The Resource The Italian boy : murder and grave-robbery in 1830s London, Sarah Wise

The Italian boy : murder and grave-robbery in 1830s London, Sarah Wise

Label
The Italian boy : murder and grave-robbery in 1830s London
Title
The Italian boy
Title remainder
murder and grave-robbery in 1830s London
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Wise
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Before his murder in 1831, the Italian Boy was one of thousands of orphans on the streets of London, moving among the livestock, hawkers, and con men, begging for pennies. Once dead, his value increased: As a highly prized "Fresh Subject" bound for the anatomist's or surgeon's table, he was sold to a medical college by the men who killed him. Their high-profile arrest and trial would unveil London's furtive trade in human corpses, carried out by body-snatchers - or "resurrection men" - who robbed graves and even murdered to supply the lucrative market for cadavers. After all, a well-preserved body could fetch as much as nine guineas, the yearly salary of a working man."
Summary
Describes the 1831 murder of a young vagrant and the sale of his body to a London medical college, a case that led to the arrest of his killers, "resurrection men" who acted to satisfy the demand for fresh cadavers for the study of human anatomy
Award
Gold Dagger Award for Best Nonfiction of the Year, 2004.
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155893
Cataloging source
DLC
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Wise, Sarah
Dewey number
364.152309421
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6535.G6
LC item number
L6595 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Murder
  • Poor
  • Body snatching
  • London (England)
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a tale of murder and body snatching in 1830s London
Label
The Italian boy : murder and grave-robbery in 1830s London, Sarah Wise
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-356) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 375 p.
Isbn
9780224071765
Lccn
2003068559
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(Sirsi) a309742
Label
The Italian boy : murder and grave-robbery in 1830s London, Sarah Wise
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-356) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 375 p.
Isbn
9780224071765
Lccn
2003068559
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(Sirsi) a309742

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