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The Trial of Lizzie Borden

The Trial of Lizzie Borden
 

The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology--the trial of Lizzie Borden--based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence. The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history.... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781501168376
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Published 12 March 2019 by Simon & Schuster
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Robertson, Cara
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ISBN-13 9781501168376
ISBN-10 1501168371
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Imprint Simon & Schuster
Publication Date 12 March 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Robertson, Cara
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Crime
Crime & Criminology
Criminal Law
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 38mm
Weight 612g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Borden, Lizzie - Trials, litigation, etc, True crime stories, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology, TRUE CRIME / Murder / General, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws
NBS Text True Crime
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 345.74402523
Catalogue Code 981925

Description of this Book

The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology--the trial of Lizzie Borden--based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence. The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone--rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars and laypeople--had an opinion about Lizzie Borden's guilt or innocence. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn't she? The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for more than one hundred years. Immortalized in rhyme, told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror, but one typically wrenched from its historical moment. In contrast, Cara Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden's culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom. Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The Trial of Lizzie Borden is a taut, understated masterpiece: the rare history book that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Cara Robertson scours the Trial of the (Nineteenth) Century with the perseverance of a scholar, the gimlet eye of a detective, and the elegance of a novelist. As she depicts the Borden murders and the young lady accused of committing them, Robertson reveals the seething class, ethnic, and gendered tensions that roiled the glittering surface of the Gilded Age. --Jane Kamensky, author of A Revolution in Color and the Jonathan Trumball Professor of American History at Harvard University A fascinating social history. --Mary Higgins Clark, bestselling author of I've Got My Eyes on You With deft storytelling and convincing scholarship, Cara Robertson does the seemingly impossible by bringing new life to perhaps our oldest true-crime saga: the Gilded Age case of Lizzie Borden. By giving us Fall River, Massachusetts, in full and in context, as well as the panoply of characters who made the trial so sensational, Robertson has written that rarest of things: a page-turner with a point. --Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America

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Author's Bio

Cara Robertson began researching the Borden case as a Harvard undergraduate in 1990. She holds a PhD from Oxford University and a JD from Stanford Law School. She clerked at the Supreme Court of the United States, served as a legal adviser to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, and has written for various publications. Her scholarship has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center, of which she is a Trustee. The Trial of Lizzie Borden is her first book.

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