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Talking about detective fiction, P.D. James

Label
Talking about detective fiction
Title
Talking about detective fiction
Statement of responsibility
P.D. James
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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
Summary
To judge by the worldwide success of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie's Poirot, it is not only the Anglo-Saxons who have an appetite for mystery and mayhem. Talking about the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, P.D. James examines the challenges, achievements and potential of a genre which has fascinated her for nearly fifty years as a novelist
Writing style
Award
  • Anthony Award for Best Critical/Nonfiction, 2010.
  • Macavity Award for Best Non-Fiction, 2010.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
344215
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
823/.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR830.D4
LC item number
J36 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
Talking about detective fiction, P.D. James
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-198)
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
Control code
5097503
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
viii, 198 p.
Isbn
9780307592828
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009038501
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn406162179
  • (OCoLC)406162179
Label
Talking about detective fiction, P.D. James
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-198)
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
Control code
5097503
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
viii, 198 p.
Isbn
9780307592828
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009038501
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn406162179
  • (OCoLC)406162179

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