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Exquisite Corpse: Surrealism and the Black Dahlia Murder

by Mark Nelson, Sarah Hudson Bayliss (Author)

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The “Black Dahlia” murder was the murder of 22-year old Elizabeth Short in LA in 1947. She was found with her body cut in half. The murder has never been solved, but George Hodel was one of the suspects at the time. This book illustrates the similarities between Elizabeth Short’s murdered body and surrealist art. Hodel was apparently connected to the art scene in LA around the time, as well as being a doctor.

I am more interested in the crime itself and not surrealist (weird!!!) art. There were plenty of photos in the book, of both surrealist art and the crime scene. The crime scene photos are pretty graphic, but the authors assure the reader that these are the least bad of the crime scene photos. The photos do show how closely her body does resemble plenty of surrealist art. There was a LOT more information than I ever wanted to know about surrealism and the artists themselves. The bulk of the book was really about the art and the artists and less about the crime. Despite me not really being interested in art history, the book mostly did hold my attention, so it’s an “ok” for me, but I’d really like to find more information on the murder itself where the book actually focuses on that. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jan 29, 2017 |
WARNING: there are very shocking photos in this novel. This book sets out to show the connections between Surrealist Art (a movement that flourished in the decades between world wars) and [b:the Black Dahlia|21704|The Black Dahlia|James Ellroy|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167323078s/21704.jpg|434] Murder. And show the connections it does. Very well. This reader's convinced. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0821258192, Hardcover)

Presenting the most compelling explanation yet for the bizarre nature of the Black Dahlia murder, this volume includes never-before published crime-scene photographs and links the alleged killer to a vast array of influential people.

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