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The Resource The thief-taker hangings : how Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard captivated London and created the celebrity criminal, Aaron Skirboll

The thief-taker hangings : how Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard captivated London and created the celebrity criminal, Aaron Skirboll

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The thief-taker hangings : how Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard captivated London and created the celebrity criminal
Title
The thief-taker hangings
Title remainder
how Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard captivated London and created the celebrity criminal
Statement of responsibility
Aaron Skirboll
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Chronicles the invention of scandal journalism by Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard
  • In the early 1700s, lawlessness ruled England. Highwaymen, thieves, and prostitutes thrived. Tawdry tales of fearless criminals proliferated, giving birth to a new medium: the newspaper. When notorious burglar Jack Sheppard finally met the hangman, street singers warbled ballads about the housebreaker whom no prison could hold. But before his execution, he told his life story to a writer who also had seen the inside of Newgate Prison. Daniel Defoe had done hard time for sedition and bankruptcy and saw how jail corrupted the poor. Most came out thieves, but he came out a journalist. Six months later, the author of Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders covered another death at the hanging tree. Jonathan Wild--his body covered in scars from dagger, sword, and gun, his fractured skull patched with silver plates--had all but invented organized crime and the double-cross. He cultivated thieves, took a cut of their loot, and eventually betrayed them for his reward and their deaths. But one man refused to play his game. Jack Sheppard hadn't taken orders from Wild, the self-proclaimed "thief-taker general, " and the two-faced bounty hunter took it personally. But Wild's arrogance got the better of him, and his duplicity soon came to light. He quickly became the most despised man in London. On his way to swing, a raging mob hurled rocks at him, and whatever else they could find. Defoe once again got the scoop, and tabloid journalism as we know it began.--From publisher description
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DLC
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Skirboll, Aaron
Dewey number
070.4/493649421
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN5124.C74
LC item number
S55 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Crime and the press
  • Sensationalism in journalism
  • Criminals
  • Tabloid newspapers
  • London (England)
  • Defoe, Daniel
  • Wild, Jonathan
  • Sheppard, Jack
Label
The thief-taker hangings : how Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard captivated London and created the celebrity criminal, Aaron Skirboll
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn870987275
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 302 pages
Isbn
9780762791484
Lccn
2014018791
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) 1657101
Label
The thief-taker hangings : how Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard captivated London and created the celebrity criminal, Aaron Skirboll
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn870987275
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 302 pages
Isbn
9780762791484
Lccn
2014018791
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) 1657101

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