The Thief-taker Hangings

The Thief-taker Hangings

How Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard Captivated London and Created the Celebrity Criminal

Book - 2014
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Chronicles the invention of scandal journalism by Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard.
Publisher: Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, c2014
ISBN: 9780762791484
Characteristics: xvii, 302 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Aug 27, 2017

A Sociology major, I seldom read English literature or English History but my enjoyment of the Hermann Melville novels and some of Daniel Defoe's makes it possible to undertake The Thief-Taker Hangings by Aaron Skirboll. An interest in Criminology doesn't hurt any either when reading this crime history of the thieves of London in the early 18th Century. He wrote about them in his bulletins it seems, both to help them and to reduce crime. The punishment administered described even adds a new perspective to our American Revolution that the book could be of interest to American history readers! It increased my sympathy for the peasants and lower classes of that time.


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