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The Resource The witch of Lime Street : séance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world, David Jaher., (Axis 360 electronic resource)

The witch of Lime Street : séance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world, David Jaher., (Axis 360 electronic resource)

Label
The witch of Lime Street : séance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world
Title
The witch of Lime Street
Title remainder
séance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world
Statement of responsibility
David Jaher.
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • History comes alive in this textured account of the rivalry between Harry Houdini and the so called "Witch of Lime Street," whose iconic lives intersected at a time when science was on the verge of embracing the paranormal. The 1920s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was also an era of fevered yearning for communion with an unseen 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 became the idolized focus of the raging national debate over Spiritualism, a movement centered on communication with the dead. Reporters dubbed her the blonde Witch of Lime Street, but she was known to her followers simply as Margery. A socially prominent woman of exceptional charm, 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. Margery was the best hope for the psychic practice to be empirically verified, and her supernatural gifts beguiled four of the judges. There was only one left to convince...the acclaimed escape artist, Harry Houdini. David Jaher's extraordinary debut culminates in the showdown between Houdini, the world's greatest unmasker of charlatans, and Margery, the nation's most credible spirit medium. The Witch of Lime Street, the first book to capture their electric public rivalry and the competition that brought them into each other's orbit, returns us to an oft-mythologized era to deepen our understanding of its history, all while igniting our imagination and engaging with the timeless question: Is there life after death? From the Hardcover edition
  • Recounts how the wife of a Boston surgeon came to embody the national debate over Spiritualism and the rivalry that came from Harry Houdini's quest to unmask charlatans
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
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Jaher, David
Dewey number
  • 133.9/1092
  • B
  • 133.9/1092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Margery
  • Margery
  • Houdini, Harry
  • Houdini, Harry
  • Margery
  • Women mediums
  • Spiritualists
  • Spiritualism
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • Parapsychology
  • Spiritualism
  • Parapsychology
  • Spiritualism
Label
The witch of Lime Street : séance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world, David Jaher., (Axis 360 electronic resource)
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 415-420) and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (436 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780307451088
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
0016345990
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unknown
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unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)907292710
Label
The witch of Lime Street : séance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world, David Jaher., (Axis 360 electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 415-420) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (436 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780307451088
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
0016345990
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)907292710

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