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Murder & Other Acts of Literature

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The crime stories selected for this consistently imaginative collection shun the simple whodunit formula. Instead, Eudora Welty, Patrick O'Brian, Edith Wharton, and John Cheever, along with the twenty other masterful writers found here, take the compelling fact of murder or sudden death and proceed well beyond the business of clues or alibis. The result is the two dozen chilling and unforgettably diverting tales that make up Murder & Other Acts of Literature. The authors she's chosen include distinguished ...
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Overview

The crime stories selected for this consistently imaginative collection shun the simple whodunit formula. Instead, Eudora Welty, Patrick O'Brian, Edith Wharton, and John Cheever, along with the twenty other masterful writers found here, take the compelling fact of murder or sudden death and proceed well beyond the business of clues or alibis. The result is the two dozen chilling and unforgettably diverting tales that make up Murder & Other Acts of Literature. The authors she's chosen include distinguished writers from North and South America, Britain, Africa, and Europe; among them are realists, ironists, dramatists, and Nobelists, living and dead, each of whom understands the strangeness and danger of the murderous mind unleashed. (In the few "innocent" cases here, where no murder actually has occurred, society's rules are nonetheless violated, always with decidedly unexpected outcomes.).
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YAA collection of short stories by authors not usually associated with the mystery genre. Though the stories certainly qualify as murder-mystery tales and have their share of criminals, they would not be considered "high crime." Haunting images can be found in William Trevor's The Hotel of the Idle Moon, in which an elderly servant and mistress are reduced to garret-living in her beautiful country home after stranded travelers fast-talk them out of their residence. In Naguib Mahfouz's "By a Person Unknown," the director-general of a locality, frustrated by the inability of the police to catch a serial killer, decides that if the killings are no longer mentioned in the media, life can return to normal. Alice Walker's "How Did I Get Away with Killing One of the Biggest Lawyers in the State? It Was Easy" is one of those delicious, savory tales of ironic justice. The works of 22 other authors, including Isak Dinesen, A.A. Milne, Rudyard Kipling, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and James Thurber, can be found in this stellar collection that beautifully blends literature and murder.Pam Spencer, formerly at Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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Veteran anthologist Slung avoids the stuffiness attendant on her most distinguished predecessors in the crime-fiction-can-be- literature-too genre (Ellery Queen's Poetic Justice and The Literature of Crime) by loosening her definitions of both crime fiction and literature. Edith Wharton's nightmarish "A Journey," Rudyard Kipling's decorously chilling "Mary Postgate," and John Cheever's deceptively casual "Montraldo" are only marginally crime stories; only by stretching a point could the Waspish anecdotes of Evelyn Waugh and A.A. Milne, or the backstage fustian of Louisa May Alcott, be called literature. Yet the two dozen stories she's collected—which also include unexpected entries by W.S. Gilbert, T.H. White, Isak Dinesen, Eudora Welty (an exceptionally creepy little tale), William Trevor (ditto), Patrick O'Brian, Nadine Gordimer, Gabriel García Márquez, Muriel Spark, Paul Theroux, Naguib Mahfouz, Alice Walker, Isabel Allende, and Fay Weldon, as well as chestnuts by William Faulkner and James Thurber—however uneven in their melding of literature and crime, are never, ever boring.

Though a better title might be Famous Authors Try Their Hands at Crime (Anthony Trollope?! Virginia Woolf?!), Slung's collection is a revelation in more ways than one.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312169374
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Pages: 345
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Montraldo 1
The Hitch-Hikers 11
Success or Failure 29
By a Person Unknown 37
How Did I Get Away with Killing One of the Biggest Lawyers in the State? It Was Easy 53
The Hotel of the Idle Moon 59
Aaron Trow 77
The Fat Man 109
Mr. Loveday's Little Outing 121
The Johore Murders 131
A Journey 141
Miss Forbes's Summer of Happiness 155
The Macbeth Murder Mystery 169
A Double Tragedy: An Actor's Story 175
Un Crime Maternel 199
Mary Postgate 205
The Walker 223
Country Lovers 235
Monk 245
The Widow and the Parrot: A True Story 265
My Maiden Brief 275
An Act of Vengeance 287
In Vino Veritas 297
The Portobello Road 315
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