|Sketch of William Burke. From George MacGregor, The History of Burke and Hare and of the Resurrectionist Times (1884) |
Featuring History of Mystery/Detective Fiction and Other Literary Ramblings of Elizabeth Foxwell
Monday, November 29, 2021
Upcoming National Museum of Scotland exhibition.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
"Investigating Detectives" exhibition.
Monday, November 15, 2021
LeRoy Lad Panek, 1943–2021.
|Panek's last book|
His last book is the newly published Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction: An Analytical History. His other works include the following:
• Before Sherlock Holmes: How Magazines and Newspapers Invented the Detective Story
• After Sherlock Holmes: The Evolution of British and American Detective Stories 1891–1914
• The American Police Novel: A History (Edgar nominee)
• Early American Detective Stories: An Anthology (ed. with Mary Bendel-Simso)
• The Essential Elements of the Detective Story, 1820–1891 (coauthored with Bendel-Simso)
• Introduction to the Detective Story (Edgar winner)
• The Origins of the American Detective Story
• Reading Early Hammett: A Critical Study of the Fiction Prior to The Maltese Falcon
• Watteau's Shepherds: The Detective Novel in Britain 1914–1940 (Edgar nominee)
Panek's Westminster Detective Library (a project with Bendel-Simso) is an invaluable online repository of short detective works published in the United States prior to 1891.
Monday, November 08, 2021
Wordsworth blog: Collins, Le Fanu.
|"These two figures crossed the floor diagonally." Illustration from Sheridan Le Fanu's "Mr. Justice Harbottle," Harper's Bazaar, February 1872. NYPL|
Catching up with the blog on the Wordsworth Editions website:
- David Stuart Davies discusses the career of Wilkie Collins: "Remarkably, The Moonstone received a somewhat cool reception from
the critics. Even Collins’s friend Dickens was of the opinion that,
‘The construction is wearisome beyond endurance, and there is a vein of
obstinate conceit in it that makes enemies of the readers.'"
- Stephen Carter examines the work of legendary Irish ghost story writer Sheridan Le Fanu: "Le Fanu’s reputation was crowded out of Victorian literature by his contemporaries, Dickens, Thackeray, Wilkie Collins, and the Brontës; all of whom he in some form influenced and whose sales he frequently rivalled."
I'm looking forward to Davies's upcoming post on Edgar Wallace.
Monday, November 01, 2021
Exhibition on race and dime novels.
West Virginia University's Downtown Library is offering the new online exhibition "American Dime Novel: Racialization/Erasure" that focuses on ethnic and racial stereotypes in dime novels. Mystery-related items include the following:
- Tiger Dick, the Faro King; or, The Cashier's Crime (1878) by Philip S. Warne (the mixed-race Warne may be the earliest African American mystery writer)
- Darkie Dan, the Colored Detective (1881) by Prentiss Ingraham
- Chin Chin the Chinese Detective; or, the Dark Work of the Black Hand (1887) by Albert W. Aiken
- Nick Carter's Well Laid Plot (1909)
- The Black Hand Nemesis (1909)
Also included: Maum Guinea and Her Plantation Children (1861) by Metta Fuller Victor, which had a similar effect in Britain about the evils of slavery that Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin had in the United States. Victor wrote the first U.S. detective novel: The Dead Letter (1864).
Nancy Caronia, the curator of the exhibition and a teaching associate professor in WVU's Department of English, will be giving a free, virtual presentation about the exhibition on November 4.