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Author Information: Abraham Merritt

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1864 - 1943
Began his career in newspapers. Started as a reporter in 1902 for the Philadelphia Inquirer and moved up to the night city editor position. In 1911, Merritt went to work as associate editor for The American Weekly. After 26 years on that job, the editor, Morrill Goddard died, and William Randolph Hearst appointed Merritt to take his place. Thru the years, Merritt edited by day and wrote by night.

Two notable works were Face in the Abyss and The Ship of Ishtar. 1933's Burn, Witch, Burn! was adapted as the film Devil-Doll in 1936.

Merritt also loved exotic plants, especially rare and poisonous ones. He maintained a garden at his home. He had journeyed to Central America in early manhood and became familiar with the effects of plants in the jungle. Among Merritt's prizes were mandrake, monkshood, and datura along with Peruvian daffodils, Mexican shell lilies, and African trumpets. Merritt wrote articles on botany.



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