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Jane Austen’s Aunt Behind Bars

Jane Austen’s Aunt Behind Bars

Writers and their Criminal Relatives and Associates, 1700–1900

This new book brings together Stephen Wade’s two areas of interest, focusing on the writers in the reigns of Anne to Victoria. The essays here recount and explore the prison experience of writers, both famous and obscure, who came to know the insides of Britain’s prisons.

The collected essays explore the lives of several writers in Georgian and Victorian Britain, in terms of their knowledge and experience of prison life. This book focuses on the lives of the writers themselves, or on the prison stretches endured by their relatives or acquaintances.  Some of these writers were locked up for debt, while others were deprived of liberty for sedition or treason. Here the reader will find, amongst many other stories, accounts of Dickens’s father in debtors’ prison, of Leigh Hunt living with his whole family in The Surrey House of Correction and of Oscar Wilde in Reading Gaol. 

This new book brings together Stephen Wade’s two areas of interest, focusing on the writers in the reigns of Anne to Victoria. The essays here recount and explore the prison experience of writers, both famous and obscure, who came to know the insides of Britain’s prisons.

Stephen Wade is a specialist in the history of crime and law.

Introduction; The Context: Crime and Punishment 1700–1900; 1. Defoe in Newgate and the Clink; 2. Dr Johnson’s Day in Court; 3. A Free Pardon for Savage; 4. The Macaroni Parson; 5. Another Writer in Newgate; 6. Jane Austen’s Aunt Behind Bars; 7. William Combe and His Friends; 8. Murder at the Lambs’ House; 9. George Gissing’s Dangerous Love; 10. Dickens’ Father in Gaol; 11. Samuel Bamford, Thomas Cooper and Other Chartists; 12. Brothers Inside; 13. The Crimes Club: Conan Doyle and Churton Collins; 14. Irish Writer Meets Wife Killer; 15. Oscar Wilde, Wilde Senior and Reading Gaol; 16. Three Literary Enthusiasts; Some Conclusions; Acknowledgements; Bibliography and Sources

Imprint
Union Bridge Books
Publisher
Union Bridge Books
Language
English
Product Format
Paperback
Dimensions
8.5 x 5.5
Weight
1 gram
Publication Date
1 Jun 2013
Number of Pages
188
ISBN
9780857282026
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EPUB
Dimensions
8.5 x 5.5
Publication Date
15 Jun 2013
Number of Pages
188
ISBN
9780857282149
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PDF
Publication Date
15 Jun 2013
Number of Pages
188
ISBN
9780857282088
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MobiPocket
Publication Date
15 Jun 2013
Number of Pages
188
ISBN
9780857282200