|Margaret Lockwood, |
Featuring History of Mystery/Detective Fiction and Other Literary Ramblings of Elizabeth Foxwell
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
A Place of One's Own (1945).
Labels: mystery films, paranormal
Monday, February 27, 2017
A new take on "The Musgrave Ritual."
|Illustration from "The Musgrave|
Ritual." Salt Lake Herald,
5 Nov. 1905
Labels: Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
Monday, February 20, 2017
The mysteries of Isaac Asimov.
Critical Insights: Isaac Asimov edited by M. Keith Booker (U-Arkansas). It assesses Asimov's mystery fiction, as there is little critical work on this area of Asimov's oeuvre (aside from his science fiction mysteries with detective Elijah Baley and robot R. Daneel Olivaw). The essay looks at Asimov's vastly underrated debut mystery novel, The Death Dealers (aka A Whiff of Death, rooted in his graduate school experiences at Columbia); Murder at the ABA (with a protagonist based on sci-fi author Harlan Ellison); Black Widowers mystery short stories (with characters modeled on other sci-fi writers); Union Club short stories (with an Asimov alter ego); the Baley-Daneel series; children's mysteries; and assorted other stories. Asimov was a Golden Age mystery fan, and his puzzle mysteries reflect this tradition.
Check out the table of contents.
Check out the table of contents.
Posted by Elizabeth Foxwell at 4:02 AM 2 comments:
Monday, February 13, 2017
Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives.
|Illustration from Arthur Conan|
Doyle's "The Adventure of the
Empty House," San Francisco
Call, 5 Mar. 1905
Posted by Elizabeth Foxwell at 4:08 AM No comments:
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Podcast on 1970s female detectives on TV.
|Kate Mulgrew as |
Mrs. Columbo, 1979.
Dutch National Archives
Posted by Elizabeth Foxwell at 4:03 AM No comments:
Labels: Carolyn Keene, Detective TV shows, female detectives, girl sleuths, Nancy Drew, TV detectives
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
The Phantom Light (1935).
|Gordon Harker. NYPL|
Posted by Elizabeth Foxwell at 4:02 AM No comments:
Labels: Michael Powell, mystery films
Monday, February 06, 2017
The banning of Conan Doyle and Hammett.
|Dashiell Hammett. |
Yank 30 Nov. 1945
The exhibition includes, under Russia, works by Arthur Conan Doyle, "because they dealt with occultism and spiritualism."
The U.S. section reveals that Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon (1930) was removed from State Department libraries abroad in June 1953—part of efforts to drop or destroy works characterized by the department as written by communists. (In 1951, Hammett went to prison in Kentucky for contempt of court; he had refused to reveal the names of those who posted bail for four communists.) The NEA Big Read Web page on The Maltese Falcon states that Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R–WI) was responsible for this move, but Hammett's books were restored by a fan: President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Another interesting entry: a biography of Lawrence of Arabia by Richard Aldington, suppressed by friends of T. E. Lawrence because Aldington made controversial assertions such that Lawrence was untruthful about his experiences and did not acknowledge help of literary figures on The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. However, the book was published in French in 1954 and English in 1955, and critics have since questioned its level of objectivity.
Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)