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''Venus in Boston'' and Other Tales of Nineteenth-Century City Life / Edition 1
     

''Venus in Boston'' and Other Tales of Nineteenth-Century City Life / Edition 1

by George Thompson, David S. Reynolds, Kimberly Gladman Jackson, Kimberly R. Gladman
 

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ISBN-10: 1558493263

ISBN-13: 9781558493261

Pub. Date: 09/30/2002

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

This book reprints for the first time since the 1850s three short works by George Thompson (1823--c. 1873), one of antebellum America's most successful and prolific authors of sensational fiction. Beginning in the 1840s, he wrote stories for sporting papers like Life in Boston and New York, edited the humorous New York weekly The Broadway Belle, and contributed

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This book reprints for the first time since the 1850s three short works by George Thompson (1823--c. 1873), one of antebellum America's most successful and prolific authors of sensational fiction. Beginning in the 1840s, he wrote stories for sporting papers like Life in Boston and New York, edited the humorous New York weekly The Broadway Belle, and contributed regularly to the sexually explicit Venus' Miscellany. He also published dozens of novels, most of which were set in Northeastern cities. His writing blends entertainment and social protest, combining commentary on such issues as urbanization, poverty, race, and class with some of the era's most shocking depictions of sex and violence.

The three works in this volume offer a rich representative sample of Thompson's writing. The two novels -- Venus in Boston and City Crimes -- depict the American city as a place of dark mystery, bawdy humor, and near-universal corruption peopled with con artists and criminals of all kinds. In each novel, a complex narrative structure interweaves multiple stories of exploited labor, abuse of power, seduction, intrigue, and crime. Thompson's autobiography, My Life, presents the author's life in terms nearly as lively as his fiction.

Thompson's zestful, unconventional writings fly in the face of the stereotypical view of Victorian America as straitlaced and sentimental. Ideal for use as a classroom text, this new edition includes a scholarly introduction and an extensive bibliography.

University of Massachusetts Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558493261
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
09/30/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
825,601
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introductionix
Note on the Textslv
Venus in Boston: A Romance of City Life
Introduction3
Chapter I.The blind Basket-maker and his family3
Chapter II.Innocence in the Grip of Lust7
Chapter III.The Rescue17
Chapter IV.A night in Ann street20
Chapter V.The Chevalier and the Duchess52
Chapter VI.The Stolen Package75
Chapter VII.Showing the operations of Jew Mike90
Chapter VIII.The Chambers of Love98
City Crimes: Or Life in New York and Boston
Chapter I.A Young Gentleman of Wealth and Fashion107
Chapter II.The Courtezan's story112
Chapter III.Domestic Troubles119
Chapter IV.A Fashionable Lady124
Chapter V.A Thieves' Crib on the Five Points128
Chapter VI.The Dark Vaults132
Chapter VII.The false wife137
Chapter VIII.The Subterranean Cellar147
Chapter IX.The Masquerade Ball156
Chapter X.The Amours of Josephine168
Chapter XI.The Condemnation to Death172
Chapter XII.Showing how the Dead Man escaped178
Chapter XIII.The African and his Mistress186
Chapter XIV.A Glimpse of the Crimes192
Chapter XV.Showing the pranks played204
Chapter XVI.Showing the Voluptuous Revellings212
Chapter XVII.Illustrating the truth of the proverb219
Chapter XVIII.The Dead Man's story227
Chapter XIX.Showing how Mrs. Belmont was pursued232
Chapter XX.Frank Sydney in the Power of his Enemies236
Chapter XXI.Josephine and Mrs. Franklin239
Chapter XXII.Showing the Desperate and Bloody Combat249
Chapter XXIII.Showing how Sydney was tortured255
Chapter XXIV.The Marriage259
Chapter XXV.Servants' Frolics268
Chapter XXVI.Scene on Boston Common273
Chapter XXVII.The Ruined Rector281
Chapter XXVIII.The Disguised Husband286
Chapter XXIX.Wherein one of the Characters295
Chapter XXX.Showing that a man should never marry304
Conclusion309
My Life: Or the Adventures of Geo. Thompson
Introduction: In which the author defineth his position313
Chapter I.In which I begin to Acquire a Knowledge315
Chapter II.In which I become a Printer325
Chapter III.In which is enacted a bloody tragedy331
Chapter IV.In which I set forth upon my travels339
Chapter V.I encountered a lady acquaintance344
Chapter VI.In which is introduced a celebrated Comedian354
Chapter VII.A deed of blood and horror359
Chapter VIII.An Escape, and a Triumph363
Chapter IX.An accident366
Chapter X.Six weeks in Leverett Street Jail369
Chapter XI."The Uncles and Nephews."371
Conclusion: My Parting Bow377
Bibliography379

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