The Dead Alive

The Dead Alive

by Wilkie Collins


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The Dead Alive, also called John Jago's Ghost, is a novella written in 1874 by Wilkie Collins based on the Boorn Brothers murder case. It was reprinted with a side-by-side examination of the case by Rob Warden in 2005 by Northwestern Press

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789353831547
Publisher: Throne Classics
Publication date: 08/07/2019
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Anna Clark, formerly a professor at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, now teaches at The Bishop’s School in San Diego.

Date of Birth:

December 8, 1824

Date of Death:

September 23, 1889

Place of Birth:

London, England

Place of Death:

London, England


Studied law at Lincoln¿s Inn, London

Table of Contents


  • William Wilkie Collins
  • The Dead Alive in Context
  • A Note on the Text

The Dead Alive

In Context
  • The Boorn Murder Trial
    • from Leonard Sargent, The Trial, Confessions and Conviction of Jesse and Stephen Boorn, for the Murder of Russell Colvin, and the Return of the Man Supposed to Have Been Murdered (1873)
    • from Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York, Seventieth Session, “Report of the Select Committee on the Abolishment of Capital Punishment” (5 March 1847)
    • from Lemuel Haynes, “The Prisoner Released. A Sermon delivered at Manchester, Vermont, Lord’s Day, Man. 9th, 1820, on the remarkable interpositin of Divine Providence in the deliverance of Stephen and Jesse Boorn, who had been under sentence of death for the supposed murder of Russell Colvin.” In Sketches of the Life and Character of Rev. Lemuel Haynes, A.M., by Timothy Mather Cooley (1837)
  • On the American Character
    • from Alexis de Tocqueville, “Of the Principal Source of Belief Among Democratc Nations,” Democracy in America, vol. 2, trans. Henry Reeve (1841)
    • from Charles Dickens, American Notes (1842)
  • American Reviews
    • from “The Dead Alive” (Review), Cincinnati Daily Enquirer (4 January 1874)
    • from “New Publications” (Review of The Dead Alive), Christian Watchman (5 February 1874)
    • from “Literariana” (Review of The Dead Alive), The Daily Graphic (18 February 1874)
    • from “New Publications” (Review of The Dead Alive), The Christian Register (21 February 1874)
    • from “Novels of the Week” (Review of The Frozen Deep, and Other Stories), The Athenaeum (21 November 1874)
  • Advertising, Illustrations
    • from The Commercial Advertiser (3 January 1874)
    • Illustrations from Shepard and Gill edition of The Dead Alive


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