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Jonathan PearsonIn Kill Now,Talk Forever, Richard Newby, Associate Professor of English at Illinois State University, opts not to interpret or summarize the case for and against the defendants. He chooses instead to reprint [excerpts from] the transcript of the . . . Dedham trial of 1921 and invites the reader to make a reasoned decision about whether the men were guilty. . . . Newby then poses a series of essay questions aimed at teasing out the intricacies of the case. In addition, he collects and reprints correspondence and articles related to the case from "first, second and third generation" critics; with the pair's innocence an undisputed article of faith among many liberals, the case was debated in periodicals and letters pages until well into the 1990s. . . . As a piece of historical scholarship, Newby's volume (which has been through several editions) is impressive in its scope and has admirable intentions.
— Times Literary Supplement