On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts (2020)

On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts People begin to see that something goes to the composition of a fine murder than two blockheads to kill and be killed a knife a purse and a dark lane In this provocative and blackly funny essay Thoma
  • Title: On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts
  • Author: Thomas de Quincey
  • ISBN: 9780141397887
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • People begin to see that something goes to the composition of a fine murder than two blockheads to kill and be killed a knife a purse and a dark lane In this provocative and blackly funny essay, Thomas de Quincey considers murder in a purely aesthetic light and explains how practically every philosopher over the past two hundred years has been murdered i People begin to see that something goes to the composition of a fine murder than two blockheads to kill and be killed a knife a purse and a dark lane In this provocative and blackly funny essay, Thomas de Quincey considers murder in a purely aesthetic light and explains how practically every philosopher over the past two hundred years has been murdered insomuch, that if a man calls himself a philosopher, and never had his life attempted, rest assured there is nothing in him.Introducing Little Black Classics 80 books for Penguin s 80th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe Here are stories lyrical and savage poems epic and intimate essays satirical and inspirational and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions Thomas de Quincey 1785 1859 Thomas de Quincey s Confessions and an English Opium Eater and Other Writings is available in Penguin Classics.
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    1. Perhaps such sharp humour is wasted on me, but referring to Tubal Cain a decedent of Cain the brother of Abel as being renowned for inventing tubes is just ridiculous Ok, so tube and Tubal sound the same but that doesn t make the joke funny It just seemed completely ridiculous coming from an author who is renowned for such black humour It was weak and, quite frankly, made me put the book down If I m wrong someone tell me, but Tubal Cain was the first worker of brass not a tube maker Overall I fa [...]

    2. Thomas de Quincey s 1827 essay, On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts, is a satirical take on the English public s fascination with gory murder, inspired by the 1811 Ratcliff Highway killings De Quincey imagines a sophisticated, but secret, group of gentlemen who meet to discuss the aesthetics of murder as some are wont to do with a painting or a novel or a piece of music The essay is framed as a stolen lecture from the group It s meant to be hysterical but who knows what the jokes were B [...]

    3. e mob of newspaper readers, they are pleased with anything, provided it bloody enough Thomas De Quincey, On Murder Considered as One of the Fine ArtsVol 4 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set This satirical essay, writen in 1827, for Blackwood s Magazine, seems both a bit dated some of the humor is lost on me , but also strangely perfect for an age that seems almost Victorian in its prudence about nudity, but loves a good murder De Quicey would have certainly found the popularity of Dexte [...]

    4. Un cl sico del terror donde nos muestra dos conferencias que parten de dos vertientes la evoluci n filos fica de la palabra asesinato, y su implicaci n social Y la ltima parte nos presenta una cr nica de asesinato donde vemos como William comete el crimen.Puntos negativos , la primera parte es muy densa y con excesiva carga filos fica que si no tienes el m nimo conocimiento de esas corrientes, podr an complicarte la lectura y por obviedad la compresi n del texto El uso del lat n para marcar el h [...]

    5. The idea of this little essay was definitely interesting than the execution The back of the book describes its content as Thomas de Quincey casting a blackly comic eye over the aesthetics of murder through the ages Written in the early nineteenth century after a series of brutal murders took place in London, this could have been an interesting read.Having murder portrayed as an art form is an intriguing concept, despite its morbidity, yet my biggest issue was that this essay simply wasn t funny [...]

    6. Ha sido interesante pero un poco irregular Parte de una premisa original y sugerente, con algunas dosis de humor elegante Nos presenta una asociaci n de diletantes en la primera mitad del s XIX del incomprendido arte del asesinato que, aclara, no comparten ni justifican, m s bien aborrecen y censuran, pero que una vez realizado no hay por qu despreciar los maravillosos elementos que acompa an a los casos m s sonados.As pues, consta de unas supuestas conferencias en las que habla de dicha socieda [...]

