Before Sherlock Holmes: How Magazines and Newspapers Invented the Detective Story

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McFarland, Sep 29, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 227 pages
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Traditionally, the history of detective stories as a literary genre begins in the 19th century with the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Emile Gaboriau and a handful of other writers. The 19th century was actually awash in detective stories, though many, like the so-called detective notebooks, are so rare that they lay beyond the reach of even the most dedicated readers. This volume surveys the first 50 years of the detective story in 19th century America and England, examining not only major works, but also the lesser known--including contemporary pseudo-biographies, magazines, story papers, and newspapers--only recently accessible through new media. By rewriting the history of the mystery genre, this study opens up new avenues for literary exploration.
 

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Most fans of the mystery/detective genre consider Edgar Allen Poe's "The Mystery at the Rue Morgue" the first of its kind. However, according to "Before Sherlock Holmes: How Magazines and Newspapers ... Read full review

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A study of the detective story before the coming-of-age of the detective story by Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. A definite must for a reader that is interested in the history of the detective ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Life Before Detectives
7
2 Edgar Allan Poe
38
3 Notebooks
58
4 Charles Dickens
89
5 Collins and the Sensation Novel
109
6 Magazines and Family Story Papers
144
7 Newspaper Detectives
170
Selected Bibliography
199
Index
209
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LeRoy Lad Panek is professor emeritus of English at McDaniel College. He is an award-winning author of a number of books about detective fiction and lives in Westminster, Maryland.

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