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The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black

Author: E.B. Hudspeth  

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Philadelphia. The late 1870s. Home to the famous anatomist and surgeon Dr Spencer Black. The son of a "resurrectionist", Dr Black develops an unconventional hypothesis. What if the world's most celebrated mythological beasts - mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs - were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind? This book tells his story.
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Summary

Philadelphia. The late 1870s. Home to the famous anatomist and surgeon Dr Spencer Black. The son of a "resurrectionist", Dr Black develops an unconventional hypothesis. What if the world's most celebrated mythological beasts - mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs - were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind? This book tells his story.

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Philadelphia. The late 1870s. A city of cobblestone sidewalks and horse-drawn carriages. Home to the famous anatomist and surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a "resurrectionist" (aka grave robber), Dr. Black studied at Philadelphia's esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis- What if the world's most celebrated mythological beasts-mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs- were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?

The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from his humble beginnings to the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black's magnum opus- The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray's Anatomy for mythological beasts-dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus-all rendered in meticulously detailed black-and-white anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.

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Critic Reviews

“"Disturbingly lovely . . . The Resurrectionist is itself a cabinet of curiosities, stitching history and mythology and sideshow into an altogether different creature. Deliciously macabre and beautifully grotesque."-Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus "A masterful mash-up of Edgar Allan Poe and Jorge Luis Borges, with the added allure of gorgeous, demonically detailed drawings.”

"Disturbingly lovely . . . "The Resurrectionist" is itself a cabinet of curiosities, stitching history and mythology and sideshow into an altogether different creature. Deliciously macabre and beautifully grotesque."--Erin Morgenstern, author of "The Night Circus " "A masterful mash-up of Edgar Allan Poe and Jorge Luis Borges, with the added allure of gorgeous, demonically detailed drawings. I've never seen anything quite like "The Resurrectionist", and I doubt that I will ever forget it."--Chase Novak, author of "Breed"

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About the Author

E. B. HUDSPETH is an artist and author living in New Jersey. This is his first book.

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Product Details

Publisher
Quirk Books
Published
21st May 2013
Pages
191
ISBN
9781594746161
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