On Murder

Paperback | March 26, 2009

byThomas De QuinceyEditorRobert Morrison

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'For if once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination'Thomas De Quincey's three essays 'On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts' centre on the notorious career of the murderer John Williams, who in 1811 brutally killed seven people in London's East End. De Quincey's response to Williams's attacks turns morality on its head, celebrating and coollydissecting the art of murder and its perfections. Ranging from gruesomely vivid reportage and brilliantly funny satiric high jinks to penetrating literary and aesthetic criticism, the essays had a remarkable impact on crime, terror, and detective fiction, as well as on the rise ofnineteenth-century decadence.The volume also contains De Quincey's best-known piece of literary criticism, 'On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth', and his finest tale of terror, 'The Avenger', a disturbing exploration of violence, vigilantism, and religious persecution.

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'For if once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination'Thomas De Quincey's three essays 'On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts' centre on the notorious career of the murderer Joh...

Robert Morrison is co-editor of the multi-volume The Works of Thomas De Quincey and editor of Volume Three of The Selected Works of Leigh Hunt.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.51 inPublished:March 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199539049

ISBN - 13:9780199539048

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On the Knocking at the Gate in MacbethOn Murder Considered as One of the Fine ArtsThe AvengerSecond Paper on Murder Considered as One of the Fine ArtsPostscript [to On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts]