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Collins, Paul 1969-

Overview
Works: 37 works in 116 publications in 3 languages and 8,047 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Biography  Bibliography  Conversation and phrase books  Trials, litigation, etc  Fiction  Portraits  True crime stories  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HV6534.N5, 364.1523092
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Paul Collins
The murder of the century : the Gilded Age crime that scandalized a city and sparked the tabloid wars by Paul Collins( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discover a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumble upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime are turning up all over New York, but the police are stymied: There are no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most baffling murder mystery. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Reenactments of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell's Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio -- a hard luck cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor -- all raced to solve the crime. What emerged was a sensational love triangle and an even more sensational trial: an unprecedented capital case hinging on circumstantial evidence around a victim whom the police couldn't identify with certainty, and who the defense claimed wasn't even dead. This book is a rollicking tale -- a rich evocation of America during the Gilded Age and a colorful re creation of the tabloid wars that have dominated media to this day. - Jacket flap
Duel with the devil : the true story of how Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr teamed up to take on America's first sensational murder mystery by Paul Collins( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acclaimed historian Paul Collins' remarkable true account of a stunning turn-of-the-19th century murder and the trial that ensued--a showdown in which iconic political rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces to make sure justice was done.--
The book of William : how Shakespeare's first folio conquered the world by Paul Collins( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One book above all others has transfixed connoisseurs for four centuries--a book sold for shillings in the streets of London, whisked to Manhattan for millions, and stored deep within the vaults of Tokyo. The book: William Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623. This "travelogue" follows the trail of the Folio's remarkable journey and Shakespeare's cross-cultural future as Asian buyers enter their Folios into the electronic ether
Not even wrong : adventures in autism by Paul Collins( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author, whose son Morgan could read and spell at age three, but not answer to his own name, blends a memoir of his son's autistic world with an examination of such permanent outsiders and geniuses as Defoe and Swift
The trouble with Tom : the strange afterlife and times of Thomas Paine by Paul Collins( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the trail of the corpse of the author of "Common Sense," who was shunned as an infidel by the church, buried in an open field on a New York farm, and whose body was later dug up and moved to Britain years later by a well-meaning admirer who nevergot around to burying the remains
The murder of the century : the gilded age crime that scandalized a city & sparked the tabloid wars by Paul Collins( Recording )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder
Edgar Allan Poe : the fever called living by Paul Collins( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury, Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day. He died broke and alone at the age of forty, but not before he had written some of the greatest works in the English language, from the chilling "The Tell-Tale Heart" to "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"--the first modern detective story--to the iconic poem "The Raven." Poe's life was one of unremitting hardship. His father abandoned the family, and his mother died when he was three. Poe was thrown out of West Point, and married his beloved thirteen-year-old cousin, who died of tuberculosis at twenty-four. He was so poor that he burned furniture to stay warm. He was a scourge to other poets, but more so to himself. In the hands of Paul Collins, one of our liveliest historians, this mysteriously conflicted figure emerges as a genius both driven and undone by his artistic ambitions. Collins illuminates Poe's huge successes and greatest flop (a 143-page prose poem titled Eureka), and even tracks down what may be Poe's first published fiction, long hidden under an enigmatic byline. Clear-eyed and sympathetic, Edgar Allan Poe is a spellbinding story about the man once hailed as "the Shakespeare of America." --
Banvard's folly : thirteen tales of renowned obscurity, famous anonymity, and rotten luck by Paul Collins( Book )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles thirteen scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, adventurers, and writers who once basked in glory, but faded into obscurity due to failed experiments, bad luck, and the signs of madness
Presidential doodles : two centuries of scribbles, scratches, squiggles & scrawls from the Oval Office by David Greenberg( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents doodles and drawings of each president of the United States, providing insight into their preoccupations, their leisure-time activities, and their sense of humor
Duel with the devil : the true story of how Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr teamed up to take on America's first sensational murder mystery by Paul Collins( Recording )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collins' remarkable true account of a stunning turn-of-the-19th century murder and the trial that ensued--a showdown in which iconic political rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces to make sure justice was done
