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Release of the Soul

Release of the Soul, Greg Hildebrandt
Release of the Soul

Greg Hildebrandt
16 X 22 inches


From Greg Hildebrandt's illustrated book featuring Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," published by Unicorn Publishing in 1986. Created by Greg Hildebrandt for his Edgar Allan Poe book titled, "Poe."

For those who do not know this short story, it is infamous for creating a stir in the scientific community at its time of publication in 1845. Poe wrote such a convincing story that when it was published, people did not know if it was truth or fiction. Poe eventually admitted that the story was fiction, but it certainly held its reputation.

The story is of a man named Ernest Valdemar, a friend of the narrator, who agrees to be part of an experiment in mesmerism in a way that it has never been done–at the time of Valdemar's death. After the narrator successfully suspends his friend in a state between life and death for 7 months, there is an attempt to re awaken Valdemar. It does not go well...

Created in 1986.
Graphite and white pencil on gray paper.
Signed by Greg Hildebrandt.