True Crime An American Anthology

ISBN-10: 1598530313

ISBN-13: 9781598530315

Edition: N/A

Authors: Harold Schechter

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Americans have had an uneasy fascination with crime since the earliest European settlements in the New World, and right from the start true crime writing became a dominant genre in American writing. True Crime: An American Anthologyoffers the first comprehensive look at the many ways in which American writers have explored crime in a multitude of aspects: the dark motives that spur it, the shock of its impact on society, the effort to make sense of the violent extremes of human behavior. Here is the full spectrum of the true crime genre, including accounts of some of the most notorious criminal cases in American history: the Helen Jewett murder and the once-notorious Kentucky tragedy of the 1830s, the assassination of President Garfield, the Snyder- Gray murder that inspired Double Indemnity, the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Black Dahlia, Leopold and Loeb, and the Manson family. True Crimedraws upon the writing of literary figures as diverse as Nathaniel Hawthorne (reporting on a visit to a waxworks exhibit of notorious crimes), Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser (offering his views on a 1934 murder that some saw as a copycat version of An American Tragedy), James Thurber, Joseph Mitchell, and Truman Capote and sources as varied as execution sermons, murder ballads, early broadsides and trial reports, and tabloid journalism of many different eras. It also features the influential true crime writing of best-selling contemporary practitioners like James Ellroy, Gay Talese, Dominick Dunne, and Ann Rule.
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List price: $40.00
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 9/18/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 900
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

The Hanging of John Billington
Pillars of Salt
The Murder of a Daughter
An Account of a Murder Committed by Mr. J-- Y--, Upon His Family, in December, A.D. 1781
"A crime more atrocious and horrible than any other"
Jesse Strang
The Recent Tragedy
"A show of wax-figures"
Remarkable Case of Arrest for Murder
Crime News from California
from Roughing It
Jesse Harding Pomeroy, the Boy Fiend
A Memorable Murder
The Trial of Guiteau
The Murder of Annie Downey, alias "Curly Tom"
Hunting Human Game
The Hossack Murder
Murder Ballads
Poor Naomi
The Murder of Grace Brown
Belle Gunness
The Murder at Fall River
Trail's End
Mrs. Cordelia Botkin, Murderess
Hell Benders, or The Story of a Wayside Tavern
The Eternal Blonde
from The Gangs of New York
The Mystery of the Hansom Cab
More and Better Psychopaths
Dreiser Sees Error in Edwards Defense
Sex and the All-American Boy
Miss Ferber Views "Vultures" at Trial
Ditch of Doom
A Sort of Genius
Veteran Kills 12 in Mad Rampage on Camden Street
Butcher's Dozen
The Case of the Scattered Dutchman
The Trial of Ruby McCollum
The Black Dahlia
The Life and Death of Caryl Chessman
The Shambles of Ed Gein
Superman's Crime: Loeb and Leopold
Eight Girls, All Pretty, All Nurses, All Slain
The Pied Piper of Tucson
A Stranger with a Camera
Charlie Manson's Home on the Range
Then It All Came Down
"Son of Sam"
The Turner-Stompanato Killing: A Family Affair
The Medea of Kew Gardens Hills
My Mother's Killer
Young Love
Nightmare on Elm Drive
Sources and Acknowledgments
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