The Unlocked Book: A Memory of John Wilkes Booth

The Unlocked Book A Memory of John Wilkes Booth Since it was first published in Asia Booth Clarke s memoir of her brother John Wilkes Booth has been recognized as the single most important document available for understanding the personality

  • Title: The Unlocked Book: A Memory of John Wilkes Booth
  • Author: Asia Booth Clarke Eleanor Farjeon
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Since it was first published in 1938, Asia Booth Clarke s memoir of her brother John Wilkes Booth has been recognized as the single most important document available for understanding the personality of the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln Clarke, a poet and author of two other volumes of biography of her celebrated actor family members, wrote this reminiscence in 18Since it was first published in 1938, Asia Booth Clarke s memoir of her brother John Wilkes Booth has been recognized as the single most important document available for understanding the personality of the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln Clarke, a poet and author of two other volumes of biography of her celebrated actor family members, wrote this reminiscence in 1874 when Lincoln s murder and her brother s ensuing death at the hands of federal soldiers were still painfully fresh in her mind She hoped at some point to see the work published Yet she felt compelled to keep it secret because it might enrage her husband, a professional comedian whose anger at his own arrest in 1865 on suspicion of association with Booth had threatened their marriage At her death in 1888 the manuscript passed to friends A half century later her heirs felt the public was receptive to such an intimate view of the most famous assassin in American history This edition includes the first biographical appreciation of the talented Asia and corrects deficiencies in earlier prints of the memoir Also, published for the first time, are family letters about the assassination, a chronology of Booth s life, and a family genealogy Asia s memoir is an indispensable resource for perceiving the complexities of her ill fated brother Indeed, as has been said, she turns on the light in the Booth family living room Certainly no outsider would give such insights into the turbulent Booth s childhood or share such unique personal knowledge of the gifted actor Asia portrays him as a enigmatic figure, at once gentle and romantic while passionate and fanatical She writes with a sister s affection and even with indulgence, but she mingles these with horror as she confronts the calamitous aftermath the assassination brought to Booth and to his family.

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    1. I suppose if anyone was in a position to give the other side of the story to John Wilkes Booth's character, it would be his sister Asia. They were close in age and romped around the Booth Maryland farm together while the older sibs were off getting married or traipsing around the country on a long path to theatrical fame, prying the bottle out of dad's hand between acts while barnstorming in shitty mining towns and along the Mississippi (poor Edwin)."So Dad, think you could be sane & sober o [...]

    2. John Wilkes Booth: A Sister's Memoir by Asia Booth ClarkeThis book (which really has no title -- the editor, Terry Alford, supplied one) is the best guide to the inner life of John Wilkes Booth, yet it was only published in 1938! Asia's family discovered the manuscript in 1888, realized a sympathetic portrayal of John Wilkes was too radical for America, and waited 50 years.I love Asia's name, chosen by her occasionally mad, occasionally alcoholic father, the famous actor Junius Brutus Booth, Sr. [...]

    3. This book was a struggle for me to read. Not because it praised the man who killed my first love. No, it was a challenge because of its nonsequitor style. Asia wrote it more as a diary entry of explanation of who her brother was. The writing's stream-of-conscious style, the jumping from topic to topic without any relevancy as it jumped, created a constant barrage of ideas that the reader (in this case myself) had to put together.This on top of the lack of explanation of people, concepts & id [...]

    4. I gave it three stars not because it was a bad book but because I'm fairly certain Asia gave us a very colored version of John's life. She isn't the best person to be impartial. However, that's why I wanted to read it. I wanted to know how Asia saw him. I wasn't disappointed.

    5. Although there is some interesting history and it is interesting to learn about Booth from his family's perspective, over all I did not like this book. It was short and a quick read but would not be high on my list of books to recommend to others.

    6. I found this an interesting book, but also had trouble reading it. I don't know if it was the content or my mood. Those interested in history (as I am) would probably enjoy it it was interesting to learn about the Booth family and also to read the 'family letters'.

    7. John's sister Asia Booth Clarke wrote a book after her brother was killed. It gives a little history into her brothers childhood, and a first hand account of life in the 1800's

    8. For those deep into Lincoln assassination lore, this is a must-read. Asia Booth Clarke's book is largely snapshots of her life growing up with John Wilkes on their property outside of Bel Air, Maryland. (Part of my enjoyment of this book is because I live in Maryland and am familiar with a lot of the areas mentioned.) Asia is obviously fond of her brother, and her recollections show why Wilkes was as popular as he was in his day. The book is also an interesting glimpse into life in the mid-19th [...]

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