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Mary Falls: Requiem for Mrs. Surratt Paperback – July 31, 2007
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"Mary Elizabeth Surratt, who was hanged as co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, has taken passionate possession of Christopher Conlon and now lives as ghost in his evocative sequence. Victim of 'the mistakes of men,' it is no wonder that she still appears among us, broken but flowing, confused but whole, falling but held in mid-air for us by way of Conlon's considerable art." --William Heyen, author of Shoah Train
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Much as he did in GILBERT AND GARBO IN LOVE: A ROMANCE IN POEMS and THE WEEPING TIME: ELEGY IN THREE VOICES, Conlon uses a mix of reality and fantasy to tell the story of a historical figure. He skillfully blends a character's public life and documented biography with imagined thoughts, dreams, hopes and eccentricities, blurring the line between fiction and fact so well that each protagonist seems to have allowed the author to draw on some lost, private diary. These inner lives are not haphazardly guessed at; they evolve as Conlon uses a character's actions to extrapolate their psychological make-up.
The author proved the formula when he essayed the lives of a famous silent screen couple in GILBERT AND GARBO, and perfected it in THE WEEPING TIME, where he dramatized, in personal terms, the largest slave auction in American history.Read more ›