Most Lizzie buffs recognize her from her Lizzie Borden: A Study in Conjecture which she wrote in 1939, 8 years before her death. While the book is easy to find for less than $50, what is coveted is the rare dust jacket which bumps up the cost into the hundreds.
The cover shows the Borden house with the Churchill house to the left and in the right foreground, a partial of the Dr. Bowen/Southard Miller double house. This work of fiction gives Lizzie a love interest with invented characters and is far removed from the actual case.
But her best known work – written in 1913 – and one which has been made into four theatrical films is:
“Belloc Lowndes is best known as the author of The Lodger, a fictional story about Jack the Ripper that’s told from the viewpoint of… his landlady. It has held up incredibly well for a 90-year-old novel, remaining one of the best suspense stories I’ve ever read. The New York Times also thought it was “excellent” and “a splended work of art” and “one of the best suspense novels ever written.” The Chicago Tribune called it a masterpiece, the New York Daily News said it’s “a classic of the genre.” Belloc Lowndes also counted among her admirers a certain crime historian I’m very fond of, Edmund L. Pearson. So I’m not alone in my judgment.”
-Laura James – from her CLEWS blog
Most frequently shown on TV is the 1944 version starring Meryl Oberon and Laird Cregar. Mr. Cregar gave a chlling performance.
Man in the Attic (1953) followed starring Jack Palance. This link is to the film in its entirety. Jack Palance – great casting.
Lizzie Borden & Jack the Ripper – the two most iconic figures in classic unsolved true crime, both fictionalized by Marie Belloc Lowndes.
(The entire book can be read HERE).