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The witch of lime street [electronic resource] : Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World. David Jaher.

Jaher, David. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780307451088 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Date Published: 2015.

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Summary, etc.: 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....
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. New York : Crown, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 8202 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Subject: Nonfiction.
Biography & Autobiography.
Genre: Electronic books.

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