappings of Nobility

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18.03.2017

33 – At Last–Forward!

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17.03.2017

34 – The Last Doubts Scattered

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16.03.2017

35 – How Joan Took Jargeau

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15.03.2017

36 – Vol. 2, Book II (cont’d) – Joan Foretells Her Doom

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14.03.2017

37 – Fierce Talbot Reconsiders

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13.03.2017

38 – The Red Field of Patay

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12.03.2017

39 – France Begins to Live Again

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11.03.2017

40 – The Joyous News Flies Fast

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10.03.2017

41 – Joan’s Five Great Deeds

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9.03.2017

42 – The Jests of the Burgundians

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8.03.2017

43 – The Heir of France is Crowned

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7.03.2017

44 – Joan Hears News from Home

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6.03.2017

45 – Again to Arms

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5.03.2017

46 – The King Cries Forward!

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4.03.2017

47 – We Win, but the King Balks

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3.03.2017

48 – Treachery Conquers Joan

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2.03.2017

49 – The Maid Will March No More

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