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category: Biography & Autobiography
published: Nov 2015
ISBN:9781772140170
publisher: Anvil Press Publishers

Rogues, Rascals, and Scalawags Too

More Ne'er-Do-Wells Through the Ages

by Jim Christy

tagged: adventurers & explorers
Description

Never before have as many outrageous and out-sized characters appeared in one place at the same time. Words like rogues, rascals, rapscallions, reprobates and rodomontades don't completely describe these individuals; they are more than each or any combination thereof. They are scalawags. People who claim to push the envelope are stamped, sealed and delivered compared with this bunch. They may be conmen or conwomen, adventurers, fabulists and/or delusional but they all share the extremepassion for life — always more Life! Some are of the modern era, some go way back, but their lust and spirit link them throughout the ages. This book, like its predecessor, Scalawags: Rogues, Roustabouts, Wags & Scamps, is devoted to the celebration of that passion that refuses to be stifled by convention. These lovable but mostly disreputable men and women are scalawags, too.

Read about the adventurous lives and wild exploits of Caroline Otero, Andre Malraux, Lord Timothy Dexter, Suzanne Valadon, William Hunt, Mata Hari, Emma Hamilton, Bata Kindai Amgoza, and many more in this second volume of Scalawags!

Praise for Scalawags: Rogues, Roustabouts, Wags & Scamps:

"Christy's work reminds us that losers are cool, that the middle-of-the-road might be smoother but the ditches are more interesting, and that every rounder has a good story to to tell." (The Globe and Mail)

"If the proverb is correct and a life lived in fear is a life half lived, then these unapologetic oddballs knew nothing of doubt and fear. ... Christy's short biographies highlight the salacious and the sensational with wit and aplomb." (The Westender)

"These are larger-than-life characters in stranger-than-fiction stories. ... It's perfectly suited to those times when you're seeking a momentary escape. There's nothing like outrageous lives and flamboyant characters to take you out of the dreary day-to-day." (Robert Wiersema, The Vancouver Sun)

"Christy's style is wry, conversational and witty." (The Star)

About the Author
Jim Christy is a writer, artist and tireless traveller. The author of twenty books, including poetry, short stories, novels, travel and biography, Christy has been praised by writers as diverse as Charles Bukowski and Sparkle Hayter. His travels have taken him from the Yukon to the Amazon, Greenland to Cambodia. He has covered wars and exhibited his art internationally. Raised in inner-city Philadelphia, he moved to Toronto when he was twenty-three years old and became a Canadian citizen at the first opportunity. He currently makes his home on BC’s Sunshine Coast.
Contributor Notes

Jim Christy is a writer, artist, and tireless traveller. The author of more than thirty books, including poetry, short stories, novels, travel, and biography, his travels have taken him from the Yukon to the Amazon, Greenland to Cambodia. He has covered wars and exhibited his art internationally. Raised in inner city Philadelphia, he moved to Toronto when he was twenty-three years old and became a Canadian citizen at the first opportunity. His most recent books are the fragmentary memoir, Sweet Assorted (Anvil Press, 2012) and the poetry title, The Big Thirst (2014). A resident of British Columbia's Sunshine Coast for many years, he currently lives near Belleville, Ontario.

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