American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans


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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Eve LaPlante is a New Englander with degrees from Princeton and Harvard. She has published articles, essays, and five nonfiction books on topics ranging from brain disorders to colonial Boston and the Salem Witch Trials. Eve lives in Massachusetts with her husband and has four adult children.


"[A] powerful biography of a woman who refused to still her voice." -- Dallas Morning News

"A powerful and fascinating book that deserves wide reading." -- Boston Globe

"[A] well-researched account...LaPlante paints a fascinating portrait...[and] deftly depicts the gritty world of colonial New England." -- Booklist

"What true heroes can I tell my students about? LaPlante's biography to make [Hutchinson] and her courage come alive." -- --Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

"...charming exploration of the life and times of Anne Hutchinson....A personal and appreciative tribute." -- --Edwin Gaustad, author (with Leigh E. Schmidt) of A Religious History of America

"[t]he most significant woman in pre-Revolutionary America...rescued from obscurity and re-introduced to 21st Century America." -- Peter J. Gomes, author of The Good Life

"[a] spirited biography of Anne Hutchinson... LaPlante's rendering suggests how deeply resonant that history remains." -- --Leigh E. Schmidt, Princeton University

"This book is New England history at its carries with it a message for today as well."." -- --Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts

"A vivid account, full of surprising twists and turns...richly documented...." -- -- Susan Quinn, author of Marie Curie: A Life and A Mind of Her Own: A Life of Karen Horney

"American Jezebel is stunning book, exquisitely written, it fills in a crucial piece of American history." -- --Carol Gilligan, author of In A Different Voice and The Birth of Pleasure

"Fast-paced and elegant...LaPlante's first-rate biography offers glimpses into the life and teachings of a much-neglected figure." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[Hutcinson's] legacy lives on, and American Jezebel comes as a timely reminder of the causes she held dear: " -- BookPage

"[LaPlante] makes her kinswoman's fate into a riveting enthralling narrative." -- --The New York Sun

"[Hutchinson's] crime and her trial are skillfully recounted....[a] satisfying history." -- --Providence Journal Book Review

""Remarkably successful... traces the vein of an ongoing ambivalence about powerful public women in America... particularly good on the sexual mores of the Puritans..." -- --Laura Miller,

"[F]ascinating...engaging...What LaPlante has reconstructed here supplies a welcome new podium for a brave Puritan theologian...." -- Christian Science Monitor

"The most full-scale biography of Hutchinson to date, and a readable, useful account of the challenges women faced...diligently researched and well-crafted." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A new biography well worth reading... Anne Hutchinson is among the most-neglected, most important figures in United States history." -- --Nick Gillespie, Reason Magazine