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The Resource Murder by the book : the crime that shocked Dickens's London, Claire Harman

Murder by the book : the crime that shocked Dickens's London, Claire Harman

Label
Murder by the book : the crime that shocked Dickens's London
Title
Murder by the book
Title remainder
the crime that shocked Dickens's London
Statement of responsibility
Claire Harman
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
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 defense. 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"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harman, Claire
Dewey number
364.152/3092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
  • HV6535.G6
  • HV6535.G6
LC item number
  • L6366 2018
  • L6366 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Courvoisier, François Benjamin
  • Russell, William
  • Ainsworth, William Harrison
  • Courvoisier, François Benjamin
  • Russell, William
  • Murder
  • Murder in literature
  • Murder
  • Murder in literature
  • Trials
  • England
  • TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
Label
Murder by the book : the crime that shocked Dickens's London, Claire Harman
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"This is a Borzoi Book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [217]-242) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
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
on1043215792
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
252 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780525520399
Lccn
2018029773
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)1043215792
Label
Murder by the book : the crime that shocked Dickens's London, Claire Harman
Publication
Copyright
Note
"This is a Borzoi Book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [217]-242) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
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
on1043215792
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
252 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780525520399
Lccn
2018029773
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)1043215792

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