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The Air Loom Gang He was a Welsh tea merchant. One of the first documented paranoid schizophrenics. A prisoner in turn-of-the-19th-century London's infamous Bedlam...The Air Loom GangNonfiction He was a Welsh tea merchant. One of the first documented paranoid schizophrenics. A prisoner in turn-of-the-19th-century London's infamous Bedlam...2004-04-23
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The Air Loom Gang

Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Mike Jay

He was a Welsh tea merchant. One of the first documented paranoid schizophrenics. A prisoner in turn-of-the-19th-century London’s infamous Bedlam asylum who believed his thoughts and actions were being controlled by an underground pneumatic device called the ”Air Loom.” And, for a brief moment, a key player in the bloody aftermath of the French Revolution. These are the extraordinary facts of James Tilly Matthews’ life, and in the hands of a writer like Erik Larson (The Devil in the White City), they would have made for a stupendous book. All the more a shame, then, that Jay – shackled to rote detail, plodding in language – can’t quite whip his tasty raw materials into a more appetizing dish.

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