DARK LEGEND - A STUDY IN MURDER [INSCRIBED BY WERTHAM TO EVALYN MCLEAN]
by Wertham, Frederic
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1941. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Octavo, 270 pages; VG-/none; bound in black cloth, red lettering to spine; spine cocked; slight age-toning to pages; INSCRIBED on ffep from Frederic Wertham to Evalyn McLean, dated November 1941; shelved case 10. Evalyn Walsh McLean (1886-1947) was an American mining heiress and socialite who was famous for being the last private owner of the 45-carat (9.0 g) Hope Diamond (which was bought in 1911 for $180,000 from Pierre Cartier), and wife of Beale "Ned" McLean (1889-1941), the publisher and owner of The Washington Post newspaper from 1916 until 1933. Fredric Wertham (1895-1981) was a German-American psychiatrist and author. Despite an early reputation as a progressive psychiatrist who treated poor black patients when mental health services for blacks were uncommon, his founding of the Lafargue Clinic, which provided low-cost psychiatric services, his authorship of a definitive textbook on the brain, and the usage of his institutional stressor findings in Brown v. Board of Education, Wertham remains best known for his concerns about the effects of violent imagery in mass media and the effects of comic books on the development of children. Wertham's best-known book is Seduction of the Innocent (1954), which asserted that comic books caused youth to become delinquents. Wertham's criticisms of comic books helped spark a U.S. Congressional inquiry into the comic book industry and the creation of the Comics Code, although later scholars would cast doubt on his claims. Shelved Dupont Bookstore.
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