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Famous Impostors

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He's best remembered as the legendary manager of London's Lyceum Theatre and author of the incalculably influential 1897 novel Dracula, but Bram Stoker was a prolific writer of numerous other works, including books of nonfiction. This curious 1910 work, one of his last, is an amusing survey of the charlatans, rogues, and other practitioners of make-believe who bedevil and ...more
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published 1910 by New York: Sturgis & Walton Company
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Nov 19, 2016 LauraT rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
That Queen Elisabeth I was an impostor could even be; that she was a "he"... well, that's too much, definitly!
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Why should the first book that I read by Bram Stoker be Dracula? Or the lesser known Lair of the White Worm?

It, of course, should be this volume of non-fiction secret history that is relatively unknown!

Regardless of "popularity," this was an interesting book. Stoker gives us a history of many instances of imposters--those who disguised themselves and passed for other people. These cases range from royalty--the most prominent case being the possibility of Queen Elizabeth not being queen at all--t
Aug 14, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting, entertaining book about real life imposters of long ago.

This book starts off with Perkin Warbeck, who pretended to be Richard, one of the Plantagenet Princes in the Tower.
The book has many imposters as well as hoaxes. The Cat Hoax was one, and it did not end well.

The last chapter was my favorite. It is devoted to the Bisley Boy. Did Queen Elizabeth die when young in Bisley? Was she replaced by a boy somehow related to her? Did a trusted clergyman really find a girl in a coffin
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Oct 21, 2014 Lupeng Jin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I focused all of my attention on the last chapter which depicts the famous imposture in the English history, if it is really true. The Bisley boy became the Queen at last. What an absurd adventure. Do you think she was actually a he?
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He was born Abraham Stoker in 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent – then as now called "The Crescent" – in Fairview, a coastal suburb of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker and the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Clontarf Church of Ireland parish and attended the parish church (St. John the Baptist lo ...more
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