The Trials of Maria Barbella: The True Story of a 19th-Century Crime of Passion

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9780679776048: The Trials of Maria Barbella: The True Story of a 19th-Century Crime of Passion

In 1895, an Italian seamstress in New York was accused of killing the man who had raped her, promised to marry her, and was about to abandon her. Following a sensational trial conducted in a language she could not understand, Maria Barbella, at the age of twenty-two, became the first woman sentenced to die in the newly invented electric chair. Idanna Pucci tells this story with immediacy, passion and authority that no other author could have mustered, since Pucci is the great-granddaughter of Cora Slocomb, the American-born Italian aristocrat whose ingenious advocacy saved Maria's life. The result is not only a crime story with all the fury and pathos of classic opera, but a perceptive study of an earlier generation's attitudes toward immigrants, capital punishment, and a woman's right to reject the role of victim.

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This story about a headline-making case in Victorian-era New York City is especially engaging because the author, Idanna Pucci, is the great-granddaughter of Cora Slocomb, the American-born Italian aristocrat whose money and passionate advocacy saved the life of poor Italian immigrant Maria Barbella. Pucci, who has previously written about Balinese mythology, was attracted to the case when she found a privately printed booklet about it in an antique family chest. This book not only tells a suspenseful tale of murder and its aftermath, but skillfully illuminates several topics of historical interest: the culture clash between Italian immigrants and turn-of-the-century American society, the history of public opinion on the death penalty, old New York penal institutions such as "The Tombs" and Sing-Sing, the activist role of the early feminist elite such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the class of educated women for whom social justice was a sacred vocation.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian

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Descrizione libro Random House USA Inc, United States, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. New York City, April 26, 1895, 9:30 AM. Domenico Cataldo sat studying his cards in a saloon on East 13th Street. He was looking forward to boarding a ship leaving for Italy that very afternoon. His lover, also a young Italian immigrant to New York - Maria Barbella - then entered the bar. There was a brief exchange. Only a pig can marry you! were his last words. Maria Barbella whipped out a straight razor and slashed his neck so swiftly Cataldo had no chance to scream. He staggered out the door, clutching his throat with both hands, knocking Maria over, spraying blood everywhere. Finally, as he reached Avenue A, he lurched off the curb and fell twitching into the gutter, where he died. Thus began the saga of Maria Barbella, who shortly became the first woman sentenced to die in the electric chair, at the time a brand-new invention. Hearing of her plight, Cora Slocomb, Countess di Brazza - an American by birth, and author Idanna Pucci s great-grandmother - returned to this country to help organize an appeal to save Maria that was, ultimately, successful. The Victorian public was galvanized by the spectacle of Maria s trials. But in fact, her story rings with issues that would fascinate a contemporary audience: sex; prejudice; and the right of a woman to reject the role of victim, to avenge herself against a persecutor. Codice libro della libreria APC9780679776048

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Descrizione libro Random House USA Inc, United States, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.New York City, April 26, 1895, 9:30 AM. Domenico Cataldo sat studying his cards in a saloon on East 13th Street. He was looking forward to boarding a ship leaving for Italy that very afternoon. His lover, also a young Italian immigrant to New York - Maria Barbella - then entered the bar. There was a brief exchange. Only a pig can marry you! were his last words. Maria Barbella whipped out a straight razor and slashed his neck so swiftly Cataldo had no chance to scream. He staggered out the door, clutching his throat with both hands, knocking Maria over, spraying blood everywhere. Finally, as he reached Avenue A, he lurched off the curb and fell twitching into the gutter, where he died. Thus began the saga of Maria Barbella, who shortly became the first woman sentenced to die in the electric chair, at the time a brand-new invention. Hearing of her plight, Cora Slocomb, Countess di Brazza - an American by birth, and author Idanna Pucci s great-grandmother - returned to this country to help organize an appeal to save Maria that was, ultimately, successful. The Victorian public was galvanized by the spectacle of Maria s trials. But in fact, her story rings with issues that would fascinate a contemporary audience: sex; prejudice; and the right of a woman to reject the role of victim, to avenge herself against a persecutor. Codice libro della libreria APC9780679776048

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Descrizione libro Vintage. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Paperback. 316 pages. Dimensions: 8.0in. x 5.2in. x 0.7in.Chronicles the life of Italian seamstress Maria Barbella, who, in 1895, was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die for the murder of her former lover, a man who had raped and abandoned her, and the campaign to save her from the newly invented electric chair. Reprint. 20, 000 first printing. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Codice libro della libreria 9780679776048

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