Book Recommendations- The Bookshelves of Boardwalk Empire

I don’t watch Boardwalk Empire. I do love to see literature showcased in movies and on TV.  The New York Public Library had this great blog post last week.The Bookshelves of Boardwalk Empire in which they talk about the various books that have made appearance on the show and that would have been on bookshelf during the early part of the 1900s. 

First off I want to mentioned the book the show is based on, “Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson. 

Book Description from Amazon:

From its inception, Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck, and this wide-reaching history offers a riveting account of its past 100 years—from the city’s heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era. A colorful cast of characters, led by Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, populates this stranger-than-fiction account of corrupt politics and the toxic power structure that grew out of guile, finesse, and extortion. Atlantic City’s shadowy past—through its rise, fall, and rebirth—is given new light in this revealing, and often appalling, study of legislative abuse and organized crime.

The NYPL list includes books seen in the first season and include The Holy Bible, The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum, and The Ivory Tower by Henry James.

What else would be on the bookshelves of Boardwalk Empire
1916
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man / James Joyce
1917
  • A Princess of Mars/ Edgar Rice Burroughs (The first book in the John Carter series)
1918
  • The Marne / Edith Wharton
1919
  • Jungle Tales of Tarzan / Edgar Rice Burroughs
1920
  • The Age of Innocence / Edith Wharton

 For the complete list view the NYPL blog post.

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