Gioia Diliberto on “Ghost Writer”

Gioia Diliberto on “Ghost Writer”

For Smithsonian's September issue, author Gioia Diliberto took on the story of Pearl Curran and her spirit writer Patience Worth. (Chris Guillen)

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One thing I hope is that they get a visceral sense of the ephemerality of literary fashion, that today's masterpiece is tomorrow's junk. Pearl's writing and celebrity were a function of a very particular and vanished time, when lots of people believed in Spiritualism, when it was enjoying a resurgence after World War I in the wake of so much tragic loss.

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