The case of Madeleine Smith : a true account of the respectable young Glasgow lady brought to trial for the murder by poison of her secret paramour

by Geary, Rick.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Knoxville Teen Graphic Non-Fiction HV6555.G72 S36 2006
Location  CLP - Knoxville
Collection  Teen Graphic Non-Fiction
Call Number  HV6555.G72 S36 2006
A scandalous secret affair in 19th Scotland between an upper class woman and a gentleman of lower standing ends in his murder by poison...
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Geary's nonfiction series A Treasury of Victorian Murder marches on with the story of a mid-nineteenth-century crime that rocked Europe and North America, primarily because the accused seemed the quintessential faux-innocent femme fatale. In 1855 Madeleine Smith, a prosperous Scottish architect's daughter, apparently poisoned her poor, clandestine lover to clear the way for marriage to a wealthy merchant. Despite extremely telling circumstantial evidence, the case against her received the verdict, unique to Scotland, of Not Proven, which implied that the all-male jury didn't disbelieve that she was guilty. She moved to London with her elder brother, married an associate of the Pre-Raphaelites, bore two children who became nonconformist adults, divorced, moved to New York, married again, survived her second husband, and was listed as 64 when she died at 93. Popular novels, plays, and movies, notably David Lean's film Madeleine, have been based on the case, but it's hard to imagine any of them presenting it more amusingly, thoroughly, and succinctly than does Geary's trademark droll counterpointing of narration and image. --Ray Olson Copyright 2006 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This latest in Geary's lovingly researched and illustrated Treasury of Victorian Murder series relates the case of Madeleine Smith, a well-to-do architect's daughter who is willingly courted by Emile L'Anglier, a man of lesser means. Perhaps influenced by the flowery depictions of love found in overwrought romantic novels and certainly longing to escape the strangling mores of the day, Madeleine's fantasies come true during her affair with L'Anglier, thrills that burgeon when spurred by her family's disapproval of the situation. Things take a sinister turn when Madeleine finds a more appropriate suitor and tires of L'Anglier's attentions. She continues the fantasy-driven relationship with the added spice of slowly poisoning her lover via arsenic in his tea, a crime that she would most likely get away within the stringently class oriented society of Victorian Glasgow. Saying more would spoil the true-life outcome for those unfamiliar with the case, but as always Geary provides a quaintly drawn time warp that is both entertaining and educational, including maps and diagrams that bring the case to life. Every bit as much fun as its predecessors, this volume is a welcome and intelligent change of pace from the usual comics fare. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Geary, Rick. Treasury of Victorian murder.
#1 - Treasury of Victorian murder
#2 - Jack the Ripper
#3 - The Borden tragedy
#4 - The Fatal bullet
#5 - The Mystery of Mary Rogers
#6 - The Beast of Chicago
#7 - The Murder of Abraham Lincoln
#8 - The Case of Madeleine Smith
Subjects Smith, Madeleine, -- 1835-1928 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Poisoning -- Scotland -- History -- 19th century -- Case studies -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Murder -- Scotland -- History -- 19th century -- Case studies -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Poisoners -- Scotland -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :NBM ComicsLit,2006
Other Titles Madeleine Smith
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 1561634670 (alk. paper)
9781561634675 (alk. paper)
1561634689 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781561634682 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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