JACK THE RIPPER The Making of the Myth

Author: Bennett (John G.)
Year: 2011
Publisher: Blurb
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: F.
Price: 75.00
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Hardback. SIGNED. The popular image of Jack the Ripper may forever be seared into the public consciousness as the tall, sinister, silent stalker of the foggy East End alleyways, dressed in a long cloak and tall hat and holding a Gladstone bag. It was most certainly never like this in reality, but why does the image prevail and more to the point, where did it come from in the first place? The author examines the genesis of the modern iconography of Jack the Ripper and how simple interpretations in 1888, pushed and shaped by the media, have subsequently created an enduring icon of horror, folklore and in many cases, entertainment. Exploring the changing attitudes to the victims, the crimes and the times, as well as the numerous names that have been presented as the true identity of the world's most notorious uncaught serial killer, this book presents an overview of Ripper 'lore', aimed at those whose own opinions of its history have been influenced by the power of the media - an influence which began the moment the first murders were committed. Illustrated and with extensive footnotes and references, this is the story of how Jack the Ripper has survived into the 21st century. Contents : Part One: The Autumn Of Terror; Part Two: Stabs In The Dark; Part Three: Fame At Last; Part Four: Catch Me when You Can. Illus. + Select Bibliog. 272pp. 8vo h/back. From the library of true crime writer John Bennett. FLATSIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Pictorial fr. cover, dw. not required. F. Extremely hard to find as very few copies were actually printed, particularly in h/back. Highly recommended.

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