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The Resource John Wilkes Booth : a sister's memoir, by Asia Booth Clarke ; edited and with an introduction by Terry Alford

John Wilkes Booth : a sister's memoir, by Asia Booth Clarke ; edited and with an introduction by Terry Alford

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John Wilkes Booth : a sister's memoir
Title
John Wilkes Booth
Title remainder
a sister's memoir
Statement of responsibility
by Asia Booth Clarke ; edited and with an introduction by Terry Alford
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Since it was first published in 1938, Asia Booth Clarke's memoir of her brother John Wilkes Booth has been recognized as the single most important document available for understanding the personality of the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Clarke, a poet and author of two other volumes of biography of her celebrated actor-family members, wrote this reminiscence in 1874 when Lincoln's murder and her brother's ensuing death at the hands of federal soldiers were still
  • painfully fresh in her mind. She hoped at some point to see the work published. Yet she felt compelled to keep it secret because it might enrage her husband, a professional comedian whose anger at his own arrest in 1865 on suspicion of association with Booth had threatened their marriage. At her death in 1888 the manuscript passed to friends. A half century later her heirs felt the public was receptive to such an intimate view of the most famous assassin in American
  • history. This edition includes the first biographical appreciation of the talented Asia and corrects deficiencies in earlier prints of the memoir. Also, published for the first time, are family letters about the assassination, a chronology of Booth's life, and a family genealogy. Asia's memoir is an indispensable resource for perceiving the complexities of her ill-fated brother. Indeed, as has been said, she "turns on the light in the Booth family living room." Certainly
  • no outsider would give such insights into the turbulent Booth's childhood or share such unique personal knowledge of the gifted actor. Asia portrays him as a enigmatic figure, at once gentle and romantic while passionate and fanatical. She writes with a sister's affection and even with indulgence, but she mingles these with horror as she confronts the calamitous aftermath the assassination brought to Booth and to his family
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1835-1888
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Clarke, Asia Booth
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1835-1888
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  • Alford, Terry
  • Clarke, Asia Booth
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  • Booth, John Wilkes
  • Booth family
  • Lincoln, Abraham
Label
John Wilkes Booth : a sister's memoir, by Asia Booth Clarke ; edited and with an introduction by Terry Alford
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Rev. ed. of: The unlocked book. 1971
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [143]-144) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm34690730
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvii, 151 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780878058839
Lccn
96018595
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34690730
  • (Sirsi) a576518
Label
John Wilkes Booth : a sister's memoir, by Asia Booth Clarke ; edited and with an introduction by Terry Alford
Publication
Copyright
Note
Rev. ed. of: The unlocked book. 1971
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [143]-144) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm34690730
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvii, 151 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780878058839
Lccn
96018595
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34690730
  • (Sirsi) a576518

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