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

Harman, Claire (author.).

Summary: "From award-winning biographer Claire Harman, [this book] is the fascinating 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? Early in the morning of May 6, 1840, on a highly respectable Mayfair street, a footman answered the door to a panic-stricken maid from a nearby house. Her elderly master, Lord William Russell, was lying in bed with his throat cut so deeply that the head was almost severed. The whole of London, from monarch to street urchins, was soon gripped by the crime's gory details--and panicked by its significance. For behind the Russell murder was another story, the part played in the crime by the season's most sensational novel, Jack Sheppard, the saga of an unrepentant thief who escaped from justice time and again. The book, by William Harrison Ainsworth, had already sparked a crime wave in the capital, and when Lord William's murderer claimed to have been corrupted by the tale, it ignited a fierce debate about writers and morality that drew Dickens and Thackeray, both at the beginning of their careers, into the fray. Harman combines a riveting whodunit with a literary scandal that involved the most famous writers of the day. Impeccably researched and beautifully crafted, Murder by the Book is an utterly beguiling read that sheds new light on a notorious historical mystery and the enigmatic path from virtue to the gallows."--Dust jacket.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780525520399
  • ISBN: 0525520392
  • Physical Description: print
    252 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]

Contents / Notes

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi Book."
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [217]-242) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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.
Subject: Courvoisier, François Benjamin -1840 Trials, litigation, etc
Russell, William Lord 1767-1840
Ainsworth, William Harrison 1805-1882
Courvoisier, François Benjamin -1840
Russell, William Lord 1767-1840
Murder England London
Murder in literature
Murder in literature
England London
England London
TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
Genre: True crime stories.

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