Hosack's Folly: A Novel of Old New York

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Other Press, 2005 - Fiction - 390 pages
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Set in 1820s Manhattan, Hosack's Folly weaves a vibrant tapestry of a time, a place, and a people on the verge of surrendering their innocence and idealism for the greed and glory of the Gilded Age. At the center of the novel is an actual historical figure: David Hosack, the doctor who attended Alexander Hamilton during the fatal duel with Aaron Burr. Twenty years later, Hosack is once again at the center of controversy. Struggling to contain an outbreak of yellow fever on the New York docks, he has to contend with the malice of powerful merchants and corrupt politicians who aim to cover up the fever threat at all costs. With a supporting cast as varied and colorful as any in Dickens, Hosack's Folly culminates in a mass exodus as the epidemic sweeps through New York and the building of the Croton Aqueduct, the most ambitious public works project since Roman times.

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The planning of New York's Croton Aqueduct and a yellow fever outbreak make up the historical backdrop for Australian-born Wood's debut.In the roiling, politically corrupt Manhattan of 1824, newspaper ... Read full review

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In summer 1824, New York City residents remain unaware of an impending yellow fever epidemic. When Dr. David Hosack calls for a quarantine, businessmen who fear losing money pressure politicians to ... Read full review


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Gillen D'Arcy Wood

Gillen D'Arcy Wood grew up in Australia, where he worked as a jazz musician. In 1992, he came to New York on a Fulbright scholarship to study at Columbia University. He has since published extensively on nineteenth-century art and literature.HosackÝs Follyis his first novel. He lives in Champaign, Illinois.

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