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The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century (Best American)

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In his introduction to the The Best American Noir of the Century, James Ellroy writes, and#8220;noir is the most scrutinized offshoot of the hard-boiled school of fiction. Itand#8217;s the long drop off the short pier and the wrong man and the wrong woman in perfect misalliance. Itand#8217;s the nightmare of flawed souls with big dreams and the precise how and why of the all-time sure thing that goes bad.and#8221; Offering the best examples of literary sure things gone bad, this collection ensures that nowhere else can readers find a darker, more thorough distillation of American noir fiction.

James Ellroy and Otto Penzler, series editor of the annual The Best American Mystery Stories, mined one hundred years of writingand#8212;1910and#8211;2010and#8212;to find this treasure trove of thirty-nine stories. From noirand#8217;s twenties-era infancy come gems like James M. Cainand#8217;s and#8220;Pastorale,and#8221; and its post-war heyday boasts giants like Mickey Spillane and Evan Hunter. Packing an undeniable punch, diverse contemporary incarnations include Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane, and William Gay, with many page-turners appearing in the last decade.

Synopsis:

An unparalleled treasury of American 19th century mystery fiction selected and introduced by Otto Penzler.

Synopsis:

A treasure trove of a hundred yearsand#8217; worth of the finest noir writing selected by James Ellroy

Synopsis:

An unparalleled treasury of crime, mystery, and murder from the genres founding century

With stories by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, L. Frank Baum, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, and Jack London, The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century is an essential anthology of American letters. Its a unique blend of beloved writers who contributed to the genre and forgotten names that pioneered the form, such as Anna Katharine Green, the godmother of mystery fiction, and the African-American writer Charles W. Chesnutt. Of course, Penzler includes “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” recognized as the first detective story, and with thirty-three stories spanning the years 1824-1899, nowhere else can readers find such a surprising, comprehensive take on the evolution of the American mystery story.

About the Author

Otto Penzler is a renowned mystery editor, publisher, columnist, and owner of New York's The Mysterious Bookshop, the oldest and largest bookstores solely dedicated to mystery fiction. He  has edited more than fifty crime-fiction anthologies.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1824 • Washington Irving The Story of the Young Robber 1

1827 • William Leggett The Rifle 8

1834 • Nathaniel Hawthorne Mr. Higginbothams Catastrophe 30

1841 • Edgar Allan Poe The Murders in the Rue Morgue 42

1845 • Edgar Allan Poe The Purloined Letter 73

1846 • Abraham Lincoln Remarkable Case of Arrest for Murder 90

1850 • Daniel Webster The Fatal Secret 97

1862 • Thomas Bailey Aldrich The Danseuse 100

1865 • Louisa May Alcott A Double Tragedy: An Actors Story 112

1875 • Allan Pinkerton The Two Sisters; Or, The Avenger 132

1882 • Frank Stockton The Lady, or the Tiger? and The Discourager of Hesitancy 182

1883 • Mark Twain A Thumb-print and What Came of It 194

1888 • Ambrose Bierce My Favorite Murder 207

1889 • Charles W. Chesnutt The Sheriffs Children 215

1891 • Richard Harding Davis Gallegher 230

1892 • William Norr Round the Opium Lamp 256

1894 • Percival Pollard Lingo Dan 261

1895 • Rodrigues Ottolengui The Nameless Man and The Montezuma Emerald 270

1895 • Anna Katharine Green The Doctor, His Wife, and the Clock 292

1895 • William M. Hinkley A Very Strange Case 330

1895 • Mary E. Wilkins The Long Arm 343

1896 • Cleveland Moffett The Mysterious Card and The Mysterious Card Unveiled 371

1896 • Mark Twain Tom Sawyer, Detective 394

1896 • Melville Davisson Post The Corpus Delicti 445

1897 • L. Frank Baum The Suicide of Kiaros 470

1897 • Robert W. Chambers The Purple Emperor 482

1898 • Edward Bellamy At Pinneys Ranch 501

1898 • Stephen Crane The Blue Hotel 514

1899 • Edith Wharton A Cup of Cold Water 541

1899 • Nicholas Carter The Detectives Pretty Neighbor 565

1899 • Ellen Glasgow A Point in Morals 583

1899 • Jack London A Thousand Deaths 595

Product Details

ISBN:
9780544302228
Author:
Penzler, Otto
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Author:
Ellroy, James
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Best American
Publication Date:
20141031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
no art
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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An unparalleled treasury of American 19th century mystery fiction selected and introduced by Otto Penzler.

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A treasure trove of a hundred yearsand#8217; worth of the finest noir writing selected by James Ellroy
"Synopsis" by , An unparalleled treasury of crime, mystery, and murder from the genres founding century

With stories by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, L. Frank Baum, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, and Jack London, The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century is an essential anthology of American letters. Its a unique blend of beloved writers who contributed to the genre and forgotten names that pioneered the form, such as Anna Katharine Green, the godmother of mystery fiction, and the African-American writer Charles W. Chesnutt. Of course, Penzler includes “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” recognized as the first detective story, and with thirty-three stories spanning the years 1824-1899, nowhere else can readers find such a surprising, comprehensive take on the evolution of the American mystery story.

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