Mary Ann’s September Recommendation

The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime   By Judith Flanders

the invention of murderThink that our society is obsessed with violence and gore in entertainment?  We have nothing on the Victorians.  People flocked to public executions, murder sites, exhibits of bloody clothing and weapons, and even to viewings of victims’ bodies.

They went to theatrical re-enactments of murders and bought “penny dreadfuls” – originally called “penny-bloods” to read about violent acts.  Murderers became rock stars.

This book recounts all that and explains how real events affected the works of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Thackery, and others.

Fascinating and a bit horrifying.

3 Similar Titles:

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Bloody Crimes: the chase for Jefferson Davis and the death pageant for Lincoln’s corpse by James L. Swanson

In the Garden of Beasts: love, terror, and an American family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

 

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