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Author Harman, Claire, author.

Title Murder by the book : the crime that shocked Dickens's London / Claire Harman.

Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  364.1523 HAR    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    364.1523 HAR    Available
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1 copy being processed for PAS Central Library On Order.
Edition First American edition.
Description 252 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [217]-242) and index.
Note "This is a Borzoi Book."
Summary "Early in the morning of May 6, 1840, on a highly respectable Mayfair street, a footman answered the door to a panic-stricken maid from a nearby house. Her elderly master, Lord William Russell, was lying in bed with his throat cut so deeply that the head was almost severed. The whole of London, from monarch to street urchins, was soon gripped by the crime's gory details--and panicked by its significance. For behind the Russell murder was another story, the part played in the crime by the season's most sensational novel, Jack Sheppard, 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. Harman combines a riveting whodunit with a literary scandal that involved the most famous writers of the day."--Dust jacket.
Contents A last walk -- The crime -- "This nightmare of a book" -- The play -- The investigation -- The trial -- In the Stone Jug -- The execution -- The aftermath -- Postscript : unanswered questions.
Subject Courvoisier, François Benjamin, -1840 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Russell, William, Lord, 1767-1840.
Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882. Jack Sheppard.
Murder -- England -- London.
Murder in literature.
Genre/Form True crime stories.
ISBN 9780525520399 hardcover
0525520392 hardcover

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