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Prostitution In The Gilded Age: The Jennie Hollister Story Paperback – December 18, 2014
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About the Author
Kevin Murphy is a writer who lives in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. A graduate of Villanova University, he worked at the Hartford Courant through the 1970s and then ran a successful building business until he retired in 2000. His books include Water for Hartford (Wesleyan), Crowbar Governor (Wesleyan), Fly Fishing in Connecticut (Wesleyan), Lydia Sherman (Shining Tramp), The Gandy Dancers (Shining Tramp), Fighting Joe Hawley (Shining Tramp), and A Few Murphys From Brockton (Shining Tramp). Although Kevin Murphy spends much of his time researching and writing, on summer afternoons he can be found fly fishing on the West Branch of the Farmington River in and around the tiny village of Riverton.
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One thing I really appreciate about Kevin Murphy's work is that every thing is scrupulously footnoted and I don't have to wonder if the truth is being bent or twisted in any way. I don't know how he was able to find so much information about the people of the demimonde, but I'm glad he did.
Thorough research and great story telling make Prostitution in the Gilded Age: The Jennie Hollister Story a really enjoyable adventure.
I was surprised by some of the things I learned... how accepted "the oldest profession" was in America at times, and why. It all made sense.
I guess the only criticism I might have about the book is that I wanted to know even more details about some of these women. But real history doesn't always leave behind a Yellow Brick Road you can follow... especially when you're talking about people who wanted to keep a low profile. But I do think the author is able to give us some great stories and insight, nonetheless, in this book. It's a very, very interesting read that teaches you a lot that you would never have imagined.