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Blood & ink : an international guide to fact-based crime literature
Borowitz, Albert, 1930-
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Publication Information:
Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xviii, 524 pages, 17 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 461-462) and index.


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HV6251 .B67 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Albert Borowitz provides a guide to "fact-based crime literature" focusing on two principal groups of works: non-fictional accounts of crimes and criminal trials, including essays, monographs, journalism, editions of court transcripts, prison histories, and criminal and police biographies and memoirs; and works of imaginative literature, such as novels, stories, or stage works, based on or inspired by actual crimes or criminals.Blood and Ink, with forewords by Jacques Barzun and true-crime writer/historian Jonathan Goodman, will prove to be an invaluable resource to true-crime aficionados as well as to students and scholars of literature, cultural studies, and social history.

Author Notes

Albert Borowitz is a graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. in classics, an M.A. in Chinese Regional Studies, and a J.D. He is the author of numerous studies on true crime, including The Bermondsey Horror, a nominee for the Gold Dagger award for true crime given by the Crime Writers Association. He is a retired partner from the international law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, for which he still serves as consultant

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This bibliography provides extensive annotations of a broad selection of accounts of actual crimes (e.g., American State Trials) as well as literary works based on actual crimes (e.g., Truman Capote's In Cold Blood), generally excluding Wild West and organized crime cases. Though books on murder get substantial coverage, Borowitz is interested in a wide range of criminal activity from almost all times and places, heavily stressing literary achievement within the genre rather than the crimes themselves. The coverage includes titles from the Anglo-American, French, and other traditions (extending to ancient Greece and Rome), though African traditions were excluded because of "language barriers." Borowitz's 40-page introduction provides an excellent and informative overview of the subject. Over the past few decades, Borowitz has published many well-received books on crime literature (e.g., Innocence and Arsenic: Studies in Crime Literature), and this unique book, suitable for any library whose patrons are interested in reading about crime, is a very successful culmination of his efforts in this field. (Index not seen.) Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Borowitz, a retired attorney and widely published author of such works as Innocence and Arsenic: Studies in Crime and Literature (1977), continues to document the relations between crime history and literature with a fascinating bibliographic guide to the genre of fact-based crime literature. Focusing primarily on items held in the Borowitz True Crime Collection (Kent State Univ.), the guide provides detailed annotations for nearly 650 separate items that either document nonfictional accounts of crimes or the imaginative literature based on them. Formats include monographs, novels, essays, court transcripts, and even songs like Bob Dylan's ode to the unjustly convicted Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Of particular use to nonliterary scholars is the inclusion of detailed entries on the "Notable British and Scottish Trials" (London, 83v., 1905-59) and "Famous Trials" (London, 16v.) series. International in scope, Borowitz's bibliography includes entries for most languages of the world. Beautifully researched and written, it is introduced by an important 40-page essay that traces the relations between crime and fiction throughout all ages and most countries. Recommended without reservation for all libraries maintaining collections in criminology or literature. D. K. Frasier Indiana University-Bloomington

Table of Contents

Jacques BarzunJonathan Goodman
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Note: The Place and Point of "True Crime"p. xiii
Foreword: Some Prescriptions and Proscriptions for "True Crime"p. xv
Introductionp. 1
Guide to Fact-Based Crime Literaturep. 41
Resourcesp. 461
Indexp. 463