The Mysteries of the Cities: Urban Crime Fiction in the Nineteenth Century

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McFarland, Oct 14, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
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A popular crime genre in the nineteenth century, urban mysteries have largely been ignored ever since. This historical and critical text examines the origins of the innovative genre, which grappled with the rise of enormous, anonymous cities, beginning in France in 1842, then spreading rapidly across the continent and to America and Australia. Writers covered include Eugene Sue, George Reynolds, Paul Feval, George Lippard, "Ned Buntline" and Donald Cameron.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
5
1 Master of the Mysteries
13
2 The Voice of the People
56
3 Across the Channel
112
4 The Philadelphia Version
131
5 A Perfect Daguerreotype of This Great City
156
6 Mysteries Across the World
182
Notes
205
Bibliography
219
Index
227
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Stephen Knight is a well-known authority on crime fiction and literature through the ages. He has worked at universities in Australia, England and Wales. Currently, he is a research professor in English literature at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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