    7. An enjoyable read, though the inclusion of the Latin quotes did disrupt my reading That said, throughout I could almost picture the narrator standing in a room of finely dressed men giving the lecture.Great read, and the lack of fluff introduction, notes etc improved the experience for me.

    8. The subject chosen ought to be in good health for it is absolutely barbarous to murder a sick person, who is usually quite unable to bear it.

    9. En Del asesinato considerado como una de las Bellas Artes Thomas de Quincey nos propone una hip tesis que podr a ser algo perturbadora si no la interpretamos con el tono ir nico que el autor pretende mantener en toda la obra una vez concretado el asesinato, cuando ya no existe posibilidad de remediar la muerte de las v ctimas, el hecho debe dejar de ser analizado bajo la rbita de la moral y las buenas costumbres para pasar a ser valorizado a partir de las leyes de la est tica y de las artes Part [...]

    10. Es una parodia de una conferencia dada por La Sociedad de Conocedores del Asesinato en Londres De Quincey plantea que el asesinato debe ser analizado desde una perspectiva est tica, en vez de juzgarlo seg n valores morales Indaga sobre el asesinato objetivamente, tal como har amos al analizar una pintura Tambi n comenta diversas an cdotas curiosas sobre fil sofos, como el intento de asesinato de Descartes y Kant Esta parte es divertid sima.Contiene altas dosis de humor negro y describe con todo [...]

    11. This work is darkly humorous if one chooses to admire the aesthetic aspects of murder It is light and shade, poetry and sentiment according to De Quincey One must sometimes transcend mere morality to appreciate the imagination that goes behind any work of art, says Quincey He comments on the various philosophers who have had their lives attempted, and the implications of human impulsivity being capable of potentially saving a life and ending one I ll finish by quoting De Quincy s witty method to [...]

    12. Sadly, my edition contains neither the short essay A Knocking on the Gate in Macbeth, nor the 1854 postscript to these two lectures, so I had to find both and read them as well to gain a clearer picture of what de Quincey is saying here Putting them all together made for a better reading experience in the long run, so have all four at your disposal before sitting down to read the original lectures I ll post about this later when I talk about James Critchley s The Maul and the Pear Tree terrific [...]

    13. This is a little oddity a satirical take on the public preoccupation with gory murders The book is split between two essays a fictional lecture to a society who consider murder as an art form, and a report of a meeting held by the same society to celebrate a particularly fine set of murders.I found the first essay enjoyable than the second unfortunately some of the murders are no longer as famous as when this was first written, but I did enjoy looking them up, and I found the first essay had s [...]

    14. A cult essay foundational for later aesthetics of violence right up to your TV and as funny as several Monty Python sketches distinct resemblance, come to that.

    15. Well, humorous stories are always going to have a difficult time with me because most times I just dont find them funny Really didn t get the point of this book

    16. He s certainly onto something and according to his memoirs, on something, namely opium when he describes how the Germans can turn even murder into an aesthetic art I have always been bothered by the German philosophers who go on and on about aesthetics, since outside of an often martial style of music, I m not sure what fine art they ve really produced Not reading native German and never intending to, perhaps I will be forever tone deaf to Goethe s real ability in writing as well.However, it is [...]

    17. Most famous for Confessions of An English Opium Eater, Thomas de Quincey was an English intellectual, essayist and author of the 19th Century.Thomas de Quincey became enthralled and haunted by the murderer John Williams in 1811 and, although his works have always had the macabre about them, this essay looks at murder in particular in a literary and scholarly way imbuing it with the same aesthetic pleasures one might gain from other forms of art, such as writing or paintings It is part fictional [...]

    18. De Quincey writes this short essay in the shape of a speech delivered to a fictitious society of gentlemen that discuss the aesthetics of murders, but only once the victim is dead and nothing can be done for him or her of course.I thought it was excellent I found it funny and compelling I think de Quincey and I would have gotten along tremendously well Although satirical, it is not a hyperbolised satire or not to the extent as Candide was for example, my other main point of reference for satiric [...]

