A Pickpocket's Tale

A Pickpocket's Tale

The Underworld of Nineteenth-century New York

Book - 2006
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WW Norton
In 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.
"A remarkable tale."—Chicago Tribune

Baker & Taylor
A portrait of professional con man and underworld figure George Appo traces his childhood in the notorious Five Points and Chinatown neighborhoods, his incarcerations in such prisons as the Tombs and Sing Sing, and his stint in the Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he was reunited with his inmate father.

Norton Pub
In 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.
"A remarkable tale."—Chicago Tribune

Book News
Gilfoyle (history, Loyola U., Chicago) profiles one of 19th-century New York's most significant criminals: George Appo, a pickpocket, confidence man, and opium addict who lived off his criminal activities during his teenage years and much of his adult life, and during the 1870s and 1880s would take as much in a single night as a skilled manual laborer earned in a year. He puts his career in the context of the exploding crime and response to it in the city between the 1840s and the 1890s. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393061901
0393061906
Branch Call Number: 364.162 GIL
Characteristics: xvii, 460 p. :,ill., map, ports. ;,25 cm.

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