“The True and Genuine Account of the Life and Actions of the Late Jonathan Wild [excerpts]” Defoe’s celebrated 1725 account of the career of the notorious confidence man Jonathan Wild is based in large part on interviews with Wild’s victims, his jailers, and even some of his accomplices. Defoe was primarily interested in the moral dimensions of Wild’s exploits. Even so, his account can be read as a prototype for the modern true-crime page-turner. Go here to view article

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