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

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  5 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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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
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.
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...more
His writing style is odd, making for a less than clear flow. I suppose I'll keep plugging away.
Oct 13, 2008 Treplovski rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Treplovski by: Joe Yuska, Sr.
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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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