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Bonnie Parker Writes a Poem

How a Couple of Bungling Sociopaths Became Bonnie and Clyde

by Steven Biel

Throughout the Great Depression, most Americans didn’t blame the “system” for their plight; instead they often blamed themselves. Thus Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People became a massive best-seller when it was published in 1936. And Listerine’s campaign against halitosis bore fruit in the 1930s. The other side of this cultural coin was the admiration of the public for gangland criminals, especially as portrayed in the new motion pictures. After all, Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, and others managed to succeed by doing business outside the system. And doing pretty well at that—if you don’t count the bullet-filled endings. Among the real-life models for these fictional images, none is more glamorous than the love/crime affair between Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. But at the time of their exploits, Barrow and Parker attracted much less attention and admiration than star criminals like John Dillinger. Steven Biel plots the strange path by which this pair of ne’er-do-wells became the stuff of myth and legend, which persist to this day.

Bonnie Parker Writes a Poem details:

ISBN: 978-1-937853-28-0

Words: 10,600

Pages: 23

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