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The beautiful cigar girl : Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the invention of murder

Author: Daniel Stashower
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Berkley trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"On July 28, 1841, the battered body of Mary Rogers, a twenty-year-old cigar girl who had disappeared three days earlier, was found floating in the Hudson. By nightfall, news of the death had sent Manhattan into a spasm of horror and outrage. In the months following, the grisly details of the murder pushed American journalism into new realms of lurid sensationalism. Despite the media pressure, New York's  Read more...
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Named Person: Edgar Allan Poe; Mary Rogers
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Stashower
ISBN: 9780425217825 0425217825
OCLC Number: 149010721
Description: 386 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue : descent into maelstrom --
1. A gallant gay Lothario --
2. I tremble for the consequence --
3. Left home on Sunday --
4. Very clever with his pen --
5. A person of chastity --
6. The dead house --
7. The sable divinity of night --
8. The committee of concerned citizens --
9. A most notorious scoundrel --
10. The lost hour --
11. Crackpots and gossipists --
12. The murder thicket --
13. A somewhat wasted heart --
14. A wave of crimson --
15. A series of coincidences --
16. A mansion built on baby skulls --
17. The vanishing rowboat --
18. At variance with truth --
19. It may not be improper to record --
20. The imp of the perverse --
Epilogue : one last wild cry.
Responsibility: Daniel Stashower.

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"On July 28, 1841, the battered body of Mary Rogers, a twenty-year-old cigar girl who had disappeared three days earlier, was found floating in the Hudson. By nightfall, news of the death had sent Manhattan into a spasm of horror and outrage. In the months following, the grisly details of the murder pushed American journalism into new realms of lurid sensationalism. Despite the media pressure, New York's unregulated, disjointed police force proved unable to mount an effective investigation, and the crime remained unsolved. One year later, a struggling writer named Edgar Allan Poe decided to take on the case-- and sent his fictional detective, C. Auguste Dupin, to solve the baffling murder of Mary Rogers in "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt" ..."--Back cover.

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