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Classic Crimes
     

Classic Crimes

by William Roughead, Edward Gorey (Introduction)
 

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Dorothy Sayers called William Roughead the best showman who ever stood before the door of the chamber of horrors, and his true crime stories, written for the most part in the early part of the last century, are indeed among the glories of the genre. Displaying a meticulous command of evidence and unerring dramatic flair, Roughead employs a brilliantly

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Dorothy Sayers called William Roughead the best showman who ever stood before the door of the chamber of horrors, and his true crime stories, written for the most part in the early part of the last century, are indeed among the glories of the genre. Displaying a meticulous command of evidence and unerring dramatic flair, Roughead employs a brilliantly restrained, coolly ironic style to bring to life some of the most notorious crimes and extraordinary trials of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and Scotland. And wonderfully engrossing as they are, these accounts of premeditated mayhem and miscarried justice also cast an exact and powerful light on the evil that human beings, and human institutions, find it both pleasant to contemplate, and all too easy to do.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
William Roughead (1870-1952) was born in Edinburgh, where he studied law and became an expert on criminology. Between 1889 and 1949 he attended every murder trial of significance held in the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh, publishing his accounts of them in a series of bestselling books. He held the legal title of Writer to His Majesty's Signet and was an editor of the Notable British Trials Series.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
A volume which must henceforth be the cornerstone of any library of crime.
San Francisco Chronicle
Any murder enthusiast who has never read any of Roughead¹s sharp, wise, pawky accounts of British crimes will find [Classic Crimes] the best possible introduction to the man and his subject.
Joyce Carol Oates
Intelligence, skepticism, and a flair for old-fashioned storytelling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394716480
Publisher:
Random House, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1977

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