Inman, Arthur Crew ___ 1895-1963 ___ American ___ n/a

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Inman grew up in Atlanta but seems to have had some kind of serious breakdown at 21. He moved to Boston, where he became increasingly obsessed with his health. He lived for much of his life in dark, soundproofed apartments. Having inherited wealth meant he was able to afford his hypochondria and other eccentric ways, as well as servants and people hired specially to come and talk to him. His wife, Evelyn, appears to have accepted that he would have sex with some of these so-called 'talkers'. He attempted suicide on several occasions, and finally succeeded with a revolver in 1863. Inman was also obsessive about his diaries which he hoped would bring him immortality. Inman's diary is not only considered unique by some but has been called 'the most remarkable diary ever published by an American'.An edited version of the 155 volumes, with over 17 million words, was painstakingly put together by Professor Daniel Aaron; and, Lorenzo DeStefano has used the diaries for a play and a film about the man.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1919-1963 ___ domestic health love/sex self

WEB TEXT LINKS
taped diary extract
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ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
Harvard University, Houghton Library

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
The Inman Diary: A Public and Private Confession
From a Darkened Room: The Inman Diary
 

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