Caruso

The name of the legendary tenor Caruso, who spent much of his life in New York, is a common one in the Neapolitan region of Italy. It is also the name of the fictional family who come through Ellis Island in the chapter of that name in Rutherfurd's New York, and live in Little Italy. The 'Ellis Island' and 'Empire State' chapters follow the Caruso family's fortunes through hard times, their meeting with the great tenor, the Triangle Fire of 1911, the First World War, the Black Hand gangs, the Crash of 1929 and the construction of the Empire State Building.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
The First Film. Though disputed by historians who claim that a functional Lumière camera did not exist before the end of 1894, the Lumière brothers, widely regarded as the inventors of cinema, claimed to have shot their first films in August, 1894. Seven months later, in March, 1895 in Paris, they presented what was probably the world’s first screening of a film in front of a large audience. Ironically, the main purpose of their presentation was to showcase exciting research on colour photography, but the brothers were surprised at how fixated the audience was with the moving black and white images also on display !