Did You Win a Copy of "The Beautiful Cigar Girl"?
DaRK PaRTY is celebrating the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe (Poe was born on January 19, 1809) by giving away a hardcover copy of Daniel Stashower's magnificent non-fiction book "The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder."
Stashower explores the mysterious murder of Mary Rogers, a celebrated beauty who worked in a tobacco shop in Manhattan. She was the Paris Hilton of her day -- famous for her looks and charm. Her strangled and drowned corpse was pulled out of Hudson River in 1841. The murder was the fodder for the penny press newspapers in New York City for months.
Poe, struggling with his own demons, decided to try and solve the case through fiction using his analytical detective C. Auguste Dupin. It resulted in Poe's famous short story "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt."
Stashower combines the story of Poe's life and how it intersects with the Rogers' murder. The book is an amazing read for anyone interested in Poe and his work. Stashower avoids the cliches that often accompany biographies of Poe and paints a portrait of an artistic genius that was his own worst enemy.
We asked people to tell us their favorite Poe story and then to send us an email with their name and address to enter. We held a random drawing and now have a winner. Drum roll, please! The winner is:
Francine A. from Omaha, Nebraska
Francine has been set a copy of the book. Happy reading, Francine, and thanks to everyone who entered. We'll be holding a new book giveaway next week so please stay tuned!
And, of course, Happy birthday, Mr. Poe!
Labels: Contest, Dark Party, Edgar Allan Poe