A Pickpocket's Tale
The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York
By (author) Timothy J. Gilfoyle
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Pickpocket's Tale by Timothy J. Gilfoyle
Book DescriptionIn George Appo's world, child pickpockets swarmed the crowded streets, addicts drifted in furtive opium dens, and expert swindlers worked the lucrative green-goods game. On a good night Appo made as much as a skilled laborer made in a year. Bad nights left him with more than a dozen scars and over a decade in prisons from the Tombs and Sing Sing to the Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he reunited with another inmate, his father. The child of Irish and Chinese immigrants, Appo grew up in the notorious Five Points and Chinatown neighborhoods. He rose as an exemplar of the "good fellow," a criminal who relied on wile, who followed a code of loyalty even in his world of deception. Here is the underworld of the New York that gave us Edith Wharton, Boss Tweed, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393329896
(208mm x 140mm x 30mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 14-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Timothy J. Gilfoyle
Harlem, Hardback (January 2014)
For more than a century, Harlem has been the epicenter of black America, the celebrated heart of African American life and culture - but it has also been a byword for the problems that have long plagued inner-city neighborhoods: poverty, crime, violence, disinvestment, and decay. This title offers an unprecedented record of urban change.
Flash Press, Paperback (April 2008)
Including short tales of urban life, editorials on prostitution, and moralizing rants against homosexuality, this work presents selections that epitomize a distinct form of urban journalism. Providing an overview of this colorful reportage, its editors, and its audience, it examines nineteenth-century ideas of sexuality and freedom.
Millennium Park, Hardback (September 2006)
Chicago's Millennium Park is hailed as one of the most important millennium projects in the world. This is a biography of this phenomenal undertaking, beginning before 1850 when the site of the park was part of Lake Michigan. This is also a study of the globalization of art, the use of culture as an engine of economic expansion, and more.
City of Eros, Paperback (May 1994)» View all books by Timothy J. Gilfoyle
Winner of the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians and the New York State Historical Association Manuscript Prize.
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Author Biography - Timothy J. Gilfoyle
Timothy J. Gilfoyle is an acclaimed historian. His first book, City of Eros, won the prestigious Nevins Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians. He is professor of history at Loyola University in Chicago.
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