On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts

On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts

by Thomas De Quincey
     
 

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In this dispassionate analysis of the act of murder, De Quincey’s innovative, idiosyncratic artistic vision found space for gruesome reportage, satire, literary criticism, and aesthetic judgments, in a work strewn with examples ranging from antiquity to his own time, including the urban serial-killer John Williams. In addition to this essay’s Swiftian

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Overview

In this dispassionate analysis of the act of murder, De Quincey’s innovative, idiosyncratic artistic vision found space for gruesome reportage, satire, literary criticism, and aesthetic judgments, in a work strewn with examples ranging from antiquity to his own time, including the urban serial-killer John Williams. In addition to this essay’s Swiftian exercise in irony, he investigated the Williams case further in a postscript, resulting in a dramatic suspense-filled narrative that prefigures Capote’s In Cold Blood and the modern true-crime genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847491336
Publisher:
Oneworld Classics
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Oneworld Classics Gift Editions Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859) was an English essayist of the Romantic period, whose most famous work is Confessions of an English Opium Eater.

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