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The Flash Press: Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s New York

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Obscene, libidinous, loathsome, lascivious. Those were just some of the ways critics described the nineteenth-century weeklies that covered and publicized New York City’s extensive sexual underworld. Publications like the Flash and the Whip—distinguished by a captivating brew of lowbrow humor and titillating gossip about prostitutes, theater denizens, and sporting events—w ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by University Of Chicago Press
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Jonathan
Sep 26, 2009 Jonathan rated it liked it
Interesting, but too much plain-vanilla narrative and too many questionable judgments.

This is a short study of four underground New York papers -- the Flash, the Whip, the Rake, and the Libertine -- that ran in New York City between 1841 and 1843. They were published primarily by William J. Snelling, George Washington Dixon, George Wilkes, George B. Wooldridge, and Thaddeus W. Meighan.

The authors never really establish the larger significance of the sexual underground they describe here. They s
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Delilah Marvelle
Jul 15, 2012 Delilah Marvelle rated it really liked it
The best part of this book was the actual newspaper snippets themselves. Too many parts of this book were a bit dry for my taste, more like a dissertation from a college paper, but the information in it was priceless and well worth reading for that alone.
Jen
Jan 24, 2009 Jen rated it it was ok
The authors have managed to turn this subject into a dry dissertation. Perhaps too many cooks? Incredibly well-researched, an interesting topic, but the original materials are the best part of the book.
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I read about this in the village voice. It looks hilarious and interesting...
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Patricia Cline Cohen is Professor of History and Acting Dean of the Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 1991 to 1996 she chaired the Women's Studies Program there. She is the author of A Calculating People: The Spread of Numeracy in Early America (1985) and of numerous articles and reviews, and a coauthor of The American Promise (1997).
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