Re: RARA-AVIS: Before 1920

From: Edward Pettit (
Date: 20 Oct 2007

  George Lippard's The Quaker City or the Monks of Monk Hall is a great read. Gothic, lurid, crime-ridden. Technically, it's a "sensational" novel of the 19th century (in fact, it was the all-time bestselling novel in America until Uncle Tom's Cabin). It also falls into the category of "city mysteries" a 19th century genre that featured nefarious (and often gothic) goings on in urban environments. I have a website about Lippard and Quaker City:
  and just so all this doesn't seem too OT, I'll be talking about Lippard as a proto-noir writer at NoirCon2008 in Philly. Robert Polito will present on New York Lippard and I'll be doing the Philly stuff.
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