Open Wounds


If you’re interested in what research I did to write Cid Wymann, this is a partial list of my favorite reference books for the novel by subject area.

On New York City:

The WPA Guide to New York City, The Federal Writers Project Guide to 1930s New York

Tea that Burns, A family Memoir of Chinatown, by Bruce Edward Hall

You Must Remember this, An Oral History of Manhattan from the 1890’s to World War II, by Jeff Kisseloff

Manhattan ’45, by Jan Morris

On World War I:

An Illustrated History of the First World War, by John keegan

A Storm in Flanders, The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918, by Winston Groom

The Road to Verdun, by Ian Ousby

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On Fencing:

By the Sword, A history of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions, by Richard Cohen

The Living Sword, A Fencer’s Autobiography, By Aldo Nadi

On Fencing, by Aldo Nadi

Secrets of the Sword, by Baron Cesar De Bazancourt

The History of Fencing, William M. Gauglere

The School of Fencing, by Domenico Angelo, Edited and Presented by Jared Kirby

Italian Rapier Combat, Capo Ferro’s ‘Gran simulacro’, Edited and Presented by Jared Kirby

On Opium:

Opium, A History, by Martin Booth

On Acting and Stage Combat:

Actors On Guard, by Dale Anthony Girard

Against Type, The biography of Burt Lancaster, by Gary Fishgall

My Wicked Wicked Ways, by Errol Flynn