Criminal Anthropological Articles of Cesare Lombroso Published in English Language Periodical Literature During the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Author: David M. Horton and Katherine E. Rich
David M. Horton and Katherine E. Rich
David M. Horton and Katherine E. Rich


“Cesare Lombroso, the Italian psychiatrist and criminal anthropologist, is almost universally recognized as the founder of scientific criminology … For the first time, under one cover, this Lombroso omnibus gives us access to the complete range of literature by and about Lombroso and the development of criminal anthropology – and to fascinating ephemera as well. This material is extremely valuable partly for what it shows about the types of sources from which turn-of-the-century readers in English-speaking countries first learned about Lombroso, and partly because many of his articles published in the English language periodical press have been hitherto unknown to researchers. Moreover, these valuable contributions in the periodical literature demonstrate that late nineteenth and early-twentieth-century general readers had a keen interest in Lombroso’s work. This work, in sum, is extraordinarily useful not only for what it tells us about criminal anthropology, but also for what it reveals about the dissemination of Lombroso’s ideas … This book makes an exceedingly important contribution to our knowledge of a major figure, and of developments in criminology connected with that figure, whose full significance is only beginning to be realized. This omnibus is unquestionably a classic piece of research not only in the historical development of Lombrosian positivistic criminology, but in archival bibliography as well.” – (From the Commendatory Preface) Nicole Rafter, Ph.D., Oxford University

“One of the problems social scientists face is the accessibility of texts that have either always been obscure, or have become so over time. This problem can be further compounded if the author published in a language other than English. The work then becomes completely inaccessible to most American audiences. The writings of Cesare Lombroso are virtually out of reach for most American criminologists for the above reasons. Horton and Rich have done an admirable job in rescuing from history those writings of Cesare Lombroso that had been translated into English around the time they were published in the original Italian and French. To a purist this may not be ideal, but it represents a tremendous improvement over the current state of affairs where scholars today who are interested in the work of Cesare Lombroso and the rise of positivistic criminology are forced to rely almost exclusively on secondary sources of information or summaries of what others have said about Lombroso and what he wrote or claimed. This book will prove to be an invaluable and extremely useful compendium for anyone who wants to study in a serious and scholarly manner the emergence of positivism in criminology. Of particular importance are the appendices, which constitute the most thorough and well-researched bibliography of books and articles ever assembled on Lombroso and criminal anthropology. This book and the bibliographical appendices constitutes a major research tool of primary sources for scholarly inquiry in historical criminology that will make Lombroso’s work and contributions accessible to a wider, albeit highly specialized audience.” – Professor Jurg Gerber, Sam Houston State University

Table of Contents

1. Illustrative Studies in Criminal Anthropology: I. ‘La Bête Humaine’ and Criminal Anthropology; II. Criminal Anthropology and Psychiatry. Monist, vol. 1 (1890), pp177–196
2. Illustrative Studies in Criminal Anthropology: III. The Physiognomy of the Anarchists. Monist, vol. 1 (1890), pp.336–343
3. A Study of Mobs. Chatauquan, vol. 15 (1892), pp.314–316
4. The Physical Insensibility of Woman. Fortnightly Review, vol. 57 (1892), pp. 354–357
5. Characteristics of Recent Prominent Criminals, Literary Digest (New York), vol. 7 (1893), pp.13–14
6. Treatment of Prisoners. Literary Digest (New York), vol. 7 (1893), pp.31–32
7. Atvaism and Evolution. Contemporary Review, vol. 68 (1895), pp. 42–49
8. Criminal Anthropology: Its Origin and Application. Forum, vol. 20 (1895), pp.33–49
9. Criminal Anthropology Applied to Pedagogy. Monist, vol. 6 (1895), pp. 55–59
10. The Savage Origin of Tattooing. Popular Science Monthly, vol. 48 (1896), pp. 793–803
11. Criminal Anthropology, Twentieth Century Practice: An Interna, vol. 12 (1897), pp.369–423
12. The Heredity of Acquired Characteristics. Forum, vol. 2 (1897), pp.200–208
13. Why Homicide Has Increased in the United States, North American Review, vol. 165 (1897), pp.641–648; vol. 166 (1898), pp.1–11
14. Games Among Criminals and Savages. Humanitarian, vol. 13 (1898), pp.229–240
15. Anarchistic Crimes and Their Causes. The Independent, vol. 50 (1898), pp.1670–1674
16. Regressive Phenomena in Evolution. Monist, vol. 8 (1898), pp. 377– 383
17. Insane Characters in Fiction and the Drama. Popular Science Monthly, vol. 55 (1899), pp. 53–62
18. A Study of Luigi Luccheni (Assassin of the Empress of Austria). Popular Science Monthly, vol. 55 (1899), pp. 199–207
19. The Bicycle and Crime. Pall Mall Magazine, vol. 20 (1900), pp. 310–316
20. A Paradoxical Anarchist. Popular Science Monthly, Vol. 56 (1900), pp. 312–315
21. Some Aspects of Crime. Humanitarian, vol. 19 (1901), pp. 316–319
22. The Status of Anarchism To-Day in Europe and the United States. Everybody’s Magazine, vol. 6 (1902), pp. 165–167
23. Precocity in Crime. The Independent, vol. 54 (1902), pp. 2136–2138
24. Why Criminals of Genius Have No Type. International Quarterly, vol. 6 (1902), pp. 229–240
25. Left-Handedness and Left-Sidedness. North American Review, vol. 177 (1903), pp. 440–444
26. Crime in Spain and its History. The Independent, vol. 67 (1909), pp. 1292–1294
27. The Criminal. Putnam’s Magazine, vol. 7 (1910), pp. 793-796
28. Crime and Insanity in the Twenty-First Century. Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology, and Police Science, vol. 3 (1912), pp. 57–61