Wilkie Collins's The Dead Alive

Wilkie Collins's The Dead Alive

The Novel, the Case, and Wrongful Convictions

Book - 2005
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jurisprudence - and of the need to question and correct a system that continues to condemn the innocent."--BOOK JACKET.
the United States." "Rob Warden, one of the country's most eloquent and effective advocates for the wrongly convicted, presents this classic work with accounts of a number of other real-life "dead alive" cases known to have occurred in the United States. A tale of false confessions and jailhouse snitches, of evidence overlooked and justice more blinkered than blind, the story of the Boorn brothers is a troubling reminder of the perennial nature of the flaws at the heart of American
"In the United States on a book tour in 1873, Wilkie Collins, a popular British novelist of the era, read about the case of Jesse and Stephen Boorn, who were convicted of and sentenced to death for the murder of their brother-in-law in 1819 and exonerated the following year. Upon his return to England, Collins wrote The Dead Alive, arguably the world's original legal thriller and the first novel known to have been inspired by a documented wrongful conviction, itself the first on record in
Publisher: Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, c2005
ISBN: 0810122944 (trade cloth : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: FIC COLLINS
Characteristics: xi, 178 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Warden, Rob
Alternative Title: Dead alive

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