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The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing (original 1999; edition 1999)

by Catherine Aird (Editor), John M. Reilly (Editor), Susan Oleksiw (Editor)

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"Editor Rosemary Herbert has brought together hundreds of articles by authors such as Edward D. Hoch, Sara Paretsky, and the late Julian Symons. These authorities accompany readers in their investigations of the genre and its major characters, both fictional and real. Mystery writers keep company with favorite sleuths and master criminals, and various character types sleuth, think, or slink within these pages. Readers will also find informative biographies of great mystery writers."--BOOK JACKET."This volume features a comprehensive History of Crime and Mystery Writing, as well as other entries on the development of this literature. Articles on topics such as the Whodunit, Whydunit, and Who-Gets-Away-with-It define and differentiate the subgenres. The volume also catalogs the components of mystery writing, such as famous clues and authorial ingenuity, and even includes an entry on The Butler Did It. Fans and scholars will find facts that are useful for crime and mystery reading in entries on the growth and structure of real-life organizations such as the CIA and KGB. Finally, like clues in a cozy mystery, the Companion's cross-references link articles and guide readers from topic to topic - for instance, from a careful definition of Murder to a quirky compendium of fictional victims in an article on the Corpse."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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Title:The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing
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Other authors:Catherine Aird (Editor), John M. Reilly (Editor), Susan Oleksiw (Editor)
Info:Oxford University Press (1999), Edition: First Edition, 560 pages
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Very valuable for serious student of detective and crime fiction. Encyclopedic format with ample cross refencing. Biographical sketches of major writers in field as well as descriptions of sub genres and major thematic elements
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Herbert, RosemaryEditor-in-Chiefprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aird, CatherineEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Oleksiw, SusanConsulting Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Reilly, John M.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gorey, EdwardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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"Editor Rosemary Herbert has brought together hundreds of articles by authors such as Edward D. Hoch, Sara Paretsky, and the late Julian Symons. These authorities accompany readers in their investigations of the genre and its major characters, both fictional and real. Mystery writers keep company with favorite sleuths and master criminals, and various character types sleuth, think, or slink within these pages. Readers will also find informative biographies of great mystery writers."--BOOK JACKET."This volume features a comprehensive History of Crime and Mystery Writing, as well as other entries on the development of this literature. Articles on topics such as the Whodunit, Whydunit, and Who-Gets-Away-with-It define and differentiate the subgenres. The volume also catalogs the components of mystery writing, such as famous clues and authorial ingenuity, and even includes an entry on The Butler Did It. Fans and scholars will find facts that are useful for crime and mystery reading in entries on the growth and structure of real-life organizations such as the CIA and KGB. Finally, like clues in a cozy mystery, the Companion's cross-references link articles and guide readers from topic to topic - for instance, from a careful definition of Murder to a quirky compendium of fictional victims in an article on the Corpse."--BOOK JACKET.

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