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Icons of Mystery and Crime Detection [2 Volumes]: From Sleuths to Superheroes (Greenwood Icons)by Mitzi M. Brunsdale
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Icons of Mystery and Crime Detection: From Sleuths to SuperheroeS≪/i> is an insightful look at one of our most popular and diverse fictional genres, providing a guided tour of mystery and crime writing by focusing on two dozen of the field's most enduring creations and creators.
Icons of Mystery and Crime Detection spans the history of the detective story with series of critical entries on the field's most evocative names, from the originator of the form, Edgar Allan Poe, to its first popular running character, Sherlock Holmes; from the Golden Age of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Charlie Chan—in fiction and films—to small screen heroes, such as Columbo and Jessica Fletcher. Also included are other accomplished practitioners of the craft of mystery/crime storytelling, including Agatha Christie, Tony Hillerman, and Alfred Hitchcock.
Book News Annotation:
The publisher's series presents the most famous or recognizable people or characters--dubbed "icons"--in various fields. For this reference devoted to mystery and crime, author Brunsdale (English, Mayville State U., North Dakota) undertook the selection and the writing. Twenty-four chapters explore in great detail a mix of characters and creators including: Batman, whom she deems "The Herculean Detective," James Bond ("Byronic spy"), Agatha Christie (creator of the "elderly snoop"), Columbo (disheveled detective), Tony Hillerman (creator of ethnic detectives Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee), Perry Mason (the legal sleuth), Alfred Hitchcock (cinema's master of suspense), Sam Spade (the hard-boiled private eye), Edgar Allan Poe (father of detective fiction), and Zorro (the masked avenger), among others. The treatments offer analysis and interpretation of each subject's distinctiveness and appeal, with plenty of contextual information such as chronologies, biographies, and production and distribution information. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book provides an introduction to 24 iconic figures, real and fictional, that have shaped the detective/mystery genre of popular literature.
• Tells the story of modern detective/crime fiction by focusing on representative artists and fictional characters of the genre
• Brings together a wealth of insightful critical work on the field and the specific subjects of each entry
• Analyzes the reasons why each subject has achieved iconic stature and enduring popularity
• Parallel chronologies placing each of the book's 24 subjects in their historical/cultural context
• Individual selected bibliographies for each of the 24 figures plus a selected general bibliography of critical sources treating the genre
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