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Wilkie Collins' 1874 novel The Dead Alive is to be reissued at the request of Rob Warden, the executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University's law school.
Collins' novel retells the story of Stephen and Jesse Boorn, two farmers from Vermot who were falsely convicted of murdering their brother-in-law in 1819.
In The Dead Alive Collins changed the names and location of the story and reduced the timescale of events, but maintained the legal details of the Boorn case.
The novel is to be reprinted by Northwestern University Press and is scheduled for release this winter, complete with the original illustrations, reported The Associated Press. A 70-page afterword has been contributed by Warden to provide the reader with details of the Boorn case.
All profits from the sale of the book will go to the Center on Wrongful Convictions.
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