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Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White (Treasury of XXth Century Murder) [Kindle Edition]

Rick Geary
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Bringing to life turn-of-the-century New York and the scintillating career of one of its most famous architects, as well as the vices that cost him his life, this true-crime graphic novel tells the story of one of the most scandalous murders of the times. Stanford White was one of New York’s most famous architects, having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden; his influence on New York’s look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent: he had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with a red velvet swing. When he met Evelyn Nesbit—an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson’s drawing The Eternal Question and later for the movie The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing—he knew he was on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually married a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who developed a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her.

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“No season would be complete without the latest in Rick Geary’s ongoing series of 20th-century murders: with elegant, unsettling penwork, Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White tells the notorious story of architect Stanford White, who was murdered by a jealous husband in a theater atop the original Madison Square Garden. Expect his usual tongue-in-cheek tone.” —Publishers Weekly

"To be able to share Madison Square Tragedy, a shining example of the possibilities of the comic medium—with those who would not necessarily approach a comic book—is a triumph." —Jenny Randle, New York Journal of Books

"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 voiceover impart a documentary air to his thoroughly researched account. A standout entry in Geary’s consistently fascinating true-crime series." —Gordon Flagg, Booklist

"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." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Rick Geary is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator. He has worked for Marvel Entertainment Group, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Heavy Metal magazine, and has contributed to National Lampoon and the New York Times Book Review. He is the author of the A Treasury of Victorian Murder series and the Treasury of XXth Century Murder series. He lives in Carrizozo, New Mexico.

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  • File Size: 54626 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: NBM Publishing (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FO80SOG
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody was Innocent December 5, 2013
On the evening of June 25th, 1906, celebrated architect Stanford White was shot in the face at point-blank range by Harry Thaw in the roof garden theater at Madison Square Garden, allegedly in vengeance over the stolen innocence of Thaw's wife, Evelyn Nesbit. The tawdry triangle, the "crime of the century," captured the imaginations of reporters and readers alike. In reality, nobody's innocence had been stolen. White, Thaw, and Nesbit were all opportunists in varying degrees of ruthlessness. Rick Geary's graphic retelling of the murder, from its preamble to its aftermath, reveals much that is lurid and nothing that is defensible.

Evelyn Nesbit came from an insecure and frequently impoverished family; modeling for photographers and artists--including Charles Dana Gibson--eventually elevated her to the Broadway stage, where she caught the roving eye of Stanford White, who talent as an architect was matched only by his life as a wastrel lecher. Adding the spark of combustion to this triangle was Harry Thaw, a wealthy young idler with an unstable mind and an eye for women. Evelyn may have been drawn into their company by accident, but she made no effort to disassociate herself from their venereal and lucrative attentions. Eventually, she married Harry Thaw, setting the stage for Thaw's explosive encounter with his perceived rival.

Rick Geary's treatment of the various threads of this case clarify the movements of the principal characters of this drama. While the depictions may seem cold and analytical, this is precisely what is called for in a case that has been tinged with so much melodrama and misplaced sentiment. The lesson here may be that sometimes there is no "good guy." Geary's story begins with the New York City skyline and ends with three tombstones, which is most likely as much justice as will ever be dispensed in this case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scandal, Murder & Decadence December 1, 2013
What can I say? Another fine entry in Geary's Murders series. This one is slightly different in that there is no mystery here. I've read all the other books in both these series and as far as I can recall each of those had at least some element of either not knowing who the killer was or a lasting doubt as to whether the guilty/not guilty verdict was in fact the truth; or simply that the killer(s) got away with it. In this high-profile case, there was no question as to the murderer as he committed it in public and 'fessed up immediately. This is the story of how that murder came to be, the scandal that surrounded it and the stories of the lives of the three participants from birth to when they became inseparably tied to this scandalous murder. I had heard of Evelyn Nesbit and the scandalous life she lead, that she had been "the woman" in a murder of passion but really didn't know much more about this case. I love the way Geary tells the story starting with one person's birth up until he meets the next person, then that person's story until she meets the third person and finally that persons story from the beginning until all three are wrapped up in the same tale. This is one of my favourite time periods, the very early 1900s, and any murder involving decadence and wild sex stories was sure to capture the country's attention. Usual brilliant Geary art par excellance, needs no further description. I'd read a phone book illustrated by the man! My only complaint? The long wait till Geary's next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great effort! November 19, 2013
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As always, Geary's delightful artwork enhances a well-researched crime tale. As in many cases involving celebrities, there's really no happy legal endings for the participants but the story, the injustices it chronicles and the era it takes place in are given vivid life by Geary's non sensational approach and objective authorial voice. Geary's done well over a dozen of these tales of murder and every single one is worth reading and owning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michelangelo of historical murder comics March 27, 2014
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Rick Geary can do no wrong. He is the Michelangelo of historical murder comics, an absolute national treasure. Let's hope he continues to chronicle these stories in his unique method far on into this century.
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