Poe EA. Mesmerism
Catalog Record: Poe EA. Mesmerism
Title: Mesmerism “in articulo mortis” : an astounding & horrifying narrative,
shewing the extraordinary power of mesmerism in arresting the progress
of death / by Edgar A. Poe.
Author: Poe, Edgar Allan.
WLM Call Number: WO 391 P750 1846 RB
Accession NO.: 8925
Publisher: London : Short & Co., 1846.
Physical Descrip: 16 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject: Mesmerism – therapeutic use.
Subject: Somnambulism – therapeutic use.
Type of Trace: Reprinted from
Title: American Magazine.
Abstract: Poe writes an account of a dying man being mesmerized shortly before
his death, who was kept alive for nearly seven months. The subject was
Ernest Valdemar of “Haarlem”, New York, a known bibliographer and
friend of Poe.
General Notes: First published in The American Magazine v. 2, no. 12 (Dec. 1845) as:
The facts of M. Valdemar’s case. Cf. Heartman, C.F. Poe (rev. ed.), p.
General Notes: Poe attributes mesmerism with a mysterious flavor that gives the
impression that it is of occult nature, allied with astrology, fortune
telling and spiritualism.