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The Fatal Art of Entertainment: Interviews with Mystery Writers
     

The Fatal Art of Entertainment: Interviews with Mystery Writers

by Rosemary Herbert, Lady Antonia Fraser (Foreword by)
 
What kind of mind can create the intricate and intriguing world of the mystery novel-the human puzzle, the tangle of motivation, deception, and death? What drives a superior author to turn to crime and mystery rather than to mainstream literary fiction? Now in this book, Herbert provides answers in a volume that will introduce anyone.

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What kind of mind can create the intricate and intriguing world of the mystery novel-the human puzzle, the tangle of motivation, deception, and death? What drives a superior author to turn to crime and mystery rather than to mainstream literary fiction? Now in this book, Herbert provides answers in a volume that will introduce anyone.

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bn.com
Find out what the pros have to say about writing mysteries. The Fatal Art of Entertainment is a collection of interviews with 13 well-known and distinguished crime writers. Learn from the likes of P. D. James, Sue Grafton, Tony Hillerman, and Patricia Cornwell. Find out how the mind of a successful mystery writer works and get practical tips as well as inspiration for your own work.
Library Journal
Using a common set of questions and methodology, journalist and book reviewer Herbert has interviewed 13 mystery writers. A brief introductory essay and photograph precede each interview, whose subjects include Julian Symons, P.D. James, Robert Barnard, Sue Grafton, Barbara Neely, Tony Hillerman, John Mortimer, Patricia D. Cornwell, Jonathan Gash, Reginald Hill, Jane Langton, Jeremiah Healy, and Catherine Aird. Though the interviews are somewhat cloying in tone, they generally give a good sense of where the writer is coming from and what kind of person he or she is. Mystery fans and prospective mystery writers will find the descriptions of the writers' work habits and settings interesting. Recommended for libraries where mysteries are devoured and where creative writing is supported.-- Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, Ill.
Booknews
A collection of interviews with 13 authors, each including a photograph; an essay describing the author's personality, place in the crime writing genre, and the environment of the interview; and a conversation. The interviewees: Julian Symons, Sue Grafton, P.D. James, Tony Hillerman, John Mortimer, Patricia D. Cornwall, Jonathan Gash, Reginald Hill, Jane Langton, Robert Barnard, Jeremiah Healy, Catherine Aird, Barbara Neely. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Brad Hooper
Why would a nice person want to write about murder? That's the gist of Herbert's tete-a-tetes with 13 (why did she stop at unlucky 13?) mystery writers, American and British, women and men. Of course, these conversations with the likes of Julian Symons, P. D. James, Tony Hillerman, and Barbara Neely range over much more terrain than simply the issue of nice people being absorbed with murder, to become a series of very personal conversations about writing habits, career stops and starts, the literary stature of the mystery genre, and more. Herbert has done her homework; the interviews are tailored to the interviewees and to the specialness of the work they've produced. A trenchant essay on the writer's life and ouevre introduces each interview. An excellent addition to mystery and literature collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816172795
Publisher:
Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Series:
Reference Series
Pages:
351
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.17(d)

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