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Defoe on Sheppard and Wild

By: Defoe, Daniel(Original author) Holmes, Richard(Edited by)

Part of the Classic biographies series
0007395620 / 9780007395620
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92 pages
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Description based on print version record. Contents: Contents: The history of the remarkable life of John Sheppard - A narrative of all the robberies, escapes etc of John Sheppard - The true and genuine account of the life and actions of the late Jonathan Wild.

Part of the outstanding biographical series - edited by Richard Holmes - that recovers the great classical tradition of English biography. Every book is a biographical masterpiece, still thrilling to read and vividly alive.

In this pioneering series, Richard Holmes, the world's leading Romantic biographer, sets out to recover the great forgotten tradition of English biographical writing. 'I have had no time for dusty tomes,' writes Holmes, 'I have looked for brevity, intelligence and style. Above all, I have sought out great biographical writers: biographers with passion, biographers who have found a way to the heart and soul of a memorable subject.'

Jack Sheppard was an 18th-century Houdini - a handsome young escape artist who broke out of his cell on Newgate's grim Death Row three times. Jonathan Wild was the infamous Thief-Taker General who helped to recapture him and many other criminals, only to be tried and executed himself for racketeering, among scenes of mayhem at Tyburn.

Daniel Defoe, the master of adventure fiction, was fascinated by 'True Confessions' and the workings of the criminal personality (including its daring, its stoicism and its humour). He was the first to retell these stories, based on personal interviews in Newgate, which also include a thrilling (sometimes hour by hour) reconstruction of events.


1DBKESL London, Greater London, BTC True crime

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