The life and many deaths of Harry Houdini
1st U.S. ed.
For many performers, stage life and real life are separate identities. For master illusionist Harry Houdini, the two were inextricably linked. In this widely acclaimed biography, Ruth Brandon shows how Houdini's obsession with his own mortality drove him to create death-defying stunts that not only captivated the public but also subdued his own raging psychological demons. As Brandon relates Houdini's methods of escape, she asks: What was he trying to escape from? Her exploration of the psychic landscape of one of the most enduringly famous performers of the twentieth century makes for utterly fascinating reading. Brandon reveals much that is new: how Houdini invented a phantom son; why he wrote long daily letters to his wife, Bess, who lived one ﬂoor below him; his combative relations with mediums and spiritualists, including Arthur Conan Doy≤ and the ﬁrst full description of his fabled death. This deﬁnitive biography allows readers to peer into Houdini's psyche and understand him more deeply than ever before. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
|Grouped Work ID||18d10aef-ab70-bc49-877a-75614b5b5b8b|
|Grouping Title||life and many deaths of harry houdini|
|Grouping Author||brandon ruth|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-08-11 04:21:02AM|
|Last Indexed||2018-08-20 04:30:10AM|
|item_details||ils:.b11236073|.i12212556|Main|BIO HOUDINI, H|||1|false|false|||||*CHECK SHELF*||mn|||
|local_callnumber_santafe||BIO HOUDINI, H|
|owning_library_santafe||Santa Fe Public Library|
|record_details||ils:.b11236073|Book|Books|1st U.S. ed.|English|Random House,|c1993.|x, 355 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|subject_facet||Houdini, Harry, -- 1874-1926, Magicians -- United States -- Biography|
|title_display||The life and many deaths of Harry Houdini|
|title_full||The life and many deaths of Harry Houdini / Ruth Brandon|
|title_short||The life and many deaths of Harry Houdini|
|topic_facet||Houdini, Harry, Magicians|