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They Hanged My Saintly Billy: The Life and Death of Dr. William Palmer

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Robert Graves recounts the life of William Palmer: surgeon, racehorse owner...a confessed forger who got girls into trouble, doped horses, robbed a few people...but was he a prisoner? Based on an actual trial that took place in 1856, this novel, like Graves' Wife to Mr. Milton and I, Claudius, has all the immediacy and spiciness of contemporary Victorian life. It is told t ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published October 16th 1986 by Academy Chicago Publishers (first published 1957)
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THEY HANGED MY SAINTLY BILLY. (1957). Robert Graves. ****.
Robert Graves (1895-1985) had the amazing ability of being able to capture his readers and place them within the time periods of his historical novels. Suddenly, as in this novel set in Victorian England, we are back in the mid-nineteenth century in a town named Rugeley, where a drama of epic proportions is playing out. Crimes are taking place, both minor crimes like bribery and fornication and gambling, and major crimes like forgery and
Good read if you dig Mr. Graves.
I read the Academy Chicago Publishers edition wanted to add to system but it would not allow it. That edition is trade paperback with nice typeface. Althought not the best of Robert Graves' fiction, it is still enjoyable. His fictional interviews of the friends and neighbors of 19th century poisoner Dr. William Palmer are almost indistinguisable from the real ones. An interesting read.
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Robert Ranke Graves, born in Wimbledon, received his early education at King's College School and Copthorne Prep School, Wimbledon & Charterhouse School and won a scholarship to St John's College, Oxford. While at Charterhouse in 1912, he fell in love with G. H. Johnstone, a boy of fourteen ("Dick" in Goodbye to All That) When challenged by the headmaster he defended himself by citing Plato, G ...more
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