Mad or bad? : the exploits of Amy Bock, 1859-1943 / Jenny Coleman.
By: Coleman, Jenny.Material type: TextPublisher: Dunedin, N.Z. : Otago University Press, 2010Description: 382 p., 16 p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781877372711 (pbk.) :; 1877372714 (pbk.).Other title: Mad or bad? the life and exploits of Amy Bock [Cover title].Subject(s): Bock, Amy, 1859-1943 | Swindlers and swindling -- New Zealand -- Biography | Impostors and imposture -- New Zealand -- BiographyDDC classification: 364.163092
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Amy Bock's life has been the inspiration for plays, books, a TV program, music, poems, an exhibition and more, but Mad or Bad? is the first comprehensive biography. And while Amy gained notoriety as a daring, duplicitous and talked-about con artist who impersonated a man and married an unsuspecting woman, in this book the author shows how her story was not a straightforward case of fraud and misrepresentation.
Includes bibliography (p. 361-374) and index.
Prologue: Telling Tales: The con artist and the biographer -- 1: Convicts, criminals and artists: 'It is in my blood' -- 2: Inherited 'peculiarities' from her mother -- 3: 'So I beg of you to excuse all errors this time' -- 4: A perfect mania for what she calls 'shopping' -- 5: There was a great deal of method in her madness -- 6: Unique in colonial criminology -- 7: The case of the female bridegroom -- 8: A startling denouement -- 9: Declared an habitual criminal -- Epilogue: Mad or Bad?
Amy Bock's life has been the inspiration for plays, books, a television programme, a photographic exhibition, a musical composition and recent events surrounding the re-enactment of her wedding as Percy Redwood at Kaka Point 100 years ago. Mad or Bad? is the first full-length biography of New Zealand's most notorious female criminal con artist. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Amy had a convict heritage on both sides of her family. While she gained notoriety in 1909 for her impersonation of a man and marriage with an unsuspecting woman, the author shows how her whole life was one of fraud and misrepresentation. After teaching for six years in Victorian schools until she was asked to resign, Amy migrated to New Zealand in 1884. Assuming a variety of personae and remaining conveniently itinerant, she pursued a consistent course of petty crime for the next twenty-five years. In presenting her colourful and chequered life, this biography leaves the reader to judge whether she was essentially mad or just bad.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -374) and index. -Telling tales : the con artist and the biographer -- Convicts, criminals and artists : 'it is in my blood' -- Inherited 'peculiarities' from her mother -- 'So I beg of you to excuse all the errors this time' -- A perfect mania for what she calls 'shopping' -- There was a great deal of method in her madness -- Unique in colonial criminology -- The case of the female bridegroom -- A startling denouement -- Declared an habitual criminal -- Mad or bad?
Amy Bock gained notoriety as a con artist who impersonated a man and married an unsuspecting woman.
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Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- Acknowledgements (p. 7)
- Maps (p. 9)
- Amy Bock's Family (p. 14)
- Prologue: Telling Tales: The Con Artist and the Biographer (p. 11)
- Chapter 1 Convicts, Criminals and Artists: 'It is in my blood' (p. 17)
- Chapter 2 Inherited 'Peculiarities' From Here Mother (p. 37)
- Chapter 3 'So I beg of you to excuse all errors this time' (p. 57)
- Chapter 4 A Perfect Mania For What She Calls 'Shopping' (p. 91)
- Chapter 5 There was a Great Deal of Method in Her Madness (p. 125)
- Chapter 6 Unique In Colonial Criminology (p. 169)
- Chapter 7 The Case of the Female Bridegroom (p. 193)
- Chapter 8 A Startling Denouement (p. 233)
- Chapter 9 Declared an Habitual Criminal (p. 267)
- Epilogue: Mad or Bad? (p. 313)
- Appendix (p. 328)
- Abbreviations (p. 340)
- Notes (p. 341)
- Bibliography (p. 361)
- Index (p. 375)