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Wanted Man by Tamsin Spargo
  

Wanted Man

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The life story of American outlaw, Oliver Curtis Perry, an East Coast “Billy the Kid” who enjoyed similar headline status in his time but not the same romantic reputation through to today. This is the story of his colourful life both in crime and in jail.
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Wanted Man by Tamsin Spargo

Late one September night in 1891 a man boarded the American Express train as it sped through New York State. Wearing a red hood with slots for him to see through, his eyes flashed. ‘Itâs money Iâm after,â he shouted, pointing two guns at the guard. Grabbing a fortune in cash, he then apparently dropped through the floor and vanished without a trace.

His name was Oliver Curtis Perry and he became the countryâs most wanted man. While detectives searched in vain, the public couldnât get enough of the charismatic young robber. Women adored him and boys worshipped him. Five months later, he robbed the same train again, and only after an extraordinary chase was he caught. But if the authorities believed they had beaten this celebrity criminal they were mistaken. Perryâs prison life proved as remarkable as his robberies as he turned escape-artist, protester, hunger striker and finally poet in his determination to win his freedom. In this unusual portrait of the Wild West gone east, Tamsin Spargo brings an irresistible and romantic anti-hero to life.

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‘Letting the contemporary voices tell their stories where possible, this is a surprisingly moving accountâ Daily Mail

‘Marvellously entertaining … If Perry claimed he got no justice in this life, he canât say Spargo hasnât done him justice in this wonderful readâ Sunday Tribune

About the Author

Tamsin Spargo
Tamsin Spargo was born and raised in Cornwall. She worked as a reporter, then as an actor, before embarking on her current career as a cultural historian. She is Reader in Cultural History and Director of the School of Media, Critical and Creative Arts at Liverpool John Moores University. Her academic works include The Writing of John Bunyan and Reading the Past: Literature and History.

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Publication date

1st August 2005

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Tamsin Spargo

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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ISBN

9780747577072

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