Northern Liberties by Glenn Vanstrum

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NORTHERN LIBERTIES A painter can imitate life through his art, but he can also imitate death. Thomas Eakins creates a masterpiece as anatomy labs proliferate, whores and winos vanish, antisepsis appears in hospitals, and the world visits Philadelphia for its 1876 exposition. Eakins' oil painting, The Gross Clinic, and the city's 19th century red light district, Northern Liberties, evoke a literary vision of beauty, murder, and redemption, as Glenn Vanstrum blends impasto pigment, medicine, and passion into story.

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published September 24, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 255 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Although some readers may object to the bit of artistic license Vanstrum employs in his depiction of historical figures—particularly Eakins—his evenhandedness and creativity keep even negative characters, such as the pimp Slam Perkins, sympathetic.

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