Madison Square tragedy : the murder of Stanford White, 25 June 1906

by Geary, Rick,

Format: Print Book 2013
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Stanford White is one of New York's most famous architects, having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in. When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl he knows he's on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this entry in his series recounting historical murder cases, Geary tackles an infamous crime that scandalized New York City in 1901: the shooting of celebrated architect Stanford White by a decadent young millionaire, Harry Thaw, to avenge the honor of his wife, showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, who had an affair with White before their marriage. Geary chronicles the lives of the principals White's impressive architectural achievements and decadent playboy lifestyle, Nesbit's modeling and theatrical career, and Thaw's mental illness and drug use before recounting the fatal night when their paths converged and White was gunned down in the rooftop theater of his best-known structure, Madison Square Garden. The tragedy was compounded by a series of trials that spawned sensationalized newspaper coverage, generating a notoriety that persists to this day. Geary's old-fashioned black-and-white line drawings, vividly evoking the turn-of-the-century milieu, and his reliance on text-heavy captions as a sort of voice-over impart a documentary air to his thoroughly researched account. A standout entry in Geary's consistently fascinating true-crime series.--Flagg, Gordon Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "If Nancy Grace had been around in 1906, she would have covered the murder of Stanford White, an architect of many of New York City's greatest landmarks. White was shot that year by psychopathic rich boy Harry Thaw, because of a previous affair that White had with Evelyn Nesbit, a famous model, who later became involved with Thaw. A media sensation of the day, Nesbit graced the covers of magazines, and eventually began performing on Broadway. In Geary's account, neither White nor Thaw comes off as upright citizens. When Thaw's attention falls onto Evelyn, he pursues her relentlessly until she marries him. When he discovers that White slept with her, he becomes enraged, torturing and raping Evelyn, and obsessing over how to destroy White. At first glance, Geary's artwork appears stiff, almost sterile, but as the story unfolds, the line work captures the strangeness and excesses of the era's wealthy. As with previous entries in Geary's series of graphic novels books exploring famous murders, this is a steady and enthralling account of White's murder which also provides an impressive narrative of Nesbit's ability to survive in a world of men trying to control her and bend her to their wills. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Geary, Rick. Treasury of XXth century murder.
Subjects Nesbit, Evelyn, -- 1884-1967 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
White, Stanford, -- 1853-1906 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Thaw, Harry Kendall, -- 1871-1947 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Homicide -- New York (State) -- New York -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Murder -- New York (State) -- New York -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :NBM Comics Lit,2013
Language English
Description 80 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781561637621 (hardcover)
1561637629 (hardcover)
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