Opal: a Life of Enchantment, Mystery, and Madness

By: Beck, Kathrine

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NEW - In 1920, Americans were captivated by the childhood diary of Opal Whiteley, an enigmatic young woman from a small logging town in the Northwest. The diary, which Whiteley claimed a cruel foster sister had torn to shreds many years before, was painstakingly pasted together before publication. It chronicled Opals adventures in the forests of Oregon at the age of 7 and was hailed as a revelatory portrait of a child's relationship to God and the natural world. Some skeptics dismissed it as a hoax, but others remained convinced. Opal is the story of her legacy and of the many ways she has been perceived. New Age prophet and environmentalist, mad genius, long-lost princess, and flamboyant fraud. It is also the tale of the whirlwind and eccentric life she led on several continents after the diary was published. She enchanted a host of rich, famous and high-born figures. This book is the most complete picture of her life yet, with interviews, personal papers and letters included. 274 pages with 16 pages of photographs. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

Title: Opal: a Life of Enchantment, Mystery, and Madness

Author: Beck, Kathrine

Illustrator: Illustrated by Photographs

Categories: Diaries,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, New York, U. S. A., Viking Press: 2003

ISBN: 0670031453

ISBN 13: 9780670031450

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New in New dust jacket

Seller ID: 002266