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Title
Talking about detective fiction Talking about detective fiction
Type
Text
Language
English
Illustrative Content
illustrations
Geographic Coverage
Great Britain
Classification
LCC: PR830.D4 J36 2011 (Source: dlc)
DDC: 823/.8 full
Identified By
Lccn: 2012376478
Summary
P. D. James--one of the most widely admired writers of detective fiction at work today--gives us a personal, lively exploration of the human appetite for mystery and mayhem, and of those writers who have satisfied it. She examines the genre from top to bottom, beginning with the mysteries at the hearts of such novels as Charles Dickens's Bleak House, and bringing us into the present with such writers as Colin Dexter and Sara Paretsky. She compares British and American Golden Age mystery writing. She discusses detective fiction as social history, the stylistic components of the genre, her own process of writing, how critics have reacted over the years, and what she sees as a renewal of detective fiction--and of the detective hero--in recent years.--From publisher description.
Table Of Contents
What are we talking about and how did it all begin?
The tenant of 221B Baker Street and the parish priest from Cobhole in Essex
The Golden Age
Soft-centered and hard-boiled
Four formidable women
Telling the story : setting, viewpoint, people
Critics and aficionados : why some don't enjoy them and why others do
Today and a glimpse of tomorrow.
Authorized Access Point
James, P. D. Talking about detective fiction