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Paradise Square Paperback – June 1, 2001

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. . . impressively researched and skillfully written. -- Lawrence Peel Ashmead, Executive Editor, Harper Collins Publishers

A crackling good story told in the compelling, precise prose of a poet. -- Award citation by Walter Anderson, Chairman, CEO and Publisher, Parade Magazine

A modern blend of literary history and spunky humor that deserves its Frankfurt nod. -- Publishers Weekly, October 2000

About the Author

E.M. Schorb's most recent poetry collection is Murderer's Day, winner of the Verna Emery Poetry Prize and published by Purdue University Press (1998). His other books are 50 Poems, Hill House New York (1987) and The Poor Boy and Other Poems, Dragon's Teeth Press (1975) and Scenario for Scorsese, Denlinger's Publishers (2000).

His stories and poems have appeared in: The American Scholar; The Antigonish Review (Canada); The Beloit Poetry Journal; The Carolina Quarterly; The Chattahoochee Review; Chelsea; The Chicago Review; The Dark Horse (Scotland); Dramatists Guild Quarterly; The Formalist; Frank (France); Gallery (England); The Hollins Critic; Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine; The Kansas Quarterly; Keats Prize Poems (London Literary Editions, Ltd.); The Laurel Review, The Massachusetts Review; Negative Capability; New Letters; The New Welsh Review (Wales); Outposts (England); Outrider (Australia); Painted Bride Quarterly; Poetry Northwest; Prism International (Canada); Puerto Del Sol; Queen's Quarterly (Canada); The Roanoke Review; The Sewanee Review; The Southern Review; The Southern Humanities Review; The Southern Poetry Review; The Southwest Review; Stand (England); The Texas Review; The Wascana Review (Canada); Whiskey Island Magazine; The William and Mary Review; The Windsor Review (Canada); Writers Forum; The Xavier Review; and The Yale Review, among others.

Grants and Awards include:

Senior Fellowship in Literature, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center
Regional Artist Project Grant, North Carolina Arts Council
Fellowship in Literature, North Carolina Arts Council
Carnegie Fund for Authors
The Dramatists Guild
The Authors League Fund
Mystery Writers of America
The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation
The Verna Emery Poetry Prize, Purdue University Press
International Keats Poetry Prize, London Literary Editions, Ltd.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Denlingers Pub Ltd (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877147116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877147114
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,818,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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E.M. Schorb has written a wonderfully atmospheric novel of murder set in the historical Five Points district, New York's most infamous slum, in the 1840's. Poor Mary Hart, the beautiful Hot Corn Girl, is brutally murdered in the middle of Paradise Square. When Peter VanBrunt is found kneeling beside the butchered woman with a meat cleaver in his hand it looks like an open-and-shut case. But Sergeant Jonathan Goode of the Municipal Police isn't convinced that VanBrunt is guilty. Sergeant Goode enlists the help of renowned author Edgar Allan Poe and a cast of colorful cohorts to solve the mystery.
The setting is as much of a star in this book as the characters. Schorb brings 1840's New York to life quite vividly. I'm not an expert on either Poe or that era of history, but Schorb certainly made it FEEL authentic to me. In my humble opinion, PARADISE SQUARE is a must-read for all connoisseurs of historical mysteries and Poe aficionados. There's a reason E.M. Schorb won The Frankfurt eBook Grand Prize in Fiction for PARADISE SQUARE. And the reason is it's a bloody good read!
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I could describe this book, the plot, the characters and do a classic review. But I won't! This book deserves to be read simply because of the use of the English language. E.M.Schorb writes in a style that places the book alongside contemporary literature of the very period that he writes about. That is not an easy feat. If you're a fan of Poe you should read it too. And if you've just seen (or plan to see) Scorcese's 'Gangs of New York' then come and visit the Five Points district of New York, so capably brought to life here. And if you're Irish, get familiar with part of your history: did you know that Poe was of Irish descent? I'll bet you didn't!
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