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Francis, Richard 1945-

Overview
Works: 25 works in 124 publications in 2 languages and 5,225 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Case studies  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Biographical fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6056.R277, B
Publication Timeline
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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 )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,124 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 )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 780 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
Transcendental utopias : individual and community at Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden by Richard Francis( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 502 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
Fruitlands : the Alcott family and their search for utopia by Richard Francis( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 478 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
Daggerman by Richard Francis( Book )

9 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and Japanese and held by 322 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 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crane pond : a novel of Salem by Richard Francis( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Crane Pond, Richard Francis reveals a side of the history that is not often recounted, as he skillfully constructs a portrait of Samuel Sewall, the only judge to later admit that a terrible mistake had been made. In a colony on the edge of survival in a mysterious new world where infant mortality is high and sin is to blame, Sweall is committed to being a loving family man, a good citizen, and a fair-minded judge. Like any believing Puritan, he agonizes over what others think of him, while striving to act morally correct, keep the peace, and (hopefully make time to) enjoy a hefty slice of pie. His one regret is that only months before he didn't sentence a group of pirates to death. What begins as a touching story of a bumbling man tasked with making judgements in a society where reason is often ephemeral, quickly becomes the chilling narrative we know too well. And when public opinion wavers, Sweall learns that what has been done cannot be undone."--Amazon.com
Swansong by Richard Francis( Book )

5 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking apart the Poco Poco : a novel by Richard Francis( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 183 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
Prospect Hill by Richard Francis( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The old spring by Richard Francis( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 126 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
Fat hen by Richard Francis( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The land where lost things go by Olive Watson by Richard Francis( Book )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blackpool vanishes by Richard Francis( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1988 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growing rhododendrons by Richard Francis( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The enormous dwarf by Richard Francis( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

100 objects, 100 stories, 100 years at Fruitlands Museum( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fruitlands Museum is celebrating the past one hundred years by highlighting the richness of our diverse collections and sharing stories contributed by members of our community. The one hundred most popular objects in Fruitlands' Transcendental, Shaker, Native American collections, landscape paintings and portraits will be on view in the Art Gallery and around the campus beginning on September 6, 2014. The exhibit includes fascinating examples of our New England past, some with poignant local flair. [This] is a full color book with all 100 objects and stories from the centennial exhibit." --Website
I, Claudius by Robert Graves( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Emperor of the Romans: born B.C. 10: murdered and deified A.D. 54
Robert Graves programme by Robert Graves( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Judge Sewall's apology : the Salem witch trials and the forming of an American conscience
Alternative Names
Francis Richard 1945-....

Francis, Richard H.

フランシス, リチャード・H

Languages
English (116)

Japanese (2)

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Ann, the Word : the story of Ann Lee, female messiah, mother of the Shakers, the woman clothed with the sunTranscendental utopias : individual and community at Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and WaldenFruitlands : the Alcott family and their search for utopiaTaking apart the Poco Poco : a novelProspect HillThe old springClaudius the god and his wife Messalina : the troublesome reign of Tiberius Claudius Caesar, Emperor of the Romans (born 10 B.C., died A.D. 54), as described by himself, also his murder at the hands of the notorious Agrippina (mother of the Emperor Nero) and his subsequent deification, as described by othersGrowing rhododendrons