The Story of Chicago May

The Story of Chicago May

Book - 2005
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Penguin Putnam
The story of a female outlaw like no other in history-by the acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Legend says that May was tall with red-gold hair and big blue eyes, compellingly attractive to men. At nineteen, she stole her family's savings and ran away from home in rural Ireland to America where she worked as a confidence trickster, a thief, a showgirl, and a prostitute, notorious as much for her violence as for her diamond rings. The tabloids would dub her "The Queen of the Underworld." Reaching across the decades for points of connection, Nuala O'Faolain brings sympathetic scrutiny to the understanding of an outlaw experience like no other.

Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the legendary woman outlaw describes her childhood in post-famine Ireland, work as a confidence trickster and grifter in America, love affair with a big-league criminal, successful robbery of Paris's American Express, imprisonment, and later years. By the author of Are You Somebody? Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2005
ISBN: 9781594482175
Characteristics: 307 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm


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