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Francis, Richard 1945-

Overview
Works: 22 works in 89 publications in 2 languages and 4,797 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Fiction  Case studies  Domestic fiction  Commentaries  Periodicals 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6056.R277, B
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Most widely held works by Richard Francis
Judge Sewall's apology : the Salem witch trials and the forming of an American conscience by Richard Francis ( Book )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biographer and novelist Francis looks at the Salem witch hunt of 1692 with fresh eyes, through the story of Samuel Sewall, New England Puritan, Salem trial judge, antislavery agitator, defender of Native American rights, utopian theorist, family man. The second-generation colonists were pitted against the pagan Native Americans and a hostile mother country intent on imposing control. Out of the struggle to maintain unity emerged the forces that drove the Salem tragedy. Five guilt-wracked years after pronouncing judgment, Sewall recanted the guilty verdicts, praying for forgiveness. This marked the moment when modern American values came into being--the shift from an almost medieval view of good and evil to a respect for the mysteries of the human heart. Drawing on Sewall's diaries, Francis shows us the early colonists as flesh and blood idealists, striving for a new society while coming to terms with the imperfections of ordinary life.--From publisher description
Ann, the Word : the story of Ann Lee, female messiah, mother of the Shakers, the woman clothed with the sun by Richard Francis ( Book )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Ann Lee may be one of the most extraordinary and mysterious women in the history of Western culture. From humble origins in Manchester, England, where she was born in 1736, this illiterate daughter of a blacksmith became a visionary religious leader who was thought by her followers to have been the second incarnation of Christ. When she died in America at age forty-eight, having brought her faithful to a new land on the eve of the Revolution, she left behind a religious movement that was to have thousands of followers and become our most important and successful utopian community."--Jacket
Fruitlands : the Alcott family and their search for utopia by Richard Francis ( Book )
7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is a definitive account of Fruitlands, one of history's most unsuccessful, but most significant, utopian experiments. It was established in Massachusetts in 1843 by Bronson Alcott (whose ten year old daughter Louisa May, future author of Little Women, was among the members) and an Englishman called Charles Lane, under the watchful gaze of Emerson, Thoreau, and other New England intellectuals. Alcott and Lane developed their own version of the doctrine known as Transcendentalism, hoping to transform society and redeem the environment through a strict regime of veganism and celibacy. But physical suffering and emotional conflict, particularly between Lane and Alcott's wife, Abigail, made the community unsustainable. Drawing on the letters and diaries of those involved, the author explores the relationship between the complex philosophical beliefs held by Alcott, Lane, and their fellow idealists and their day to day lives. The result is a vivid and often very funny narrative of their travails, demonstrating the dilemmas and conflicts inherent to any utopian experiment and shedding light on a fascinating period of American history
Transcendental utopias : individual and community at Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden by Richard Francis ( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Francis suggests that at the heart of Transcendentalism was a belief that all phenomena are connected in a repetitive sequence. The task was to explain how human society could be reordered to benefit from this seriality. Some members of the movement believed in evolutionary progress, whereas others hoped to be the agents of a sudden millennial transformation. They differed, as well, in their views on whether the fundamental social unit was the individual, the family, the phalanstery, or the community. The story of the three communities was, inevitably, also the story of particular individuals, and Francis highlights the lives and ideas of such leaders as George Ripley, W.H. Channing, Bronson Alcott, Charles Lane, and Theodore Parker
Daggerman by Richard Francis ( Book )
9 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and Japanese and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The whispering gallery : a novel by Richard Francis ( Book )
4 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Swansong by Richard Francis ( Book )
5 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Prospect Hill by Richard Francis ( Book )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Taking apart the Poco Poco : a novel by Richard Francis ( Book )
6 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A day of near-disasters in a family's life. The husband is thinking to brain his boss, the wife nearly has an affair, the daughter skips school and the son gets involved with a wino. A domestic comedy, but with a serious theme: misfortune can strike anyone, anytime. By the author of Swansong
The old spring by Richard Francis ( Book )
2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A wonderfully boozy evocation and celebration of pub life, full of all the sorts of characters you dread meeting in a public bar, but are glad you did
I, Claudius ; and, Claudius the god by Robert Graves ( Book )
3 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fat hen by Richard Francis ( Book )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The land where lost things go by Olive Watson by Richard Francis ( Book )
4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Blackpool vanishes by Richard Francis ( Book )
5 editions published between 1979 and 1988 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The enormous dwarf by Richard Francis ( Book )
1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The development of a video display system by Richard Francis ( )
1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Circumstances and salvation : the ideology of the Fruitlands utopia by Richard Francis ( )
1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The liberty newsletter ( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Judge Sewall's apology : the Salem witch trials and the forming of the American conscience : the story of a good man and an evil event : by Richard Francis ( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Judge Sewall's apology : the story of a good man and an evil event : the Salem witch trials and the forming of the American conscience by Richard Francis ( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Documents the role of Samuel Sewall in the 1692 Salem witch trials in a profile that offers insight into how he was swept up in the zeal that marked the trials and publicly apologized five years later
 
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Alternative Names
Francis Richard 1945-....
Francis, Richard H.
フランシス, リチャード・H
Languages
English (85)
Japanese (2)
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