St. Francis of America: How a Thirteenth-Century Friar Became America's Most Popular Saint (Hardback)Patricia Appelbaum (author)
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Appelbaum traces popular depictions and interpretations of St. Francis from the time when non-Catholic Americans ""discovered"" him in the nineteenth century to the present. From poet to activist, 1960s hippie to twenty-first-century messenger to Islam, St. Francis has been envisioned in ways that might have surprised the saint himself. Exploring how each vision of St. Francis has been shaped by its own era, Appelbaum reveals how St. Francis has played a sometimes countercultural but always aspirational role in American culture. St. Francis's American story also displays the zest with which Americans borrow, lend, and share elements of their religious lives in everyday practice.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 23 mm
Applebaum's narrative is vigorous, and her analysis of the ways in which Francis has been read and contested is convincing.--Church History and Religious Culture
Achieves success as both a work of careful scholarship and a delightful read.--Choice
Makes an important contribution to American history of religion and to the field of Franciscan studies. . . . A must-read for historians of American religion and the Franciscan tradition alike.--American Catholic Studies
A cultural history of how the medieval monk has been represented in U.S. culture over the past two hundred years.--Journal of American History
An entertaining read [that] helps us separate the real figure from folklore--Francis the popular icon from Francis the man.--Episcopal Journal
This well-researched biography is recommended as a case study of how the perceptions of historical individuals change over the course of time to fit and speak to contemporary issues.--Library Journal
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