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DECLINE AND FALL

J. Matthew Gallman

in America's Joan of Arc

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195161458
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788798 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161458.003.0009
 DECLINE AND FALL

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As 1883 ended, Anna Elizabeth Dickinson again found a haven in Chicago's Palmer House Hotel, short on funds, physically and emotionally drained, and with no clear direction. For five months she remained in the city that had become one of her favorite sanctuaries, while gradually depleting her limited savings by staying at one of Chicago's more luxurious hotels. As was so often the case, Dickinson devoted her energies to various schemes for earning a living. In the meantime, she sent depressing letters home complaining of neuralgia in her shoulder and general despair. Worse, Dickinson's circle of friends and correspondents shrunk as she gradually settled into a life of quiet obscurity. She began drinking alcohol, although it is debatable whether her alcohol consumption had turned into true alcohol abuse. Dickinson was also accused of being insane, culminating in her confinement — against her will — to Pennsylvania's State Hospital for the Insane at Danville.

Keywords: Anna Elizabeth Dickinson; Palmer House Hotel; United States; Danville; public speaking

Chapter.  10178 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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