SSN – Saving Sin City – A Book by Mary Cummings

Murder Among the Swells – Rave Review from the East Hampton Star

Murder Among the Swells

By Ellen T. White

“Saving Sin City”
Mary Cummings
Pegasus Books, $27.95

The story of the murder of the architect Stanford White on the rooftop of New York’s old Madison Square Garden has been well and truly told in the more than a century since. And yet the telling continues to fascinate. Famously, E.L. Doctorow spun that history into a fiction, later made into a film, which is where I first encountered it. Like the public at the time of the murder, I craved fresh details, an itch I satisfied by devouring books on White, his murderer, Harry K. Thaw, and Evelyn Nesbit, the teenage showgirl who drove them both.

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About the Author

Mary Cummings is a writer, historian, and an award-winning journalist whose work has been recognized by the New York Press Association. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times for ten years, writing feature stories for its Long Island coverage. She has also written for TimeOut New York, Newsday, Columbia Today and numerous other publications. She was the arts editor and principal feature writer at The Southampton Press for seven years and has written three books on local history: “Southampton,” “Hurricane, 1938,” and “One Hundred Years of Healing,” a study of the role of Southampton Hospital in the social history of the Hamptons. In recent years, she has been a staff member at the Southampton History Museum, managing its Research Center and using her free time to indulge her fascination with Gilded Age New York, gathering the material and writing the story that became “Saving Sin City.” Raised in Southampton, New York, she is a graduate of Smith College and holds a master’s degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University. She lived in France for two years, and after her marriage, she and her husband lived in several American cities, as well as in Ethiopia, before returning to the States to raise their two sons. She currently lives in Southampton.