Critical Survey of Mystery and Detective Fiction

2008 | 2080 Pages | ISBN: 1587653974 | PDF | 27 MB


This is a comprehensive survey of mystery and detective fiction that covers more than 390 writers and includes overviews on more than three dozen aspects of the genre.Continuing the Salem Press tradition of Critical Survey series, Critical Survey of Mystery and Detective Fiction, Revised Edition provides detailed analyses of the lives and writings of major contributors to the fascinating literary subgenre of mystery and detective fiction. This greatly expanded five-volume set is the first full revision of a work that originally appeared in 1988. This new edition updates or replaces all the original articles and adds entirely new articles on 118 more authors, raising the total to 393 articles. It also adds 38 entirely new overview essays and 5 new appendixes.Covered here are such well-known mystery writers as Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Erle Stanley Gardner, Dashiell Hammett, Edgar Allan Poe, and Dorothy L. Sayers. New to this edition are such venerable writers as Louisa May Alcott, Edward Stratemeyer, and Margaret Truman. Popular contemporary writers, such as Mary Higgins Clark, Patricia Cornwell, John Dunning, John Grisham, Thomas Harris, Rolando Hinojosa, Scott Turow, J.K. Rowling, and Stuart Woods and also included.This set is designed to meet the needs of secondary school and college undergraduate students. Articles on authors are arranged alphabetically, by the names or pen names under which the authors publish their mystery fiction. Each article is formatted identically, opening with ready-reference data on the author’s name, pseudonyms, birth and death dates and places, and types of plots.The main text of the article is broken into three parts; Contribution sums up the author’s place in the mystery and detective fiction genre and discusses what sets the author apart from others in the field. Biography, provides a brief summary of the author’s life.

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