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The ghost of the Mary Celeste, Valerie Martin

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The ghost of the Mary Celeste
Title
The ghost of the Mary Celeste
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Valerie Martin
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eng
Summary
"A captivating, atmospheric return to historical fiction that is every bit as convincing and engrossing as Martin's landmark Mary Reilly. In 1872 the American merchant vessel Mary Celeste was discovered adrift off the coast of Spain. Her cargo was intact and there was no sign of struggle, but the crew was gone. They were never found. This maritime mystery lies at the center of an intricate narrative branching through the highest levels of late- nineteenth-century literary society. While on a voyage to Africa, a rather hard-up and unproven young writer named Arthur Conan Doyle hears of the Mary Celeste and decides to write an outlandish short story about what took place. This story causes quite a sensation back in the United States, particularly between sought-after Philadelphia spiritualist medium Violet Petra and a rational-minded journalist named Phoebe Grant, who is seeking to expose Petra as a fraud. Then there is the family of the Mary Celeste's captain, a family linked to the sea for generations and marked repeatedly by tragedy. Each member of this ensemble cast holds a critical piece to the puzzle of the Mary Celeste. These three elements--a ship found sailing without a crew, a famous writer on the verge of enormous success, and the rise of an unorthodox and heretical religious fervor--converge in unexpected ways, in diaries, in letters, in safe harbors and rough seas. In a haunted, death-obsessed age, a ghost ship appearing in the mist is by turns a provocative mystery, an inspiration to creativity, and a tragic story of the disappearance of a family and of a bond between husband and wife that, for one moment, transcends the impenetrable barrier of death."--
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Title
The ghost of the Mary Celeste
Creator
Summary
A cargo ship sailing from New York to Italy is discovered empty and drifting near Gibraltar in the 1870s. The mystery brings grief to two Massachusetts seafaring families and ignites the public’s imagination, including one Arthur Conan Doyle, who authors a fantastical magazine piece that purports to be an account by the ship’s doctor. Crossing time and space, this wide-ranging story proves Martin once again to be a master of the historical novel. -- Margaret Donovan for LibraryReads
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Award
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10246759
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3563.A7295
LC item number
G48 2014
Literary form
fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
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Valerie Martin
The ghost of the Mary Celeste, Valerie Martin
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The ghost of the Mary Celeste, Valerie Martin
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ocn842880686
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Dimensions
25 cm
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Edition
First edition.
Extent
306 pages
Isbn
9780385533508
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013029153

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