|Item||:||The Abominable Mr. Seabrook [Paperback]|
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Ollmann spent 10 years researching Seabrook's strange, ramshackle life, and it shows: his book is wonderfully rich and detailed. Nothing seems to escape his attention or his compassion. Rachel Cooke,The Guardian
The daring and destructive life of the man who popularized the word zombie
In the early twentieth century, travel writing represented the desire for the expanding bourgeoisie to experience the exotic cultures of the world past their immediate surroundings. Journalist William Buehler Seabrook was emblematic of this trendparticipating in voodoo ceremonies, riding camels cross the Sahara desert, communing with cannibals and most notably, popularizing the term zombie in the West. A string of his bestselling books show an engaged, sympathetic gentleman hoping to share these strange, hidden delights with the rest of the world. He was willing to go deeper than any outsider had before. But, of course, there was a dark side. Seabrook was a barely functioning alcoholic who was deeply obsessed with bondage and the so-called mystical properties of pain and degradation. His life was a series of traveling highs and drunken lows; climbing on and falling off the wagon again and again. What led the popular and vivid writer to such a sad state?
Cartoonist Joe Ollmann spent seven years researching Seabrooks life, interviewing surviving family and accessing long neglected archives, in order to piece together the peripatetic life of a forgotten American writer. Often weaving in Seabrooks own words and those of his biographers, OllmannsThe Abominable Mr. Seabrookposits Seabrook the believer versus Seabrook the exploiter, and leaves the reader to consider where one ends and the other begins.Joe Ollmannlives in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife and child. He is the winner of the Doug Wright Award for best cartooning for his bookMid-Life.
Remarkable... carefully researched... a triumph of technical cartooninló³
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