Banvard's folly : thirteen tales of people who didn't change the world by Paul Collins( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The historical record crowns success. Those enshrined in its annals are men and women whose ideas, accomplishments, or personalities have dominated, endured, and most important of all, found champions. John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage, Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists, and Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets are classic celebrations of the greatest, the brightest, the eternally constellated. Paul Collins' Banvard's Folly is a different kind of book. Here are thirteen unforgettable portraits of forgotten people: men and women who might have claimed their share of renown but who, whether from ill timing, skullduggery, monomania, the tinge of madness, or plain bad luck--or perhaps some combination of them all--leapt straight from life into thankless obscurity. Among their number are scientists, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and adventurers, from across the centuries and around the world. They hold in common the silenced aftermath of failure, the name that rings no bells. Collins brings them back to glorious life. John Banvard was an artist whose colossal panoramic canvasses (one behemoth depiction of the entire eastern shore of the Mississippi River was simply known as "The Three Mile Painting") made him the richest and most famous artist of his day. . . before he decided to go head to head with P. T. Barnum. RenE Blondot was a distinguished French physicist whose celebrated discovery of a new form of radiation, called the N-Ray, went terribly awry. At the tender age of seventeen, William Henry Ireland signed "William Shakespeare" to a book and launched a short but meteoric career as a forger of undiscovered works by the Bard -- until he pushed his luck too far. John Symmes, a hero of the War of 1812, nearly succeeded in convincing Congress to fund an expedition to the North Pole, where he intended to prove his theory that the earth was hollow and ripe for exploitation; his quixotic quest counted Jules Verne and Edgar Allan Poe among its greatest admirers. Collins' love for what he calls the "forgotten ephemera of genius" give his portraits of these figures and the other nine men and women in Banvard's Folly sympathetic depth and poignant relevance. Their effect is not to make us sneer or p0revel in schadenfreude; here are no cautionary tales. Rather, here are brief introductions-acts of excavation and reclamation-to people whom history may have forgotten, but whom now we cannot
Not even wrong : a father's journey into the lost history of autism by Paul Collins( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writer Paul Collins tells the story of his son Morgan's autism, interwoven with stories of autistic characters from history
English as she is spoke; the new guide of the conversation in Portuguese and English by José da Fonseca( Book )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1955, Pedro Carolino set about writing an English phrasebook for Portuguese students. But there was just one problem: he didn't know any English. The linguistic train wreck that ensued is a classic of unintentional humor, now revived in the first newly selected edition in a century." --Back cover
Fei guan dui cuo : yi duan guan yu ai yu zi bi zheng de wu sheng zhi lu by Paul Collins( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in Chinese and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Great beautiful Black women collection : portraits by Paul Collins( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To Ruhleben, and back : a great adventure in three phases by Geoffrey Pyke( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rector and the rogue by W. A Swanberg( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It began quietly enough one morning in February 1880, with a mutton-chopped Acme Safe Company salesman knocking on the door of Reverend Morgan Dix, the starchiest clergyman in Manhattan's most respectable church. The salesman was surely misdirected, Reverend Dix explained, he had no need for a safe, and he had not made an appointment. But soon after, used clothes dealers arrived, followed by heavy machinery salesmen, and soon the street filled riotously with wave after wave of solicitor-tormentors, hundreds of funeral directors, horse traders, wigmakers, fellow clergymen, doctors, all insisting they'd been summoned by the bewildered Reverend Dix. And for weeks, it continued in this manner. Reporters from every newspaper in New York camped out to watch the fun, and as the story gained national attention, police and postal officers raced to capture the gleeful prankster-cum-performance artist who was making a mockery of the esteemed Trinity Church
Lady into fox by David Garnett( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A beloved wife is unaccountably transformed into a fox in this modern folktale. Humor, fantasy, allegory, and realism combine in a portrait of a husband's devotion and a woman's struggle to maintain her humanity
La folie de Banvard : treize récits de malchance, d'obscure célébrité et de splendide anonymat by Paul Collins( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in French and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The book of William : how Shakespeare's first folio conquered the worldNot even wrong : adventures in autismThe trouble with Tom : the strange afterlife and times of Thomas PaineThe murder of the century : the gilded age crime that scandalized a city & sparked the tabloid warsBanvard's folly : thirteen tales of renowned obscurity, famous anonymity, and rotten luckPresidential doodles : two centuries of scribbles, scratches, squiggles & scrawls from the Oval OfficeBanvard's folly : thirteen tales of people who didn't change the worldNot even wrong : a father's journey into the lost history of autism