MURDER BY THE BOOK: The Crime That Shocked Dickens's London


MURDER BY THE BOOK: The Crime That Shocked Dickens's London

CLAIRE HARMAN    Book Number: 90377    Product format: Hardback

Relish the gruesome details of this impressively researched historical account of a celebrated Victorian murder with a literary twist. In the early morning of 6th May 1840, on a highly respectable Mayfair street, a footman answered the door to a panic-stricken maid from a nearby house. Her 71 year old master Lord William Russell was lying in bed with his throat cut so deeply that the head was almost severed. All London was gripped by the gory details and panicked by its significance, because behind the Russell murder was another story, the part played in the crime by the season?s most sensational novel. Jack Sheppard was the saga of an unrepentant thief who escaped from justice time and again. The book, by William Harrison Ainsworth, had already sparked a crime wave in the capital, and when Lord William's murderer claimed to have been corrupted by the tale, it ignited a fierce debate about writers and morality that drew Dickens and Thackeray, both at the beginning of their careers, into the fray. Contemporary cartoons and caricatures and colour portraits included show the popularity of Jack Sheppard the novel and the play, an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria and François Courvoisier sketched on the first day of his trial, awaiting execution in Newgate and also his death mask. Desirable US roughcut edges to the 254 pages. Map and illus.
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ISBN 9780525520399
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