The Invention Of Murder: How The Victorians Revelled In Death And Detection And Created Modern Crime

Paperback | October 7, 2011

byJudith Flanders

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Murder in the 19th 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.

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 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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Murder in the 19th 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. In this meticulously researched and compelling book, Judith Flanders - author of THE VICTORIAN HO...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.5 inPublished:October 7, 2011Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:000724889X

ISBN - 13:9780007248896

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