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The Sun and the Moon : The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York - Matthew Goodman

The Sun and the Moon

The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York

Paperback Published: 1st June 2010
ISBN: 9780465019007
Number Of Pages: 360
For Ages: 18+ years old

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On August 26, 1835, a fledgling newspaper called the "Sun" brought to New York the first accounts of remarkable lunar discoveries. A series of six articles reported the existence of life on the moon--including unicorns, beavers that walked on their hind legs, and four-foot-tall flying man-bats. In a matter of weeks it was the most broadly circulated newspaper story of the era, and the "Sun," a working-class upstart, became the most widely read paper in the world.

An exhilarating narrative history of a divided city on the cusp of greatness, and tale of a crew of writers, editors, and charlatans who stumbled on a new kind of journalism, "The Sun and the Moon" tells the surprisingly true story of the penny papers that made America a nation of newspaper readers.

"Nature"
""The Sun and the Moon" is a wonderful cautionary tale, especially in an era like our own."


"Library Journal"
"This is a rollicking read."


Anne Fadiman, author of "At Large and At Small" and "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down"
"I doubt I will ever read another book in which newspapers, New York, and biped lunar beavers all figure prominently. Matthew Goodman has assembled his improbable cast with wit and grace."


Edwin G. Burrows, co-author of "Gotham"
""The Sun and the Moon" is flat-out fascinating--not only for its brilliant reconstruction of one of the great newspaper hoaxes of the nineteenth century, but also for the Dickensian characters who populate its pages, each more outlandish and outrageous than the other. Hats off to Goodman for one of the most entertaining books about New York City in quite some time."


Kevin Baker, author of "Dreamland" and "Paradise Alley"
"The Sun and the Moon is addictive, a mesmerizing story of a great hoax, and the old New York where it came to pass. Wonderful!"


"Nature"
""The Sun and the Moon" is a wonderful cautionary tale, especially in an era like our own."


"Library Journal"
"This is a rollicking read."


Anne Fadiman, author of "At Large and At Small" and "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down"
"I doubt I will ever read another book in which newspapers, New York, and biped lunar beavers all figure prominently. Matthew Goodman has assembled his improbable cast with wit and grace."


Edwin G. Burrows, co-author of Gotham
""The Sun and the Moon" is flat-out fascinating--not only for its brilliant reconstruction of one of the great newspaper hoaxes of the nineteenth century, but also for the Dickensian characters who populate its pages, each more outlandish and outrageous than the other. Hats off to Goodman for one of the most entertaining books about New York City in quite some time."


Kevin Baker, author of "Dreamland" and "Paradise Alley"
"The Sun and the Moon is addictive, a mesmerizing story of a great hoax, and the old New York where it came to pass. Wonderful!"


"Boston Globe"
"Highly entertaining."


"Rocky Mountain News"
"A fascinating account of the most successful hoax in the history of American journalism."


"Los Angeles Times"
"[A] delightful history.... The genius of "The Sun and the Moon" is that it endeavors to explore, through the lens of 19th century New York and the prism of the press, why we believe what we believe, particularly when those beliefs go beyond the pale of plausibility."


"The Wall Street Journal"
"Mr. Goodman has managed not only to give us a ripping good newspaper yarn but also toilluminate life in the nation's largest city in the early part of the 19th century. He also provides something of a treatise on the birth of modern mass-market newspapering."


"Sky & Telescope"
"Goodman presents a fascinating story about life in 19th-century New York, the savagely competitive newspaper business, and public entrancement with new sciences."


"Economist," (Best Books of the Year)
"In retelling the story of how, in the 1830s, the "New York Sun "tried to persuade its readers there was life on the moon, Matthew Goodman vividly brings to life a town on the brink of becoming a world-class city."

Prologue: The Man on the Moonp. 1
The Sun
Benjamin Day's Whistling Boyp. 17
The News of the Cityp. 33
Bearer of the Falcon Crestp. 49
The Atrocious Impositions of Matthiasp. 65
"The Evil Spirit of the Times"p. 83
The Prince of Ivy Islandp. 97
Strange Attractionsp. 115
The Moon
Celestial Discoveriesp. 131
A Passage to the Moonp. 147
"If This Account Is True, It Is Most Enormously Wonderful"p. 165
The Picturesque Beauty of the Moonp. 185
"The Astronomical Hoax Explained"p. 199
Moonshinep. 217
Monck Mason's Flying Machinep. 233
"Joice Heth Is Not Dead"p. 251
The Best Self-Hoaxed Man in New Yorkp. 265
Epilogue That Tyranny Shall Be No Longerp. 283
Acknowledgmentsp. 299
Notesp. 301
Selected Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 335
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ISBN: 9780465019007
ISBN-10: 0465019005
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st June 2010
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.4  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1