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The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New Yor

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On August 26, 1835, a fledgling newspaper called the Sun brought to New York the first accounts of remarkable lunar discoveries. A series of six articles reported the existence of life on the moon—including unicorns, beavers that walked on their hind legs, and four-foot-tall flying man-bats. In a matter of weeks it was the most broadly circulated newspaper story of the era, and the Sun, a working-class upstart, became the most widely read paper in the world.

An exhilarating narrative history of a divided city on the cusp of greatness, and tale of a crew of writers, editors, and charlatans who stumbled on a new kind of journalism, The Sun and the Moon tells the surprisingly true story of the penny papers that made America a nation of newspaper readers.

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This work tells the delightful, entertaining, and surprisingly true story of how, in the summer of 1835, a series of articles in the "Sun" newspaper convinced the citizens of New York that the moon was inhabited. "The Sun and the Moon" offers the remarkable true story of the hoax that bewildered 19th-century America.

About the Author

Matthew Goodman‘s nonfiction writing has appeared in The Forward, The American Scholar, Harvard Review, Brills Content, and The Utne Reader. He is the author of Jewish Food: The World at Table. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465019007
Author:
Goodman, Matthew
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Media Studies - Print Media
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
yes
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in
Age Level:
14-UP

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History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
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