TITLE

GHOST WRITER

AUTHOR(S)
Diliberto, Gioia
PUB. DATE
September 2010
SOURCE
Smithsonian;Sep2010, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p84
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on early twentieth-century American spiritualist Pearl Lenore Curran, a housewife turned mystic whose encounters with the spirit named Patience Worth helped to produce literary works which garnered public acclaim. Using a Ouija board beginning in 1913, Pearl claimed to channel the ghost of 17th-century spinster Patience who was reportedly killed in an Indian raid. The poems reportedly by Patience were widely anthologized and a novel "written" by her was on the New York Times bestseller list. The author explores possible reasons for Curran's literary success, given her relative lack of education.
ACCESSION #
53000067

 

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