Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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Introduction

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pp. 1-42

Equal parts crime novella and city mystery, The Killers: A Narrative of Real Life in Philadelphia showcases the wide-ranging political interests and formal innovations of its author, Philadelphia writer, labor activist, and reformer George Lippard. Over the...

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Note on the Text

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pp. 43-44

In the absence of sales or distribution records, it is difficult to know which version of Lippard’s novella saw the largest circulation in its time. No manuscript of the work is known to exist. But because the text—originally in columns in the Saturday newspaper the...

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The Killers: A Narrative of Real Life in Philadelphia

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pp. 45-166

On a warm summer night, in the year 1846, two students of Yale College, were sitting alone, in their room, in the —— Hotel, well known to the people of the fair City of Elms.1 One of these young men was the son of a Philadelphia Merchant; the...

Appendix 1. Life and Adventures of Charles Anderson Chester

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pp. 167-212

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Appendix 2. Introduction to the Serialized Version of The Killers

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pp. 213-216

The Killers, when published serially in the story paper the Quaker City (edited by George Lippard), featured the following introduction, which did not appear in the subsequent stand-alone printings of the work. The text is taken from the copy of the Quaker City (December 1, 1849, p. 3) held at...

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Appendix 3. Related Contemporary Documents

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pp. 217-234

The California House Riot was widely covered in the periodical press, and in some cases at great length. Much of the coverage was based on or directly reprinted from Philadelphia newspaper sources such as the Public Ledger and the Inquirer. Included here are accounts from several periodicals from...

Notes

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pp. 335-242

Index

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pp. 243-248

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 249-250

The editors thank Caroline Winschel, Caroline Hayes, and Jerry Singerman at the University of Pennsylvania Press for their support of this project. We also thank Lara Langer Cohen and an anonymous reader for the press for suggestions that greatly...