20. See the chapter entitled "Criminality and the Double Discourse" in Davis, Factual Fictions: "It is through the moment of execution that the ordinary felon becomes transformed into a speaker of truth," 126. Contemporary criminal biographies include: Memoirs of James Bolland (1772), Genuine Memoirs of the Life of Joshua Compton (1778), Genuine Memoirs of the Lives of George and Joseph Weston (1782), Authentic Memoirs of William Wynne Ryland (1784), Genuine and Impartial Memoirs of Francis Fonton (1790), as listed in Paul Baines, The House of Forgery in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999, 128ff.


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