100 Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction: Margery Allingham


Author: Fiona Kelleghan

Publisher: Salem Press

ISBN: 9780893569730

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 757

View: 5366

This collection surveys 100 of the writerswho have made the most lasting contributionsto the genre. Most articles are 2,500words, with longer articles on such majorfigures as Raymond Chandler, DashiellHammett, Ellery Queen and Rex Stout.Handy, ready-reference listings aredesigned to accommodate the uniquecharacteristics of mystery and detectivefiction, including author?s pseudonyms,types of plots, principal series and principalseries characters, and even a glossaryof terms peculiar to the genre.Reference elements include a complete,up-to-date list of authors? works, a glossaryof mystery and detective fiction terms,annotated bibliographies, a time line, anindex of series characters and a list ofauthors by plot type.

Great Women Mystery Writers

Classic to Contemporary


Author: Kathleen Gregory Klein

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press

ISBN: 9780313287701

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 432

View: 1472

Recounts the lives and summarizes and evaluates the works of 117 classic and contemporary women mystery writers

Cordially Yours, Brother Cadfael


Author: Anne K. Kaler

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879727741

Category: Fiction

Page: 140

View: 3092

A collection of critical essays examine the Ellis Peters mystery series featuring the twelfth-century Benedictine monk and detective Brother Cadfael.

Edith Pargeter

Ellis Peters


Author: Margaret Lewis

Publisher: Isis Large Print Books

ISBN: 9781850892557

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 232

View: 5042

This perceptive survey of the two faces of prolific and award-winning author Edith Pargeter explores both her life and her work. Pargeter is best known as Ellis Peters, the author of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael. These 20 novels have been televised and adapted for radio and have played a major role in turning crime writing into a literary genre and making historical detectives popular. Also discussed are Pargeter's series of 14 Inspector Felse novels, written under her real name, and her further novels, including two outstanding historical sequences. The Brothers of Gwynedd quartet and The Heaven Tree trilogy. The Eighth Champion of Christendom, a trilogy of novels about the Second World War, is also illuminated.

Understanding John Le Carré


Author: John L. Cobbs

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570031687

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 297

View: 2415

This text provides an introduction to a writer who is arguably 20th-century England's most successful serious novelist and one of the foremost living figure in English literature of espionage and detection. The author aims to establish that le Carre's fiction transcends the genre of espionage writing, and that he is pre-eminently a social commentator who writes novels of manners.

The Spy Novels of John Le Carré

Balancing Ethics and Politics


Author: Myron Joel Aronoff

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312214821

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

View: 663

Using espionage as a metaphor for politics, John le Carré explores the dilemmas that confront individuals and governments during and in the aftermath of the Cold War. His unforgettable characters struggle to maintain personal and professional integrity while facing conflicting personal, institutional, and ideological loyalties. In The Spy Novels of John le Carré, author Myron Aronoff interprets the ambiguous ethical and political implications of the work of John le Carré, revealing him to be one of the most important political writers of our time. Aronoff shows how through his writing, le Carré poses the difficult question of the extent to which western governments are justified in pursuing raison d’état without undermining the very democratic freedoms that they claim to defend. He also draws parallels between the self-parody of le Carré and that of the seventeenth century Dutch artist Jan Steen, and explains how it expresses a unique form of ambiguous moralism. In this volume Aronoff relates le Carré’s fictional world to the real world of espionage and demonstrates the need to balance the imperatives of ethics and politics in regard to some of the most pressing issues facing the world today.

Private Eyes

One Hundred and One Knights : a Survey of American Detective Fiction, 1922-1984


Author: Robert Allen Baker,Michael T. Nietzel

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879723309

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 385

View: 7793

Private Eyes is the complete map to what Raymond Bhandler called "the mean streets," the exciting world of the fictional private eye. It is intended to entertain current PI fans and to make new ones.