"Jack the Ripper and the London Press" by L. Curtis

Jack the Ripper and the London Press L. Curtis

Publication date:
28 Dec 2001
Yale University Press
368 pages: 235 x 156mm
8 b/w illus.

?An excellent book that offers a new angle on an always fascinating subject.??John Davis, Queen?s College, Oxford?[This] impressive book makes a genuine contribution to 19th-century history in a way that books addressing the banal question of the identity of the Ripper do not.??Jad Adams, The Guardian

?[A] fascinating study. . . . [Curtis?s] very readable book brings an authoritative voice to a subject that is usually hijacked by publicity-hungry sensationialists, whose claims to have discovered the ?real? Ripper are as cynical a sales ploy as any used by the lowest Victorian hack.??David McAllister, Times Literary Supplement

"A wide-ranging and insightful investigation that is rich in qualitative detail. . . . One need not have an interest in the specifics of the Ripper case?or even in the sociology of crime?to derive much of value from this volume."?Vincent F. Sacco, Contemporary Sociology

?Curtis?s history of the newspapers involved and his tracing of the late-Victorian journalistic scene would be useful for anyone wanting a solid introduction to the Victorian press, a still understudied resource for Victorian studies. Some of his most interesting material involves not reportage but letters to the editor and opinion pieces, which reveal the wide variety of fears and speculations the murders created.??Andrew Elfenbein, Studies in English Literature

?This solid and highly accessible work summarizes, analyzes, and contextualizes contemporary press reports of the Ripper murders, which galvanized London in 1888.??Judith Knelman, Albion

?A remarkable cultural history. . . . An unusually balanced and multi-layered history.??Lydia Murdoch, Victorian Studies

?A fresh look at the Ripper phenomenon. . . . This is a book that has much to offer Ripper enthusiasts and those in search of a detailed and contextualized analysis of the Victorian press?s response to one of the most notorious episodes in the history of modern crime.??Alex Owen, Journal of Modern History