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The Resource The witch of Lime Street : seance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world, David Jaher

The witch of Lime Street : seance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world, David Jaher

Label
The witch of Lime Street : seance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world
Title
The witch of Lime Street
Title remainder
seance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world
Statement of responsibility
David Jaher
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The 1920s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was also an era of fevered yearning for communion with the spirit world, after the loss of tens of millions in the First World War and the Spanish-flu epidemic. A desperate search for reunion with dead loved ones precipitated a tidal wave of self-proclaimed psychics--and, as reputable media sought stories on occult phenomena, mediums became celebrities. Against this backdrop, in 1924, the pretty wife of a distinguished Boston surgeon came to embody the raging national debate over Spiritualism, a movement devoted to communication with the dead. Reporters dubbed her the blonde Witch of Lime Street, but she was known to her followers simply as Margery. Her most vocal advocate was none other than Sherlock Holmes' creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed so thoroughly in Margery's powers that he urged her to enter a controversial contest, sponsored by Scientific American and offering a large cash prize to the first medium declared authentic by its impressive five-man investigative committee. Admired for both her exceptional charm and her dazzling effects, Margery was the best hope for the psychic practice to be empirically verified. Her supernatural gifts beguiled four of the judges. There was only one left to convince...the acclaimed escape artist, Harry Houdini
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jaher, David
Dewey number
  • 133.9/1092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF1283.C85
LC item number
J34 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Margery
  • Houdini, Harry
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • Women mediums
  • Spiritualists
  • Spiritualism
Label
The witch of Lime Street : seance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world, David Jaher
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
436 pages
Isbn
9780307451064
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2015009392
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The witch of Lime Street : seance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world, David Jaher
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
436 pages
Isbn
9780307451064
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2015009392
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations

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