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The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

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  • Title: The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century
  • Author: Simon Baatz
  • ISBN: 9780316396653
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover

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The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

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    Simon Baatz received his PhD in history at the University of Pennsylvania He now teaches legal history at John Jay College in New York.Q A with Simon Baatz about Girl on the Velvet Swing.What attracted you to this subject It s a sensational story that resonates with recent events in our own time A sixteen year old girl arrives in New York and meets a wealthy, influential man three times her age Stanford White lures Evelyn Nesbit to his apartment on a pretext, drugs her and sexually assaults her Four years later she marries a millionaire playboy, Harry Thaw, who shoots and kills White in a crowded theatre What could be sensational than that What was most enjoyable about your research There were 14 daily newspapers in New York at the time and they all fastened on the scandal to boost circulation The reporters interviewed everyone who had something to say about the affair and the newspaper articles were invariably written in a lively, engaging style I have included many quotations in the book and I should say here that these quotations, including the dialogue, were always taken verbatim from contemporary newspaper accounts I have taken great care to be faithful to the sources listed in the endnotes Nothing has been invented or imagined.What is new and noteworthy about The Girl on the Velvet Swing Previous authors have written about the murder, but their accounts have all relied disproportionately on Evelyn Nesbit s 1934 autobiography, Prodigal Days But Nesbit s book, written three decades after the murder, is not entirely reliable she confuses some details and she occasionally contradicts herself The newspapers of the day were generally trustworthy their accounts corroborate each other and Girl on the Velvet Swing, because it is based on those contemporary accounts, is, I believe, the most accurate telling of the murder and its aftermath.What relevance does this story have today There have been many scandalous revelations in the last decade about the behavior of well connected, influential men the allegations against Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein are only the most recent and this book is a reminder that predatory behavior is not something new but has existed, unfortunately, throughout American history The difference between our time and the last century is that everyone now has access to the Internet and it has become correspondingly difficult to conceal sexual crimes against women If Evelyn Nesbit, for example, had not married Harry Thaw and if Thaw had not shot Stanford White, no one would ever have known about the sexual assault This is not to say, of course, that our society is perfect in this regard far from it but only that many people now have a way to publicize crimes against women and children.

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  1. Delving into history and true crime is always an interesting feat for me I m not usually into history OR nonfiction but true crime usually tickles my curiosity bone and in this case I couldn t pass it up As I was reading this, I realized I had read about this story before or watched a true crime show or SOMETHING because it was SO eerily familiar An intriguing story for sure In that era, and unfortunately still so today, when a girl is raped, molested and otherwise taken advantage of, she is the [...]


  2. I am a bit of a history nerd, so, when cjsreads decided to delve into a true crime historical crime novel as one of our picks to kick off the New Year, I was intrigued The Girl on the Velvet Swing Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century, the non fiction novel by Simon Baatz, followed the scandalous case of love, murder and betrayal by Evelyn Nesbit the victim , Stanford White the perpetrator and Harry Thaw the murderer I am always surprised when I read nonfiction how social [...]


  3. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to read about freedom of the press, the Comstock laws, the intricacies and problems of an early 1900s trial, and a decadent era in United States history that was far from boring.Read my full review here ivoryowlreviews 2Disclaimer I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I received no additional compensation First of all, let s judge this book by its cover Ripped headlines of sex, murder, and madness at the dawn of the twent [...]


  4. In 1901, Evelyn Nesbit, at age sixteen, moved to New York, with her mother, and became a chorusgirl in the musical Florodora She met and became involved with famous architect, Stanford White More than twice her age, he drugged her, and after she was unconscious, raped her Thereafter, they had a complicated relationship, and she told no one what had happened to her until she became involved with Harry Thaw, millionaire playboy who would later become her husband.Years later, in June, 1906, Harry T [...]


  5. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC of this book Please check out my review featured on Diva Reads


  6. Funny that we call this era the Progressive Era of US history clearly that word means something very different these days.This book has long dry spells where all manner of excess are just listed, I suppose to be impressive, but I found it incredibly boring to read list after list of party attendance and net worth of each man in every scene In the first few chapters, we re bombarded with name after name and place after place, many of which are meaningless to the story Partly I m just not interest [...]


  7. It s supposed to be lurid tabloid y material It s not written well however, making everything extremely dry It is also repetitive, because the same things are rehashed in each of Harry Thaw s trials None of it makes me understand why the poor girl had to testify at all I checked midway through the book, mostly for the John Barry connection, but I went ahead and checked everything because the book was boring me at the time The data is mostly in the book, but it wasn t completely presented in the [...]


  8. Thank you to Mulholland Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.When it comes to true crime books I m always so excited to dive into them THE GIRL ON THE VELVET SWING was no different I didn t know anything about Evelyn Nesbit going into the novel and I think that made it an even interesting read.In 1901, Evelyn Nesbit, who was 16 years old at the time, met with 47 year old architect Stanford White White was a prominent figure and seen as a celebrity he designed many landma [...]


  9. I found the first half of this book fascinating and timely, especially given what is happening with the Metoo movement The next section of the book dragged as it focuses on Nesbit s husband and his many legal hearings It felt repetitive At times, it even felt that Evelyn Nesbit was being used by the author to sell a book that was much focused on her husband and his crime In the end, the author brought it back to Evelyn and showed the significance of the story and the ways that powerful men use [...]


