John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him

John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him

by E. Lawrence Abel


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When John Wilkes Booth died—shot inside a burning barn and dragged out twelve days after he assassinated President Lincoln—all he had in his pocket were a compass, a candle, a diary, and five photographs of five different women. They were not ordinary women. Four of them were among the most beautiful actresses of the day; the fifth was Booth's wealthy fiancée.

And those five women are just the tip of the iceberg.

Before he shot the president of the United States and entered the annals of history as a killer, actor John Wilkes Booth had quite a way with women. There was the actress who cut his throat and almost killed him in a jealous rage. There was the prostitute who tried to kill herself because he abandoned her. There was the actress who would swear she witnessed him murdering Lincoln, even though she was thousands of miles away at the time. John Wilkes Booth was hungry for fame, touchy about politics, and a notorious womanizer. But this book isn't about John Wilkes Booth—-not really. This book is about his women: women who were once notorious in their own right; women who were consumed by love, jealousy, strife, and heartbreak; women whose lives took wild turns before and after Lincoln's assassination; women whom have been condemned to the footnotes of history... until now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621575962
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 04/09/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,195,597
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

E. Lawrence Abel is a "distinguished faculty professor" and "emeritus professor" at Wayne State University in Detroit. He has joint appointments as full professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychology at Wayne, where he has taught courses on human sexuality for many years. He is the author of over 40 scholarly and trade books and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and trade magazine articles

• n Civil War History and on sexual relations, and is a member of the Michigan Civil War Round Table.

In the past he has made guest appearances on several national T.V. shows such as The Tom Snyder Show and To Tell The Truth, as well as on many radio talk shows. He is also frequently called upon by the media to discuss his writings (e.g., New York Times, CNBC). In April, 2015, he was a scheduled speaker at the U. S. National Archives on the Lincoln assassination and has since spoken at various book stores.

Table of Contents

The Booth Family xi

The Women xiii

Introduction xvii

Part 1

1 Sins of the Father 1

2 I've Broken My Promise 11

3 Old Sins Cast Long Shadows 21

4 They Idolized Him 31

5 Young and Pretty Maggie Mitchell 41

6 This Harpers Ferry Business 47

7 The Star Sisters: Helen and Lucille Western 55

8 I Cannot Stoop to That Which I Despise 63

9 Almost an Eunuch 69

10 Little Rehearsals: Louise Wooster 75

11 The Southern Marseillaise 81

12 All for Love and Murder: Henrietta Irving 85

13 My Goose Hangs High 97

14 True Grit 109

15 Effie and Alice 115

16 Imagine My Helping That Wounded Soldier 121

17 The Most Beautiful Woman on the American Stage 127

18 Storming About the Country Is Sad Work 133

19 Not a Secesh 145

20 Isabel Sumner 151

21 A Gang of Misfits 161

22 Lucy Lambert Hale 175

23 Anything That Pleases You: Ella Starr 185

24 Assassination 193

25 I Have Too Great a Soul to Die Like a Criminal 211

Part 2

26 Ella Starr 223

27 Asia and Mary Ann 227

28 "It Cannot Be Denied": Lucy Hale 243

29 Effie Germon 253

30 Alice Gray 259

31 Helen Western 263

32 Fanny Brown 273

33 Henrietta Irving 279

34 Maggie Mitchell 285

35 Ada Gray 293

36 Isabel Sumner 295

37 Louise Wooster 297

38 Clara Morris 301

39 Martha Mills 309

Epilogue 317

Acknowledgments 327

Notes 333

Bibliography 405

Index 441

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