POSSESSED by Thomas B. Allen
The True Story of An Exorcism

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Based on the diary of one of the participants, this chilling account describes the harrowing and bizarre events of the real-life 1949 exorcism that inspired William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.
 

About Thomas B. Allen

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Thomas B. Allen is an author and editor. For more than fifteen years he served with the National Geographic Society as associate chief of the book service. He edited the million-plus bestseller "We Americans" and has published numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including "War Games. "Allen and Polmar have collaborated in writing seven books and numerous articles. Both live in the Washington area.
 
Published June 1, 1993 by Doubleday. 259 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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In an afterword, he weighs--without judging--the likelihood of Robbie having been possessed, and he discusses his sources, including one eyewitness and, crucially, a hitherto unrevealed daily journal of the exorcism kept by one of Bowdern's assistants.

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In “The Possessed,” her fantastically entertaining memoir-cum-travelogue of her education in Russian (and Uzbek!) language and literature — in Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Uzbekistan and suburban California — she explains why Russian class struck her as so “profoundly human.” It was a textbook dialo...

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Early in Elif Batuman’s funny and melancholy first book, “The Possessed,” she describes her disillusionment, as a would-be novelist, with “the transcendentalist New England culture of ‘creative writing.’ ” The problem with creative writing programs, she says, is their obsession with craft.

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A recently discovered diary kept by a Jesuit priest who participated in an exorcism in 1949 records the chilling events recreated here.

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With a secret diary as his main source, Allen presents a dispassionate study, all the more chilling for its lack of definitive answers, and documents not only the actual exorcism but the compassion of the Jesuits and the beauty of Catholic dogma and ritual.

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Lewis (who in his _Last Battle_ declared that an honorable follower of the Narnian devil Tash was necessarily really a devotee of Aslan, because the real Tash can only accept evil and the real Aslan can only accept honorable deeds) was more far-seeing than the contemporary Jesuit critics of the S...

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