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Blood and Ink: An International Guide to Fact-Based Crime Literature [Hardcover]

Albert Borowitz
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April 25, 2002 0873386930 978-0873386937
The interplay between crime fact and crime 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. This guide to "fact-based crime literature" focuses on two principal groups of works: non-fictional accounts of crimes and criminal trials, including essays, monographs, journalism, editions of court transcripts, prison histories, and criminal and police biographies; and works of imaginative literature, such as novels, stories or stage works, based on or inspired by actual crimes or criminals.

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This bibliography provides extensive annotations of a broad selection of accounts of actual crimes (e.g., American State Trials) as well as literary works based on actual crimes (e.g., Truman Capote's In Cold Blood), generally excluding Wild West and organized crime cases. Though books on murder get substantial coverage, Borowitz is interested in a wide range of criminal activity from almost all times and places, heavily stressing literary achievement within the genre rather than the crimes themselves. The coverage includes titles from the Anglo-American, French, and other traditions (extending to ancient Greece and Rome), though African traditions were excluded because of "language barriers." Borowitz's 40-page introduction provides an excellent and informative overview of the subject. Over the past few decades, Borowitz has published many well-received books on crime literature (e.g., Innocence and Arsenic: Studies in Crime Literature), and this unique book, suitable for any library whose patrons are interested in reading about crime, is a very successful culmination of his efforts in this field. (Index not seen.) Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., MI
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About the Author

Albert Borowitz is a graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. in classics, M.A. in Chinese regional studies, and a J.D. He is also the author of Terrorism for Self-Glorification: The Herostratos Syndrome (The Kent State University Press, 2005). He is a retired partner from the international law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.

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  • Hardcover: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr (April 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873386930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873386937
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,328,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Albert Borowitz holds a B.A., M.A., and a J.D. from Harvard University. A noted true-crime historian, he is the author of several books, including The Thurtell-Hunt Murder Case, The Woman Who Murdered Black Satin, and Terrorism for Self-Glorification.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Achievement December 10, 2002
How many bibliographies are a pleasure to read? How many would you put on your "desert isle" reading list? Astonishingly, long-time crime writer Albert Borowitz has perpetrated a volume that fits both of these rare categories splendidly. An instant true-crime classic and a literate treat, "Blood and Ink" will inform and charm its readers for decades to come.
The bulk of Borowitz's volume is given over to 500+ annotated bibliographic entries, wherein he crisply describes and critiques true-crime classics from around the world (excepting only Africa). As is the case with his own true-crime studies ("The Thurtell-Hunt Murder Case," "The Woman Who Murdered Black Satin" et al.), Borowitz's scholarship is impeccable, his style beguiling and his critical judgment unfailing. Compounding these delights are the author's introductory survey of world crime literature (a graduate course itself for the criminously inclined, plus lesser but worthy contributions by no less than Jacques Barzun and Jonathon Goodman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tremendous Achievement November 29, 2002
How many reference book can be read for pleasure? How many bibliographies would you include in your "desert island" list of indispensable titles? Astonishingly, Cleveland true-crime scholar/enthusiast Albert Borowitz has produced a magisteral volume that splendidly qualifies in both categories.
True crime aficionados take note: this is a book you cannot live without. In almost five hundred pages of crisply perceptive text Borowitz provides a lovingly annotated list of the world's true-crime literature. And, while the bulk of his text is taken up with English language items, the multilingual Borowitz also surveys works from around the world, excepting only Africa.
Erudite, witty and flecked with a dry humor,Borowitz's 654 choice entries will henceforce comprise every crime connoisseur's library or bibliographic lust list. Not the least of the delights herein is Borowitz's 40-page introductory survey of true-crime literature, which is as good a pocket-history of the genre as you will find. It is an additional measure of Borowitz's standing in his field that "Blood and Ink" also boasts prefatory contributions by both Jacques Barzun and Jonathan Goodman. As Sam Spade himself might say, "A toast to Albert Borowitz--and success to crime!"
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