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Critical Survey of Mystery and Detective Fiction: Authors [Hardcover]

Frank Northen Magill


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December 1988 0893564869 978-0893564865
Presents critical studies of more than 290 authors of detective and mystery fiction from around the world dating from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2000 pages
  • Publisher: Salem Pr Inc (December 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893564869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893564865
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g

Product Description

From Library Journal

Magill's name has long been associated with critical surveys (e.g., in poetry, drama, and literary theory) and with the Masterplots series. This survey meets the standard of scholarly, in-depth analysis set by its predecessors. In a genre that continues to explode in popularity, this survey is a cornerstone of research and background material. It encompasses 280 authors who are synonymous with the genre, have made significant contributions to it, or have contributed to the genre though they are associated with another. Each entry is divided into several elements: basic personal information; principal series; description of main characters in each series; explanation of author's contribution to the genre; a 2500-word analysis of the principal works and characters; and a bibliography of mystery and of nonmystery works. The last volume contains a glossary of detective/mystery terms, indexes of subgenre and series characters, and an author/title/term index. Authors are listed by their mystery-genre pseudonym (e.g., Gore Vidal is listed as Edgar Box), but the index crossreferences pseudonyms with the author's better-known names. The information here is valuable, concise, and easy to find.
- Martin J. Hudacs, Towanda H.S., Pa.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Reference Work Oct. 10 2011
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This is another one of those mystery and mystery-writer reference books that I read in the library. The items on each author are apparently assigned to individual writers, who either know their subject in depth to begin with, or research it until they know it well. Each entry on an individual author is thorough and "critical" in the literary meaning of the term (analyzing the good points and the bad points). A valuable reference work.
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