Early American Detective Stories: An Anthology

Early American Detective Stories: An Anthology

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Overview

Although the classic tales of mystery have faded from popular culture, avid collectors and cataloguers have ensured their place in the annals of literature. This anthology offers readers an exemplary sample of the hundreds of detective stories published in 19th century newspapers and magazines. All but two are stories published before 1891, before Sherlock Holmes appeared in America. The stories are categorized according to common motifs, including the largely unexplored field of women in late 19th century detection. Revealing cultural intricacies that other kinds of fiction cannot, the literature presented here provides new insights into the history of the detective story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786495603
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/25/2014
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

LeRoy Lad Panek, professor emeritus of English at McDaniel College (and “One of the most readable, prolific, and perceptive academic scholars of mystery fiction”—Mystery Scene), is the author of a number of books about detective fiction. He lives in Westminster, Maryland. Mary M. Bendel-Simso is a professor of English at McDaniel College and lives in Westminster, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1

Introduction 5



1. SERIES DETECTIVES 27

James Franklin Fitts, “The Guest-Chamber of the Inn at St. Ives” 29

Percy Garrett, “The Knotted Handkerchief ” 38

Harriet E. Prescott [Spofford], “Mr. Furbush” 48

A Traveller [ James D. M’Cabe, Jr.], “The Telltale Eye” 56



2. C.S.I.: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION 65

Anonymous, “The Left-Handed Thief ” 67

Anonymous, Excerpts from Strange Stories of a Detective; or, Curiosities of Crime
“Introduction” 72

“The Torn Glove” 75

Anonymous, “The First Case” 89

Anonymous, “The Hob-Nailed Shoes” 103

Anonymous, “The Mute Witness” 109

Anonymous, “The Secret Cipher: A Detective’s Story” 115

Anonymous, “A Tell-Tale Ink Mark” 120



3. HELP FROM ABROAD 124

Anonymous, “Story of a Detective ‘Expert’ ” 126

Anonymous, “Vidocq, or the Charcoal Burner of France” 135

W.W. Buchanan, “In the Cellar” 141

Narissa Rosavo, “The Wounded Hand...” 155

Anonymous, “Written in Blood” 163

Anonymous, “The Twisted Ring” 170



4. CONTEMPORARY REFLECTIONS 176

Anonymous, “The Costly Kiss:

A New York Detective Experience” 178

George Arnold, “‘C.S.A.’ ” 192

Herbert Lee Standish, “Five Thousand Dollars Reward” 199

Anonymous, “The Detective’s Story” 210

James D. M’Cabe, Jr., “Seventy Miles an Hour” 216

William Russell, “Hunting Rogues” 225

Anonymous, “Tracing a Murderer” 232



5. VIDOCQS IN PETTICOATS 241

Anonymous, “The Tell-Tale Key; or A Woman as a Detective” 243

Anonymous, “The Girl Detective” 248

Capt. Charles Howard, “An Old Offender” 255

Anonymous, “‘Clubnose’ ” 260



6. HAVE YOU HEARD THE ONE ABOUT THE DETECTIVE? 268

Anonymous, “The Gramercy Park Mystery” 270

Mark Twain, “Making a Fortune” 272

Anonymous, “A Detective’s Story” 274

Anonymous, “The Detective” 275

Anonymous, “Blown Upon: or The Sagacious Reporter” 278

H.B.S., “A Detective’s Story” 280

Anonymous, “A Detective’s Story” 281

Anonymous, “After a Clew” 282

Anonymous, “The Detective from Baltimore” 284



7. FINDING THE FIRST ANTHOLOGY 286

Mary E. Wilkins [Freeman] and

Joseph Edgar Chamberlin, “The Long Arm” 289

Professor Brander Matthews, “The Twinkling of an Eye” 316



Index 345

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