    19. Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes Thomas de Quincey states at the start of the essay that it is a transcript from a meeting of a mysterious group of gentleman who are fascinated by murder The rest of the essay is then the transcript and elaborates on several murders and the murder of philosophers.Based on the fact that people are usually to some extant fascinated by murder, I was really looking forward to it However, I didn t think it was as hilarious as the description told me The hu [...]

    20. It was about such a gruesome subject but it was comic and fun I really enjoyed and it certainly got me curious.

    21. Unfortunately it took me a few days to finish this one because life got in the way but don t think it makes it bad in any way I enjoyed every bit of it The lecture part was amazing I could just imagine it happening in front of me and a bunch of other people The way it was written had s certain flow to it that made it easy to follow Sure the few sentences in latin made it a bit difficult at times, but one gets used to it quite fast at least I did Usually I have a hard time seing the comedy and sa [...]

    22. Hahaha What a freakshow I love it.De Quincey gives a satirical and fictional account of a lecture given by The Society of Connoisseurs in Murder in London By the way it is written you can picture yourself sitting in the audience listening to this guy talk to you about the merits of murder Fun, right So, morally it is wrong to commit a murder and you should definitely not approve of the idea and there is clearly something wrong with anybody who wants to commit this crime But let s say that the pe [...]

    23. Review on snowbeachpublicationsThis book was totally wasted on me I obviously couldn t appreciate its deeper meaning such as highlighting the impulsivity and ability of someone to end another life or the witty thought about a philosopher not being of any worth if no one has ever attempted to murder him I simply couldn t enjoy it like others have described it satirical, humorous black humour , hysterical etc I didn t find anything funny in that essay I ll describe my gut reaction to it I was baff [...]

    24. A strange read, to say the least I enjoyed The Opium Eater and was looking forward to this, especially since it s short so I could take it on a journey I decided to take it up to Edinburgh with me I enjoyed the essay , too, though not as much as The Opium Eater However, I would have enjoyed it if it had not been for the constant changes in language I studied Latin but not well enough to cover any of this It disrupted my reading somewhat and I felt it distracted from the writing as a whole howev [...]

    25. I think I just don t appreciate British satire I didn t particularly like Gulliver s Travels either The little blurb on the back of this LBC says that it casts a blackly comic eye over the aesthetics of murder through the ages The problem for me is that I don t really get the humor The section where he talks about philosophers and their murders or near murders, or feared murders was mildly entertaining, but the rest was just a kind of creepy appreciation of the art of murder Maybe being creepy w [...]

    26. Since I have read a lot of fantasy, murder is one of the finest arts out there I do like that this was a funny take, if a man calls himself a philosopher, and never had his life attempted, rest assured there is nothing in him However, the rest of his humour goes down the drain when he tries to make descendants of Cain funny I will make sure to clarify, that I highly doubt this should be considered satire, it was too poor in writing and character to be in the same category as A Modest Proposal.

    27. A good read The reader puts you in a conference room and makes you feel like he is talking right to you in a room of people The Latin was a little distracting, however, it did make Me do some research to find the meaning of certain words, thus learning something unexpected along the way Definitely a book to keep on the shelf and read again Thank you Penguin Books for releasing it in such a great format that made it easy to read, afford and finish More of these style of chapbooks please

    28. Aparentemente c nico lo que hace de Quincey es parapetarse tras el humor para criticar a la sociedad en su postura ante el crimen Con fina iron a incide en analizar el crimen voluptuoso pero tambi n el crimen por motivos materiales Sin mencionarlo reflexiona tambi n sobre el crimen de estado Interesante la disertaci n entre el juicio moral versus juicio est tico.

    29. Satirik bir dille cinayetleri incelemi de Quincey Yer yer mizahi bir slubu da var Hani olan olmu , len lm bari i in esteti ine bakal m biraz dercesine yaz lm bir metin Farkl bir bak a s , ilgin bir yakla m okumakta fayda var.

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