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Famous Impostors

was Bram Stoker's fifth and final book of nonfiction. The book deals with the exposing of various impostors and hoaxes. It was first published in 1910 in the UK by Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd., London, and in the US by Sturgis & Walton Company, New York. It has been reprinted several times over the years. Photographs of the book's UK and US covers are available here.


This book contains ten chapters which are as follows:

  • Pretenders
  • Practitioners of Magic
  • The Wandering Jew
  • John Law
  • Witchcraft and Clairvoyance
  • Arthur Orton
  • Women as Men
  • Hoaxes, etc
  • Chevalier d'Eon
  • The Bisley Boy
  • Periodical publication

    An illustrated summary of the chapter "X. The Bisley Boy" was published in the magazine sections of at least seven newspapers across the US under the title "Was Queen Elizabeth a Man?"

    On February 19, 1911 it appeared in:

  • Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio
  • The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado
  • The Lima Daily News, Lima, Ohio
  • The New Orleans Item, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The San Antonio Light and Gazette, San Antonio, Texas
  • On February 26, 1911 it appeared in:
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas
  • The Seattle Daily Times, Seattle, Washington
  • Availability
    This book is available as a:
  • Free PDF download (US hardcover edition)
  • The summary is available as a:
  • Free PDF download (The Seattle Daily Times)
  • It can also be purchased online as a:
  • Paperback Famous Impostors
  • Newspaper image

    The Seattle Daily Times, February 26, 1911

    The Seattle Daily Times, Seattle, February 26, 1911


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