America's Agatha Christie: Mignon Good Eberhart, Her Life and Works

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Susquehanna University Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 319 pages
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Between 1929 and 1988, American mystery writer Mignon Good Eberhart wrote fifty-nine mystery novels, at least as many short stories, and served a term as president and Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. This study of Eberhart's life and work considers the influence of her childhood in Nebraska, her marriage and frequent travels, and her various professional and personal contacts in Chicago and on the East Coast. Eberhart's friendships with well-known literary figures, including mystery and romance authors, provide a fascinating glimpse into the social matrix of a bygone publishing world. Eberhart's experiences with Hollywood and Broadway show how the mystery genre, and writer, were transformed in an alternate medium. Leading women's magazines of the day also sought Eberhart's talent and inevitably transformed her writing. Eberhart's novels and correspondence provide insight into the social mores of her day, in particular about women's friendships, repressed sexuality, and closeted homosexuality. Those interested in cultural studies, women's studies, and twentieth-century popular literature will find this book valuable.
 

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Childhood and College University Place Nebraska 18991922
19
Marriage Chicago Nebraska Chicago 19231931
38
France Chicago and Gertrude Stein 19321936
59
From Chicago to Connecticut with Hollywood and Broadway in Between 19371941
88
Woodsedge Washington DC and War 19421945
116
Divorce Marriage Divorce Remarriage 19461950
153
Chicago Again Then Park Avenue 19501959
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Historical Novels and Famous Writers 19601970
203
Losing Harry Losing Alan 19701980
227
Reflecting on a Career 19801996
247
Notes
278
Bibliography
304
Index
312
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