  10. The Girl on the Velvet Swing is a narrative about the murder of Stanford White, a great architect in his time, at the hands of Harry Thaw, eccentric millionaire Thaw claimed he committed the crime to protect the honor of his then wife, actress Evelyn Nesbit The trial the ensues is called the trial of the century, where Nesbit is forced into explaining her relationship with White and the rape that caused his murder The details are so grusome, that newspapers are asked to refrain from printing it [...]


  11. This honest review is in exchange for an ARC received from NetGalley The Girl on the Velvet Swing is a popular history of the infamous Evelyn Nesbit murder scandal, which includes a notorious murder trial, a man on the run, a public airing of sexual trauma, and questionable medical understanding of the time.What s good The book is a genuine page turner You do want to know what happens, and you find yourself immersed in the flow of the story.What s iffy Despite being a history, there s an awful l [...]


  12. See my full review and much on my blog KissinBlueKarenThis historical story reads like fiction Seriously, how could one girl s life be so glamorous and scandalous Evelyn stands out to me as one of the most innocent, and gullible, people in history She is exposed to the world, so she s worldly, but doesn t seem to have the gift of discernment at all She takes everything at face value and her mother is the same way.Evelyn s story is sad but also very entertaining Harry s story trumps hers for a b [...]



  13. This book made me rethink all of the past assumptions I had made about Evelyn Nesbit and I think that it did for the author as well.The basic story has always been this A teenager, Evelyn, went to the big city in about 1900 in hopes of making it big while her mom hoped that Evelyn would succeed and therefore support her mom and little brother I m sure her mom would say she went to NYC for better opportunities to support her family, yet that plan changed to Evelyn s shoulders quickly 13 14 year o [...]


  14. This is a compelling and entertaining story of wealth, sex, privilege, and insanity, set in the lush environs of Belle Epoque New York The book clearly lays out the whole story of the early 20th century Case of the Century the murder of Stanford White by Henry Thaw, supposedly instigated by White s rape of Thaw s young and beautiful wife, the actress and model Evelyn Nesbit.I thought that one of the most interesting things about this story is how s have changed regarding the roles of men and wom [...]


  15. Immortalized in the E L Doctorow novel Ragime and the Broadway musical, the saga of the Evelyn Nesbit case has captured the media frenzy of the early 1900 s Considered the Crime of the Century that predated the notorious O J Simpson case, author Simon Baatz re examines the case of a love triangle gone bad.According to the story, former teenage model and vaudeville showgirl Evelyn Nesbit became the friendly paramour of wealthy architect Stanford White and eventually his mistress Whether their cla [...]


  16. For a book with such a lurid, sensational title, this was actually a bit of a snore The writing was quite dry and focused on description Lots of architecture details, lots of legalese, and quite a few moments of great, so you researched that but wow you really didn t need to include it here see photo of Evelyn Nesbit with bird hat.That said, a timely true crime tale for the MeToo moment, but not one that actually focuses on the girl on the swing and WTF is up with the fucking swing Stanford Whit [...]


  17. The title says it all about the lives of Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White and Harry Thaw For decades this was the trial of the century lasting from 1906 ,when Thaw shot White in Madison Square Garden, till 1915 when Thaw was finally freed from his insanity charge Simon Baatz does a fine job in going through all the great lengths that the state of New York went through to keep Thaw in the asylum, but it is the life of Evelyn Nesbit on which the tales hangs A naive young girl, who ay sixteen got invo [...]


  18. Romance, intrigue, revenge, murder, and indeed a good dose of madness Poor and initially innocent Evelyn Nesbit was caught in the snare of a battle between powerful men and would sacrifice her reputation to save one of them A district attorney obsessed with corralling the elusive Harry Thaw adds another layer to the plot Enough twists and turns and courtroom clashes to keep the suspense meter moving make for the deserved five rating.


  19. This novel was a departure for me Read a little like a dissertation Excellent historically My takeaway is that powerful men are possessive and abusive toward women in every age The early twentieth century New York and belt line men whether professional, political or industrialists treated each other and women with only their own interests at heart.


  20. If your interested in how a rich white man can manipulate the American judicial system, read this book If your interested in the life and rape of Evelyn Nesbit and other women from the early 1900s, that s not what this books about Great potential but focused on the aspects of the story I found least interesting and instead spent hundreds of pages on Thaw s trials.


  21. So, this was a fascinating story from a legal perspective I had a vague knowledge of the underlying story but the author did a great job culling together all the information from various sources, including autobiographies written by both Thaw and Nesbit It also did a great job describing NYC in the early 1900s.




  22. Just a heads up, people will assume you are reading an erotica when you tell them this title Yes, I only said The Girl on the Velvet Swing but who has time to remember the rest of the title Hint, just do This book gave me anxiety the mother s ineptitude, the daughter s naivete, the court cases Which isn t to say the book wasn t good, it could be the professed anxiety i just told you about and the need to yell shake said individuals The last non fiction book that I could liken it to would be the [...]


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