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Author Borowitz, Albert, 1930-

Title Blood and ink : an international guide to fact-based crime literature / Albert Borowitz ; note by Jacques Barzun ; foreword by Jonathan Goodman.

Published Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, [2002]
©2002

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 UniM Bail  016.364 BORO    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 524 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 461-462) and index.
Contents Note: The Place and Point of "True Crime" / Jacques Barzun xiii -- Foreword: Some Prescriptions and Proscriptions for "True Crime" / Jonathan Goodman xv.
Summary Albert Borowitz provides a guide to "fact-based crime literature" focusing on two principal groups of works: nonfictional accounts of crimes and criminal trials, including essays, monographs, journalism, editions of court transcripts, prison histories, and criminal and police biographies and memoris; and works of imaginative literature, such as novels, stories, or stage works, based on or inspired by actual crimes or criminals.
The interplay between crime fact and fiction can be detected back to literature's earliest beginnings. True crime has long been the basis of many plots of memorable literature -- from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter to Jean Genet's play The Maids, there has often been blood on the page.
With entries as diverse as Bruce Springsteen's "American Skin," a song about the killing of Amadou Diallo by four New York police officers, to Mark Twain's references to the Mountain Meadows Massacre in Roughing It to Death and the King's Horseman, Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka's account of the confrontation of British criminal laws and the ritual suicide mandated by Nigerian religion, Borowitz's work is truly comprehensive. Blood and Ink, with forewords by eminent historian Jacques Barzun and true-crime writer/historian Jonathan Goodman, will prove to be an invaluable resource to true-crime afficionados as well as to students and scholars of literature, cultural studies, and social history.
Subject Crime -- Case studies -- Bibliography.
Criminal investigation -- Case studies -- Bibliography.
Crime writing -- Bibliography.
ISBN 0873386930 (cloth)
0873387201 (paper)
0873386892 (hardcover : alk. paper)