Evelyn Nesbit and the "Trial of the Century": Background information when reading A Death of No Importance

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A Death of No Importance

A Mystery

by Mariah Fredericks

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A Death of No Importance by Mariah Fredericks
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Evelyn Nesbit and the "Trial of the Century"

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Evelyn NesbitFor her novel, A Death of No Importance, Mariah Fredericks borrows heavily from the story of Evelyn Nesbit and the violence that surrounded her life. What exactly happened to Evelyn Nesbit and how did she come to be a part of the "Trial of the Century" as it later came to be known?

Nesbit was born Florence Evelyn Nesbit on December 25, 1884, in Tarentum, a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. However, her actual year of birth remains unconfirmed; her real year of birth may have been 1886. In later years, Nesbit confirmed that her mother at times added several years to her age in order to circumvent child labor laws. She was raised in extreme poverty after the death of her father. Although her mother and brother tried to make ends meet, it was Evelyn who became the primary breadwinner for the family when she was discovered at age 14 for her extraordinary beauty. She quickly went from an artists' model, to a professional model, gracing the covers of popular magazines such as...

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