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Forgotten News: The Crime of the Century and Other Lost Stories

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The author magically transports his readers back into the strange and fascinating 19th-century world with this collection of mysterious and lurid stories that time forgot!
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Doubleday Books
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Robert
This may be my favorite Jack Finney book, and i love them all. What makes this one special is that it is all true, though written with Finney's usual verve a good humor. Although there are several chunks of material in the book, the one that is the most compelling is the story of the "crime of the century" that took place in Manhattan in the 1800s. For anyone who claims that Americans were less crass, less celebrity-minded, more civilized--they need to read "Forgotten News." The truth is, as Fin ...more
Cynthia
After reading Time and Again I found myself drawn to anything Jack Finney wrote. In this he forsakes his time travel hooks and gives us some of the fascinating detailed research that made Time and Again a cut above. If you've read Time and Again you know the book is enriched by the addition of photos of the time period, as well as newspaper and magazine reproductions. This is what makes Forgotten News such a fascinating read, because again you are transported back in time - but through history ( ...more
Kressel Housman
I'm putting this aside for now. It's an interesting attempt to retell the events of a real-life crime in the 1880's in story form, but other books have taken priority.
Bob
Fascinating stories and apparently well researched. Finney attempts to place himself at the scenes described, using what he know from his research about the sights, sounds, smells, dress, language, and demeanor of the real-life characters. In so doing, he gives the reader a vivid picture, but unfortunately it is wholly Finney's picture and written in his style, which contrasts sharply against that of the time which he is describing. There is some sort of discontinuity that I can't quite describe ...more
Lauri Kennemore
In the first part of the book, Jack Finney re-tells what is likely the most sensational murder trial of the mid 1800s, synthesizing facts, eyewitness accounts, and quotations from the newspaper articles of the day. A Victorian era Desperate Housewives, full of drama, deception, scandal and wit.

Finney shares a few other forgotten news stories of the latter part of the 1800s: A heroic rescue from cannibals; the sinking of the Central America steamship; outrageous and hilarious shenanigans on Wall
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Margie
This was an interesting account of an actual murder back in the 1800s but I felt a need to push myself to read it. Maybe a little too much detail. Included were Lost Stories after it.
Wendy
The brutal murder of Dr. Burdell in mid-1800s NYC is recounted to us by Jack Finney, drawing from newspaper accounts of the day. Before internet, tv, and radio, sensational crime stories played out in competing newspapers. Drawings were used as photos weren't available yet. Many of these sketches are included in this book.
Tara
His writing style is odd, making for a less than clear flow. I suppose I'll keep plugging away.
Treplovski
Oct 13, 2008 Treplovski rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Treplovski by: Joe Yuska, Sr.
Fascinating.
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Mr. Finney specialized in thrillers and works of science fiction. Two of his novels, "The Body Snatchers" and "Good Neighbor Sam" became the basis of popular films, but it was "Time and Again" (1970) that won him a devoted following. The novel, about an advertising artist who travels back to the New York of the 1880's, quickly became a cult favorite, beloved especially by New Yorkers for its rich, ...more
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