Invention of Murder by Judith FlanderInvention of Murder by Judith Flander

Invention of Murder

byJudith Flander

Hardcover | November 20, 2013

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"We are a trading community, a commercial people. Murder is doubtless a very shocking offence, nevertheless as what is done is not to be undone, let us make our money out of it." PunchMurder in the 19th century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment began and became ubiquitous - transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama and opera - even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts.In this meticulously researched and compelling book, Judith Flanders - author of 'The Victorian House' - retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder - both famous and obscure. From the crimes (and myths) of Sweeny 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, to 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.

Judith Flanders is the author of critically acclaimed A Circle of Sisters, a biography of Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynder and Louisa Baldwin, which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. She is a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Evening Standard, and the Times Literary Supplem...
Title:Invention of MurderFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.5 × 6.38 × 1.56 inPublished:November 20, 2013Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0007248881

ISBN - 13:9780007248889

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a fun historical recount of the most gruesome Victorian crimes! I had a lot of fun reading this book! I'm a Victorianist/19th century fanatic, so I was excited to get into it and I'm thrilled to see the author really delving into so many gruesome Victorian murders. I thought it was great.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Highly disappointing What a great title and a real disappointment. Full of meandering details that I could hardly find the beginning or end of, and numerous footnotes that are on almost every page, this non fiction read is a quagmire of prose that I barely escaped from.
Date published: 2013-06-20