Charles Lotin Hildreth

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Charles Lotin Hildreth
Born 28 August 1856(1856-08-28) [1]
New York City, New York
Died 12 August 1896 (39)
Southampton Town, Suffolk Co., New York
Alma mater College of the City of New York
Known for Edward Mordake

Charles Lotin Hildreth (August 28, 1856 - August 12, 1896) was an American dentist, poet, and author. Widely published as a poet during his lifetime, Hildreth is most noted today as the "lay source" of the story of Edward Mordake, an Englishman who was host to a parasitic female twin on the back of his head that tormented him to the point he committed suicide, first included as part of a news story that was published in many American newspapers during December 1895 and later reprinted as a matter of well-known fact by Gould and Pyle in their 1897 book Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine.

Selected Bibliography


  1. Sladen, Douglas, ed. (1891), "CHARLES LOTIN HILDRETH", Younger American Poets (1830-1890), New York: Cassell, p. 319,, "Born in New York, 28th August 1856; graduated at the College of the City of New York. Author of Oo, The New Symphony, Judith, The Masque of Death (Belford Company, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, 1889)."