The Art of the English Murder

The Art of the English Murder

From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock

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From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to the cosy crimes of the Golden Age, renowned historian Lucy Worsley explores the evolution of the traditional English murder?and reveals why we are so fascinated by this sinister subject.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Crime, ©2014.
Edition: First Pegasus Crime edition.
ISBN: 9781605986340
1605986348
Characteristics: 312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color), color facsimiles, portraits (some color) ;,24 cm

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ChristchurchLib Jan 12, 2015

Focusing on the gruesome ability of murder to fascinate outsiders and bystanders, this historical account traces the popularity -- and profitability -- of murder as a form of entertainment. Focusing specifically on England, historian Lucy Worsley covers notorious crimes from 1800 to the mid-1940s, starting with the Ratcliffe Highway murders, and the resulting changes in popular culture. From newspaper accounts and "penny dreadfuls" to puppet plays, sensational novels, and the creation of the detecting profession, this account is "lively, lucid, and wonderfully lurid" (Publishers Weekly). Popular Culture January 2015 newsletter.

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