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Director’s Choice for Fall 2016

The Muckers
A Narrative of the Crapshooters Club

William Osborne Dapping
Edited and with an Introduction by Woody Register

Hardcover $59.95s    |    978-0-8156-3440-9    |    2016

Paper $24.95    |    978-0-8156-1063-2    |    2016

ebook 978-0-8156-5362-2

Written in the vernacular of the streets, a firsthand account of the author’s youth as a member of a boys’ gang in 1890s New York City.

"The Muckers, a long-unpublished and thinly-veiled memoir laced with grime and grit, takes you inside the world of New York City street kids in the 1890s. Written with energy in the voice of a gang member, and complemented by Woody Register’s historical introduction, the book brings to life children otherwise glimpsed in police reports and the anxieties of urban reformers. It’s a dead cinch: The Muckers can teach us a lot about youth, poverty and urban reform."—Robert W. Snyder, author of Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City

"Provides the point of view of street kids or gang members, something heretofore very hard to have access to in the primary documents of the period, except in tiny bits and snatches. Here, we have a booklength insider’s account."—Keith Gandal, professor of English, City College of New York

"Dapping’s book is a welcome addition to Progressive Era books on the culture of the streets and, more particularly, street children, the objects of much moralistic, p