On Murder (Oxford World's Classics)

On Murder (Oxford World's Classics)


The titular essay during this quantity of labor via Thomas De Quincey facilities at the infamous profession of the assassin John Williams, who in 1811 brutally killed seven humans in London's East finish. De Quincey's reaction to Williams's assaults turns morality on its head, celebrating and coolly dissecting the paintings of homicide and its perfections. This quantity additionally includes De Quincey's best-known piece of literary feedback, "On the Knocking on the Gate in Macbeth," and his most interesting story of terror, "The Avenger," a annoying exploration of violence, vigilantism, and non secular persecution. starting from gruesomely vibrant reportage and brilliantly humorous satiric excessive jinks to penetrating literary and aesthetic feedback, those essays had a impressive influence on crime, terror, and detective fiction. also they are a key contribution to the satiric culture, in addition to at the upward thrust of nineteenth-century decadence. The bibliography is the main vast on hand on severe responses to De Quincey's essays on homicide and violence, and the essays integrated the following have by no means been annotated so completely ahead of. They reveal--often for the 1st time--De Quincey's accounts, impressive erudition, and encyclopedic wisdom of latest crime.
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