Dan Deluca has compiled his decades of research into a most comprehensive account, with photographs and maps of this mysterious, punctual, and unique character's travels through New York and Connecticut. See All Customer Reviews.
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Shop Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD Overview In , wearing a sixty-pound suit sewn from leather boot-tops, a wanderer known only as the Leather Man began to walk a mile loop between the Connecticut and Hudson Rivers that he would complete every 34 days, for almost six years. His circuit took him through at least 41 towns in southwestern Connecticut and southeastern New York, sleeping in caves, accepting food from townspeople, and speaking only in grunts and gestures along the way. What remains of the mysterious Leather Man today are the news clippings and photographs taken by the first-hand witnesses of this captivating individual.
The Old Leather Man gathers the best of the early newspaper accounts of the Leather Man, and includes maps of his route, historic photographs of his shelters, the houses he was known to stop at along his way, and of the Leather Man himself. Show More. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. Hendrick Simmons despises her. She's certain she's not meant for marriage. View Product.
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Historic Landmarks of Old New York. Early settlers courageously fought off wild animals from wolves to panthers to tame the land and keep the new settlements safe. The rise and fall This history tracks the footsteps of the Leather Man and unravels the myths surrounding the man who made Connecticut's caves his home. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.
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Published October 30th by Wesleyan University Press. More Details Original Title.
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The Old Leather Man is less an analysis than a very well selected and helpfully edited compilation of primary source material, including copious newspaper articles, photographs, and maps. DeLuca lets the chronologically arranged newspaper clippings speak for themselves and they do, constructing a deep mystery as to who this quiet, dignified, and peaceful man was and why he compulsively walked his circuit in New York and Connecticut.
In the end of course, we still do not know, but we -- I at leas The Old Leather Man is less an analysis than a very well selected and helpfully edited compilation of primary source material, including copious newspaper articles, photographs, and maps. In the end of course, we still do not know, but we -- I at least -- care about this poor man, as apparently did many of his neighbors along his mile route, if you can call them such.
It is a fascinating tale of an American oddity to be sure. Some analysis would have been welcome, as would some modern maps, but then the book would have been much different.
Given DeLuca has apparently continued to explore the Leather Man's route to find his sheltering caves and rock ledges, and perhaps find other material, I expect that at some point he may produce a different book that tries to leave invention and legend behind and get closer to the bottom of this mystery. For example, it might be possible to recover some useable DNA from the inside of the one surviving mitten known to have belonged to the Leather Man and see if he was really French and perhaps related to someone Why did he do it, and how did he do it with such punctuality, year after year.
Overall, a very interesting and engaging book. Dec 30, Brett rated it liked it. He was dressed in leather pants, coat, boots and hat and walked a continuous circuit around eastern New York and western Connecticut.
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The path was about miles and the Old Leather Man finished it every 34 days. He always stopped at the same houses along the way to collect something to eat. He was never a threat to anyone and never talked to anyone. His true identity has never been discovered. The book is a compilation of contemporary newspaper articles about the Old Leather Man. There are numerous maps of the areas that the Old Leather Man tramped through as well as a handful of photographs taken of him throughout the s. Another interesting aspect of the book is the different language used in newspapers in the 19th century as compared to today.
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The language and sentence construction then was much more elegant than present-day newspapers. I do have to say that it can get a bit tedious at times reading similar reports from different newspapers whose wording is changed just slightly.
The pages are broad, so it will take longer to get through the pages than you think. Jun 30, Tim Goral rated it it was amazing.
The Old Leather Man: Historical Accounts of a Connecticut and New York Legend
The Leather Man was a wanderer whose true identity is still unknown. He walked the same mile loop through CT and NY every 34 days for almost 6 years, sleeping in a network of caves and rock shelters along the way. No one knows why, but many have speculated. This was a fascinating book, made even better because, rather than being the author's interpretation of events, the story is told using reports from local newspapers, photos, and journals of the period.
Jun 01, Tom Mueller rated it really liked it Shelves: genealogy , non-fiction , history , bio. This book is partly comprised of a series of Historic News Articles, and includes maps and photos.
Jul 18, Lawrence rated it really liked it. Dec 27, Nate Jordon rated it it was amazing. An obscure bit of history; an intriguing read about a mysterious character. Jun 23, Hartley rated it really liked it Shelves: american-history.