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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Murder-a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves?

Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of the modern era, murder entered the popular psyche, and it's been a part of us ever since.

The Art of the English Murder is a unique exploration of the art of crime-and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul by one of our finest historians.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 142 x 224 x 25mm | 350g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1605989096
  • 9781605989099
  • 415,218

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"Nicely illustrated with 16 pages of mostly color pictures and other B&W pictures throughout, this book is a delightful romp through the most iconic staples of Victorian life: Sherlock Holmes, Madame Tussaud's waxworks, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I recommend reading this at night with a strong cup of tea. Just keep your lights on, and the doors locked." -- The Sun News Miami "Worsley retells the stories of famous murderers and legendary criminals in delightfully readable language, with sharp, illuminating comments." -- The Literary Review "A brief, absorbing history lesson on how the UK's obsession with bloody deeds changed not only methods of law enforcement, but fertilized the roots of modern popular culture." -- Bookgasm "Worsley captures this bloody love affair very well." -- The Independent "Irresistible. Crisp, clear and good to the last sentence." -- The Buffalo News "Fascinating. This riveting cultural history will enthrall fans of British crime novels as well as readers of true crime." -- Library Journal (starred review) "Delightful." -- Book Riot "Worsley has a lively, accessible style, with frequent changes of pace and contagious enthusiasm for the little anecdotes and artifacts that bring history to life. A friendly introduction to the history of crime fiction." -- The Washington Post "Lively. Worsley's goal isn't to provide a history of crime or crime writing, but to show how the British enjoyed and consumed the idea of murder." -- The New York Times Book Review
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About Lucy Worsley

Lucy Worsley, Ph.D., is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House in Whitehall, and Kew Palace in England. Please visit
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2,717 ratings
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3 30% (824)
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