Death, Detection and Crime: Was Murder Invented by literary Victorians?

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I thought the easiest and quickest way to introduce this book is to share some review snippets:

 

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Wonderful… [Flanders] shines in her readings of literary novels containing criminal and detective elements, such as Oliver Twist, Mary Barton and Tess of the D’Urbervilles, but can be sharp and very funny about the vagaries of melodramatic and sensational plotting.” –Wall Street Journal

 

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Police

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Gruesome Murder in the East End

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Judith Flanders Blog

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Life Story: : Addiction, adultery and a very Victorian scandal

In this fascinating exploration of murder in the nineteenth century, Judith Flanders examines some of the most gripping ….

Murder in Britain in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama ….

In this fascinating book, Judith Flanders 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 tragedie …. The New York Times best seller

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