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Basic Books
384 pages
Product Description
<DIV><I>The Sun and the Moon</I> tells the delightful, entertaining, and surprisingly true story of how in the summer of 1835 a series of articles in the <I>Sun</I>, the first of the city’s “penny papers,” convinced the citizens of New York that the moon was inhabited. <P>Six articles, purporting to reveal the lunar discoveries made by a world-famous British astronomer, described the life found on the moon—including unicorns, beavers that walked upright, and, strangest of all, four-foot-tall flying man-bats. The series quickly became the most widely circulated newspaper story of the era. And the <I>Sun</I>, a brash working-class upstart less than two years old, had become the most widely read newspaper in the world. <P> Told in richly novelistic detail, <I>The Sun and the Moon</I> brings the raucous world of 1830s New York City vividly to life—the noise, the excitement, the sense that almost anything was possible. The book overflows with larger-than-life characters, including Richard Adams Locke, author of the moon series (who never intended it to be a hoax at all); a fledgling showman named P.T. Barnum, who had just brought his own hoax to New York; and the young writer Edgar Allan Poe, who was convinced that the moon series was a plagiarism of his own work. <P>An exhilarating narrative history of a city on the cusp of greatness and a nation newly united by affordable newspapers, <I>The Sun and the Moon</I> may just be the strangest true story you’ve ever read.</DIV>