Deborah Cohen

Deborah Cohen teaches history at Northwestern University in Illinois. She is the author of Family Secrets: The Things We Tried to Hide.

A Vast Masquerade: Dr James Barry

Deborah Cohen, 2 March 2017

In the category​ of premeditated deceit, imposture is for the real gamblers because it demands the broadest array of accomplices or dupes. If you’re pretending to be someone else, you can’t just fool your spouse or your child or your creditors. You have either to fool all of the people all of the time, or persuade them to collude with you. Bram Stoker, who made a literary career...

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