On Murder considered as One of the Fine Arts


  • New Hardback | 128 pp.
  • ISBN: 9781847491336
  • Published: 2009

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In this dispassionate analysis of the act of murder, De Quincey’s innovative, idio­syncratic artistic vision found space for gruesome reportage, satire, literary criticism and aesthetic judgements, in a work strewn with examples ranging from antiquity to his own time, including the urban serial-killer John Williams.

De Quincey’s seminal 1827 work was greatly influential on such writers as Poe, Baudelaire and Borges, and the trace of its impact can still be found today in modern satire, black humour and crime and detective fiction.


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Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859) was an English essayist of the Romantic period, whose most famous work is Confessions of an Opium Eater.

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