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The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime - Judith Flanders
The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
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In this exploration of murder in the nineteenth century, Judith Flanders explores some of the most gripping cases that fascinated the Victorians and gave rise to the first detective fictionMurder in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became... show more
In this exploration of murder in the nineteenth century, Judith Flanders explores some of the most gripping cases that fascinated the Victorians and gave rise to the first detective fictionMurder in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous—transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama and opera—even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts. Detective fiction and the new police force developed in parallel, each imitating the other—the founders of Scotland Yard gave rise to Dickens's Inspector Bucket, the first fictional police detective, who in turn influenced Sherlock Holmes and, ultimately, even P.D. James and Patricia Cornwell.In this fascinating book, Judith Flanders retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder—both famous and obscure—from the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper to the tragedies of the murdered Marr family in London’s East End; Burke and Hare and their bodysnatching business in Edinburgh; and Greenacre, who transported his dismembered fiancée around town by omnibus. With an irresistible cast of swindlers, forgers, and poisoners, the mad, the bad and the dangerous to know, The Invention of Murder is both a gripping tale of crime and punishment, and history at its most readable.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781250024879 (1250024870)
ASIN: 1250024870
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Pages no: 576
Edition language: English
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Sailing in a Sea of Words
Sailing in a Sea of Words rated it
3.5 Book Review: The Invention of Murder
Book: The Invention of Murder Author: Judith Flanders Genre: Nonfiction/Mystery/History of Murder/Victorian England Summary: Murder in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, with cold-blooded killings transformed into novels, broadsides, b...
Sailing in a Sea of Words
Sailing in a Sea of Words rated it
3.5 Book Review: The Invention of Murder
Book: The Invention of Murder Author: Judith Flanders Genre: Nonfiction/Mystery/History of Murder/Victorian England Summary: Murder in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, with cold-blooded killings transformed into novels, broadsides, b...
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady rated it
4.0 The Invention of Murder
The title "The Invention of Murder" is a little exaggerated - Judith Flanders isn't arguing that there were no murders before the 19th century, or anything like that. Instead, she relates (in a great deal of detail) how obsessed the average inhabitant of Victorian Britain was with murders safely re...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
4.5 Mr. W. Collins says to read it.
This is one of those books that you read that gives you lists of more books to read. Flanders’ book is an analysis of how Victorian Society viewed murdered, as mostly seen in the literature (both high and low) of the time as well as in the media. She traces not only the rimes but t...
lisa's reviews
lisa's reviews rated it
1.0
Very dry. I tried to read the first 30 pages and got bored. I tried to skim the next 50 pages and got even more bored. I was excited to read this book but it was big let-down. Other books that are similar (but better) are The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower, and The Suspicions of Mr. Wh...
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