Queen of the Mist by Joan Murray

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The Forgotten Heroine of Niagara

This novel-in-verse tells the fascinating story of Annie Taylor, who, in 1901, became the first person to plunge over the brink of Niagara Falls in a barrel. But as Joan Murray reveals, America didn't know what to do with a mature and self-possessed heroine: Annie Taylor, as an "older woman," was rejected and exploited and finally eclipsed by the man who repeated her stunt ten years later.

"A portrait of a woman so achingly intimate it will linger long in your memory."
-Joyce Carol Oates

About Joan Murray

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Joan Murray is a National Poetry Series Winner, Poet-in-Residence at the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, author of three prize-winning books of poetry: Queen of the Mist, Looking for the Parade, and The Same Water, editor of Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times, and general editor of the forthcoming Best of Pushcart Poetry.
Published March 1, 1999 by Beacon Press. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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These two books, the first a runner-up for Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and the second the winner of the 1998 National Poetry Series, selected by Robert Bly, establish Mur

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She survived but, in Murray's graceful and pointed telling, did not fit the American notion of a daredevil: as she emerges from the barrel, bloodied and sore, one onlooker declares, ""Don't waste your time--it's Methuselah's wife!"" Taylor's preparations, her inner motivations and the plunge itse...

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As runner-up for Poetry Society’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, this is a beautiful narrative poem about Annie Taylor, the intrepid woman who, for the first time, shot Niagara Falls in 1901.

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