Desperately Seeking Joan

Woman behind the hype

A favorite of Charles de Gaulle and Charles Péguy, not to mention Bernard Shaw, Joan of Arc has long been a historical figure whose popularity tells us perhaps more about those who revere her than about the martryed saint herself. Joan’s curiously malleable legend has been championed by secular French republicans and Catholic monarchists, Dreyfusites and anti-Dreyfusites, Nazi collaborators and resistance figures alike....

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About the Author

Mary Gordon, professor of English at Barnard College, is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories, and a memoir.