Captive of the Labyrinth

Captive of the Labyrinth
Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune

by Mary Jo Ignoffo

  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Release : 2010-12-06
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN : 9780826272317
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Media Kit Since her death in 1922, Sarah Winchester has been perceived as a mysterious, haunted figure. After inheriting a vast fortune upon the death of her husband in 1881, Sarah purchased a simple farmhouse in San José, California. She began building additions to the house and continued construction on it for the next twenty years. A hostile press cast Sarah as the conscience of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company—a widow shouldering responsibility for the many deaths caused by the rifle that brought her riches. She was accused of being a ghost-obsessed spiritualist, and to this day it is largely believed that the extensive construction she executed on her San José house was done to appease the ghouls around her. But was she really as guilt-ridden and superstitious as history remembers her? When Winchester’s home was purchased after her death, it was transformed into a tourist attraction. The bizarre, sprawling mansion and the enigmatic nature of Winchester’s life were exaggerated by the new owners to generate publicity for their business. But as the mansion has become more widely known, the person of Winchester has receded from reality, and she is only remembered for squandering her riches to ward off disturbed spirits. Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune demystifies the life of this unique American. In the first full-length biography of Winchester, author and historian Mary Jo Ignoffo unearths the truth about this notorious eccentric, revealing that she was not a maddened spiritualist driven by remorse but an intelligent, articulate woman who sought to protect her private life amidst the chaos of her public existence. The author takes readers through Winchester’s several homes, explores her private life, and, by excerpting from personal correspondence, gives the heiress a voice for the first time since her death. Ignoffo’s research reveals that Winchester’s true financial priority was not dissipating her fortune on the mansion in San José but investing it for a philanthropic legacy. For too long Sarah Winchester has existed as a ghost herself—a woman whose existence lies somewhere between the facts of her life and a set of sensationalized recollections of who she may have been. Captive of the Labyrinth finally puts to rest the myths about this remarkable woman, and, in the process, uncovers the legacy she intended to leave behind.

Fortune's Captive

Fortune's Captive
A Book

by Elizabeth Turner

  • Publisher : Penguin Adult HC/TR
  • Release : 1991
  • Pages : 325
  • ISBN : 9781557734877
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Early English Poetry, Ballads, and Popular Literature of the Middle Ages

Early English Poetry, Ballads, and Popular Literature of the Middle Ages
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1845
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Publications of the Surtees Society

Publications of the Surtees Society
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1843
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Ladies' and Gentlemen's Mirror of Fortune: Or, The Analysis of Life

The Ladies' and Gentlemen's Mirror of Fortune: Or, The Analysis of Life
A Book

by Caroline M. Mersereau

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1860
  • Pages : 346
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Fortune and Romance

Fortune and Romance
Boiardo in America

by Jo Ann Cavallo,Charles Stanley Ross

  • Publisher : Mrts
  • Release : 1998
  • Pages : 371
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Dramas: Tragic, Comic, and Legendary

Dramas: Tragic, Comic, and Legendary
A Book

by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1853
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Poems

Poems
A Book

by Edward Quillinan

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1853
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Shakespeare Phrase Book

The Shakespeare Phrase Book
A Book

by John Bartlett

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1880
  • Pages : 1034
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The fortunes of Hector O'Halloran, and his man Mark Antony O'Toole

The fortunes of Hector O'Halloran, and his man Mark Antony O'Toole
A Book

by William Hamilton Maxwell

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1850
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Agamemnon of Aeschylus

The Agamemnon of Aeschylus
A Book

by Aeschylus

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1919
  • Pages : 69
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Captive vigils, a poem

Captive vigils, a poem
A Book

by Captive vigils

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1834
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Catalogue of Ancient and Modern Coins and Medals, in Gold, Silver and Copper

A Catalogue of Ancient and Modern Coins and Medals, in Gold, Silver and Copper
Offered for Sale at the Prices Affixed

by Lincoln, W. S. & son, London

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1861
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine
A Book

by Thomas Guthrie

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1867
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The fortunes of Nigel. Peveril of the peak

The fortunes of Nigel. Peveril of the peak
A Book

by Sir Walter Scott

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1856
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Talisman of Good Fortune and Other Stories from Rural Bhutan

The Talisman of Good Fortune and Other Stories from Rural Bhutan
A Book

by Rinzin Rinzin

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 156
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Oppressed Captive. Being an Historical Novel, Deduced from the Distresses of Real Life, in an ... Account of the ... Sufferings of C. S. Nugenius, Now Under Confinement in the Fleet Prison, Etc

The Oppressed Captive. Being an Historical Novel, Deduced from the Distresses of Real Life, in an ... Account of the ... Sufferings of C. S. Nugenius, Now Under Confinement in the Fleet Prison, Etc
A Book

by Robert Nugent

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1757
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Brigand Captive

The Brigand Captive
Or, Gipsy Queen...

by Hugh De Normand

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1854
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Captive Chains

Captive Chains
A Book

by Sonya Pelton

  • Publisher : Zebra Books
  • Release : 1988-03
  • Pages : 444
  • ISBN : 9780821723043
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When nineteen-year-old Shaina Hill moves west to teach school in the Washington Territory, she meets and falls in love with her new employer, rugged rancher Travis Cordell

Virgil's Aeneid

Virgil's Aeneid
A Book

by Virgil

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1887
  • Pages : 319
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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