Abstract

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc is the most difficult of Twain's novels for readers with modern moral and political sensibilities to appreciate, which is one reason it is his least popular work. The novel is nevertheless worth reading for the themes it treats and the questions it raises. The most important of these concern the relation between religion and the political passion of patriotism, on one hand, and the relation of both of these to the capacity for self-sacrificial devotion, on the other.

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