Scalawags

Scalawags

Rogues, Roustabouts, Wags & Scamps-- Brazen Ne'er-do-wells Through the Ages

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In these pages you will encounter gamblers and adventurers, conmen and conwomen, rodomontades and ragamuffins, outright fools and outrageous liars. Scalawags, the lot of them.

But you can be an adventurer, a conman or conwoman, a fool, liar, gambler, rodomontade or ragamuffin and not be a scalawag. Many adventurers are not even interesting, come to think of it, let alone scalawags. There is an ineffable quality, an indefinable something or other that sets some people apart, places them in the special category that Jim Christy calls "scalawag." You might call them something else—nuts, perhaps. And quite frankly in many instances—George Francis Train, for instance, or Louis De Rougemont—you'd probably be right. But likewise you don't have to be a crackpot to be a scalawag—Two Gun Cohen, for instance, or Lady Jane Digby.

What you have to be is outrageous with a bit of what Andre Malraux, an adventurer and liar, perhaps(but not a scalawag) designated, in reviving an old French word, farfelu. It means that you are willing to risk everything, whether on a grand or small scale, on the craziest of schemes, the wildest of notions.



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Literary Nonfiction. In these pages you will encounter gamblers and adventurers, conmen and conwomen, rodomontades and ragamuffins, outright fools and outrageous liars. SCALAWAGS, the lot of them. But you can be an adventurer, a conman or conwoman, a fool, liar, gambler, rodomontade or ragamuffin and not be a scalawag. Many adventurers are not even interesting, come to think of it, let alone scalawags. There is an ineffable quality, an indefinable something or other that sets some people apart, places them in the special category that Jim Christy calls "scalawag." You might call them something else; nuts, perhaps. And quite frankly in many instances—George Francis Train, for instance, or Louis De Rougemont—you'd probably be right. In 2008, it was a CBC Radio Toronto pick for one of the best nonfiction books of year.

Publisher: Vancouver : Anvil Press Pub., c2008
ISBN: 9781895636949
1895636949
Branch Call Number: 364.10922 CHR
Characteristics: 222 p. :,ill., ports. ;,23 cm.

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