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The Longman Anthology Of Detective Fiction

Author: Deane Mansfield-Kelley
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780321195012
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A detective fiction anthology filled with award winning short stories, information on the authors who wrote them, discussion about the history and evolution of the genre, and important literary criticism.

Death By Pen

Author: Deane Mansfield-Kelley
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780205518494
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Presents stories about amateur detectives, private investigators, and the police from the nineteenth century origins of detective fiction to the present, along with critical articles on the genre.

Murderous Schemes

Author: Donald E. Westlake
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195104870
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Thirty-two classic crime stories are arranged according to eight common plots of detective fiction

Talking About Detective Fiction

Author: P. D. James
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307593320
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In a perfect marriage of author and subject, P. D. James—one of the most widely admired writers of detective fiction at work today—gives us a personal, lively, illuminating exploration of the human appetite for mystery and mayhem, and of those writers who have satisfied it. P. D. James examines the genre from top to bottom, beginning with the mysteries at the hearts of such novels as Charles Dickens’s Bleak House and Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, and bringing us into the present with such writers as Colin Dexter and Henning Mankell. Along the way she writes about Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie (“arch-breaker of rules”), Josephine Tey, Dashiell Hammett, and Peter Lovesey, among many others. She traces their lives into and out of their fiction, clarifies their individual styles, and gives us indelible portraits of the characters they’ve created, from Sherlock Holmes to Sara Paretsky’s sexually liberated female investigator, V. I. Warshawski. She compares British and American Golden Age mystery writing. She discusses detective fiction as social history, the stylistic components of the genre, her own process of writing, how critics have reacted over the years, and what she sees as a renewal of detective fiction—and of the detective hero—in recent years. There is perhaps no one who could write about this enduring genre of storytelling with equal authority and flair: it is essential reading for every lover of detective fiction. From the Hardcover edition.

A New Omnibus Of Crime

Author: Tony Hillerman
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195182146
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In this collection of mystery short fiction from the early 1930s to the present, each selection is introduced and placed in the context of the author and the genre's literary history and includes works by Paul Theroux, P. D. James, Sue Grafton, Dennis Lehane, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, and other notables.

A Companion To Crime Fiction

Author: Charles J. Rzepka
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444317923
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A Companion to Crime Fiction presents the definitive guide to this popular genre from its origins in the eighteenth century to the present day A collection of forty-seven newly commissioned essays from a team of leading scholars across the globe make this Companion the definitive guide to crime fiction Follows the development of the genre from its origins in the eighteenth century through to its phenomenal present day popularity Features full-length critical essays on the most significant authors and film-makers, from Arthur Conan Doyle and Dashiell Hammett to Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese exploring the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field Includes extensive references to the most up-to-date scholarship, and a comprehensive bibliography

Detective Fiction

Author: Charles J. Rzepka
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 9780745629421
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Detective Fiction is a clear and compelling look at some of the best known, yet least–understood, characters and texts of the modern day. Charles J. Rzepka traces the history of the genre from its modern beginnings in the early eighteenth century, with the criminal broadsheets and ′true′ crime stories of The Newgate Calendar, to its present state of diversity, innovation, and worldwide diffusion, in a manner that students and scholars alike will find readable and provocative. The book focuses particularly on the relationship of detective fiction′s emerging ′puzzle–element′ to the investigative methods of the nascent historical sciences, and to popular cultural attitudes toward history, particularly in Great Britain and the United States. In addition, the author examines the specific impact of urbanization, the rise of the professions, brain science, legal and social reform, war and economic dislocation, class–consciousness, and changing concepts of race and gender. Extended close readings of the classics of Detective Fiction in several ′Casebook′ essays devoted to seminal works by Poe, Doyle, Sayers, and Chandler show in detail how the genre has responded to these influences over the last century and a half. They also serve to introduce students to a variety of current critical approaches. Undergraduate students of Detective and Crime Fiction and of genre fiction in general, will find this book essential reading. ′Cool, savvy, and utterly compelling: every page of Charles J. Rzepka′s magnificent history of detective fiction displays the forensic panache of the true connoisseur of murder. Commanding an unrivalled breadth of reference and depth of insight, the book is a must–read for everyone interested in detective fiction.′ Nicholas Roe, University of St Andrews ′In this sustained analysis of the emergence and development of detective fiction in England and America, Charles Rzepka has produced both a compelling cultural history and a skilful demonstration of what Poe aptly called "the moral activity which disentangles". It will become an indispensable guide to serious students of detective literature.′ Ronald R. Thomas, University of Puget Sound

Detection By Gaslight

Author: Douglas G. Greene
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486114120
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Fourteen extraordinary Victorian and Edwardian crime stories by Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jacques Futrelle, G. K. Chesterton, and others — many never before published in book form.

The Killing Spirit

Author: Jay Hopler
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1468305530
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An anthology of contractual murder. A collection of writings about hit men, including stories, screenplays, and poems—and with an appendix listing hit-man films—includes works by such writers as Hemingway, Graham Greene, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Charles Bukowski, Malinda McCollum, and Robert Lowell.

Popular Fiction

Author: Gary Hoppenstand
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780321011640
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This exciting and unique new anthology offers the best of popular fiction, including 45 short stories and one short novel that highlight the major genres of romance, horror fiction, science fiction, detective stories and adventure. Some of the world's most popular authors, from Edgar Allen Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle to Stephen King and Ian Fleming, are featured. Supporting this definitive collection of stories are ten non-fiction essays which discuss the key elements for writing in each genre.