Low Life Lures and Snares of Old New York

ISBN-10: 0374528993

ISBN-13: 9780374528997

Edition: N/A

Authors: Luc Sante

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Luc Sante's Low Life is a portrait of America's greatest city, the riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity. This is not the familiar saga of mansions, avenues, and robber barons, but the messy, turbulent, often murderous story of the city's slums; the teeming streets--scene of innumerable cons and crimes whose cramped and overcrowded housing is still a prominent feature of the cityscape. Low Life voyages through Manhattan from four different directions. Part One examines the actual topography of Manhattan from 1840 to 1919; Part Two, the era's opportunities for vice and entertainment--theaters and saloons, opium and cocaine dens, gambling and prostitution; Part Three investigates the forces of law and order which did and didn't work to contain the illegalities; Part Four counterposes the city's tides of revolt and idealism against the city as it actually was. Low Life provides an arresting and entertaining view of what New York was actually like in its salad days. But it's more than simpy a book about New York. It's one of the most provocative books about urban life ever written--an evocation of the mythology of the quintessential modern metropplois, which has much to say not only about New York's past but about the present and future of all cities.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 11/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Luc Sante is the author ofLow Life,Evidence, andThe Factory of Facts. He teaches at Bard College and lives in New York.

Landscape
The Body
Home
Streets
Sporting Life
The Lights
Saloon Culture
Hop
Chance
The Lost Sisterhood
The Arm
Gangland
Coppers
The Tiger
Sainthood
Rubberneckers
The Invisible City
Orphans
The Drift
Bohemia
Carnival
Night
Afterword
A Note on Sources
Notes
Index
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