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A Private Disgrace: Lizzie Borden by Daylight Paperback – November 19, 2012
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About the Author
VICTORIA LINCOLN was born in 1904 in Fall River, Massachusetts, where she lived until she graduated from the B.M.C. Durfee public high school in 1922. She majored in English at Radcliffe College, married the scion of a well-to-do Southern family, divorced, and later married Victor Lowe, a professor of philosophy whose primary interest was in the work of Alfred North Whitehead. They settled in Baltimore, Maryland. She had one child from her first marriage and two from her second. Miss Lincoln wrote many essays and short stories for women’s magazines and several novels including February Hill (an early success in 1934) and Charles (1962) about Charles Dickens. After many years of wanting to write about Lizzie Borden, and despite advice that the market for books on Lizzie was saturated, she decided that her unique perspective on the murders deserved a hearing. A PRIVATE DISGRACE received an Edgar as the best non-fiction crime book of 1967 from the Mystery Writers of America. In 1981 Miss Lincoln died in her home in Baltimore. She was 76.
Top customer reviews
It was an inside look by someone who lived in the town and knew the history
of the people.
I think the author did a good job of staying to facts and presenting it honestly.
My only complaint, and a minor one at that, are the innumerable amounts of typos - occasionally they made paragraphs almost incomprehensible without thinking twice. I suppose that's the price we pay for the luxury of having ebooks. Nonetheless,
The writer does talk about herself often, and at times this was a bit annoying, but it all related, and added to the general backstory of Fall River.
This is the one book on the Lizzie Borden case you must read!
I don't buy every one of the author's theories; for one reason, they're unprovable now that Lizzie is dead. But every theory makes sense, and the whole concept holds together well. The author also spends time on several of the minor characters, who aren't so minor after all. She also gives a clear and entertaining picture of the world she and Lizzie both occupied. This is a must-read for any fan of the mystery of Lizzie Borden and her ax.