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The Resource Murder by the book : a sensational chapter in Victorian crime, Claire Harman

Murder by the book : a sensational chapter in Victorian crime, Claire Harman

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Murder by the book : a sensational chapter in Victorian crime
Title
Murder by the book
Title remainder
a sensational chapter in Victorian crime
Statement of responsibility
Claire Harman
Title variation
Murder by the book
Title variation remainder
the crime that shocked Dickenss London
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
From the prize-winning biographer--the fascinating, little-known story of a Victorian-era murder that rocked literary London, leading Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, and Queen Victoria herself to wonder: can a novel kill? In May 1840, Lord William Russell, well known in London's highest social circles, was found with his throat cut. The brutal murder had the whole city talking. The police suspected Russell's valet, Courvoisier, but the evidence was weak. And the missing clue lay in the unlikeliest place: what Courvoisier had been reading. In the years just before the murder, new printing methods had made books cheap and abundant, the novel form was on the rise, and suddenly everyone was reading. The best-selling titles were the most sensational true-crime stories. Even Dickens and Thackeray, both at the beginning of their careers, fell under the spell of these tales--Dickens publicly admiring them, Thackeray rejecting them. One such phenomenon was William Harrison Ainsworth's Jack Sheppard, the story of an unrepentant criminal who escaped the gallows time and again. When Courvoisier finally confessed his guilt, he would cite this novel in his defence. Murder By the Book combines the thrilling true-crime story with a illuminating account of the rise of the novel form and the battle for its early soul between the most famous writers of the time. It is a superbly researched, vividly written, fascinating read from first to last
Summary
Traces the lesser-known story of a Victorian-era murder that rocked literary London, revealing how the killer organized his defense by blaming his behavior on a popular crime novel
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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10760101
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QRML
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Harman, Claire
Dewey number
364.1523
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Courvoisier, François Benjamin
  • Russell, William
  • Ainsworth, William Harrison
  • Murder
  • Trials (Murder)
  • Murder in literature
  • Trials (Murder)
  • Murder
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the crime that shocked Dickens's London
Label
Murder by the book : a sensational chapter in Victorian crime, Claire Harman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
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
Control code
000064358779
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xi, 207 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780241315224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1061145871
Label
Murder by the book : a sensational chapter in Victorian crime, Claire Harman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
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
Control code
000064358779
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xi, 207 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780241315224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1061145871

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