The art of the English murder from Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock

by Worsley, Lucy,

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Murder: a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy-and a very strange, very English obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves? In The Art of the English Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nationwide panic in the early nineteenth century, and the case of Frederick and Maria Manning, the suburban couple who were hanged after killing Maria's lover and burying him under their kitchen floor. Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. The Art of the English Murder is a unique exploration of the art of crime-and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Narrator Flosnik delivers a competent but rather bland reading of Worsley's chronicle of the fascination with murder in British popular culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The desire for reality drama is not something that was introduced by today's TV; the book takes listeners back to the 19th century, when the English populace was held in thrall by tales of real-life killings, thievery, and general criminal mischief, as well as the consequences for the perpetrators. Public hangings pulled in huge crowds of people looking to see end-of-the-rope justice. This curiosity eventually gave rise to crime in literature and plays, from penny dreadfuls and pulp to modern day mystery novels. Worsley deftly expounds upon all aspects of crime and punishment with an enthusiastic scholar-of-the-people delivery. However, Flosnik's presentation is more perfunctory. She keeps her reading straightforward with little emotional inflection. She certainly has an excellent professional reading voice. Her intonation is perfect, but she lacks personality, and consequently the text is never really brought to life. A Pegasus Crime hardcover. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Murder Great Britain Case studies
Murder Social aspects Great Britain History
National characteristics, British
Murder in mass media
Murder in literature
Murder in art
Murder Great Britain History
Publisher Old Saybrook :Tantor Media, Inc.2014
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Flosnik, Anne, narrator.
OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by Anne Flosnik.
Audience General adult.
Language English
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Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
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ISBN 9781494524197
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