Jack the Ripper: His Life and Crimes in Popular Entertainment

Jack the Ripper: His Life and Crimes in Popular Entertainment

by Gary Coville, Patrick Lucanio
     
 

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The identity of Jack the Ripper has consumed public curiosity since he first tormented the East End of London in 1888. Numerous theories have been offered as to the Ripper’s identity, but a definitive answer has always been elusive. He remains in the shadows where, it seems, only imaginative literature has been able to elucidate his meaning to the modern world. This… See more details below

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The identity of Jack the Ripper has consumed public curiosity since he first tormented the East End of London in 1888. Numerous theories have been offered as to the Ripper’s identity, but a definitive answer has always been elusive. He remains in the shadows where, it seems, only imaginative literature has been able to elucidate his meaning to the modern world. This work surveys the literary, film, television, and radio treatments of Jack the Ripper and his crimes. The works of fiction are thoroughly analyzed, as are the major nonfiction works that have offered various theories about the Ripper’s identity. Works whose narratives are obviously inspired by Jack the Ripper and his crimes are also discussed. Many of the works reviewed herein became available only after extensive searches of television and radio logs, studio release schedules, newspaper and magazine reviews, and numerous bibliographies.

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Booknews
Oregon-based television and radio historians survey the literary, film, television, and radio treatments of the killer who stalked Victorian London. They analyze both the fictional accounts and the non-fiction theories about his identity. They also include works obviously inspired by him and his crimes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Public Library Quarterly
recommended
Reference Reviews
the text is closely and logically argued, well-presented and offers a comprehensive view of impact of these murders on society and its literature...an excellent index
Classic Images
examines the treatment of the Victorian murderer on screen, radio, and television

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786440450
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/10/2008
Pages:
203
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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