American Saint

American Saint

The Life of Elizabeth Seton

Book - 2014
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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.

Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books,, 2014, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312571627
Branch Call Number: 271. 9102 SET B
Characteristics: x, 293 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm

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booklady413 Apr 01, 2014

This biography of Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was excellent. I learned many details of her life that I had never known before.

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