A Century of Detection: Twenty Great Mystery Stories, 1841-1940

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Appropriate both for the general reader and the student, this wide-ranging anthology of mystery stories provides a chronological and thematic survey of early detection fiction. Included are classic texts by Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, and Susan Glaspell; lesser-known gems by the likes of Wilkie Collins, Mark Twain, Dashiell Hammett, and Ralph Ellison; and innovative or historically significant stories by Mary Wilkins Freeman, Anna Katharine Green, Cornell Woolrich, and others. Six ...

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About the Book Designed for mystery lovers as well as professors and students in college courses devoted to detective fiction, this anthology features classic texts, pivotal ... works by lesser-known authors, and unknown gems by major writers not typically associated with the genre. Providing a chronological and thematic survey of the first 100 years of detection, this volume includes stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, Bret Harte, G.K. Chesterton, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Anna Katharine Green, Baroness Orzcy, Susan Glaspell, Carroll John Daly, Dashiell Hammett, Cornell Woolrich, Pauline Hopkins, Chester Himes and Ralph Ellison. About the Author John Cullen Gruesser is a professor of English at Kean University and has published broadly on detective fiction. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Appropriate both for the general reader and the student, this wide-ranging anthology of mystery stories provides a chronological and thematic survey of early detection fiction. Included are classic texts by Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, and Susan Glaspell; lesser-known gems by the likes of Wilkie Collins, Mark Twain, Dashiell Hammett, and Ralph Ellison; and innovative or historically significant stories by Mary Wilkins Freeman, Anna Katharine Green, Cornell Woolrich, and others. Six thematic categories foreground the genre's fluidity and evolution, with selections presenting detectives in an array of nationalities, genders and sexual orientations, socioeconomic classes, political points of view, and ethnic and racial backgrounds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786446506
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Cullen Gruesser is a professor of English at Kean University and has published broadly on detective fiction.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 3

The Invention of Modern Detection

Edgar Allan Poe 13

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe 14

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe 42

The Gold-Bug by Edger Allan Poe 57

Variations on Poe. Expansions To The Form

Wilkie Collins 87

Who Is the Thief" by Wilkie Collins 87

Mark Twain 109

The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain 110

G. K. Chesterton 126

The Blue Cross by G. K. Chesterton 126

The World's Most Celebrated Detective

Arthur Conan Doyle 143

A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 143

The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 163

The Adventure of the Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 183

Bret Harte 198

The Stolen Cigar Case by Bret Harte 198

Gender, Sexuality, And Detection

Mary Wilkins Freeman 209

The Long Arm by Mary Wilkins Freeman 209

Baroness Orczy 233

The Nine score Mystery by Baroness Orczy 233

Anna Katharine Green 248

Missing: Page Thirteen by Anna Katharine Green 249

Susan Glaspell 276

A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell 277

Tough Guys

Carroll John Daly 297

The False Burton Combs by Carroll John Daly 298

Dashiell Hammett 318

The Road Home by Dashiell Hammett 319

Cornell Woolrich 322

Murder at the Automat by Cornell Woolrich 323

Race And Detection

Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins 341

Talma Gordon by Pauline Hopkins 342

Chester Himes 355

He Knew by Chester Himes 355

Ralph Ellison 360

The Birthmark by Ralph Ellison 361

Suggested Reading 367

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