Please wait while we process your payment
If you don't see it, please check your spam folder. Sometimes it can end up there.
Don’t have an account?
Create Your Account
Sign up for your FREE 7-day trial
Already have an account? Log in
Choose Your Plan
$4.99/month + tax
$24.99/year + tax
Save over 50% with a SparkNotes PLUS Annual Plan!
for a group?
Get Annual Plans at a discount when you buy 2 or more!
$18.74 /subscription + tax
Subtotal $37.48 + tax
on 2-49 accounts
on 50-99 accounts
You'll be billed after your free trial ends.
7-Day Free Trial
Renews March 9, 2024
March 2, 2024
Discounts (applied to next billing)
This is not a valid promo code.
(one code per order)
Annual Plan - Group Discount
SparkNotes Plus subscription is $4.99/month or $24.99/year as selected above. The free trial period is the first 7 days of your subscription. TO CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION AND AVOID BEING CHARGED, YOU MUST CANCEL BEFORE THE END OF THE FREE TRIAL PERIOD. You may cancel your subscription on your Subscription and Billing page or contact Customer Support at email@example.com. Your subscription will continue automatically once the free trial period is over. Free trial is available to new customers only.
For the next 7 days, you'll have access to awesome PLUS stuff like AP English test prep, No Fear Shakespeare translations and audio, a note-taking tool, personalized dashboard, & much more!
You’ve successfully purchased a group discount. Your group members can use the joining link below to redeem their group membership. You'll also receive an email with the link.
Members will be prompted to log in or create an account to redeem their group membership.
Thanks for creating a SparkNotes account! Continue to start your free trial.
Your PLUS subscription has expired
Legendary gangster Jack Diamond is the novel's protagonist and a kind of Irish- American hero like Finn McCool and Jesse James. Finn McCool is a legendary hero of Old Ireland, a huge giant of mythological proportions. Jack, one of the most famous men in America, also has a larger-than-life image that he often says is exaggerated. Jack is compared to Jesse James, the famous outlaw and American legend. Both Jack and Jesse James employ lawless violence to accomplish their ends. Jack grew up in a poor Irish-American family in Philadelphia, and was raised to be a devout Catholic. Much of Jack's own internal struggle with his corrupt lifestyle stems from Catholic guilt. Whenever Jack is harassed by the press and after he starts getting into legal trouble, he persistently claims that his disreputable image is a fabrication of the press and that he's really not such a bad person. Marcus states that his favorite stories about Jack are usually the lies and tall tales. A good portion of this book consists of anecdotes people have told Marcus over the years—stories that may or may not be true. At the beginning of the novel, Tipper, Flossie, and Marcus all disagree about the manner in which Jack was killed. Legs partly weaves an American legend that combines the true story of Jack Diamond's life with rumors and stories about his existence. The novel is narrated forty-five years after the events it describes took place, and this distance emphasizes Jack's position as mythical hero of a bygone era.
Ace your assignments with our guide to Legs!