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The Fall of the House of Walworth: A Tale of Madness and Murder in Gilded Age America

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The Walworth family was the very symbol of virtue and distinction for decades, rising to prominence as part of the splendor of New Yorks aristocracy. When Frank Walworth travels to New York to “settle a family difficulty” by shooting his father at point blank range, his family must reveal their inner demons in a spectacular trial to save him from execution. The resulting testimony exposes a legacy of mania and abuse, and the stately reputation of the family crumbles in a Gothic drama which the New York Tribune called “sensational to the last degree.”

The Fall of the House of Walworth gives us both the intimate history of a family torn apart by violent obsessions, and a rich portrait of the American social worlds in which they moved. In the tradition of Edith Wharton, this is a riveting true story which “rival[s] the most extravagant Gothic novels of the day” (The Chicago Tribune).

About the Author

GEOFFREY OBRIEN is a poet, editor, and cultural historian. He is editor in chief for the Library of America. His other nonfiction books include Hardboiled America, Dreamtime, The Times Square Story, Red Sky Café, and Sonata for Jukebox. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312577148
Author:
Obrien, Geoffrey
Publisher:
Griffin
Author:
O'Brien, Geoffrey
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Murder - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
one 8-page photograph insert
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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History and Social Science » Americana » New York
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