BLOOD & INK An International Guide to Fact-Based Crime Literature

Author: Borowitz (Albert) Barzun (Jacques) Note by :
Year: 2002
Publisher: Kent State University Press (Kent, Ohio)
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: Vg+/F
ISBN: 9780873386937
Price: 25.00
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Hardback. Foreword by Jonathan Goodman. The author provides a guide to "fact-based crime literature" focusing on two principal groups of works : nonfictional accounts of crimes and criminal trials, including essays, monographs, journalism, editions of court transcripts, prison histories, and criminal police biographies and memoirs; and works of imaginative literature, such as novels, stories, or stage works, based on or inspired by actual crimes or criminals. The interplay between crime fact and fiction can be detected back to literature's earliest beginnings. True crime has long been the basis of many plots of memorable literature - from Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter' to Jean Genet's play 'The Maids', there has often been blood on the page. With entries as diverse as Bruce Springstein's "American Skin," a song about the killing of Amadou Diallo by four New York police officers, to Mark Twain's references to the Mountain Meadows Massacre in 'Roughing It' to 'Death and the King's Horseman', Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka's account of the confrontation of British criminal laws and the ritual suicide mandated by Nigerian religion, the author's work is truly comprehensive. An invaluable resource to true-crime afficionados as well as to students and scholars of literature, cultural studies, and social history. Illus. + Resources and Index. 524pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Review copy with loosely inserted slip. Includes loosely inserted PERSONAL, HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM THE AUTHOR TO WILF GREGG. With bowed fr. cover o/w Vg+ in F. dw.

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