Poet and the Murderer

by Simon Worrall | Nonfiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 184115587X Global Overview for this book
Registered by chefcrossing of Brooklyn, New York USA on 12/20/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by chefcrossing from Brooklyn, New York USA on Thursday, December 20, 2012
Released in Manhattan.

Journal Entry 2 by chefcrossing at New York City, New York USA on Thursday, December 20, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (12/20/2012 UTC) at New York City, New York USA


Released as part of a bookbox.

Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, March 17, 2013
Received as part of the Books about books box; this one is on my wishlist, so I'm taking it out.

I hadn't realized from the book's description that it was about the same man involved in The Mormon Murders, but when I read the dust jacket, his name rang a bell right away. It's been a while since I read that book, but it will be interesting to see the story from another angle.

Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, June 11, 2015
Due to the way that Emily Dickinson wrote & shared her work - most of which was not published during her lifetime - it's always *possible* that a new piece could turn up. Skilled forger Mark Hoffman took advantage of this and the truth about this piece of his work only came to light long after he'd been imprisoned for murder (see link in previous journal entry).

Here's an interview with the author where he discusses the two complicated people at the heart of his book.

I will count this as book #29/51 for NancyNova's 2015 MultiYear States Challenge (Utah).

29/51 read so far for this challenge:
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Journal Entry 5 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Tuesday, July 21, 2015
At a former job, I was involved with a purchase from Sotheby's: I saw the research that was done to help decide that we wanted to try for the item and the fund-raising that was done so we could bid. I worked up a chart showing the conversion to Swiss francs (plus commission) so we'd know exactly how high we were able to bid. My boss did the actual bidding, by phone, and it was fairly nerve-wracking, but we did manage to get what we were going for. So I could identify with many of Dan Lombardo's experiences leading up to his purchase of the "Dickinson" poem...and I found the revelations about some of the practices at the major auction houses quite disturbing.

I've yet to read the Book of Mormon (or see the musical, for that matter), but Mark Twain's description of it as "chloroform in print" doesn't seem like much of a recommendation.

I enjoyed the loving description of handwriting in Chapter 10, although it struck me as a bit sad, given that in the years since this book was published, hand writing anything is becoming more and more of a lost art; on the other hand it made me more aware of my own handwriting and I'm trying to take a little more time and write a little more neatly. ;)

Reserved for booklady331's US Non-Fiction VBB (round 1).

Journal Entry 6 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (2/1/2016 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA


Claimed from the VBB and off to Oklahoma!

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