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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

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

About the Author

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY. His many books include Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography, winner of the Bancroft Prize, and Beneath the American Renaissance, winner of the Christian Gauss Award.

Kimberly R. Gladman teaches English at New York University.

Table of Contents

Note on the Textslv
Venus in Boston: A Romance of City Life
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
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

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