Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Spooky Bookish Facts

It's that time of year! Time for apple cider and horror novels. I just came across this list from Book Riot of creepy bookish trivia.

2. While books bound with human skin can be found in collections in several libraries, the Boston Athanaeum holds one of the few books bound with the skin of its author. While imprisoned, a highwayman wrote of his life, but could not afford to have it bound. Upon his death, he requested his skin be used and the memoir gifted to the man who had originally caught him.

4. Virginia Poe, late wife of Edgar Allen Poe, startled the family one night while singing and playing the piano. During that time, her lungs began to hemorrhage from her Tuberculosis and she started bleeding from the mouth.

12. Though it may seem like an odd ritual now, visiting the corpse of a loved (complete with hugging) was a common practice in the 19th century. After his wife died at a young age, Ralph Waldo Emerson made it a routine to have her coffin opened every morning so he could embrace her corpse. This carried on for a year.

Head over to Book Riot for the complete list!


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