Gangsters and Gold Diggers: Old New York, the Jazz Age, and the Birth of Broadway

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In this rousing tribute to an unforgettable time and place, Jerome Charyn picks up where Gangs of New York left off and transports readers back to a swaggering, golden era in American life—the Roaring Twenties—when Broadway the street exploded into Broadway the legend. Charyn looks at the men and women who helped make the Big Street the most glamorous place on the planet, from Mae West to Fanny Brice, Legs Diamond to Irving Berlin, Scott Fitzgerald to Arnold Rothstein, and many more. In cinematic prose and numerous photographs, Charyn captures Broadway's vagabondage, outlaw culture, and self-mythologizing. He brings a rollicking, rough-and-tumble period in New York history to life—conjuring an intoxicating portrait of Jazz Age excess by examining the denizens of that greatest of all "staggering machine[s] of desire," the street known as Broadway.

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A legendary New York writer picks up where Gangs of New York left off and brings the guys and dolls of old Broadway to life...

Praise for Jerome Charyn:

"Charyn is a magician. He’s also sui generis. There isn’t another writer in America even remotely like him." —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

"Jerome Charyn has been recreating the absurdity, the frenzy and the menace of contemporary life, using wit and imagination and style to hold a threatening world at bay...a contemporary American Balzac." —New York Newsday

"Charyn has tamed his prose and makes it perform tricks. It’s a New York prose, street-smart, sly and full of lurches, like a series of subway stops on the way to hell." —New York Times

"The richest imagination in contemporary American letters." —Lawrence Block

"[Charyn’s] books constitute the highest kind of novelist art...absolutely unique among contemporary writers." —Los Angeles Times

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Jerome Charyn was born in the Bronx in 1937 and is the author of more than thirty books, including The Isaac Quartet, Sizzling Chops & Devilish Spins, and Metropolis: New York as Myth, Marketplace and Magical Land. He divides his time between New York and Paris.

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