Wisconsin Death Trip

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Michael Lesy
University of New Mexico Press, 1973 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages
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First published in 1973, this remarkable book about life in a small, turn-of-the-century Wisconsin town has become a cult classic. Lesy has collected photos taken between 1890 and 1910 by a Black River Falls photographer, Charles Van Schaik, and juxtaposed them against newspaper accounts and state asylum and police records.

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User Review  - j-b-colson - LibraryThing

This book had considerable impact on photographers and scholars, not all of whom approved of its approach. Lesy took all his material from the collection of one local photographer and from reports of ... Read full review

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User Review  - SignoraEdie - LibraryThing

Amazing compilation of news items and photos supporting the premise that all is not rosy in the rural parts of America in the late 1800's. Recounts depression, suicide, abuse. This was the catalyst for the writing of the novel, "The Reliable Wife." Read full review


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About the author (1973)

Michael Lesy teaches in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Hampshire College. He is the author of numerous books, including Dreamland, Rescues, and The Forbidden Zone.

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