Gangsters and Gold Diggers: Old New York, the Jazz Age, and the Birth of Broadway

Front Cover
Four Walls Eight Windows, 2003 - History - 278 pages
0 Reviews
In this heady tribute to an unforgettable time and place, Jerome Charyn takes readers back to the golden era when Broadway the street became Broadway the legend. While Damon Runyon was the street’s first chronicler, feting its good-guy gangsters and moxie’d molls, Charyn enlarges the story, capturing Broadway’s vagabond nature, outlaw culture, and self-mythologizing. In prose both bombastic and cinematic, one of New York’s quintessential contemporary writers brings a rollicking, rough-and-tumble time in the city’s history to life, conjuring an intoxicating portrait of Jazz Age excess by examining the denizens of that greatest of all “staggering machine[s] of desire,” Broadway. The stellar cast in this popular history includes Mae West, Fanny Brice, Legs Diamond, Irving Berlin, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and many more. 30 historic black-and-white photographs are featured.

What people are saying - Write a review

Gangsters and Gold Diggers: Old New York, the Jazz Age, and the Birth of Broadway

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

What do Babe Ruth, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Al Jolson, Damon Runyon, Louise Brooks, and William Randolph Hearst have in common? They are all major characters in Charyn's (Bronx Boy) expos of the New ... Read full review

References to this book

About the author (2003)

Jerome Charyn was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1937. An author who primarily writes detective stories, Charyn's novels contain a wide array of characters ranging form a gorgeous, headstrong double agent to a greedy, corrupt lawyer. Charyn chronicles the life of Isaac Sidel El Caballo, the Mayor of New York City, in over half a dozen books, including El Bronx, Little Angel Street, Marilyn the Wild, and The Good Policeman. His latest novel is entitled The Secret Life of emily Dickinson. The story is told from her point of view and incorporates both historical and fictional characters to tell what she may have been like. Widely translated, Charyn's novels have broad readership in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece and Japan, as well as the United States. Charyn lives in Paris where he teaches cinema at the American University of Paris.

Bibliographic information