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True Crime: An American Anthology

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Americans have had an uneasy fascination with crime since the earliest European settlements in the New World, and right from the start true crime writing became a dominant genre in American writing. True Crime: An American Anthology offers the first comprehensive look at the many ways in which American writers have explored crime in a multitude of aspects: the dark motives that spur it, the shock of its impact on society, the effort to make sense of the violent extremes of human behavior. Here is the full spectrum of the true crime genre, including accounts of some of the most notorious criminal cases in American history: the Helen Jewett murder and the once-notorious ?Kentucky tragedy? of the 1830s, the assassination of President Garfield, the Snyder- Gray murder that inspired Double Indemnity, the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Black Dahlia, Leopold and Loeb, and the Manson family. True Crime draws upon the writing of literary figures as diverse as Nathaniel Hawthorne (reporting on a visit to a waxworks exhibit of notorious crimes), Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser (offering his views on a 1934 murder that some saw as a ?copycat? version of An American Tragedy), James Thurber, Joseph Mitchell, and Truman Capote and sources as varied as execution sermons, murder ballads, early broadsides and trial reports, and tabloid journalism of many different eras. It also features the influential true crime writing of best-selling contemporary practitioners like James Ellroy, Gay Talese, Dominick Dunne, and Ann Rule.

Review:

Murder, let's face it, is as American as cherry pie.

That's the unavoidable conclusion one reaches after reading the Library of America's huge, bloody, fascinating, often depressing yet sometimes grimly funny anthology of 350 years of true-crime writing.

Admirably edited by Harold Schechter, the book opens with "The Hanging of John Billington," Plymouth Colony Governor... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

"True Crime: An American Anthology" offers a comprehensive look at the many ways in which American writers have explored crime in a multitude of aspects: the dark motives that spur it, the shock of its impact on society, and the effort to make sense of the violent extremes of human behavior.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781598530315
Author:
Schechter, Harold
Publisher:
Library of America
Author:
Harold, Schechter
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
General
Subject:
True crime stories
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories, American
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
900
Dimensions:
8.16x5.92x1.85 in. 2.16 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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