Work of the Fellows: Monographs

The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True Story

Robertson, Cara (Fellow, 2004-06)

New York: Simon & Schuster, 2019

Cara Robertson, The Trial of Lizzie Borden

From the publisher's description:

The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for more than one hundred years. Immortalized in rhyme, told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror, but one typically wrenched from its historical moment. In contrast, Cara Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden’s culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom. Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties.

Subjects: History; Law; Legal History; Legal Trials; Murder