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Mystery On The Isles Of Shoals

Author : J. Dennis Robinson
ISBN : 9781632200570
Genre : True Crime
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For the first time, the full story of a crime that has haunted New England since 1873. The cold-blooded ax murder of two innocent Norwegian women at their island home off the coast of New Hampshire has gripped the region since 1873, beguiling tourists, inspiring artists, and fueling conspiracy theorists. The killer, a handsome Prussian fisherman down on his luck, was quickly captured, convicted in a widely publicized trial, and hanged in an unforgettable gallows spectacle. But he never confessed and, while in prison, gained a circle of admirers whose blind faith in his innocence still casts a shadow of doubt. A fictionalized bestselling novel and a Hollywood film have further clouded the truth. Finally a definitive "whydunnit" account of the Smuttynose Island ax murders has arrived. Popular historian J. Dennis Robinson fleshes out the facts surrounding this tragic robbery gone wrong in a captivating true crime page-turner. Robinson delves into the backstory at the rocky Isles of Shoals as an isolated centuries-old fishing village was being destroyed by a modern luxury hotel. He explores the neighboring island of Appledore where Victorian poet Celia Thaxter entertained the elite artists and writers of Boston. It was Thaxter's powerful essay about the murders in the Atlantic Monthly that shocked the American public. Robinson goes beyond the headlines of the burgeoning yellow press to explore the deeper lessons about American crime, justice, economics, and hero worship. Ten years before the Lizzie Borden ax murder trial and the fictional Sherlock Holmes, Americans met a sociopath named Louis Wagner—and many came to love him.
Category: True Crime

Gosport Remembered

Author : Peter Randall
ISBN : WISC:89066415340
Genre : History
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Category: History

Lives Of Consequence

Author : Patricia Q. Wall
ISBN : 0915819465
Genre : African Americans
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An essential chapter in the history of Massachusetts's Province of Maine has long been hidden in plain sight: the presence and role of numerous enslaved Blacks (i.e., Africans and people of mixed African, Native American, and white heritage) in its Parish of Kittery--an area that included what are now the towns of Eliot and Berwick. Bringing that missing story to light is the intent of this book. Local historian Patricia Wall has attempted here to push aside that barrier word 'slave' to try to see the men, women, and children to whom that inhuman label applied; to discover their personal circumstances and actions in order to reveal their impact on the early development of this region.In the course of several years of meticulous research into primary sources of all types--deeds, probate records, court files, church records, newspapers, manuscripts, and so on--Wall has skillfully uncovered the identify of more than 450 enslaved individuals who lived in the areas under investigation from the seventeenth century to 1820. In a series of contextual chapters, Wall discusses these people in a remarkable degree of detail and places them into the context of their life and times. Several appendices list both the enslaved persons and their owners and other detailed data.Lives of Consequence makes an important contribution to a more rounded understanding of life in the colonial and federal periods in early Maine. As such, it will be of interest to many academic historians and students, to professional and amateur genealogists, to museum curators, and to everyone concerned with recapturing this long overlooked aspect of the region¿s history. It is an important contribution to the growing literature that is "filling the gaps" in our previously often-biased interpretation of the New England past, and dovetails nicely with the mission of the Portsmouth Historical Society.
Category: African Americans

Atlantic Heights

Author : Richard M. Candee
ISBN : 0915819406
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Strawbery Banke

Author : J. Dennis Robinson
ISBN : WISC:89082330168
Genre : History
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This dramatic story of New Hampshire's oldest neighborhood and only seaport spans 400 years in 400 pages with over 350 photographs and illustrations
Category: History

Illuminating Tarbell

Author : Jeremy G. Fogg
ISBN : 0915819430
Genre : Piscataqua River Region (N.H. and Me.)
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Illuminating Tarbell is a unique two-part work devoted to the life and legacy of Edmund C. Tarbell, one of the major American Impressionist painters and the leader of the Boston School. Although often most closely associated with Boston, Tarbell maintained a home and studio in New Castle, New Hampshire, for more than thirty years and had an especially close relationship with this beautiful area. This book, published to accompany a loan exhibition at the Portsmouth Historical Society, illustrates and discusses many of his principal works, some never published before and several recently conserved. Based on new research into the holdings of the Tarbell Charitable Trust and other sources, Jeremy G. Fogg and Christopher Volpe examine Tarbell's career, emphasizing the importance of family and place to his artistic vision.Tarbell, throughout his life, was an effective and influential teacher. Today, nearly eighty years after his death, Tarbell's legacy lives on in the work of contemporary artists who embrace and espouse his philosophy about ?the dignity of art? and emulate his techniques. Here, Alastair Dacey examines paintings by six members of this modern ?Tarbell school,? including Don Demers, Mary Minifie, Colin Page, Paul Ingbretson, Jean Lightman, and himself. He demonstrates both their individual abilities and the strength of this important and on-going artistic tradition in New England and the United States. The result is an extraordinary opportunity to see how Tarbell and later generations have illuminated their specific vision of truth and beauty.The book includes large color images of about 30 works of art by Tarbell and the six contemporary artists; 15 Tarbell family photographs; an illustrated checklist of the 106 works included in the exhibition, including 59 by Tarbell and 47 contemporary works; and a select bibliography.
Category: Piscataqua River Region (N.H. and Me.)

Gertrude Fiske

Author : Carol Walker Aten
ISBN : 0915819473
Genre : Women painters
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Gertrude Fiske: American Master is an exploration of an artistic virtuoso considered to be one of the most talented and bold painters of her time. Trained and influenced by the premier Boston Impressionists Edmund C. Tarbell, Frank W. Benson, Philip Leslie Hale, and Charles Woodbury, Fiske surpassed conventional expectations through her personal élan to create a singular body of work both daring and riveting. Fiske, a Boston native, spent her summers in Ogunquit, Maine, and often painted in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the greater Seacoast. Published to accompany a loan exhibition at the Portsmouth Historical Society, this catalogue delves into the breadth of her work. Containing more than sixty works of art drawn from many private and public collections, this exhibition--the first devoted to Fiske in more than thirty years--features several paintings that have never been published and others that have been recently conserved.To help put Fiske in context, a companion exhibition, "Sisters of the Brush and Palette," includes works of art by several of Gertrude Fiske's contemporaries-- Susan Ricker Knox, Margaret J. Patterson, and Anne W. Carleton--to lend a deeper understanding of women artists at the dawn of their independence in this country. This component examines the social and political energy around women's rights at the turn of the twentieth century that encouraged a new autonomy and personal ambition, attitudes translated to bolder ideas and execution on canvas. Seacoast Masters Today features four contemporary local artists who are making their name with the same initiative and vitality as Fiske and her peers: Amy Brnger, Donna Harkins, Sydney Bella Sparrow, and Pamela duLong Williams.
Category: Women painters

O Henry Perfect

Author : David J. Mauriello
ISBN : 0971685312
Genre : Amateur plays
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Three short plays adapted from the works of O. Henry. The Perfect Stranger, The Perfect Fool, and The Perfect Archer.
Category: Amateur plays