Whether debonair or despicable, we have always had an enduring fascination for outlaws. They come from lore and from the front pages, but whatever their origin or nature they always seem to loom larger than life, to have just the rightMoreWhether debonair or despicable, we have always had an enduring fascination for outlaws. They come from lore and from the front pages, but whatever their origin or nature they always seem to loom larger than life, to have just the right embellishments, and to appeal to a certain part of the imagination that delights in wrongdoing.
In THE GREATEST OUTLAW STORIES EVER TOLD, Matt Evets has collected the most dashing, bizarre, and fascinating tales about being on the wrong side of the law, with stories by such greats as:Washington Irving o James Hogg o Vladimir Nabokov o Cormac McCarthyTruman Capote o Fyodor Dostoevsky o Norman Mailer o E.
L. DoctorowAlexandre Dumas o Sir Walter Scott o William Styron o Larry McMurtryRobert Louis Stephenson o F. Scott FitzgeraldWho can forget Dr. Jekylls inner turmoil as he struggles with his alter-ego Mr. Hyde, or Raskolnikovs existential dread as he rationalizes his crime? For some outlaws one bad turn deserves another, as is the case with Rob Roy, who seeks revenge with a highland flair in a classic tale of class warfare.
For other outlaws the struggle against the law is borne of fundamental injustice, as in William Styrons dark and brilliant reconstruction of Nat Turners slave revolt. And who cannot revel in tales of such irredeemable bad boys as Pretty Boy Floyd, Billy Bathgate, Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, and Jesse James?THE GREATEST OUTLAW STORIES EVER TOLD is a fascinating account of the outlaw character and a wicked good read.