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Editions of Select Trials at the Sessions House in the Old Bailey, which offered trial transcripts made in court by reporters who paid a fee for the right (Howson 1970: 325) but also included narrative “accounts” of the criminals’ careers, appeared in 1730, 1734–5, and 1742, and were much excerpted and plagiarized, as for instance in Annals of Newgate (1776). 1 Although the eponymous hero of Paul Clifford is not based upon a specific criminal recorded in this journalism, his exploits closely parallel those of several felons made famous by it (Hollingsworth 1963: 68).

Sartor Resartus (1833–4). Ed. Kerry McSweeney and Peter Sabor. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987. Casey, Ellen Miller. ” Women’s Writing 16/2 (Aug. 2009): 254–62. Chorley, Henry Fothergill. Review of The Three Louisas: A Novel, by H[enry] SutherlandEdwards. Athenaeum 2029 (15 Sept. 1866): 330. Dickens, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1838–9). Facsimile edn. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982. Graves. H. [Campbell Duncan MacKellar]. Athenaeum 3258 (5 Apr.

This trope of Newgate protagonists and their allies as victims of the corrupting and alien world of crime into which injustice has cast them is in turn often supported by an appeal to what Peter Linebaugh and Simon Joyce identify as an “excarceral politics,” whereby the “escapes, flights, desertions, migrations and refusals” by which characters attempt to escape unjustly “carceral” institutions such as “workhouse, factory, hospital, school and ship” (Linebaugh 1991: 23; cf. Joyce 1995 and Ainsworth 2007: 15–23) are rewritten as evidence of their moral natures rather Newgate Novels 31 than as signs of immorality or rebellion against the status quo.

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