A Casebook on the Beauchamp Tragedy Author:Ed. Jules Zanger This book presents to the student a series of accounts, in a variety of literary forms, of the Beauchamp tragedy. The Beauchamp tragedy was the celebrated case in which a young Kentucky gentleman, to fulfill a vow of revenge imposed upon him my his wife as a condition of their marriage, assassinated the man who had been her lover years before. ... more » Beauchamp was apprehended; after a spectacular trial, he was hanged, and his wife committed suicide.
This murder so succeeded in capturing the imagination of American writers and the American public that more than a dozen literary works directly based upon it were written from the time of the murder to the present. These works include plays, ballads, and novels. Taken together, they provide the teacher and the student of literature with a rare opportunity to investigate certain basic problems in literary analysis.« less