Agatha Webb

Agatha Webb

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by Anna Katherine Green
     
 

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Anna Katharine Green (November 11, 1846 - April 11, 1935) was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories. Green has been called "the mother of the detective novel."
Green is credited with shaping detective fiction into its classic form,

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Anna Katharine Green (November 11, 1846 - April 11, 1935) was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories. Green has been called "the mother of the detective novel."
Green is credited with shaping detective fiction into its classic form, and developing the series detective. Her main character was detective Ebenezer Gryce of the New York Metropolitan Police Force, but in three novels he is assisted by the nosy society spinster Amelia Butterworth, the prototype for Miss Marple, Miss Silver and other creations. She also invented the 'girl detective': in the character of Violet Strange, a debutante with a secret life as a sleuth. Indeed, as journalist Kathy Hickman writes, Green "stamped the mystery genre with the distinctive features that would influence writers from Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle to contemporary authors of suspenseful "whodunits." In addition to creating elderly spinster and young female sleuths, Green's innovative plot devices included dead bodies in libraries, newspaper clippings as "clews," the coroner's inquest, and expert witnesses. Yale Law School once used her books to demonstrate how damaging it can be to rely on circumstantial evidence. Written in 1878, her first book, The Leavenworth Case: A Lawyer's Story, sparked a debate in the Pennsylvania Senate over whether the book could "really have been written by a woman."
Green was in some ways a progressive woman for her time-succeeding in a genre dominated by male writers-but she did not approve of many of her feminist contemporaries, and she was opposed to women's suffrage.

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ISBN-13:
9781627550802
Publisher:
Wilder Publications
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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Agatha Webb 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written in the 1890s, this story is chock full of twists and turns, secrets and lies, love and honor, and compelling characters acting for good or ill. No one seems to have all the threads of this tangled web in hand, until the cleverness of a talented amateur detective gets a helping hand from Fate. You find yourself rooting for the "good guys" and wishing ill on the "bad 'uns"---even though you can't always tell which is which! All in all, though certainly not the Great American Novel, it's a very fun read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good characterization, good plot, interesting twist, but too long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agatha webb is a murder mystery\tragedy. It is 212 pages long but the story is only 199 after page 199 it is just lists of other books by the author. There are several love stories and be prepared for a twist at the end! Over all it was a pretty good book and if you like creepy mysteries then this is the book for you. There are a few typos but you will get the jest of it.
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