Criminal Convictions: Errant Essays on Perpetrators of Literary License

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 155 pages
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"Universally recognized as one of today's premier writers of crime fiction, Nicolas Freeling here displays yet another side of his original mind in these "enviably perceptive and lyrical" essays (Kirkus) on other players in the same field. Freeling's definition of "crime fiction" is refreshingly broad, comprising not only the usual suspects - Sayers, Conan Doyle, Simenon, to name but a few of those he discusses - but also such unlikely candidates as Dickens, Kipling, Stendhal, and Conrad." "For Freeling, the mystery genre embraces multitudinous forms and an astounding variety of practitioners, from great literary stylists to base hacks. As might be expected, he is never at a loss for words nor diffident in his judgments about either. In his own fiction, Freeling has defied every convention, to the delight of audiences worldwide. An original, unexpected, unfailingly rewarding writer, he here gives further delight with these personal, opinionated, thoroughly provocative essays on his predecessors in mysterious excellence. This is a collection for anyone interested in the literature of crime, and indeed in literature tout court - for, as Freeling says, "The nature of crime is also the nature of art.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Freeling, the celebrated author of 30 mystery novels (e.g., Flanders Sky, Mysterious Pr., 1992), here offers reflections on, rather than criticism of, his chosen genre. He paints on a broad canvas ... Read full review

Contents

Crime and Metaphysics
3
Stendhal
14
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
70
Rudyard Kipling
81
Raymond Chandler
110
Apologia Pro Vita
143
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Novelist Nicolas Freeling was born in London on March 3, 1927. After serving in the military and working as a cook, he began his first novel, Love in Amsterdam, while in prision for theft. He is best know for his Piet Van der Valk dective stories which inspired two television series. He also created the Henri Castang series and wrote numerous individual novels. He received the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America for The King of the Rainy Country. He also won the Gold Dagger from the British Crime Writers Association and France's Grand Prix de Roman Policier. He died on July 20, 2003 at the age of 76.

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