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Lucy Sante

Author of Low Life

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About the Author

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Name is pronounced SAHNT (one syllable).

Image credit: Headshot of Lucy Sante, posted on her Instagram account (@luxante) on September 21, 2021.

Works by Lucy Sante

Associated Works

The New York Trilogy (1985) — Introduction, some editions — 9,803 copies
The Count of Monte Cristo (1846) — Introduction, some editions — 1,605 copies
How the Other Half Lives (1890) — Introduction, some editions — 1,419 copies
A Rage in Harlem (1957) — Introduction, some editions — 814 copies
Rereadings (2005) — Contributor — 674 copies
Novels in Three Lines (1997) — Translator, some editions — 564 copies
The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man (1999) — Introduction; Introduction, some editions — 455 copies
The Best American Essays 2004 (2004) — Contributor — 291 copies
Classic Crimes (1977) — Introduction, some editions — 247 copies
Pedigree (1948) — Introduction, some editions — 233 copies
Granta 84: Over There: How America Sees the World (2004) — Contributor — 229 copies
Granta 89: The Factory (2005) — Contributor — 175 copies
The Big Book of Death (Factoid Books) (1995) — Introduction — 174 copies
The Bottom of the Harbor (1959) — Foreword, some editions — 160 copies
The Best American Essays 1997 (1997) — Contributor — 154 copies
Granta 59: France the Outsider (1997) — Contributor — 144 copies
Granta 41: Biography (1992) — Contributor — 143 copies
Inferno (1946) — Introduction — 119 copies
Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers! Writers on Comics (2004) — Contributor — 106 copies
Camera Obscura (2004) — Introduction — 56 copies
Exhibit A: Guy Bourdin (2001) — some editions — 42 copies
Gangs of New York: Making the Movie (2003) — Foreword — 31 copies
Christopher Felver: The Importance of Being (2001) — Contributor — 22 copies
True Fiction (Penguin Business) (1998) — Introduction — 9 copies
Silence, Please!: Stories After the Works of Juan Munoz (1996) — Contributor — 7 copies
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets — Introduction, some editions — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Sante, Lucy
Other names
Sante, Luc
Birthdate
1954-05-25
Gender
female
Nationality
Belgium (birth)
USA (residence)
Birthplace
Verviers, Belgium
Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
Education
Columbia University
Regis High School, New York, New York
Occupations
writer
critic
Relationships
Pierson, Melissa Holbrook (former wife)
Organizations
Bard College
Awards and honors
Guggenheim Fellowship (1992)
Grammy Award (album notes ∙ 1998)
Whiting Writers' Award (1989)
Award in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters (1997)
Short biography
Lucy Sante is a Belgium-born American writer, critic, and artist. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. Her books include Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York (1991). She was publicly named Luc Sante until 2021, when she announced her transition.
Disambiguation notice
Name is pronounced SAHNT (one syllable).

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Can be considered a companion volume (a bit more sensational than analytical) to Tyler Anbinder's Five Points.
 
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Mark_Feltskog | 16 other reviews | Dec 23, 2023 |
I only read 100 pages because I had this book as ILL and it was due back. It is a compendium of old NYC stories of neighborhoods, crimes, rackets and all else. Generally 1840-1900, though it does go farther on sometimes. Entertaining and educational throughout.
 
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apende | 16 other reviews | Jul 12, 2022 |
There were a handful of interesting parts, but a lot of it turned into a laundry list of names. Once I decided to start skipping over parts that went too far down into details I started enjoying it a little more.
 
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kapheine | 16 other reviews | Apr 6, 2021 |
n Revisionist Art, Bob Dylan offers silkscreened covers of popular magazines from the last half century that somehow escaped history's notice. As Luc Sante notes in his introduction to this collection, they seem to emanate, "from a world just slightly removed from ours--a world a bit more honest about its corruption, its chronic horniness, its sweat, its body odour." Art critic B. Clavery provides a history of Revisionist Art, from cave drawings, to Gutenberg, to Duchamp, Picasso and Warhol. This book also features vivid commentaries on the work, (re)acquainting the reader with such colourful historical figures as the Depression-era politician Cameron Chambers, whose moustache became an icon to the gay underworld and Gemma Burton, a San Francisco trial attorney who used all of her assets in the courtroom. According to these works, history is not quite what we think it is.
Portrait
Luc Sante is a critic and essayist and the author of numerous books, most recently Kill All Your Darlings and Folk Photography. B. Clavery is the editor of Sluggo: A Magazine of the Transformative Arts.
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