|S. J. Perelman, 1973, |
by Jill Krementz. NYPL.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Monday, January 11, 2021
Monday, January 04, 2021
Monday, December 28, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
|Anthony Boucher, an author in the California Detective Fiction Collection |
Monday, December 14, 2020
Monday, December 07, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
Monday, November 23, 2020
|Erle Stanley Gardner|
Monday, November 16, 2020
|Rex Stout by Arnold Genthe, 1931. |
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Div.
Matt Barton, curator of the Library of Congress' Recorded Sound Section, discusses author Rex Stout's roles on the radio that are reflected in more than 40 LOC holdings. These encompass various incarnations of Stout's sleuth Nero Wolfe, Stout's appearances on Information Please, his hosting duties for Speaking of Liberty, and his participation in an episode about the detective story on the NBC program Conversation with critics Clifton Fadiman and Jacques Barzun. Said Stout in the Conversation program, "They're pretty bum stories, the Sherlock Holmes stories. . . . at least two thirds are pretty doggone silly." (It should be noted that Stout wrote the infamous essay "Watson Was a Woman.")
Monday, November 09, 2020
|Gertrude Atherton, ca. 1906–12.|
Library of Congress, Prints and
by John C. Tibbetts
• Finding Sherlock Holmes in Weird Fiction by Nancy Holder
• "The Weird Dominions of the Infinite": Edgar Allan Poe and the Scientific Gothic by Sorina Higgins
Monday, November 02, 2020
|"Mary Rogers, The Cigar Girl." NYPL|
On Nov 7 at 4 pm, the Hoboken Historical Museum will host a virtual presentation by Montclair State University professor emerita Amy Gilman Srebnick on "The Mysterious Death of Mary Rogers,” the case that inspired Edgar Allan Poe's "The Mystery of Marie Roget."
Monday, October 26, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
Monday, October 05, 2020
|Oscar Homolka and Sylvia|
Sidney in Hitchcock's Sabotage
The virtual London Book Club of the University of Notre Dame is currently covering "Hitchcock in London." The episodes include discussions of works adapted for Alfred Hitchcock films such as Marie Belloc Lowndes's The Lodger and Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent. Catch up with episodes here.
Monday, September 28, 2020
|A scene from Susan Glaspell's "Trifles," n.d. NYPL|
Shadowpath Theatre and Newmarket Public Library in Ontario, Canada, will be offering a free virtual reading of Susan Glaspell's "Trifles" (which is the earlier play version of her famous 1917 short story "A Jury of Her Peers"). In the play, two women solve a murder that baffles male investigators. The reading will take place on October 1 at 7 pm EDT. Register here for the event.
Update, October 5, 2020. Watch the play reading below.
Monday, September 21, 2020
|Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart)|
meets a librarian from the Hollywood Public
Library (Carole Douglas) in the trailer to
The Big Sleep (1946)
Peter Igelström, librarian at Linköping University's Valla Library, takes an entertaining look at the relationship of hardboiled detectives to libraries and librarians. "One wonders why the library is a potential stigma to a hard-boiled detective," he states.
Monday, September 14, 2020
The podcast In GAD We Trust hosts translator Louise Heal Kawai, who worked on the 2019 translations of The Honjin Murders (1946) by eminent Japanese mystery author Seishi Yokomizo and Murder in the Crooked House (1982) by Soji Shimada. She describes the challenges of the translator such as trying to convey cultural facets that may not be familiar to the reader.
Monday, September 07, 2020
Among the projects on which the National Archives is requesting volunteer transcribing assistance are court-martial case files of Army Colonel Jack W. Durant and his wife, Captain Kathleen Nash Durant, who were convicted (along with co-conspirator David Watson) of stealing the House of Hesse crown jewels after World War II (Countess Margaret of Hesse-Kassel was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, and the Duke of Edinburgh's sister Sophie married into the family). For discussions of the case, see Geoffrey E. Duin's article on HistoryNet and Fred L. Borch III's article in The Army Lawyer.
For details on the Citizen Archivist projects at the National Archives, go here.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020
Volume 38, number 2 of Clues: A Journal of Detection, guest edited by Maurizio Ascari (University of Bologna), has been published on the theme "Genre B(l)ending: Crime's Hybrid Forms." Below are the abstracts for the issue. Contact McFarland to order the issue or a Clues subscription.
Introduction: Make It New, but Don’t Forget / MAURIZIO ASCARI (University of Bologna)
G. K. Chesterton’s Postmodern Anti-Detective Story: Generic Innovation
and Transgression in “The White Pillars Murder” / NILS CLAUSSON (University of Regina, Canada)
G. K. Chesterton’s undervalued story “The White Pillars Murder” anticipates the postmodern anti-detective story in the way it transgresses the conventions of the Holmes-style analytic detective story and subversively introduces political critique into a genre, the Golden Age country house mystery, widely regarded as either apolitical or conservative.
Murder, Mayhem, and Madness: John Dickson Carr’s Gothic Detective Stories / STEFANO SERAFINI (University of Toronto)
This essay investigates the contact zones between gothic and detective fiction within the early work of the significant yet largely neglected author John Dickson Carr. By revealing the transgressive and contaminated character of his narratives, this essay also provides a more nuanced picture of interwar crime-writing, the literary boundaries of which were constantly violated and renegotiated.
The Cowboy and the Detective: The Case of Craig Johnson / ANTOINE DECHÊNE
This essay focuses on Craig Johnson’s charismatic protagonist Walt Longmire, the county sheriff of Absaroka, Wyoming. A cowboy-detective par excellence, Longmire embodies the interrelationship between the Western and detective fiction while offering a good example of “glocal literature”—that is, a form of literature that is both global and local.
James Church’s A Corpse in the Koryo and His Inspector O Series: A Noir/Spy Thriller Hybrid Set in North Korea / DAVID C. WRIGHT JR. (Misericordia University)
Analysis of A Corpse in the Koryo, the first book in the Inspector O series by James Church, shows that this series featuring a North Korean detective constitutes a successful genre hybrid: a hard-boiled detective thriller, à la Raymond Chandler, combined with a spy novel in the style of John le Carré.
Monday, August 17, 2020
|E. Phillips Oppenheim. NYPL|
The Seattle Public Library offers the Thrilling Tales podcast with short story readings (in both audio and transcription form). One episode features E. Phillips Oppenheim's "The Reckoning with Otto Schreed" (1922), and another has the G. K. Chesterton story "The Hammer of God" (1910) with Father Brown.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
|Velona Pilcher (center) in the Stanford opera |
In Dutch. Stanford Quad, 1917, p. 110.
Monday, August 03, 2020
|William Faulkner by Carl Van Vechten.|
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Div
- "Wasps' Nest" by Agatha Christie
- "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl (Edgar winner, Best Short Story)
- "Poison" by Roald Dahl
- "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner
- "Wikipedia Brown" by B. J. Novak
- "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe
- "Here Lies Another Blackmailer" by Bill Pronzini
- "The Hangman" by Ian Rankin
Monday, July 27, 2020
|Arthur Morrison. NYPL|
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
• Update, September 24, 2020. Episode 4, "The Horror of the Heights" by Arthur Conan Doyle (1913)