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The Resource Prince of tricksters : the incredible true story of Netley Lucas, gentleman crook, Matt Houlbrook

Prince of tricksters : the incredible true story of Netley Lucas, gentleman crook, Matt Houlbrook

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Prince of tricksters : the incredible true story of Netley Lucas, gentleman crook
Title
Prince of tricksters
Title remainder
the incredible true story of Netley Lucas, gentleman crook
Statement of responsibility
Matt Houlbrook
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Meet Netley Lucas, Prince of Tricksters - royal biographer, best-selling crime writer, and gentleman crook. In the years after the Great War, Lucas becomes infamous for climbing the British social ladder by his expert trickery - his changing names and telling of tales. An impudent young playboy and a confessed confidence trickster, he finances his far-flung hedonism through fraud and false pretenses. After repeated spells in prison, Lucas transforms himself into a confessing 'ex-crook, ' turning his inside knowledge of the underworld into a lucrative career as freelance journalist and crime expert. But then he's found out again - exposed and disgraced for faking an exclusive about a murder case. So he reinvents himself, taking a new name and embarking on a prolific, if short-lived, career as a royal biographer and publisher. Chased around the world by detectives and journalists after yet another sensational scandal, the gentleman crook dies as spectacularly as he lived - a washed-up alcoholic, asphyxiated in a fire of his own making. The lives of Netley Lucas are as flamboyant as they are unlikely. In Prince of Tricksters, Matt Houlbrook picks up the threads of Lucas's colorful lies and lives. Interweaving crime writing and court records, letters and life-writing, Houlbrook tells Lucas's fascinating story and, in the process, provides a panoramic view of the 1920s and '30s. In the restless times after the Great War, the gentlemanly trickster was an exemplary figure, whose tall tales and bogus biographies exposed the everyday difficulties of knowing who and what to trust. Tracing how Lucas both evoked and unsettled the world through which he moved, Houlbrook shows how he prompted a pervasive crisis of confidence that encompassed British society, culture, and politics. Taking readers on a romp through Britain, North America, and eventually into Africa, Houlbrook confronts readers with the limits of our knowledge of the past and challenges us to think anew about what history is and how it might be made differently."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Houlbrook, Matt
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6692.L83
LC item number
H68 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • Criminals
  • Authors, English
  • Biographers
  • Popular literature
  • England
  • Lucas, Netley
Label
Prince of tricksters : the incredible true story of Netley Lucas, gentleman crook, Matt Houlbrook
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Bogus biographies: literary scandal and the politics of culture
  • Writing royal lives
  • The courtier and the con man
  • Stunts and scandals
  • Denouement
  • My selves
  • Cooling out: has the world changed, or have I changed?
  • Gambit
  • Telling stories: crime and confidence after the Great War
  • The aristocrat of crooks
  • A curious kink in the character
  • Selling selves: ghosts and life stories
  • The ex-crook who has now taken up the pen
  • The comic book criminologist
  • Ghosts and their doings
Control code
032580843
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 442 pages
Isbn
9780226133157
Lccn
2015042768
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Prince of tricksters : the incredible true story of Netley Lucas, gentleman crook, Matt Houlbrook
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Bogus biographies: literary scandal and the politics of culture
  • Writing royal lives
  • The courtier and the con man
  • Stunts and scandals
  • Denouement
  • My selves
  • Cooling out: has the world changed, or have I changed?
  • Gambit
  • Telling stories: crime and confidence after the Great War
  • The aristocrat of crooks
  • A curious kink in the character
  • Selling selves: ghosts and life stories
  • The ex-crook who has now taken up the pen
  • The comic book criminologist
  • Ghosts and their doings
Control code
032580843
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 442 pages
Isbn
9780226133157
Lccn
2015042768
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations

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