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The girl on the velvet swing [sound recording] : sex, murder, and madness at the dawn of the twentieth century / Simon Baatz.

Baatz, Simon, (author.). Lakin, Christine, 1979- (narrator.). Blackstone Audio, Inc. (Added Author). Recorded Books, Inc. (Added Author).

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Macon County Public Library CDBOOK 364.152 B (Text) 39493108362643 Adult Audiobook Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781549140211
  • Physical Description: 10 sound discs (10 hr., 30 min.) : digital, 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audio, [2018]

Content descriptions

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In container (17 cm.).
Title from container.
Compact disc.
"Includes a PDF of photographs"
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrated by Christine Lakin.
Summary, etc.:
From New York Times bestselling author Simon Baatz, the first comprehensive account of the murder that made the Gilded Age-and of the trial that shocked the world. In 1901, Evelyn Nesbit, the pin-up girl and penniless young actress, dined with Stanford White, the legendary architect whose works defined the New York landscape, at his 24th St. apartment. Evelyn drank champagne and was dazzled by a tour of White's decadent rooms, which included a sumptuous velvet couch swing on which Evelyn played. Evelyn was given more champagne, and lost consciousness. She woke, nearly naked, in bed next to White. White was 47 years old. Evelyn Nesbit was just 16. Four years later, tarnished by the air of impropriety that in those days surrounded a lowly career in the theater, Evelyn would marry Harry Thaw, a playboy millionaire rumored to be mentally unstable, and in whom she confided the story of her encounter with Stanford White. One night in 1906, a vengeful Thaw shot and killed White before hundreds of theater-goers during a performance at Madison Square Garden - a venue designed by none other than White himself. The city - and the nation that looked to it - erupted with news of the murder and ensuing trial, then the most sensational scandal in history: one so sordid that President Teddy Roosevelt himself would try and stop the press from covering it. But the murder of Stanford White stood for far more than tabloid scandal. Evelyn's shocking testimony would propel her to an uneasy stardom, an uncertain fortune, and send the case before the Supreme Court. Filled with the glamor, jealousy, and danger of the Gilded Age, The Girl on the Velvet Swing is an immersive, richly detailed look at an America dominated by men of outsize fortunes, and at the women whose lives depended on them.
Subject: White, Stanford, 1853-1906.
Nesbit, Evelyn, 1884-1967.
Thaw, Harry Kendall, 1871-1947.
Murder > New York (State) > New York > Case studies.
Trials (Murder) > New York (State) > New York > Case studies.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
Genre: Audiobooks.

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