By Charles J. Rzepka
A Companion to Crime Fiction provides the definitive consultant to this well known style from its origins within the eighteenth century to the current day
- A number of forty-seven newly commissioned essays from a workforce of best students around the globe make this Companion the definitive advisor to crime fiction
- Follows the improvement of the style from its origins within the eighteenth century via to its exceptional contemporary popularity
- Features full-length severe essays at the most important authors and film-makers, from Arthur Conan Doyle and Dashiell Hammett to Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese exploring the ways that they've got formed and encouraged the field
- Includes vast references to the main updated scholarship, and a entire bibliography
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Harriet Prescott Spofford included some crime fiction in her impressive output of short stories, as did Louisa May Alcott in her foray into sensation fiction in the 1860s. Perhaps less constrained by convention, these women authors outside Britain seemed to take to writing crime more readily and easily than their British sisters. indd 25 12/14/2009 4:48:40 PM 26 Heather Worthington Their development of crime fiction was not limited to the northern hemisphere: Canadian-born Australian Mary Fortune is one of the earliest woman detective fiction writers and certainly the first in Australia (Sussex 1989).
Beaumont, though he fulfills an investigative function, is actually a gambler, a henchman, a political hanger-on rather than a private eye, and Black Mask’s editor felt compelled to defend the inclusion of as criminally oriented a story as The Glass Key, arguing that it exposed the serious danger to the body politic caused by alliances between corrupt politicians, public officials and organized crime.
Various editions continued to appear into the nineteenth century, under various names: The Malefactor’s Register or the Newgate and Tyburn Calendar in 1779; the New and Complete Calendar in 1795, a heavily revised version of which, edited by lawyers Andrew Knapp and William Baldwin, was published in 1809 and again, re-revised, as The New Newgate Calendar in 1826. The Accounts and Newgate Calendar narratives were overtly and heavily moralistic. The format was fairly constant: individual stories consisted of a frame narrative that is religious in the Accounts and early collected editions written by the Ordinary but which in the later versions edited by lawyers became more legalistic.
A companion to crime fiction by Charles J. Rzepka