The lady of Sing Sing : an American countess, an Italian immigrant, and their epic battle for justice in New York's Gilded Age

Title
The lady of Sing Sing : an American countess, an Italian immigrant, and their epic battle for justice in New York's Gilded Age

Author
Pucci, Idanna, 1945-

Edition
First Tiller Press hardcover edition.

Publication Information
New York : Tiller Press, 2020.

ISBN
9781982139315

Physical Description
xxii, 282 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Language
English

General Note
"Originally published in Italy in 1993 by Longanesi & Co. as Il Fuoco dell'Anima"--Verso.
 
Also published in English in 1996 by Four Walls Eight Windows as: The trials of Maria Barbella : the true story of a 19th century crime of passion.

Abstract
"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"-- Provided by publisher.

Personal Subject
Barbella, Maria.
 
Brazzà, Countess di, 1862-

Subject Term
Crimes of passion -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century -- Case studies.
 
Murder -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century -- Case studies.
 
Trials (Murder) -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century -- Case studies.
 
Capital punishment -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century -- Case studies.

Genre
Case studies.

Added Author
Pucci, Idanna, 1945- Fuoco dell'anima. English


LibraryMaterial TypeShelf NumberCopiesStatus
Prescott Public LibraryBook364.1523 PUC1Nonfiction Books