Ghosty Men: An Urban Historical

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The Strange But True Story Of The Collyer Brothers, New York's Greatest Hoarders.

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A quintessential New York story of quintessential New York characters.

A true tale of changing New York by Franz Lidz, whose Unstrung Heroes is a classic of hoarder lore.

Homer and Langley Collyer moved into their handsome brownstone in white, upper-class Harlem in 1909. By 1947, however, when the fire department had to carry Homerís body out of the house he hadnít left in twenty years, the neighborhood had degentrified, and their house was a fortress of junk: in an attempt to preserve the past, Homer and Langley held on to everything they touched.

The scandal of Homerís discovery, the story of his life, and the search for Langley, who was missing at the time, rocked the city; the story was on the front page of every newspaper for weeks. A quintessential New York story of quintessential New York characters, Ghosty Men is a perfect fit for Bloomsburyís Urban Historicals series.

'Unusual and affectingÖ[a] melancholy, funny book, a loony tune played with touching disharmony...' óNew York Times

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Author Franz Lidz
Publisher Bloomsbury Books
Page Count 161pp
Publication Size 5.5" x 7.5"
Publication Notes Hardcover
Publication Date 2003
ISBN 978-1582343112

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