Early German and Austrian Detective Fiction: An Anthology

Early German and Austrian Detective Fiction: An Anthology



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Early German and Austrian Detective Fiction: An Anthology by Mary W. Tannert, Mary W. Tannet, Henry Kratz

Often considered an Anglo-American and French phenomenon, the detective story is now known to have been German as well, at least since Adolph Mullner's 1828 novella The Caliber—published 13 years before Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders of the Rue Morgue." The Germanic stories, however, were neglected by German and Austrian academics with literary-canonical predilections, dismissed by self-important Anglo-American scholars, and suppressed by National Socialists. Now, as scholars reexamine noncanonical works in all genres, these stories arise newly appraised and appreciated by critics and readers at last have access to the Germanic contemporaries of Poe, Gaboriau and Conan Doyle.

This book includes parts of six translated detective novels and novellas originally published between 1828 and 1909. The selection includes one story each by Adolph Mullner, Otto Ludwig, Adolf Streckfuss, Auguste Groner, Maximilian Bottcher and Balduin Groller. Each story is preceded by a one-page biographical sketch of the author, and a general introduction covers the literary development of the genre and briefly examines the critical history and the sociohistorical value of the German-language stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786406593
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/1999
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Mary W. Tannert is a professional translator who manages translation for Siemens full-time and translates literature as a freelancer. She lives in Paderborn, Germany. The late Henry Kratz was a professor emeritus of Germanic languages and literatures and worked for a few years as a lexicographer for the Merriam Webster Company. He lived in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Notes on Sources     ix
Introduction     1
The Caliber     9
The Dead Man of St. Anne's Chapel     54
The Star Tavern     118
The Golden Bullet     190
The Detective     217
The Vault Break-In     227
Works Cited     243

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