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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (26 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199539049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199539048
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An edition like this of De Quincey's most memorable essays was badly needed. Robert Morrison as editor does a good job indeed! (Dr. Antonio Ballesteros-González, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)

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Robert Morrison is co-editor of the multi-volume The Works of Thomas De Quincey and editor of Volume Three of The Selected Works of Leigh Hunt.


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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jun. 2011
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Mention De Quincy's name and automatically people think of 'Confessions of an English Opium-Eater', whether they have read it or not. De Quincy wrote much more than that, and was one of the most brilliant writers of his generation, indeed arguably of any generation.

This collection includes his short literary criticism 'On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth', as well as his gothic short tale 'The Avenger', a story of mass murder in a small German town, which ultimately is a story of vengeance. Of course here also is 'On Murder as One of the Fine Arts', 'Second Paper on Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts', and 'Postscript to On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts', as well three appendices, which are unfinished works.

The On Murder brought De Quincy instant notoriety due to its mixture of irony, satire and aesthetics. Taking the path that murder is an art form, and not mindless violence, De Quincy produced something that will make you laugh out loud, as well as provoke thought. Hugely influential on many people these essays have helped to shape the crime/ murder mystery genres. If you love a good read, then don't overlook this book.
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The too long out-of-print On Murder has at last been published in a well-edited and affordable format by OUP. De Quincey's fame is often attached to "Confessions of an Opium Eater" which while having moments of brilliance is distinctly overrated. "On Murder" is both a gem of decadance and a simple parody of the self important and self obsessed writing found in the magazines of the epoch; a medium in which the so called intellectuals of the time would seek to parry one another.
Read it for the fun and the frivolity of a darker, dirtier, more dangerous London.
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By ML on 20 Jun. 2015
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I love De Quincey's work, but I think this is my favourite thus far. His satire is fabulous and often it's a challenge to weed the facts from the fiction. I also think the conclusions he draws are probably more relevant today than when he wrote them.
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HASH(0x9390b084) out of 5 stars Was Justice Denied? 1 Feb. 2008
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Robert Morrison's edition of de Quincey's various essays on murder is in keeping with the tradition of Oxford classics one of the best available - the text, as far as I can determine, is accurate and the footnotes informative. The major flaw is that Morrison, in his introductory materials as well as footnotes, consistently treats the guilt of John Williams in the Ratcliffe Highway murders and his "suicide" at Newgate as matters of proven fact. In their 1990 book "The Maul and the Pear Tree," the most recent historical look at the murders. P.D. James and T.A. Critchley make a strong case that Williams was in fact as much an innocent victim as those murdered and that his convenient "suicide" was a murder carried out by incompetent, corrupt local police (remember, this was well before the days of Scotland Yard) who were worried that if WIlliams got a chance in court to recuse the "confession" into which he had been bullied, public outrage over the murders would turn against them instead (James and Critchley suggest the real killer may have been "Long Billy" Amplas, a hulking merchant sailor of criminal habits and homicidal temper known to have been in the vicinity of both crimes, but admit that at this point the trail is too cold to be sure). Morrison was aware of "The Maul and the Peartree," since he quotes it in a footnote, but apparently ignored its carefully-reasoned conclusions, possibly because it would have been less compelling to present de Quincey's work while noting that it may have been based on a blatant miscarriage of justice.
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